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Conservatory Observatory

Moon

So last night I was sat in the conservatory reading a book (Sams Teach Yourself Visual Basic 2010 in 24 Hours in case you were wondering – and yes, I can be that dull) when I noticed the moon was out. It was quite a clear sky which has been something a rarity of late. The weather forecast from a few weeks ago suggesed the jet stream was sitting lower than usual and we’ve been battered by a conveyor belt of dense cloud and rain ever since.

Anyway, I took the photo opportunity like any good photographer would and I was pleasantly surprised with the result. Believe it or not, I didn’t even step outside to take the above picture. In my next post I’ll tell you what equipment I used. For those who have done this before, you won’t learn anything new, but if you’re a beginner you might not have considered pointing your DSLR into the night sky before. It’s easier than you might think.

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Beginners Photography Advice: Aspirations

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Before we set off...

Think about what kind of photographs you’d like to take

People often ask me what to look for in a new camera and my reply is almost always, “well what sort of photographs would you like to take?” Continue reading

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Beginners Photography Advice: Gear Heads

Canon 17-40mm F/4 L

Gear isn't everything.

If you’re a gear head, admit it now

Some people just like buying camera bodies and lenses for the pleasure of it – and there’s nothing inherently wrong with that as long as you understand that sinking money into equipment will not make you a better photographer. Continue reading

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Beginners Photography: What does DSLR stand for?

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A Digital SLR Camera.

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex. A quick Google or trip to Wikipedia will tell you that. But what does it mean, how do SLR cameras work and how are they different from other types of camera? Continue reading

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Beginners Photography: ISO Explained

Understanding how ISO works, in addition to aperture and shutter speed, is fundamental to getting better exposures and becoming a more skilled photographer. The good news is that ISO is quite easy to grasp once you have learned a few important concepts. So let’s get started. Continue reading

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