FINDING top tips

FINDING top tips

I have an ever-growing list of skills to master in photography. Sometimes I find it difficult to find online sources that help me learn quickly and confidently.   I spend a fair bit of time scrolling through Youtube videos and websites looking for information about how to do something or other. Presenters in “how to” videos frequently assume knowledge, s use jargon or just put me to sleep.   Time I’ll never get back.

Instead of producing my own videos and “how to” tips, every now and then I will post a few links to videos and sources I’ve found helpful in the hope you might too.  Scroll down for a couple of suggestions and links I’m very happy to recommend.

I do have a host of knowledge and experience teaching all levels of photographer from budding enthusiasts to experienced amateurs. Check out the tuition options on the website at and shoot me a message at if you have questions about tuition options. I can run one-on-one sessions tailored to your needs or group sessions via Zoom.

Sugarloaf Rock, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Western Australia. Exposure stack (five frames, ISO31, f13, 14mm, variable shutter speed)

Focus and exposure stacking (Landscape and Macro photography)

Focus stacking is a great way to get everything in focus.  Stopping down to your narrowest aperture causes distortion and with telephoto lenses you will not achieve crisp focus throughout the frame even at very narrow apertures. To achieve crisp focus throughout a subject or frame you can capture multiple images and “stack” or ‘blend’ them to achieve sharp focus throughout the frame.  Focus stacking is particularly useful for capturing detail from foreground through background in macro and landscape photography and when combined with exposure stacking can help to render a scene in a way that is more closely aligned with what you see or with your creative vision.  I’ve not used either technique to create any images on my website.  I can see how powerful these techniques are and plan to learn and add them to my creative toolbox.   An excellent exponent of these techniques is my friend and outstanding landscape photographer Paul Zizka.   Paul has produced a fantastic online course, “The Power of Blending” to walk you through planning, executing and post-processing focus and exposure stacks.  I found Paul’s videos easy to follow, very instructive and well worth the small investment.

Wildlife Photography Tips

Pangolin Safari’s Youtube channel is another source of easy to follow and useful short videos to assist you in setting up your camera and creating beautiful wildlife images including high key and low key images.   I’m really looking forward to returning to Botswana to see Guts and his team of excellent photo guides to capture the incredible wildlife of the Chobe, Okavanga Delta and Kalahari.  Here’s a link to Pangolin’s Youtube channel.

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