Tuesday, December 28, 2010

York Minster

Photgraphy in Church Interiors can be very engaging.

Statue in York Minster

Friday, December 17, 2010

Viewers and Album Generators

From time to time I use Porta Album Generator to make collections of photos for friends. The "Lightbox" feature is useful, as all the photos can be viewed, in thumbnails, on one page.

It might be worth bringing all my Italian photos together in one spot in this format.

In the meantime, here's a memory of a lazy moment spent on a balcony in the mild November air outside Rome...

Italy in November

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Stressed Effect

A lot of adept photographers use textures and layers to add depth to their work.

I found that, with gentle tweaking, Harry's Filters in Irfanview offer a quick and effective way to darken, burn, tweak and generally add a stressed, antique effect to the most ordinary photos.

Melbourne from the Train

Saturday, December 11, 2010


I became so attached to the Canon 50mm f1.4 prime lens that it is rarely removed from my Digital Rebel. Some disucussion about adding a new lens to my arsenal has taken place, given that Christmas gifts are in order.

However, I have held back.

There is little point in buying new equipment without careful consideration about what sort of shots I wish to take. The sharpness that prime lenses offer has made me veer away from zooms from the time being. I wonder if an 80 mm prime, which will grow to the equivalent of 105mm or 110 mm due to crop factor, might be the best choice.

This may be just the lens for neat architectural shots of bridges and buildings while wandering round town.

You Will See the Light

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Custom White Balance

Sometimes everyday colours can be a bit bland.

I often use custom white balance setting in my Digital Rebel to create vivid in-camera effects. The tip is to choose a photo already on the card that is relatively lacking in detail but that imparts a hue to the new photos. Experimentation is essential, as I have not worked out a system that can predict what colour tones are the final result.

It's noteworthy that taking a shot of the black plastic in a car and using that dull photo can increase the richness of reds. A scientist would be able to explain why this is so.

It adds to the excitement, particularly on a dull, overcast day.