Swiss Cow

Swiss Cow

Shot of a Swiss cow, carefully positioned so the head seems to float in space, To get this effect I had to get low down and use a wide-angle lens close up to the cow's head.

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Using the natural surroundings to steady the camera

Using the natural surroundings to steady the camera

Tripods are great for keeping a camera steady - but only if you've actually got a tripod with you! If you are shooting hand-held, and sans-tripod, you need to control three types of movement; up and down,left to right,and backwards and forwards. As anyone who has...

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Change the strap to make yourself less obvious

Change the strap to make yourself less obvious

Manufacturers love customers to promote their products for free. For photographers this usually takes the form of a camera strap emblazoned with the manufacturer's name, and usually the camera model too. Consequently everyone around you knows what camera you've got,...

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Extra uses for your camera bag / rucksac

Extra uses for your camera bag / rucksac

It protects your camera and lenses, but it can do so much more. Here's a few additional uses... Hang it from the underside of your tripod to add weight and make it more stable, especially in windy conditions. 2. Use it as a windbreak when photographing...

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Can’t shoot while wearing gloves?

Can’t shoot while wearing gloves?

Photography in cold climates can be challenging enough, with condensation, batteries going flat in minutes, numb fingers and steamed up glass, etc. You slip on your gloves, warm up a little, then discover that the touch-sensitive controls of your camera refuse to work...

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Space Blanket reflector

Space Blanket reflector

Photography reflectors are usually white,silver or gold coloured sheets that are positioned to reflect light onto the subject. They are great for filling in shadows , highlighting a model's hair, etc, but they aren't always easy to carry around with you. They tend to...

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Boosting localised lighting with an LED torch

Boosting localised lighting with an LED torch

Some situations benefit from a little more light, not in general illuminate everything way like a flash gun does, but in a more specific 'highlight that beetle' sort of way. A cheap and effective way is to use a modern LED torch/flashlight. In the past this wasn't...

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Increasing snowfall,mist, fog or rainfall in the air.

When its raining, foggy or the snow is falling, but it isn't as much as you'd like, you can use flash to exaggerate the amount of precipitation in the sky. By firing the flash when you take the shot you blast every water particle or snowflake with light, greatly...

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Not got your bean bag with you?

Beanbags have become a valuable tool for photographers, acting as a simple, but useful, alternative to a tripod . Beanbags are easily molded to a surface and provide a good support for the camera when perched on walls, the ground, or  uneven / rough surfaces. ...

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