The best camera is the one you have with you

The best camera is the one you have with you - Fujifilm X100V

It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and for most of us that’s going to be our smartphone. But there is a better way, and that’s to make sure that the camera you have with you is significantly better than a smartphone.

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Create a fake Big Stopper effect in Photoshop

How to fake a big stopper or ND filter long exposure effect in Photoshop

Capturing motion in the scene when shooting landscapes is the perfect way to add a sense of dynamism to your photography. For those occasions where you don’t have an ND filter with you, learn how to create a fake Big Stopper effect in Photoshop using this simple technique.

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Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB Tripod Review

Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB Carbon Fibre Tripod ReviewThe Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB Carbon Fibre Tripod with the VEO BH-160 Arca Compatible Ball Head is Vanguard’s most recent member of the hugely popular VEO range. But this new model takes Vanguard tripods in an exciting new direction with a more robust, easy to use and indeed stylish design. Is this the Vanguard’s best tripod to date?

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Fujifilm Film Simulation Modes for Raw files in Lightroom

Fujifilm Film Simulation Modes for Raw files

One of the great things about Fujifilm cameras is the ability to apply Film Simulation Modes to your JPEGs in-camera. These are a selection of settings that simulate the look and feel of some of Fujifilm’s best loved films including Provia, Velvia, Astia and many more.

Raw files obviously don’t carry the film simulation data, so what happens when you shoot Raw? The simple answer, if you process your shots using Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom, is that you can apply them as a profile during processing. Here’s are two tutorials to show you how o apply Fujifilm Film Simulation Modes

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How to shoot studio silhouette portraits

How to shoot studio silhouette portraits

Learn how to shoot graphic silhouette portraits in a photographic studio or at home using this incredibly easy technique. Silhouettes generally focus purely on shape, whereas this approach aims to capture a small amount of detail in the model’s face for a much more interesting result.

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Create punchy black & white the easy way

Easy black & white in Photoshop using the Gradient Map

There are many ways of converting colour images to black & white using Photoshop, and each method has advantages and disadvantages. This approach is one of the easiest to apply and produces a great result in less than 30 seconds, so here’s how to create punchy black & white images in Photoshop the easy way…

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Colour correct photos in seconds

How to colour correct any image in Photoshop in less than 30 seconds

Colour correction in Photoshop can be notoriously tricky and time-consuming. But whether you’re a seasoned pro or absolute beginner, this incredibly simple yet powerful technique will allow you to colour correct photos in less than 30 seconds. This ultimately means less time fiddling with sliders and more time shooting and editing your shots to perfection.

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The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing

The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing by James Abbott

My first book, The Digital Darkroom: The Definitive Guide to Photo Editing, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Through tutorials, you can become an editing expert and make your images stand out from the crowd while gaining a greater understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo; what it has to offer and how to harness its power.

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Online Lightroom & Photoshop workshops

Online Lightroom and Photoshop workshops via Zoom

In light of the events over the last year I have begun to offer online Lightroom & Photoshop workshops via Zoom. Learn how to get more from your photo editing software with a bespoke one-to-one Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom training. Online editing workshops are just as effective as in person using the share screen functionality of Zoom.

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Amateur Photographer cover 2 Jan 2021

Amateur Photographer magazine 2 January 2021

One of my images of the iconic Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye in Scotland was used on the cover of the 2nd January 2021 issue of Amateur Photographer magazine. The cover image accompanies an winter landscape photography article I produced, which included tips for shooting in winter and inclement weather where filters can’t be used. See below for the original image and the winter landscapes feature.

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