#15 in the Judging a Photograph Series . I do like taking pictures of flowers. They are beautiful, colourful, varied, and unlike my children they don’t jump up and run away. They look good in large displays or in extreme close-up. This makes them an easy subject to approach. Despite this, I do take a lot of bad photos of flowers before I get it right, especially close-up and macro images. The tricky things about taking close-ups of photos of flowers are (1) getting the depth of field on the flower right, (2) getting the background right and (3) getting…

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Anyone is capable of taking a great photograph. Not by fluke, but with intent. I’ve seen outstanding results from novices on many occasions. There is quite a lot of pressure on me to take good photos because I’ve trained and had work experience in photography. But still most of the time I find it incredibly hard! I make technical mistakes; some lighting situations I find I cannot conquer and subjects who freeze in front of the lens. I am glad to have left portrait work largely behind. The thing I miss tremendously is my camera club. Competitions Camera clubs run competitions…

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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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Our house looks like it’s been burgled. It’s not standard family mess this time, no. There’s an empty TV bracket on the wall opposite the sofa and empty picture hooks above the fireplace. It’s gloomy, unloved and stark, it’s not a good look! Well, we haven’t been burgled but there’s a bit of a tale here. Smoking TV The easier one to explain is the empty TV bracket. One quiet evening last week an acrid burning smell came from the TV. We quickly switched it off and googled it. No, we didn’t grab a fire blanket or even an air…

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