Lately, the most common question I get asked about photography is how to brighten a photo before publishing. You can do this in any editing program, even an app on your phone, but the results may not be great. A simple app will just add light to the whole photo, including the parts that are already bright enough. I use Lightroom on the PC but you may think it looks quite complex to use. This is a simple demonstration of a few of the Lightroom brightening functions. It should help you pick the right one for your photo. The Original…

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Cathedral Quarry in Little Langdale is a stunning manmade cave. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Lake District. We went here on my last walk before I was given the news that I had to stop hiking to save my sore foot. I really hope I can go back one day. The tough thing about this cavern is doing it justice in a photo. It’s very dark, but the openings are large and very bright. It’s too far from the car park for me to carry a tripod so I don’t think I would attempt an HDR…

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California is a favourite bucket-list destination, especially for us Brits. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit twice, but our family has never been to the south of the sunshine state. I dream of sunny days and desert vistas, but we like to explore and be active too. The resort of Palm Springs appeals to all our wishes. I have friends in the area who have told me lots about it. Tourists are well catered for with many activities and attractions, but also the dramatic desert would be a fun new experience for us. The Essence of Palm Springs A century…

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Winter sunsets at Clevedon cast light on the rocky foreshore, picking out the stones in warm light. Clevedon is a small Somerset town with a pier and historic sea front including a lido and miniature railway. Linking with My Sunday Photo. See last week’s linked photo blog by clicking here.  

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This blog post contains affiliate links – that means if you click on the link and go on to make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. Most of us are passionate about certain Christmas traditions. Personally, I am quite dedicated to Christmas baking. I make our own cake, Christmas pudding, mincemeat, mince pies, Christmas tree decoration biscuits and Yule log. I’m not crazy, it’s just my Christmas passion! It isn’t masses of work because half the ingredients are identical. Admittedly, I am a bit of a recipe fiddler. I’m always adapting, altering and tweaking. I have two alterations…

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