Having studied the art of photography from all angles for the last four years, I've seen the videos and read the books and magazines and internet articles until I thought I'd suffer from information overload. How do you decide you can "trust" everything that you see and hear when lots of things seem to change so frequently amongst the "experts". Well, the best lessons I learned were fom three teachers who kneww their theory but, crucially could apply that knowledge while being out taking photos and could pass that knowledge on in a simple, meaningful way. Being "in the field" is the best classroom.

So I'm an "in the field" teacher, which means being able to tell my students what to do when you they are out there "in the field" without any videos or books to refer to. In the field; experience means better photos more easily and more often. Knowledge of theory is essential for some aspects of photography but that is kept to the minimum. Beyond that it's good sound practical advice all the way. If you wish to improve your photography and class yourself as a novice or intermediate level of photographer go to my Facebook page DSLR Photo Advice Group. Decide what aspect of photography you are having problems with, submit a photo that illustrates that/those problems, include all your camera settings and describe what you are trying to achieve. For example..."When I'm taking photos of a flower it's frequently blurred. I can't work out what is going wrong or how to correct it". The solution is simple and you'll never have that problem again. I'll always walk you through your problem on an individual basis.

When the same problem arises from a number of people or my advice would be so lengthy that it would be impractical to display it on a Facebook page I create a PDF advisory document, which is a detailed "how to" for your benefit and any other Group member that might be interested. Some examples of topics covered are shown below.

 

 

Advisory PDF documents include...

 

 

Auto focusing modes and using focus points.

 

 

Using back button focus (BBF) as opposed to the traditional half press shutter button.

 

 

Using the in camera exposure meter/scale to help achieve good exposure

 

 

Recovering detail from blown out skies.