PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

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Choosing a Digital Camera Digital Features Explained

Choosing a Digital Camera Digital Features Explained

If you haven’t tried macro photography before, it will open up an unfamiliar and fascinating world to you and stretch your photographic skills. Focussing, lighting, composition and working with a very shallow depth of field all pose challenges, and shooting macro will...

Which kind of camera is right for you?

Which kind of camera is right for you?

One of the questions we’re always being asked here at Hairy Goat is how to go about choosing a camera. It’s really difficult to know what to buy when you don’t know anything about photography, and all that jargon might as well be written in double-Dutch as English....

Learning more about you and your camera

Learning more about you and your camera

Learning how you and your camera work together is one of the best things you can do to improve your photography. You don’t even need to leave the house for it, so no excuses! Get that camera out and place it near at hand so you can pick it up on the spur of the...

How to use Custom White Balance

How to use Custom White Balance

White Balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic colour casts so that something that looks white to the naked eye will also look white in your photograph. Electric light makes everything look orange, fluorescent light has a pale green cast to it, and even...

Taking photos of strangers in public

Taking photos of strangers in public

Taking photos of strangers in public – what’s legal? If you’re into street photography, or think you might like to take it up, you might have wondered what the legal rules are when it comes to snapping people you don’t know. Here’s a brief guide to your rights....

How to get comfortable photographing strangers

How to get comfortable photographing strangers

We covered the legal ins and outs of photographing strangers previously (Taking Photos of Strangers In Public), but how do you actually go about it? There are two basic options – you do it without them knowing, or you ask permission. There are pros and cons to each of...

Action Shots

Action Shots

Taking Action Shots When we think of action shots, we usually have sport in mind and with the Olympics coming up in London there will be lots of you wanting to know how to get good sporting shots. However, action shots cover a wide range of things, including children...

File Recovery

File Recovery

Have you thought of what it would be like to lose all your photos on the last day of your holiday? This week, I received an email just like that from a devastated client. I completely empathised as I went through something similar a few years ago when I went to...

Taking photos in public or private property in the UK

Taking photos in public or private property in the UK

Courtesy of the Royal Photographic Society Know the Facts Police Stop and Search Rights Under the Terrorism Act  Every person has a right to photograph in a public place  It is not against the law to photograph a police officer undertaking normal duties  The police...

Tips for photographing activity on the water

Tips for photographing activity on the water

Summer is the time for river races and river processions. This year the Thames in London will be the venue for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant – one of the biggest and most elaborate you’re likely to come across, covering seven miles and with over 1000 boats...

How to use AEL Auto Exposure Lock

How to use AEL Auto Exposure Lock

Most of you will be familiar with half-pressing the shutter to lock the focus; what you might not realise is that this usually locks the exposure as well so that your exposure settings are appropriate to whatever you’ve focussed on. Most of the time this works really...

Great Firework Shots

Great Firework Shots

There are going to be a lot of firework displays in the UK this summer, what with the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Lots of other summer events involve fireworks too – even classical concerts in the parks often have a firework finale. The tips below are...