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Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

New Photography Courses Dates released for 2012

We have just managed to arrange the dates for the new term, our next series starts in January and runs through until the end of March, here is the list of courses and dates running next term. Full details are on our website, here is the link

Understanding Your Digital SLR:start dates:11.1.12; 30.1.12; 3.3.12; 7.3.12; (Saturday morning)
Understanding Your Digital Compact Camera     – starts: 27.2.12
Introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – starts 22.2.12  6 sessions,
Composition In Photography – Seeing Pictures – starts  2.2.12
Portrait Photography: – starts: 1.3.12
Intermediate Photography – starts: 24.1.12
Black and White Digital Photography – starts 6.3.12
Travel Photography  starts spring term
One Day Understanding Your DSLR – 22.1.12; 19.2.12; 25.3.12; 29.4.12
Most courses are 4 sessions one per week, (Photoshop and Intermediate Photography are 6 sessions) all run on consecutive weeks from start dates. 1 Day DSLR is a  one day course, there are 4 dates this term
To book a place please send us an email with the course title and start date you wish to attend.

©Stephanie Arnold – Intermediate Photography Course November 2011

© Bruce Wilson – Travel Photography Course November 2011

© Richard Rogers – Composition Course November 2011

America in Pictures: The Story of Life Magazine by Rankin on the BBC

I missed this on TV last night but thanks to the BBC iplayer it is available to watch whenever you want. Rankin celebrates the work of Life magazine’s legendary photographers, who shot the big moments in American history – from the assassination of Robert F Kennedy to the Vietnam War. Rankin is just one of the coolest photographers working today but what makes this man important is that he actually is interested in photography and in this documentary he reveals the story of the illustrated magazines that populated the newsagents shelves and stands in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. If you don’t know what I mean have a look at this earlier post here

If you want to watch this programme at your leisure here is the link to the BBC page with the iplayer

Weekly Round-Up of Photography Blogs, tutorials and links

Those busy lads at Toad Hollow have done it again, a massive list of the best links, tutorials and blogs all brought together into one place and as always brought to you from the excellent pages of Lightstalking. These guys, separated by half the planet are the business. Here is the link you know you want

Here are some tasters for you


Tips on Shooting Manually: Part II – this second installment of tips from O’Brien Photo discusses in layman’s terms how to use and the resulting effect of your aperture.  Easy to understand terminology serves to give the reader a concise understanding of how and why adjusting this parameter in photography can result in dramatic differences in image production.

Boudoir Part 7: Use of Props – another installment in the running series from the studio of Erik Kerstenbeck discusses props and lighting for model shoots.    Erik shares a few tips and tricks in the proper staging of these sorts of shots, sure to leave everyone with a deeper understanding of how to go about performing this style of photography.

Pro Tip: Calculating Unknown Star Trail Exposure Times – Jim Goldstein consistently delivers both incredible and renowned photography, and he also shares many great tips, tricks and techniques with the community at large.  This tip is presented like a tutorial, and shares what has to be a not widely known trick to use to calculate exposure times for those images that don’t have embedded EXIF information.

Dark Passage– another masterpiece from the studio of Scott Frederick, this time taken inside an abandoned castle in upstate NY.  Incredible composition and framing merge with jaw-droppingly awesome post-processing to create a picture that is full of raw emotion and drama.  Absolutely incredible, to say the very least.A Boat for Dad – New Brunswick – a continuation of Anne McKinnells latest series, this post highlights local fishing boats on the east coast of Canada.  Employing a rather inventive method to avoid tipping over in low tide, this series of photographs is absolutely compelling and utterly enjoyable.

Thanks! And Hope… – an absolutely incredible sunrise is punctuated with very dramatic clouds in this beautiful HDR landscape photo.  Rob Hanson photographs a stunning scene from Cobscook Bay State Park in northern coastal Maine, producing something truly special.

Clouds Roll In – a simply beautiful landscape photograph from the studio of Rachel Cohen showcases the evening shoreline of Lake Michigan.  The natural treeline serves to add a wonderful element of further interest with a truly captivating silhouette.

Inspirational Coincidence – a wonderful, wonderful waterfall photo is shared by Jerry Denham.  Accented by the accompanying story that truly proves what a small world we live in, this picture forms the foundation for a truly profound experience.

Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard – a fabulous black and white photograph of a classic surfboard.  A truly incredible image from Joni Sternbach finds further interest in the accompanying storyline that goes with it.  Well worth the time to visit, for sure.

DSC_5955s by savillent, on Flickr


The Lonely Castle – a photographic story complete with an old castle, great stonework, empty rooms and tons of interesting natural weathering.  This story is absolutely guaranteed to delight and amaze everyone who takes it in.  The story itself is very well written, and the jaw-droppingly awesome photography that accompanies it adds so much depth.

10 easy tips to make you a better photographer – Edin Chavez shares a short but important set of tips and tricks on how to improve your photography.  Some points may be obvious, but I do believe they all warrant being mentioned to help everyone become the photographer they wish to be.

Stirring the Fire: Women’s Stories Around the World – a profound set of images is punctuated by a profound blog post here, sure to inspire and motivate everyone who takes the time to visit.  This is definitely one of the most profound pieces we’ve encountered this week, and we encourage everyone to read this post.

Launching My First eBook – one of my favorite local photographers has just released a new eBook and has it offered for download on her site.  Anne McKinnell produces some truly incredible photography and any book written by her is sure to share some insight into the craft of photography with folks of all skill levels.  This initial offering from her is free, yes you saw that correctly, we’re talking free here…  head on over and download your copy today!

Inland Sailor – An HDR Collaboration Project – another great collaboration project graces our monitors this week, done by a group of some of the most talented photographers I have ever met.  This landscape photo would be stunning to take in under normal circumstances, but here we have the chance to see the same image as processed by the hands of a plethora of talented artists.  The results are amazing, to say the least.

Slightly out of focus

Slightly out of focus is an on-line bookshop specialising in vintage, original illustrated magazines featuring 20th century photography and photojournalism. This is a great site that sells those fantastic illustrated magazines and papers from the 40’s and 50’s the magazines that gave life to the work of some of the greatest photographers, go and have a look at the pages of Life Magazine and see W Eugene Smith’s “Country Doctor” picture essay

Or the Picture Post edition with Bill Brandt. “Bill Brandt’s dark and brooding landscape of Stonehenge under snow takes on a stark resonance when it is used on the cover of Picture Post. Austerity Britain is gripped by rationing and in the middle of it’s worst winter (1946-47) for over a century. The magazine is dedicated to the questioning of the future of Britain. Brandt’s Stonehenge symbolises some hope and belief in the future.
The article also features Brandt’s unemployed Durham miner from 1936.”

I don’t know about the title, Slightly Out of Focus, I think they are right on the money, here is a link to the site