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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 – Light Painted A1

Photo of the Week – Light Painted A1

Today's Photo of the Week is dedicated to Stephen Dowset who sent me a message on Facebook asking how this image was made. In camera or in Photoshop? The answer is: Both. I have a more detailed write up on light painting cars and to be honest, the technique on this...

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Why I won’t be going small

Why I won’t be going small

There seems to be a sudden rush towards compact system cameras at the moment, at least if you follow some of the more social media savvy photographers. I can see why a smaller, lighter camera would be appealing but I find the cries that the DSLR is a dead a bit over...

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Photo of the Week – UFO

Photo of the Week – UFO

I have been watching a lot of the free YouTube videos created by Aaron Nace and the Phlearn.com team recently and I've been feeling inspired to push what I do in Photoshop a bit further. My goal with this shot, taken this weekend, was to go full-on Hollywood sci-fi...

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Is mediocre the new good?

Is mediocre the new good?

Cameras are everywhere now. Everyone has a pretty decent one in their phone or even an entry level DSLR and they are snapping away constantly. On Facebook alone there are 300,000,000 images uploaded each and every day. That's not a typo. Three. Hundred. Million....

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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...

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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...

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