#5 of the Judging a Photograph Series Last week I spoke out against using super telephoto lenses on a safari. That’s because things are rarely that far away and if you zoom so far in that you crop out the surroundings, then you might as well have gone to a zoo. This week I’m looking at the other sort of cropping; the one you do when you edit your photo on a computer. In a great image there is a point to every area and a reason the author wants each area to look the way it does. There may…

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#4 of the Judging a Photograph Series I read some so-called advice this week about the best photography equipment to buy for a safari holiday. I strongly disagreed with it. The “advice” said to take two telephoto lenses and to buy the longest zoom that you can afford, preferably up to 600mm. This is stuff and nonsense. Unless you’re planning on ignoring the lumping great elephant at the waterhole immediately in front of you, and perhaps you want to shoot birds instead, then you don’t need to remortgage your house and build your biceps to carry a massive telephoto. All you will end…

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I’ve been an enthusiastic photographer from the age of 13 and local friends are always asking me “how’s your photography?” when they see me. Although I got a bit fed up with photography a couple of years ago, it is really pulling me back and I’m shooting more and more. My husband and I were sorting through our camera equipment recently and discovered that our Canon 50E SLR 35mm film camera had stopped working. This really made me feel sentimental! It is possibly my all-time favourite camera, so easy to use, such incredible quality. The lenses which we bought to…

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