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I’m Simon, an unabashed geek who enjoys writing about photography, graphic & web design, technology, productivity and all round hustle. In my spare time I fly 120km/h racing drones.

Photo of the Week – Widescreen

Photo of the Week – Widescreen

Today's Photo of the Week is a panorama I shot for a national cinema chain. The pano is made from these 7 individual shots merged in Photoshop. You can see form the EXIF data that I shot this with a wide angle lens, at low ISO for less noise and at a fairly slow...

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Shooting a Substation Skyline

Shooting a Substation Skyline

Tuesday's Photo of the Week involved adding a skyline as a finishing touch. For this image, the Skyline was the centre of attention. This is The Sextons Skyline, aka SKY101, aka The Heff's car and if you have spent any time at car shows around the UK, you will have...

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Photo Of The Week – Vintage Hayley

Photo Of The Week – Vintage Hayley

This week's photo comes from an advertising campaign I shot a couple of years ago for the insurance company Performance Direct. It was piece of work that was born out my ethos of working for free to build relationships but that's another blog post... The brief was to...

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How to save money when upgrading

How to save money when upgrading

There is a boat load of of great photography gear coming out all the time. Some of it is genuine technical advancement, some is cynical marketing and some is just cool stuff you have to have. But when should you upgrade and what should you buy? I can’t give you the...

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Photo Of The Week – Bearing Down

Photo Of The Week – Bearing Down

For this weeks photo of the week I've gone back a few years to pull this from my archive. It might look like a long exposure rig shot but this is actually my first ever car-to-car shot. In principle it's simple - you drive the camera car at the same speed as the...

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Share less photos!

Share less photos!

To be a good photographer, you have to be a good editor. I'm not talking about photoshop skills, I mean you need to be able to ruthlessly separate the wheat from the chaff. I keep seeing photographers post a solid image online on Facebook or 500px only to sabotage...

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Photo Of The Week – Cassie

Photo Of The Week – Cassie

This is one of the most popular images I have ever shared online. It was taken as part of a location shoot with Cassie in a body building gym a week before she took part in a national competition. This was supposed to be a three light set up. A gridded Elinchrom...

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Why you should shoot RAW

Why you should shoot RAW

I have never understood why DSLRs are set to shoot in JPG mode out of the box. It’s like Usain Bolt lining up for the Olympic 100 meters final in clogs! If your DSLR is still set to JPG and not RAW format I hope this post will convince you to change it. A RAW file is...

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Photo Of The Week – Jen

Photo Of The Week – Jen

A couple of years ago I got the opportunity shoot in a local cinema's luxury screening room. As testament to my recent post about when working for free works I shot some images of the cinema foyer while it was bustling for the management and in return my "payment" was...

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8 reasons you should use Adobe Lightroom

8 reasons you should use Adobe Lightroom

Ever since Adobe released Lightroom  in 2007 to take on Apple's Aperture, I have been an avid user of Adobe's digital asset management and RAW processing app. I downloaded trial versions of both and despite being an Apple fan, I just didn't...

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