#SinfulSunday – May 24th 2020

If you’ve been following my Photography 101 course and read the lesson on low key photography, you’ll know exactly how this image was created…

Photography 101: Low key photography

This is the sixth in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera. Ideally you’ll have read all of the others before now. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot quicker if you do. Yesterday we started…

Photography 101: Combining ISO, shutter speed and aperture

This is the fourth in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera. Ideally you’ll have read all of the others before now, although quick recaps are included here. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot quicker…

Photography 101: Aperture – how much of your photo should be in focus?

This is the second in my ‘Photography 101’ series, aimed at helping people feel more confident with their camera.You don’t need to read the post on shutter speed first, as long as you read them both. For best results, follow the ‘Homework assignments’ and try the exercises. You’ll get to know your camera a lot…

On the taking of selfies for mental health

I was 47 when I took my first selfie. Defining ‘selfie’ as a photograph of oneself by oneself for purely social reasons – i.e. not because I needed a profile pic for a website, or an identification picture for my national speed awareness course – my first selfie was taken in Brighton train station. I…

Your birthday surprise

“‘A surprise’? That’s all?” Yes, that was all. In almost every respect he was a great boyfriend. Thoughtful and considerate, in and out of the bedroom (and many other places too). His thoughtfulness included, unfortunately, a propensity to – I don’t want to say “hound” when it comes from such a good place – but…