• Guides

    Weather Challenges

    It seems like all us Brits do, is talk about the weather, but it is an element that all photographers have to account for when using their equipment outside. Sometimes it is expected (like rain in London) but other times it can take you completely by surprise. We will discuss some aspects of the weather that can be utilised to change your image or making the most of your image when the weather isn’t behaving! Rain Typically we get a lot of rain in London/UK so I am constantly having to consider the effect of moving water (active rain) and still water (the puddles left behind) on subject matter. Focus…

  • Africa,  Travel Inspiration

    Skydiving Over Cape Town

    The shutter door rolls up on the right handside of the small aircraft, hovering 9000ft above Cape Town, revealing an expanse of baby blue sky with a spattering of fluffy white clouds. The cold air sweeps in, causing goosebumps. Knees weak, palms sweaty. The tandem jumper issues his last instructions ‘Bend your knees under the plane, lend back and roll out‘. A short drive from Cape Town, is a small airfield home to a well established skydive company. They have been operating out of Cape Town and nearby Stellenbosch. The sun beats down on the runway, as divers are meticulously folding parachutes. The place is deserted from tourists, and the…

  • Guides

    White Balance

    White balance is the white tone of your image which is affected by the light in which you are shooting. The idea is to make the colours as true to life as possible. You know when white turns out a bit orange or blue in your image… that can be solved by white balance. Normally our eyes adjust for white balance naturally, but our cameras aren’t quite that clever (yet!) Most of us haven’t even looked at the white balance options in our camera and shoot in Auto which will hopefully change the settings as necessary. Sometimes though we need to change things ourself. Here are your options: Auto –…

  • Events

    Lumiere Light Festival London

    London hosted the Lumiere Light Festival for the second time this weekend, following a very successful launch in 2016. With over 50 installations around Westminster, King’s Cross, Southbank and the West End I was really looking to visiting again. Here are some of the highlights from the festival: The Light of The Spirit [Part 2] by Patrice Warrener at Westminster Abbey A colour image is projected onto the front of Westminster Abbey, as it the abbey itself was painted with colour and it changes colour throughout the evening. Walking up from Victoria Street and turning the corner to face this hypnotic and alluring sight. Child Hood by Collectif Coln at…

  • London by Locals

    Old Royal Naval College & Painted Hall, Greenwich

    The Old Royal Naval College is the centrepiece of maritime Greenwich, just located on the River Thames towards the east of London. Maritime Greenwich is a listed UNESCO site, including Queens House, Royal Observatory and Greenwich Park (blog post to come!) What is now the Old Royal Naval College was once originally the site of the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace) but came into disrepair and was demolished before the start of the 18th century. The site then became the Royal Hospital/Greenwich Hospital, where sailors would live once they retired (hospital originating from the word hospitality, meaning a place to stay rather than a place to receive medical care). The plan was…

  • Guides

    Chasing the Sun

    Photographing in direct sunlight can be quite a challenge but sometimes to get the subject and aesthetic you are after, it cannot be helped. Here are some tips to get the image you want. With some subjects you’ll be able to move them into the shade. This is particularly relevant with portraits where your subject is highly portable. If your subject is not movable you can try to create your own shade. Use your own shadow, the shadow of someone else or bring an object with you (like an umbrella, a reflector or large sheet of card) to block out the sun. When moving your subject isn’t possible, don’t forget that…

  • Europe

    I’ll Meet You in Paris

    Paris is just 300 miles away from London, and with fantastic transport links with the Eurostar, EuroTunnel and Channel Crossing Ferry, I have visited the French Capital on a number of occasions. Here are the best things to do and see in Paris Arc de Triomphe The icon Arc de Triomphe is found at the end of the Champes-Elysees and is a monument to the fallen during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It is found in the centre of a roundabout with 12 avenues radiating from the centre. This means this junction a little bit scary as it is very busy with cars, best to use one of the…

  • Europe

    Shark Diving in Gansbaai

    The brisk salt air of the South Atlantic Ocean nips as it fills the lungs, in contrast with the gentle swaying of the small diving boat. 20 minutes out at sea from Gansbaai, an 8 man diving cage attached to the side of the vessel, is ominously lowered. ‘Remember, do not put your hands outside of the cage‘ shouts our guide over the sudden flurry of activity of squeezing into wetsuits. Seeing the immense shadow materialise next to the boat, the additional warning was unnecessary. The small town of Gansbaai in South Africa, 100km south-west of Cape Town, is famed for its Shark Diving Tourism, as the entrance to Shark…

  • Guides

    Photography Projects & Challenges

    As we bring in the new year, a lot of casual photographers make a New Year’s Resolution to get out there and take more photos. Some ways that photographers do this is by selecting a ‘photography project’ to focus and motivate them, while giving them new ideas on subjects and techniques. This can be quite a good idea but with so many out there, it can be quite a challenge to find the one that is the best fit. Project 365 Project 365 is probably the photography project that you have heard and seen most about, with the hashtag #project365. There is no other prerequisite, just to take a new…

  • Oceania,  Travel Inspiration

    Dare To Be Wise – Study Abroad

    I finished my A-Levels in 2004 and the plan was to go to University. I did not want to go to a London based University as I wanted to have the experience of independence and freedom. At 18 years old, I believed that I was fearless and brave and applied to University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Pretty much the furthest University from London. I had heard of the University before from some friends from New Zealand and went online to find the course and applied. The application process itself was pretty straightforward. I completed an application form and made the submission (much easier than UCAS!). I was given…

  • Guides

    Wildlife Photography – Aquarium

    Photographing wildlife is something I really enjoy and watching nature documentaries (especially ones by Sir David Attenborough) I always wish that I had the opportunities to travel the world exploring nature. Sadly in London the extent we have are urban foxes and manky pigeons. (There is more to offer in London that this, however this is generally what I see!) Wildlife can still be captured indoors and for improving your skills it is not a bad place to start. I recently went to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and took my camera with. The added bonus of going to the aquarium versus outdoor is that I didn’t have…

  • United Kingdom

    Happy Hogmanay!

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year or Happy Hogmanay! Hogmanay is the Scottish word used for New Years Eve, and is a huge celebration in Scotland, especially the capital Edinburgh. Although I have never spent a Hogmanay celebrating in the centre of Edinburgh or Glasgow, I have spent it with my family in Scotland and still have some of the traditions in my celebrations in London. Generally Hogmanay is spent with family, friends or neighbours, visiting their homes. On Hogmanay, we do not eat until just gone midnight, with a meal of steak pie (the table needs to be laid and full at midnight to bring a full table…