Metering Modes

In the last tutorial on camera aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes, we learnt that the camera’s light meter measures the light in the scene you are photographing. By doing this, it assists you in setting the right combination of aperture and shutter speed in order to expose the scene correctly. The light meter…

Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Modes

In this tutorial, we are going to look at how to use aperture priority, shutter priority and manual modes on your camera. These are the three modes that will allow you to take control over the final look of your photograph. This is the part when we move away from the theory and onto the…

Ponte Romana – Tavira

I first visited the charming Algarve town of Tavira a few years ago with a group of photographer friends. Our first night was spent in a convivial local tavern were we sampled a wide range of local Portuguese drinks. It would have been insulting to our hosts not to I think. It was all very…

What is ISO?

We’ve already looked at aperture and shutter speed in the previous tutorials. In this one, were are going to look at the third element of the exposure triangle: ISO. We will learn how the ISO setting works and how it affects your photograph. Let’s get technical…… not. I’ve written tutorials online about ISO before and…

How Do Aperture and Shutter Speed Relate?

In the last two tutorials, we looked at aperture and shutter speed and how they affect the look of your photographs. In this tutorial we’re going to have a look at the relationship between aperture and shutter speed and how changing one affects the other. Let’s use a bucket of water as a way of…

Pont des Arts – Paris

Paris is without a doubt one of my favourite photography locations. It is the City of Light after all! The area around the Pont des Arts is a particularly rich area in terms of architecture and history. The Pont des Arts itself was completed in 1804 under the reign of Napoleon I. All of the…

The Decisive Moment

The idea of the “decisive moment” in photography is of course most associated with the great French street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. But what did Cartier-Bresson mean by the “Decisive Moment”? The great man himself said the following: “Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know…

What is Shutter Speed?

In the last tutorial we learnt that aperture referred to the opening in the camera lens that allows light to enter the camera and onto the digital sensor or film. The shutter speed refers to the amount of the time the aperture actually remains open to let the light in. Shutter speed can also be…

Trees on the Carton Estate – County Kildare

The grounds of the Carton Estate in County Kildare are a popular location for a leisurely stroll. I love getting here at dawn when the morning mist frequently hangs over the grasslands and the still waters of the Rye Water Lake reflect the various trees that line its banks. In this post, I’m going to…

What is Aperture?

Welcome to the second part in my series of tutorials about photographic exposure. The aim of this tutorial is to give you an understanding of what aperture is, how it is measured and how your choice of aperture will affect the final look of your photograph. The aperture is the opening in the lens that…

St. Mark’s Square at Night – Venice

St Mark’s Square is one of those rare places that truly lives up to and probably even surpasses the expectations of the first time visitor. The square is dominated by Saint Mark’s Basilica and the towering Campanile at its eastern end. Several cafés occupy the arcades that line the other sides of the piazza. If…

Shooting from Above

Whenever I visit a new location, I like to try and get high at least once during my visit. I also try to take some photos from an elevated vantage point. I always encourage novice photographers in my classes to try to change their point of view every so often. So much of what we…

What is Photographic Exposure?

Welcome to the first of a series of tutorials on photographic exposure. The aim of these tutorials is to allow you to take full control of your camera’s settings so that you can create the photographs you want. Why let the camera make these decisions for you? Do you still let your mother choose your…

Brussels — Making Peace with the Belgian Capital

Although, photography is my main craft, I also enjoy writing about my travels. This first travel diary recalls a return to Brussels after a less than ideal visit twenty years previously. 20 Years ago in Brussels Brussels and I have history. We just don’t get along. I first visited the Belgian capital as a wide…

Morning at the Dublin Docklands

For the first post on my new blog, I’m going to feature one of my favourite photography locations in my home city of Dublin. The Dublin Docklands is a modern and rapidly developing part of the city. When I was a child it was a derelict wasteland full of unsavory characters. Today, it’s full of…