Does Equipment Matter?

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Yes, of course it does……

That’s that then. Well, no, not really. Let’s first talk about Motorsport, if you watch F1 and get excited about the thrill of the drivers balancing the physics of a finely tuned piece of engineering, does that mean that you can’t enjoy a Sunday drive through the countryside in a Ford Fiesta? Of course you can. For me it’s the same with photography.

I’m not going to pretend that shooting with Nikon’s fantastic D850 DSLR paired with a Nikon 500mm f/4 doesn’t make life much easier for me as a photographer, of course it does, but that doesn’t mean that you need this level of equipment to capture stunning photos. Anyone who has attended one of my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop will remember that I talk a lot about that although professional equipment offers superior quality, it doesn’t mean that you cannot shoot stunning photographs with level-entry equipment, far from it. I quite often get told “It’s easy for you with your camera”, yes, it’s easier, but doesn’t mean that photography is impossible without expensive equipment.

This morning, it got me thinking about this so I grabbed a Nikon D3100 that I use as a loan camera on my workshops and attached my Nikon 80-400mm lens to it. Yes, ok, some of you are going to spot that this is a professional grade lens, I don’t own a “long” telephoto lens that isn’t. However, it’ll still be possible to get great photos with a much cheaper lens attached.

The Nikon D3100 is a level-entry camera with just 14.2 megapixels and was released back in 2010. Ten years in the world of photography is a long-time!

It didn’t take long until a pair of juvenile Eurasian Nuthatches we have in the garden showed up on an old dead Oak Tree. So here you go, I think you’ll agree that these are quite nice shots of them.

If you work with good light, shoot at the correct angles and of course dial in the correct camera settings then great photography is available.

Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, my “Open” Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshops are suspended, however, private sessions are available. These workshops are a great way to learn to take control of your camera.

If you feel like really getting your teeth into photography, a great way to go from beginner to great photographer is to book some Personal 3 Hour Photography Workshop Sessions. These sessions can take you right from the start through to post-processing in Adobe Lightroom at a pace that suits you and as many or little sessions as you wish, these can be done in the comfort of your own home!


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Personal 3 Hour Photography Workshop Sessions Now Available!

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2020 will see me introduce more learning events and services, the first of which is my new Personal Photography Workshop Sessions.

Not everybody is able to spare an entire day to attend one of my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshops, some may not want to cover all the topics in one day or even just want to cover certain topics.

Therefore, I am now available for Personal Workshop Sessions that last approximately 3 hours. These sessions can cover any of the aspects of photography and also can be used to learn more about Smartphone and/or Tablet photography. They can also be used as follow-up sessions if you have already attended a Workshop.

The sessions can be booked individually for up to 4 people or multiple sessions can be pre-paid to receive a discount.

More information can be found in the Personal Photography Workshop Sessions Page.


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Underexpose not Overexpose!

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It was just after sunrise (remembering that due to the hills, our sunrise is slightly later than the official one!) and there was a Jay flying from a nearby Oak Tree with an Acorn.

I desperately wanted it to fly the other side of my position but it didn’t, so do I give up, or do I overexpose the shot to try and grab some detail? No, instead, I use the lack of light (in the right place) to my advantage and actually underexpose the shot to capture the back-light and sun shining through the thinner feathers.

This is something we discuss on my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop!

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Jay With An Acorn For Breakfast

SPECIAL OFFER! 10% Discount off any Workshop Voucher

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If you are looking for something different to give as a gift this christmas, why not give one of my Gift Vouchers for my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop.

As an early bird Christmas present, there is 10% discount of all of the formats of voucher (Open, 1-to-2 & 1-to-2) until November 20th 2019.

Please note, this is only valid for vouchers to be redeemed in 2021.

Gift vouchers can be purchased in the shop.

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A Great Experience At A Practical Workshop At Salgados

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I don’t currently advertise it as a service, however if asked, I will organise follow-up practical sessions for past attendees on my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop. I will be launching this as a full service shortly though!

This morning I met Joy at Salgados at 8am for a morning session on Bird Photography and we had a great time.

I always find it strange to feel in awe of spotting a European Magpie, in the UK every other bird seems to be one, but in the Algarve they one seem to appear only in certain localities, Salgados is one of those. Almost immediately, one came down to land nearby.


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