Hints & Tips.

Ethics.

  • June 20, 2013

Knowledge is Power - Francis Bacon... I have my own policy in full can be found here at Ethics Policy and I would like to take this opportunity to say that I firmly believe in it. Because of my believes and not wishing to get on my soap box, all I ask is for you to possibly read my policy and always remember that capturing the image should never take priority over the welfare or wellbeing of the subject/specie. Please...

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Close to home.

  • June 20, 2013

Anyone wanting to become involved in natural history and wildlife photography suddenly the necessity to spend thousands of pounds and travel thousands of miles, well not totally true. Yes, no doubt you will have to invest some serious money depending on what field you decide to specialise in (no pun intended), but you most certainly do not have starting zooming off here there and everywhere. Normall...

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Action & behaviour.

  • June 20, 2013

To capture a photograph is one thing, but for any of your images to be considered for a professional purpose, the whole quality including composition and sharpness would have to be 100 percent spot on. Because of this it is not always about getting close up and personal and filling the frame. Why not consider the habitat, wide angle, partially distorted etc. Images displaying the actions and/or...

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Projects.

  • June 20, 2013

To undertake a self managed project can very often extremely time consuming and yet very rewarding. To give you example, I continue to work with Mute Swans, Garden & Woodland Birds, Foxes and Badgers, all of which intrigue me, irrespective whether I actually get an image. Two of the most rewarding shots I took where as it happens both of Mute Swans. The first being in the early evening when...

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Patience.

  • June 20, 2013

In my opinion patience is a must, no matter what type of photography you become involved in. However if it is your intention to become a photographer working within the natural world you will find patience is something which becomes a necessity and a necessity in a very big way!! To give you example; if you are taking architecture, landscapes or seascapes it is essential to have the light in the correct...

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Permission.

  • June 20, 2013

Depending upon what you are considering to photograph, just ask yourself are going to be "intruding" in any way into someone life, property or privacy? If in any way there is a 1 percent chance you may cross the line, I would always recommend you look into gaining permission. You would be amazed, sometime this really does, open doors for you. This could also mean the image(s) you have capture...

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Photographers diary.

  • June 20, 2013

This is something I started doing some years ago and to be honest the content hasn't changed much over the recent years. This is primarily down to the fact that most natural history and wildlife photographic opportunities happen around the same time every year, hence the reason whilst my diary doesn't dramatically change. Each entry in the diary will include not only the subject/specie and where...

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Legal matters.

  • June 20, 2013

Many photographers don't bother looking a solicitor or legal representation until it is too late. This can cost you seriously. My advice is to consider having a relationship with two solicitors, one being to guide, help represent you in corporate company matters, It is usually pretty easy to find a reputable company in your local town to undertake this work. Secondly I would recommend you also...

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Copyright.

  • June 20, 2013

Because this is subject is such an important topic and should be of serious concern to anyone who manufacturers anything, I include in this all of the arts as well as photography. Copyright will not only help to protect your works but can also help to earn you some money, or in some cases with a little knowledge and guidance about copyright, you may even manage to  reclaim some monies which are in fact...

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Prime or zoom lens’s?

  • June 20, 2013

In brief a zoom lens is one which will allow you to change smoothly from a long/distant shot to a close up shot or vice versa. A prime lens is one which has a fixed focal length and cannot be varied unless you physically move yourself closer or further away from the subject matter which you are photographing. In days gone by you often used to hear and read that prime lens's contained without...

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