In the last eight months my family has been unlucky enough to have three truly awful restaurant meals. That’s probably about one third of all the meals out which we have had in that time. These meals were all either treats or necessities. One was a lunch on a long motorway journey, one was a meal out on holiday and the third was a family celebration. We’re not made of money; our children are secondary school age and don’t normally order from the kids menu, so the cost is significant. It makes me realise how brave my restaurant reviewing blogger…

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#26 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Cropping is pretty much the most basic photo editing action, but there’s a lot you can do to an image. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I rarely leave my photos alone SOOC (straight out of camera). In my view photography isn’t just the bit where I click the shutter, it’s also the vision I have for the finished image. Sometimes I have that vision when I take the photo, sometimes I come up with an idea later when I see it on the computer.…

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#22 in the Judging a Photograph Series . It’s always nice to find new ideas for making photos more interesting. I do love to use frames in an image. A frame is something within the photo that holds the edges. We “read” images just the same way we read text, i.e. left to right. That means it’s a good idea to give a bit of thought to edges. Think especially about the right hand edge of the photo. Many photographers like to put something dark at the very edge like a full stop. This might be a tree trunk or…

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#19 in the Judging a Photograph Series Last week I mentioned that chicken wire is the bane of my life when it comes to taking animal portraits. I no longer have any pets so it’s zoos and farm parks for me, and they all have wire fences making photos tricky. Things look easier in the Tropical house or Hothouse display where a clear sheet of glass is all that is in the way. There are still some problems to overcome. It’s very dark The glass shows reflections and glare The animals are hiding Short of chatting up a keeper for a bit…

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#18 in the Judging a Photograph Series . I find it harder to get a good portrait of a person than an animal. Humans need some interaction and I’m not very good with the whole “striking a rapport” thing when my face is behind a camera. With animals I can just get myself in position, make a little noise to get their attention and snap! It’s not a very scientific approach, is it? Taking a Quality Portrait There are also “rules” for human portrait photography for which I don’t have a lot of time. Rembrant lighting, body angle for men…

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