#11 in the Judging a Photograph Series . You may sometimes wonder how to use reflections in a photograph, or whether to include one in your picture. Perhaps see if you can take the photo both ways. Nine times out of ten, the reflection will be worth including in the photo. Reflections can be the best part of an image, or just an incidental extra. But the point to remember is that it will be quite large. Probably it is as large as the object which it reflects. With such a big thing facing you, you have to decide whether to include…

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#10 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Mothering Sunday always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This is your heads up! Half way through, how is your Lent going? If you made a resolution, after a while it becomes hard to follow, and having an event to mark the middle of Lent is a good way to reset and try again. Perhaps you can find a little encouragement too. The History of Mothering Sunday You may already know the origin of Mothering Sunday in history. It was the day that congregations of smaller churches within a parish would travel to visit…

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Sponsored post – we were given Chalkola Chalk Pens to review but all words and opinions are my own. We’ve had some great fun this week with Chalkola pens. My teenage and tween-age children have both enjoyed these fun chalk markers mainly because I’ve let them draw on the windows! Chalkola pens easily wipe off glass and are ideal pens to decorate windows and mirrors or even the fridge. Of course they’re good on chalkboards too and I tested them on the kitchen cupboards with good results. They’re a versatile alternative to a dry erase marker. I’m pleased these pens seem to get…

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When you are really delighted with one of your photos, you want other people to love it too. If you submit your amazing shot for critique or judging or enter it in a competition, you quickly find people will take sides. One or two will adore it, most will appreciate it, and a few will gloss over it. Rarely, someone pans it. Sometimes even a bland response is very hard to take. In camera club, despite the gentleness of most judges, there are shocks and upsets. It takes a while to get used to this, but when you become tough…

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My favourite type of photography is wall art. This isn’t a true category in photographers’ circles. I am not sure if I can call my work “fine art photography” because I don’t sell or exhibit professionally. I’m not sure what the true definition of “fine art photography” would be. So “wall art” is what I call it in my head, and if it makes it onto the wall then for me this is the highest accolade. For many years I got sidetracked into photographing people in the studio and at weddings, but I felt disquiet doing this. Really, I prefer…

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