Author: S8

Organising photos


We have a problem with organisation. Our camera gear inhabits a messy box whereby all manner of gear is stowed, thrown and crammed; our camera bags are strewn across the house at the end of the day. In the last decade or so of taking photographs we have done the digital equivalent of chucking our

Shortlisted for the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition 2016


We didn’t win, but we did place in the Shortlist for the Light on Land category making it through to being 1 of 400 photographers who were shortlisted in over 17,000 entries. Not bad for our first time. I guess we’ll enter again when we feel we have some suitable images

Rules of Photography…


Ever spent time reading a photographic technique book? Or browsed through a forum looking for tips? We have and one thing stands out out the rules. Rules for composition, rules for exposure, rules for everything. Everyone providing the advice wants us to follow them. And if we did that, it would be a very bland

Getting published – Surbiton Good Life & The Telegraph


So, I got published. I didn’t plan to, it just kind of happened. I had been out taking photographs around our local town, Surbiton, when I struck up a conversation with someone else who had been enjoying the unexpected wildlife. It turned out they run the Surbiton Wildlife Group and long story short, I ended up providing one of our images

In search of inspiration & a problem with photo sharing sites


Flickr. 500px. Instagram. Facebook. Most photographers we know have dipped their toes into them, in a vague effort to promote their photography. Both of us have Flickr accounts, but they mainly serve to act as a platform to share photos onto the forums we inhabit. We haven’t ever used it much beyond that and our experience

Tokina 17mm AT-X AF F3.5 Aspherical Wide Prime Lens


After upgrading from a crop sensor to a full frame sensor we were in the hunt for a new wide angle lens, and having blown our budget we started to look for a bargain. Enter the Tokina 17mm AT-X f/3.5 prime lens. Our go to lens for many years was a Tokina 11-16 AT-X Pro, as it was perfectly

Abandoning the Tripod – A note on using high ISO


High ISO. Noise. Grain. These are all words that are thrown about photography forums all over the net, and within magazines. There seems to be a crusade to banish any noise from our photos and achieve a silky smooth finish to our photographs. Perversely, actual film grain has become stylish, sexy and cool and the hipsters

Photography – The luck of being there


From our own personal experiences, the skill of photography can be broken down into the following: 1. 10% having the right equipment, 2. 10% knowing what you are doing, and, 3. 80% being in the right place, at the right time. In the past we have spent hours planning photography trips, only to fall at the