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Prop Project: Venetian Masks

It’s been a long old while since I have written on this blog, and as Spring slowly pops its head out here in the UK, its time to get creative again… A few months back I went to Venice. It is an amazing city, and truly unique. Apart from the endless prosecco, coffee and cake,

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Prop Project: Army of TWO Mask

Its been a while since the last post here, and this website just had its first birthday in this format. To celebrate, I thought I’d make a post about a prop build… namely this combat mask, from the Game Army of TWO.   This article is a living post – it will be updated weekly

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Basics: Prop Making II: Resins and Fibreglass

Last week  I started this short series of articles on making your own props for photoshoots. This mini-series was built on simple techniques using materials you can buy from your local crafts, hardware or car maintenance store. The techniques and materials I will discuss today are not scary and are hugely robust – the same techniques

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Basics: Prop Making I: Pepakura

For those who follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you will know that recently I have been making my own props for a couple of shoots I had planned this summer – (I wrote previously about sourcing props for your shoot, but in my case the props I want to use are not available commercially).

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Basics: Depth of Field

One of those phrases you hear all the time with relation to photography is depth of Field (or DoF). This article offers a PHYSICS FREE explanation of what this term actually means in your photography, and how to control it, allowing the most basic of photographers the chance to deliberately improve their work. As with

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Kit: The Flash Gun

An essential to most, the humble flash gun can contain very sophisticated electronics to make the illumination of your subjects just right – but lets see if you need a bells and whistles models for what you shoot, or will an entry level flash gun do what you need. This article is aimed at beginners

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Kit: The Battery Grip

The battery grip is an aftermarket accessory which for some togs (like me) is indispensable – but is it for everyone and will YOU feel the benefits with your photography? This article is for the beginner or intermediate who has a dSLR / SLR camera who is planning on investing in their kit, or want

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Basics: Props

This week I was clearing out some of my stuff before I pack to move for my new job down in Sussex, and I realised that I have a large collection of props left over from previous shoots. Props, as in the theatrical sense, are used in creative photography to help set up a scene

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Basics: Choosing a tripod

Last week I was asked “I need a tripod, I’m sure I can get one for a tenner from the local electronics store, that’ll be good enough right?”. I realised that a lot of people who spend lots of time and money choosing the right camera simply don’t consider the quality or features of supporting

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Basics: Picking the right type of camera for you

As with most photographers / photography enthusiasts, I often end up the go to guy when friends and colleagues are looking to buy cameras. I can go on for hours about the technical designs, sensor quality and real-world handling, but the truth is most people who ask are just looking for something that will allow them to “take better

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