Post-Processing: What is this mysterious art?

There seem to be two groups of people when it comes to Photoshop and the idea of post-processing a photo, those who do and those who do not agree with the idea of ‘photoshopping’. What is Post-Processing in Photography? We hear the various buzz words thrown around like Photoshopping and Lightroom Presets, but what is it we are actually doing? Our cameras are only so good at capturing all …

What is a Photo? Let us explore what a photograph actually is

Is a photo any more than just an array of colored pixels? No.  Quite literally, this is what a photo is.  A big box with lots of little-colored boxes inside otherwise known as pixels.  Without going into the mechanics of how these little pixels end up being a color, we will just mention a few properties of the image. Consider this scenario.   We have been out, taken our …

Let’s Talk About ISO, the Ups and Downs

Shutter speed and aperture are fairly straightforward to understand, the size of the whole to let in light and how fast we the shutter opens and closes.  So, ISO, this little acronym stumps a lot of people but how I see this might help. Last night I had one too many drinks and got a little bit light headed and blurry eyed, the effects of cheap wine, …

Wales with a Visit from Storm Aileen

Two things spring to mind when I think of Wales, sheep, and dramatic mountain scenery and after last week, I can now add a third item to the list, Storm Aileen.  Somehow, in the previous 48 hours, I had managed to miss the weather forecast, and this little oversight made for quite an interesting evening. Googleing around before I left East Sussex, I found a …

Blooming Marvelous: Wakehurst Place in Colours

Tucked away in the Sussex countryside, there is a smaller relation of Kew Gardens, Wakehurst Place. I have visited these gardens a few times before, but this time I decided to capture some of the amazing colours I usually see.  I have chosen what stood out to me, although there is a huge amount of plants of all shapes and sizes from around the world, …

Gardens, Lakes and a Mansion. A Recipe for a Nice Day Out

There was a very familiar feeling as I entered the Sheffield Park and Gardens main entrance, yes, the National Trust shop.  As with the majority of these site, the branded clothing, tempting treats and those nature books located on the back left wall.  This is all very comforting and nice but I do feel a bit of ‘Site Specific’ would not go a miss, considering …

Let’s Talk Shutter Speed

‘ka-chunk‘, that noise I hear every time I take a photo.  That obtrusive noise that I have not grown fond of is the shutter opening and closing, letting in that valuable light to hopefully give me that photo that I so desire.  On a positive, that ‘ka-chunk’ does let me know it’s working, and on a negative, every animal for a hundred miles will be running. …

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