May 3, 2019

When we buy a camera they usually come bundled with a zoom lens, typically 18-55mm that lets you get wide or narrow field of view to suit your subject. Some of these lenses are good quality, the majority I would say are unfortunately not. Referred to as 'kit' lenses th...

April 12, 2019

For most of us life is in colour. Occasionally dull but often vibrant, it's how we describe our mood, our language and helps us to recall people and places ("you don't remember? You were wearing your blue jumper!").

Yet more often than not, I find myself converting imag...

April 5, 2019

Practice Makes Perfect.

Approximately 16 years of my working life have been spent in the world of 'Learning & Development'. Whenever I got good at something in a job, I was always keen to see others have the same success, so it was natural fit for me. Sharing best pract...

March 29, 2019

Just because the sunlight is ending doesn't mean your photography has to.

The setting of the sun usually signifies the end of the photographic day for many photographers. But as the natural light fades it is replaced by artificial light or moonlight a whole new world ca...

March 22, 2019

A High Angle shot is probably not what Steven Spielberg would go for here (more E.T. later).

This week's tip is something that has had the biggest impact on my photography and videography. Once you become aware of it, you'll notice it in film and television as much as y...

March 15, 2019

Windows are a free "soft box" in your office or home.

March is a special month for me, not just because St. Patrick's Day offers the excuse of Irish frivolity, but as it marks the birth of my eldest son Cullan. As such it seems only apt for me to look at photos of him w...

March 12, 2019

"Stop, Netflix" - Thomas David Kavanagh

My very first part-time job was working in a video-store in Dublin, the shop also doubled as a Laundrette but this was Dublin in the 90's. In some ways this was a dream job to a film-obsessed teenager. When I wasn't interrupted by...

March 11, 2019

Getting Close - Being centimetres makes the icing on one cake the main focus

In last week's photography tip I discussed how to create a shallow depth of field by controlling the focal length or aperture of your lens. But there are other ways to isolate someone or someth...

March 1, 2019

Musician Bobby Aherne - Thomas David Kavanagh

One of the most popular photography techniques, especially in portraiture, is creating a shallow depth-of-field. That is where only a small portion of the image is in focus, usually a person's face (most importantly their ey...

February 22, 2019

Daniela Hantuchova extends to return the ball at the Aegon Classic in Edgbaston - Thomas David Kavanagh

In photography there is always a pressure (whether it's of your own making) to capture an image that perfectly represents a scene. An ideal composition that captures...

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