Showing posts with label Photography tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography tips. Show all posts

Hey guys! Today I’m delighted to be giving away one of my travel photography courses, plus in partnership with Trover, we’re giving away a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher as well! This is open to anyone around the world.

Entry is super easy, all the details are below. If you’re itching to enter, feel free to scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s a quick overview of what you’re going to win!

The Prizes

There’s going to be one winner, and they are going to win a copy of my online travel photography course, and a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher.

My Travel Photography Course

I am often asked for help and advice from people around the world with their photography, and I have led workshops and given talks at events and destinations around the world. It turned out though, that not everyone who wanted to come to these could make it, so I decided to put everything I knew about photography into an incredibly comprehensive online course.

The course assumes zero starting knowledge, and walks you through everything right from the basics. With 33 lessons, it’s really got something for everyone, with all the basic knowledge you need to master your camera, through to information on gear, advanced photography techniques like long-exposures, astrophotography, and HDR. It also covers post-processing, mobile photography, and even how to turn your hobby into a profession, and how to start making a living through photography.

I poured nearly half a year into creating the course, and feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. You can check the course out here.

The Expedia Voucher from Trover

As you may know, I’ve been talking about Trover for a while here on the blog. In case you’re not up to speed, it’s an app and a website to help you discover all the awesome things around you – be those attractions, places to eat, or just a great view.

I love how easy the app makes it to find fun new places in the world around me – I’ve discovered new locations in destinations I thought I knew well, and used it to plan whole days out. They also run regular competitions (like this one!) with fantastic prizes, so definitely a community worth checking out and joining.

Trover is part of the Expedia family, they’ve kindly donated a $250 Expedia voucher as a prize to the sweepstakes winner.

How to Enter

Entry is super simple!

All you have to do is head over to the Trover website and upload an image along the theme of “Finding the Universe”. That’s a pretty broad description. The idea is that you share some of your favourite places in the world with the Trover community, and pop in a description as to where it is and what makes it so awesome. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you!

Then, at the end of the description, put the text: #FindingtheUniverse  That part is super important as it lets us find the images that were entered.

The winner will be picked at random from all the entries, and yes, you can enter more than once – just use a different photo each time! The contest is running until the 26th February at 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT – so get uploading!

Let’s run through that:

  1. Head over to Trover
  2. Sign-in (or sign-up, if you’re new!)
  3. Choose “add a photo” from the top navigation bar
  4. Pick a photo you want to upload and upload it
  5. Enter a snazzy description of the photo
  6. Include the text #FindingtheUniverse in your photo description so I can find it!

Note that only new uploads to Trover will count as entries, adding the hashtag to photos you’ve previously uploaded won’t be counted as entries.

That’s it! Good luck!

 

The Inevitable Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Finding the Universe

2.Finding the Universe contributors, Trover and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition including helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. The sweepstakes is open worldwide except in countries where participation is against the law

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this sweepstakes.

5. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are via blog post on Finding the Universe

6. Closing date for entry is 18:00 GMT 26th February 2017. After this date no further entries will be permitted. Multiple entries per participant will be considered. Only new uploads to Trover will be considered. Incomplete, incorrect or otherwise invalid entries will not be considered. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The prize for the winner is as follows: one Expedia Travel Voucher worth $250 USD and 1x Photography Course, worth $99.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice and for any reason. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be drawn at random by Finding the Universe from all valid entries received on the Trover website

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The winner consents to their name, postal address and mobile contact number to be passed on to Trover for the purposes of fulfilling the prize.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by UK law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the UK.

Win A Photography Course and $250 with Trover!

Hey guys! Today I’m delighted to be giving away one of my travel photography courses, plus in partnership with Trover, we’re giving away a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher as well! This is open to anyone around the world.

Entry is super easy, all the details are below. If you’re itching to enter, feel free to scroll down.

Otherwise, here’s a quick overview of what you’re going to win!

The Prizes

There’s going to be one winner, and they are going to win a copy of my online travel photography course, and a $250 USD Expedia travel voucher.

My Travel Photography Course

I am often asked for help and advice from people around the world with their photography, and I have led workshops and given talks at events and destinations around the world. It turned out though, that not everyone who wanted to come to these could make it, so I decided to put everything I knew about photography into an incredibly comprehensive online course.

The course assumes zero starting knowledge, and walks you through everything right from the basics. With 33 lessons, it’s really got something for everyone, with all the basic knowledge you need to master your camera, through to information on gear, advanced photography techniques like long-exposures, astrophotography, and HDR. It also covers post-processing, mobile photography, and even how to turn your hobby into a profession, and how to start making a living through photography.

I poured nearly half a year into creating the course, and feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. You can check the course out here.

The Expedia Voucher from Trover

As you may know, I’ve been talking about Trover for a while here on the blog. In case you’re not up to speed, it’s an app and a website to help you discover all the awesome things around you – be those attractions, places to eat, or just a great view.

I love how easy the app makes it to find fun new places in the world around me – I’ve discovered new locations in destinations I thought I knew well, and used it to plan whole days out. They also run regular competitions (like this one!) with fantastic prizes, so definitely a community worth checking out and joining.

Trover is part of the Expedia family, they’ve kindly donated a $250 Expedia voucher as a prize to the sweepstakes winner.

How to Enter

Entry is super simple!

All you have to do is head over to the Trover website and upload an image along the theme of “Finding the Universe”. That’s a pretty broad description. The idea is that you share some of your favourite places in the world with the Trover community, and pop in a description as to where it is and what makes it so awesome. I’ll leave the interpretation up to you!

Then, at the end of the description, put the text: #FindingtheUniverse  That part is super important as it lets us find the images that were entered.

The winner will be picked at random from all the entries, and yes, you can enter more than once – just use a different photo each time! The contest is running until the 26th February at 18:00 (6:00pm) GMT – so get uploading!

Let’s run through that:

  1. Head over to Trover
  2. Sign-in (or sign-up, if you’re new!)
  3. Choose “add a photo” from the top navigation bar
  4. Pick a photo you want to upload and upload it
  5. Enter a snazzy description of the photo
  6. Include the text #FindingtheUniverse in your photo description so I can find it!

Note that only new uploads to Trover will count as entries, adding the hashtag to photos you’ve previously uploaded won’t be counted as entries.

That’s it! Good luck!

 

The Inevitable Terms and Conditions

1. The promoter is: Finding the Universe

2.Finding the Universe contributors, Trover and their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition including helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

3. The sweepstakes is open worldwide except in countries where participation is against the law

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this sweepstakes.

5. Route to entry for the sweepstakes and details of how to enter are via blog post on Finding the Universe

6. Closing date for entry is 18:00 GMT 26th February 2017. After this date no further entries will be permitted. Multiple entries per participant will be considered. Only new uploads to Trover will be considered. Incomplete, incorrect or otherwise invalid entries will not be considered. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all participants.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

8. The prize for the winner is as follows: one Expedia Travel Voucher worth $250 USD and 1x Photography Course, worth $99.

9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice and for any reason. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and the promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be drawn at random by Finding the Universe from all valid entries received on the Trover website

12. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, the promoter reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. The winner consents to their name, postal address and mobile contact number to be passed on to Trover for the purposes of fulfilling the prize.

14. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by UK law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the UK.

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In my ongoing series of photography tips, today I want to answer a question that many of you have – namely, what is a Neutral Density Filter?

If this isn’t a question you had, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not. I’m going to break it down simply for you.

Let’s start off by answering the question – what is a filter?

Photography Tips: What is a Neutral Density (ND) Filter?

_by_Laurence Norah

In my ongoing series of photography tips, today I want to answer a question that many of you have – namely, what is a Neutral Density Filter?

If this isn’t a question you had, and you have no idea what I’m talking about, fear not. I’m going to break it down simply for you.

Let’s start off by answering the question – what is a filter?

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One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

How to Pick The Best Camera for Travel

One of the most popular questions I’m asked by readers of this blog, both here and on our social media channels like Facebook & Instagram, is what camera I use for my travel photography.

I’m asked it so often in fact that I wrote a whole post about our travel photography gear.

The thing is though, the travel photography gear I travel with is specific to our needs as full time travel bloggers and photographers, and won’t be right for everyone. With that in mind, I wanted to put together a definitive (and regularly updated) guide to choosing the best camera for travel, along with some suggestions for the best camera to travel with, based on your needs and budget.

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Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

10 Tips for Cold Weather Photography

Cold weather and winter photography tips

Wintery cold places offer myriad opportunities for photography, from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights. If the light is right, you can get some truly fantastic winter shots. However, cold weather also offers unique challenges to photographers – and I’m not just talking about cold fingers!

In this post I want to share with you some tips and ideas to help you prepare yourself and protect your camera when photographing in cold weather and wintery conditions. This advice is based on my experiences shooting in various winter conditions all the way down to negative 40 in countries like Norway, Finland, Canada and Scotland.

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Road to mountains, Glencoe

When people learn I’m a travel photographer, I am always asked for my advice on how they can improve their photos. And what camera I use. But mostly, how to improve their pictures.

The truth is, who doesn’t want to take better pictures? Be they of friends and family, shots from your travels, images to share on social media – everyone loves great photos, and everyone would love to be able to take better photos.

Personally, I don’t think photography is a particularly difficult thing. I think photography is a subject that everyone can learn. I also think that is is one that takes time, effort and persistence. There aren’t really any shortcuts, and you have to have a real passion for it. But really, anyone can learn how to take photos like this:

How to Rock at Travel Photography

Road to mountains, Glencoe

When people learn I’m a travel photographer, I am always asked for my advice on how they can improve their photos. And what camera I use. But mostly, how to improve their pictures.

The truth is, who doesn’t want to take better pictures? Be they of friends and family, shots from your travels, images to share on social media – everyone loves great photos, and everyone would love to be able to take better photos.

Personally, I don’t think photography is a particularly difficult thing. I think photography is a subject that everyone can learn. I also think that is is one that takes time, effort and persistence. There aren’t really any shortcuts, and you have to have a real passion for it. But really, anyone can learn how to take photos like this:

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reasons you need a tripod for photography VEO above Florence

I’m often asked what photography gear I use for my photos. I’m asked so much in fact, that I put together a whole page on this site, dedicated to answering just that question!

One piece of photography equipment that I highly recommend is a tripod. In today’s post, I want to explain exactly why that is, so you can understand the benefits to your photography of lugging around an extra bit of kit. Let’s get on with answering the question:

Why You Need A Tripod For Photography

11 Reasons Why You Need A Tripod for Awesome Photographs

reasons you need a tripod for photography VEO above Florence

I’m often asked what photography gear I use for my photos. I’m asked so much in fact, that I put together a whole page on this site, dedicated to answering just that question!

One piece of photography equipment that I highly recommend is a tripod. In today’s post, I want to explain exactly why that is, so you can understand the benefits to your photography of lugging around an extra bit of kit. Let’s get on with answering the question:

Why You Need A Tripod For Photography

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Alpine lake reflection scaled

As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

Three Tips For Taking Better Landscape Photos

Alpine lake reflection scaled

As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

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camera at sunset

I often get asked what camera gear I use to take pictures. Obviously, a camera is no good without a photographer, but the opposite is also true!

I’ve been shooting with Canon SLR’s since I was around 12 years old, with the venerable film AE-1. It’s still in the attic actually. Maybe one day when I have a burst of nostalgia for shooting film, I’ll dust it off and bring it down. In the meantime, this is what I'm currently packing.

You might find that this is a bit overkill for you, in which case you'll find my guide to the best travel camera useful. Enjoy!

My Travel Photography Gear

camera at sunset

I often get asked what camera gear I use to take pictures. Obviously, a camera is no good without a photographer, but the opposite is also true!

I’ve been shooting with Canon SLR’s since I was around 12 years old, with the venerable film AE-1. It’s still in the attic actually. Maybe one day when I have a burst of nostalgia for shooting film, I’ll dust it off and bring it down. In the meantime, this is what I'm currently packing.

You might find that this is a bit overkill for you, in which case you'll find my guide to the best travel camera useful. Enjoy!

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Night time star trails - Western Australia - Australia

Beyond the articles I’ve written on this blog about photography, I’ve also contributed to a number of third party sites, particularly travel and tech site Too Many Adapters, on the subject of travel photography.

Here is a list of all the articles I’ve written for other sites, which you might find useful for understanding more about this topic.

Photography Tips: 9 Posts–from Star Trails to Depth of Field and everything in between!

Night time star trails - Western Australia - Australia

Beyond the articles I’ve written on this blog about photography, I’ve also contributed to a number of third party sites, particularly travel and tech site Too Many Adapters, on the subject of travel photography.

Here is a list of all the articles I’ve written for other sites, which you might find useful for understanding more about this topic.

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Laurence dreamland

For many people, the decision to move up to an SLR camera is the point where they start to take their photography a little bit more seriously. Certainly, many point and shoot cameras are capable of taking excellent shots, but for the best results, an SLR is usually the way to go.

In this article I will be providing an overview of the things you should know before committing to purchasing an SLR camera. I will take you through some of the jargon you are likely to encounter as well as the advantages (and disadvantages) of one of these cameras.

Photography tips – An SLR primer

Laurence dreamland

For many people, the decision to move up to an SLR camera is the point where they start to take their photography a little bit more seriously. Certainly, many point and shoot cameras are capable of taking excellent shots, but for the best results, an SLR is usually the way to go.

In this article I will be providing an overview of the things you should know before committing to purchasing an SLR camera. I will take you through some of the jargon you are likely to encounter as well as the advantages (and disadvantages) of one of these cameras.

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Mount Taranaki-001

Today’s post on photography is the fourth in a series I have done sharing tips about photography.. Thus far I have covered a number of topics, including depth of field, composition techniques and thoughts on filters and digital editing of your files.

Whilst every article can be read on its own, I’d recommend you give the others a look through if these are topics that interest you.

Today I’m going to cover more topics, namely the subject of lenses, thoughts on useful accessories for your photography, as well as a couple of other tips that I have found useful for learning more about the art. Enjoy!

Photography tips – lenses, accessories etc

Mount Taranaki-001

Today’s post on photography is the fourth in a series I have done sharing tips about photography.. Thus far I have covered a number of topics, including depth of field, composition techniques and thoughts on filters and digital editing of your files.

Whilst every article can be read on its own, I’d recommend you give the others a look through if these are topics that interest you.

Today I’m going to cover more topics, namely the subject of lenses, thoughts on useful accessories for your photography, as well as a couple of other tips that I have found useful for learning more about the art. Enjoy!

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Polarised image example

Today in my ongoing series on photography tips, which have thus far covered depth of field and composition, I will be looking at two topics - filters and digital manipulation of your images.

Both of these, used as with everything, in moderation, can be of tremendous use to a photographer.

Hopefully you will find something in here that helps you to improve your photography, or gives you some ideas that may be helpful for your shots.

Photography tips – filters and editing

Polarised image example

Today in my ongoing series on photography tips, which have thus far covered depth of field and composition, I will be looking at two topics - filters and digital manipulation of your images.

Both of these, used as with everything, in moderation, can be of tremendous use to a photographer.

Hopefully you will find something in here that helps you to improve your photography, or gives you some ideas that may be helpful for your shots.

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Clouds over Mount Bogong - squareIn this article I will discuss some thoughts on shot composition, and specifically considerations on the rule of thirds, focus, subject placement and framing.

Whilst there is no one way that you can make your pictures stand out, there are a few basic rules of thumb that you can think about when composing a shot that may improve your image.

As with most skills though, practice is the key! Enough introduction, lets get on with the article.

Photography tips – composition

Clouds over Mount Bogong - squareIn this article I will discuss some thoughts on shot composition, and specifically considerations on the rule of thirds, focus, subject placement and framing.

Whilst there is no one way that you can make your pictures stand out, there are a few basic rules of thumb that you can think about when composing a shot that may improve your image.

As with most skills though, practice is the key! Enough introduction, lets get on with the article.

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Today I’m going to do something a little bit different, and share some basic photography tips. If folks like this idea, I may expand it into a recurring theme. I’m going to tackle a useful subject when it comes to photography, that being depth of field and how to manipulate this when taking pictures to get the results you want.

The first question of course, is what is depth of field? Put simply, it’s all about how much of the shot you are taking is in focus. The best way to demonstrate what I mean is with a couple of photographs.

Photography tips – depth of field

Today I’m going to do something a little bit different, and share some basic photography tips. If folks like this idea, I may expand it into a recurring theme. I’m going to tackle a useful subject when it comes to photography, that being depth of field and how to manipulate this when taking pictures to get the results you want.

The first question of course, is what is depth of field? Put simply, it’s all about how much of the shot you are taking is in focus. The best way to demonstrate what I mean is with a couple of photographs.

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