Learning Wildlife Photography with MyPhotoSchool

One of the things I wanted to do this year was improve my photography. I have always been a point and click photographer and while that gives passable photos it does not create photographs with great impact. I still use autofocus and have yet to read my camera manual to find out what the other settings do. When I was offered the chance to learn about wildlife photography with MyPhotoSchool. I was really excited. I love observing the wildlife we have locally and wanted to learn how capture them on film. MyPhotoSchool offers on-line photography courses and you get a chance to learn from photography experts in your own home. It sounded like a great opportunity to learn more about my camera. The course itself is easy to access. Once you have logged in you can view the classroom. Each week a new lesson becomes visible and you can watch the video, download the course notes, and find out what the assignment for that week is. When the assignment has been completed you can upload your photographs and comments. Your tutor then provides feedback and  you also have a chance to chat to the others taking part in the class … Continue reading →

A Rain Dance

When I was about nine or ten I was presented with my first camera. In those days cameras were not easy to use, you had to set the distance and the type of picture you were taking. The camera used real film, which you had to load into it carefully, making sure you did not expose any of it to the light. Every time you took a picture you had to remember to wind the film forward or you would get two pictures superimposed. My dad used to develop the pictures himself, in black and white. I remember him shutting himself into the kitchen and we were banned from entering or turning on the lights. I ended up with boxes full of black and white prints, some good, some blurry but all of them memories and windows on the past. Recently I had a look though them and this photograph caught my eye. We had been on a trip to America and spent some time touring around Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. One day we visited a Cherokee Indian reservation and one of the Indians was telling us about how they used to live. It was really fascinating listening to stories … Continue reading →

Magix Photo Manager Deluxe 12 Review

With the advent of cameras in phones and digital cameras it has become easier than ever to take loads of photos. If you are like me then you will find you have lots of pictures all over the place, on external hard drives, your computers hard drive and it is next to impossible to find the one you want. Magix Photo Manager Deluxe has come to my rescue, with its solution for storing and archiving pictures. Now I can find the photos I want, optimise them and share with friends and family from the one place. When the Magix Photo Manager starts it imports all your photographs, from external hard drives, flash drives and anywhere else. It then adds them into it’s database. This means that you can easily find the photo you want when you want it, there are a range of search options. You can even search for a person’s face and find all the photographs of them. If you are stuck there is are plenty of videos which show you different features of software to help you out. The photos are shown as thumbnails so you can easily find the one you want. If you see a … Continue reading →

Silent Sunday – 16th June 2013

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