#27 in the Judging a Photograph Series . If you take a photo of a person – whether a formal portrait or not – then you will get a different feel to the image depending on where they are looking. If their eyes are looking straight into your lens, then it’s all pretty unambiguous. It starts to get more interesting when they are looking somewhere else. You are drawn to follow their gaze. When you have two people in a photo together then it’s great to get a shot of them looking at each other. Wedding photographers do this a…

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Years ago my husband and I said to each other that we would go to see the total eclipse of the sun on 21st August 2017 in the USA. There were several good reasons. We wanted to go to the USA anyway to visit family. Having a date to aim for helped us to save up to see them. We had seen a total eclipse in France in 1999 and knew that it was worth showing this sight to our children. Total eclipses over populated land are so rare that most people never see one, but once in the USA,…

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B&H photo is a vast, world famous camera store in the greatest city in the world, New York. It’s situated just a short stroll from Times Square and has all the credentials to put it at the top of the camera store game. As you can imagine, I was really excited to visit this store while we were in New York earlier this month. They don’t just sell cameras; there are TVs, tablets and hi fi speakers. I spent a long time choosing a pair of headphones. We checked out some prices before we went to the store and they…

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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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