Articles by Kim Deadman

lens stress

Am I the only photographer who suffers from lens stress/envy/anxiety? I'm slowly nearing the 100 photos landmark with dreamstime and up until recently have made do with one lens; the tamron 17 -50 f2.8 (non IS) which has served me very well.I have always known I would need to get some kind of telephoto as a logical next step and finally I went for a canon EF 70 - 300 a couple of months ago. It has taken me several years of indecision and procrastination to take this step, mainly because I couldn'... continue reading

Lesson 4: shutter speed, and how it works alongside aperture

It’s time for another blog post following on from my previous discussions on photography basics. As always, this is to celebrate having another handful of photos accepted on Dreamstime. I have now made a massive 42 accepted images, my latest one taken on a worldwide photo walk in Paddington:So earlier I talked about choosing cameras and available lenses, and I have also mentioned camera apertures and the way in which the size of the aperture (or hole) through which light passes... continue reading

Lesson number 3: Aperture

I’ve had a couple more photos accepted on dreamstime and this is always a cause for celebration, so following on from my previous blog posts on camera basics, here is my celebratory beginners guide to apertures.When trying to get to grips with apertures, I thought of the camera as being similar to my eye. Both have a lens and in both cases the lens has an ‘aperture’. In my eye the aperture (i.e. the size of the hole) is formed by the pupil, the size of which is controlled by my iris. The... continue reading

Lesson number 2: The lens

Continuing on from my first post on camera bodies (camera bodies - lesson 1), here is a bit of extremely basic information on camera lenses, in plain, simple English. As before, I am writing this with novice photographers in mind; those who are new to the world of SLR and stock and want a bit of basic, easy to digest information.When I opened the box of my first SLR, I found a shiny 18-55mm lens sitting inside. I asked myself, ‘what does the 18 – 55mm actually mean?’Those values are... continue reading

Extreme inspiration

I recently went to a photography exhibition at the Metropoliatan Museum of Photography while on holiday in Tokyo. I found it by chance while filling in time between some other activities, but it turned out to be a big source of inspiration. Sometimes I look at other photographer's work and think something along the lines of, 'why didn't I think of that?' 'why are my photos not quite that good?' My brain then goes into overdrive, ruminating, trying to concoct all sorts of ideas for good photos.... continue reading

Lesson number 1: how to buy a camera body

When I bought my first SLR camera, I had absolutely no idea how it really worked and what to do with it. I soon worked out that just pointing an expensive lens at something and pressing a button did not automatically generate a work of art. This was a major blow for me, as I am fairly lazy and like things to work out first time. However I persevered and with time, I got to grips with my camera.The main obstacles I faced were the huge choice and range of equipment and a lack of some of the very... continue reading

Finding my way

As I reach 24 accepted photos on Dreamstime I feel like I’ve climbed Mont Blanc. I set out with my little 350D a year or so ago and thought, ‘this will be easy; point, shoot, submit and perhaps earn a fortune.’In reality I have faced raging storms (of frustration) and avalanches (of rejects). And of course, my Mont Blanc of 24 photos has turned out to be a mere mole hill. Forget the fortune though, my overriding motivation has been that I love taking photos.Which leads me to something... continue reading

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