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Location Notes: Tam Coc, Vietnam

Tam Coc is a popular location among locals in Vietnam, but visited by few foreigners.  Also known as ‘Halong Bay on rice paddies’, limestone karsts dot the landscape, and tower over the villages and rice paddies in the area. Situated only two hours south of Hanoi, Tam Coc is located along the Ngo Dong River, which runs […]

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How to improve your photography without paying a cent

The journey of improving your photography skills can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. Many believe that in order to become a better photographer, a newer and more expensive camera is required which isn’t necessarily true. Unless if you can specify exactly why a particular camera will give you a clear advantage over your existing setup, then […]

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Location notes from Patagonia: El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten is located along the Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. It’s existence has been relatively short, having been established in 1985 in order to settle a border dispute with Chile. Nowadays, it is known as the trekking capital of Argentina, with a growing number of outdoors enthusiasts arriving each […]

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Getting out of Auto – Understanding Shutter Priority Mode.

In my previous story, I spoke of how I used aperture priority mode about 99% of the time. That leaves 1% remaining in which I split between manual mode and shutter priority mode. That doesn’t mean that they are less important; my style of photography just lends itself to using aperture priority and saves me time. In the case of […]

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Location notes: Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Halong Bay in Vietnam is one of those special places where once you go, it will be permanently etched into your memory. It’s true, plenty of people visit the location each year and there are a million photos of the area on the internet, but I still tell people despite how touristy it is, it’s still an amazing place to […]

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Getting out of Auto – Understanding Aperture Priority.

I talk to a lot of people who want to get out of shooting in Auto mode to gain more control over their settings, but don’t know how to do so. The main obstacle preventing them from doing so is confusion surrounding the function of each camera mode and also a fear of permanently stuffing up the camera settings. In […]

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Tips for achieving sharp images in low light.

It’s true what they say about the best time to shoot being in the morning and late afternoon. If I’m out with the intention of taking landscape photos, I almost certainly take my tripod with me, because camera shake is the enemy of achieving sharp images. However, during the day, when I’m just wandering around the […]

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Five things to consider before buying a new camera.

A common question I get asked is, “Jimmy, I’m buying a new camera, which DSLR should I get to take better photos?” In all honesty, this is one of the most difficult questions that I can answer without knowing much about that person’s shooting style and goals. One way to look at it, is that photography is a mostly a […]

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Five tips for better fireworks photography.

New Years Eve is just around the corner, and I don’t know anybody who doesn’t become swept up amongst the festivities, including the fireworks shows. It’s very likely that in your own town or city, there will be some form of fireworks celebration to welcome the New Year, and most people will want to take some photographs to preserve those memories. Fireworks […]

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Five tips for taking better family holiday photos.

It’s that time of the year again around Christmas and New Year, when we all get together with loved ones, and some of us will want to take photos to immortalise that occasion on Facebook. More often than not, we only get one shot at it a year am I right? Otherwise it’ll be another 364 days for […]

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