Video of the Month - June 2018

Video of the Month - June 2018

This months video comes courtesy of First Man Photography. I really like Adam's informative video's and he really comes across as a warm, friendly and very knowledgeable person. Recently, his production style has really improved - with his video's moving from just "vlogging" to a more cinematic feel. If you haven't come across First Man Photography on YouTube, I highly recommend you take a look!

Round-up of the Year So Far and News on Some Exciting New Features Coming Soon

Round-up of the Year So Far and News on Some Exciting New Features Coming Soon

So, it's Sunday evening as I write this post and it's been a crazy busy week!

Because I've literally not stopped all week, I've not had a lot of time to put together a post. So, instead of trying to rush out a hasty, ill-prepared post just so I can stick to my schedule, I thought that I would do a brief round-up of the year so far and introduce a couple of new features that I hope to be starting soon.

Round-up of the Year So Far

Photographing in Challenging Conditions

2018 has been quite a busy year for me so far. 

In terms of my photography, I've managed to get out and shoot most weeks - which has been a challenge at times because of the weather. 

Hiking and photographing a foggy and cold morning on Blencathra

Hiking and photographing a foggy and cold morning on Blencathra

Hi guys,

Having really enjoyed filming my first ever blog post, I have now finished the "sequel". 

In this video, I hike Blencathra in hope of grabbing a sunrise shot - but the weather had different ideas. After grabbing a couple of shots, I headed back down only to find the light and mist doing some amazing things. 

Hope you enjoy it - I'll get another one out in a couple of weeks!

Investing in Inspiration - 5 tips to boost creativity and improve your photography

Investing in Inspiration - 5 tips to boost creativity and improve your photography

There are many ways to invest in our photography.

When I think of investing in my photography, I tend to think of the obvious investments, such as new gear, like a new camera, new lens or new filters. However, new gear can be very expensive and, beyond owning a few of the basics (such as a camera and a tripod), the improvement in our images from owning a new piece of kit can sometimes be quite small.

Now I'm not saying that having good kit isn't important (it clearly is), but it's sometimes worth putting new kit into perspective - some of the best photo's I've ever seen have been taken on smartphones!

If you can afford to splash out on the newest camera, or that lens you've always wanted, then go for it. But if, like me, you need to keep to a fairly tight budget, there are far more important things to spend your hard earned money on - things that will really help to boost your creativity.

So What Exactly is "Investing in Inspiration"

Investing in inspiration means exactly that - investing in things that inspire me to go out and take photographs. These things can be photography related, but can sometimes also seem completely un-related to photography.

However, I feel that investing in things that inspire me is every bit as important as investing in new kit. It may take me longer to buy a new piece of equipment, but I'd rather be inspired to go out shooting with my old DSLR than have the newest model camera sitting on my shelf collecting dust.

After all, what's the point in having a expensive camera if you're uninspired to use it!

So if you're new to the concept of investing in inspiration, or you're after some new ideas of ways you can invest in your own creativity, check out my list of the top 5 ways I invest in my own creativity to improve my photography.

Recommended Video of the Month - April 2018

Recommended Video of the Month - April 2018

This month's video of the month comes from on of the best woodland photographers on YouTube - Simon Baxter.

In this video, Simon (and his dog Meg) explore a beautiful Caledonian pine forest in the snow. This particular video is the second part of a photography collaboration with Chris Eyre-Walker (an adventure and travel photographer).

It's a great little video with some AMAZING pictures.