This year’s BIUPC takes place between 2200 on Friday the 31st of August and 2200 on Saturday the 1st of September. Photos must be taken within the geographic boundaries of the British Isles and submitted within this 24 hour window, with very limited postproduction allowed. Each competitor can submit 2 images, underwater wide-angle or macro, plus an additional image for mankind's impact on the environment. Selecting the right location for photography focused diving in such a tight timeframe... continue reading
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Whether you are a seasoned travel professional, or simply the family member responsible for capturing vacation memories, everyone has encountered weather related issues while photographing on location. The difference between utter disaster and award winning success depends very much on how you prepare. So the next time you pack the camera gear to head into the wilds – or off on a family beach vacation – here are a few tips to help make your experience a more pleasant and successful oneExpect the... continue reading
We're planning a trip to Glencoe in Scotland later this year, as it's a place I've often seen in films, books and magazines in the past and have wanted to visit for a long time.Living in the south of England, it's what we would call a fairly long drive up to the north west of Scotland and so we've planned to stop off for a three night stay in the Lake District of Cumbria. This is another extremely photogenic area and it's a win win situation because stopping... continue reading
Research your route and traveling locationIt is always good idea to research the location you are traveling to, but also the route you will be using to get there. Google for landmarks, viewpoints, natural beauties... Because anywhere you go there is something to photograph, but if you don't do your preparations the chances are that you will miss it. And some of them you will surely find on the road to your final destination. One such landmark is popular attraction from the photo below, Drina... continue reading
When you make the decision to create a site for professional goals, you should commit entirely to that goal. It’s not enough to just go live, upload some stuff, and wait for clients to jump in. The way your site looks speaks a lot about yourself and about the services you provide. So how to build trust with your portfolio website? Unique domain nameWhen you’re browsing online and stumble upon these two domains - myname.wordpress.com and myname.com - which one would you choose for a service or... continue reading
Did you know that September 5th is (was?) “National Be Late for Something Day”?As a person who is impossibly early in a fashionably late-running world, I thought I would embrace the holiday to see if I could find the advantage that the rest of the populated planet seems to have found but that I just haven’t yet uncovered. So, here it goes.After a day of exhaustive research, I can attest that the benefits to being late are …………Who am I kidding?I just can’t do it.... continue reading
The photo (below) in this post of the Snowdrops in my backyard turned out very well. (See the full frame photo in my portfolio). But, it wasn't necessarily going to happen without a bit of planning before snapping the shutter.Here are a few simple steps to consider when you are walking by a nice setting of flowers in order to increase the chances of taking a great shot.If you simply photograph the flowers from waist height you would find that the angle is too high and the distance too great.... continue reading
I’ve shot micro-stock with both professional and amateur models; there are pros and cons with both.Theoretically the professionals hit the ground running; they know how to pose, aren’t shy and understand the photo shoot dynamic. But there are also disadvantages. You tend to hire pro models on the strength of their online portfolios which are sometimes misleading with older photos. I’ve had my fair share of ‘surprises,’ shall I say.But I’m making the case here for shooting with amateurs,... continue reading
Hi DT'ersI, like many others have recently been making a significant effort to improve my downloads.There doesn't seem to be an one size fits all answer, but effort in does equal reward out, as with most things in life that are worth doing.A friend and I often plan a morning on a weekend to go to a particular location and get some shots for stock and for pleasure (theres a difference it seems).We typically end up with 10-20 good shots that look great on a website generic nice photos, but... continue reading
Photography Resolutions For 2016 (Part One)As the year draws to a close, we’re reminded that as photographers it’s time to evaluate ourselves. Whether we do photography as a hobby or as an actual job it’s always good to set goals and reflect back upon the work we've done this year.Before we plan for the future however, we must look back on the year 2015.What did you do in regards to photography this year? Did your camera collect dust (sadly like mine did a little) this year or did you... continue reading
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