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PHOTOGRAPHY MINI-BREAKS IN WALES AND YORKSHIRE

 I’ve had a great couple of weeks running workshops in the Brecon Beacons in Wales and the Yorkshire Dales. The weather was really good at both locations and on both courses I had a lovely

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Photographing adders

Photographing Adders.
I had a very enjoyable couple of hours photographing adders last week. This is the perfect time of year for photographing reptiles because there’s just enough heat in the sun to draw them

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Red Squirrels

Photographing red squirrels on Brownsea Island Dorset

Photographing red squirrels on Brownsea Island, Dorset
I had a fantastic three days photographing red squirrels on Brownsea Island in Dorset last week.
Brownsea Island is, as the name suggests an Island in the middle

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Norfolk Pier Dusk

Norfolk Photography Course

I finished the last of my two and three-day courses in Norfolk that I run throughout the year last week. I find that September is a really reliable month weather-wise and my three day course

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Dorset Photography Course

Dorset Photography Course
I spent a very enjoyable few days in Dorset leading a photography course last week. We were mainly focusing on Dorset’s wonderful Jurassic coast. The thing I like most about this part

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Photography Course in the Brecon Beacons Wales

Photography Course in the Brecon Beacons Wales
I had a really good time running my three day photography course in the Brecon Beacons a few days ago. The weather was typically Welsh, a day of

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New Forest Photographers

Photography Workshop in the New Forest

I had  a an excellent day on Sunday running a photography course in the New Forest with a really nice group of photographers.   This is one of my more popular photography location courses because

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Snowdonia River

Photography in Snowdonia

Photography in Snowdonia
I had a fantastic few days in Snowdonia last week. The main reason for me going to Snowdonia was to attend a two-day Hill Safety and Navigation course. I want to spend

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Wildlife Photography in Suffolk

Wildlife Photography in Suffolk
I had a great few days’ wildlife photography at Minsmere Nature Reserve in Suffolk last week. Minsmere is a top RSPB nature reserve on the Suffolk coast. The great thing about

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Backlit Reeds Perfectionism

Perfectionism in Photography

Photography is a wonderfully expressive art form and now that we have digital technology, we can practice perfectionism in this genre so much more quickly than the good old days of using film when we

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Chelmer Frosty Morning Photography from Steve Hedges

Perspective in Photography

We all know photographs are flat, but they don’t have to look it!
Although a photographic image can only be two-dimensional, (width and height) obviously the things we photograph are three-dimensional so it’s important to

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Opportunities that come with Photography Courses

The opportunities that come with our photography courses are unbelievable, giving you an insight into different areas of not only the UK but worldwide. You hold the reins as to where your photography may take

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Venice carnival photography course 2016

Venice carnival photography course 2016
Well sad to say but the Venice carnival is over once again and with it my Venice carnival photography course. As always I had a lovely group of photographers with

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Photography Course Tutor Training at Flatford Mill Suffolk

Photography Course Tutor Training at Flatford Mill Suffolk

Photography Course Training at Flatford Mill Suffolk
I just spent a really enjoyable weekend attending an associate tutor training weekend at the Field Study Council centre in Flatford Mill Suffolk.
I’m very happy to be

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Favourite photography highlights of 2015

I thought I’d look back at my favourite photography highlights of 2015. Because I had a huge refurbishment job planned on my house in 2015 I didn’t manage to get away for many personal photography

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Photographing Seals on the Norfolk Coast

I travelled to Norfolk with a couple of friends for my annual seal photography trip just before Christmas. After checking the weather many times the forecast was good, sunshine all day, perfect for this type

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Infrared

Infrared Photography by Steve Hedges

I recently had an old camera body converted to record infrared light. I’ve been thinking about having it converted for some time. A friend had one of his cameras done and after seeing the results

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Photographing seals in Norfolk

I had a great day photographing seals in Norfolk in early September. September is a good time to photograph grey seals in Norfolk because they don’t start having pups until late November /December time. This

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Photography in the Alps

As I sit in front of my computer I can hear the rain falling outside. So I thought it was about time I wrote a blog about my much warmer and sunnier trip to the

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Depth Of Field Butterfly

Depth of Field

For this blog I thought I would say a few words about how to control an image’s depth of field. In other words how much of the photograph appears to be in sharp focus. This

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Swalow photography by Steve Hedges

Wildlife watching at night

Wildlife Watching at Night
Anyone who knows me will tell you that as much as I love to photograph wildlife and our beautiful landscapes, just being in the presence of our country’s wildlife is enough

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Norfolk Photography Course

I had an excellent couple of days last week running my first Norfolk photography course of 2015. This course concentrated on the Norfolk broads and the coast close by.
There are so many great subjects

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Garden Blackbird

Garden Bird Photography

As spring is firmly underway for our garden wildlife I thought this would be a great time to write about wildlife photography in the garden.
Wildlife photography can be a very niche pastime when it

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Essex Wildlife

Wildlife in Essex

As a member of the Essex Wildlife Trust I was really pleased to see that my spring edition of their magazine had arrived yesterday for me to read.
One article really caught my eye, but

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Photography on the Norfolk Broads

I spent a great day looking for new locations on the Norfolk Broads a few days ago. It was the hottest day of the year so far. A real “sun cream and hat day”.
I

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Slow shutter speeds for creative photography

I love using slow shutter speeds to create artistic photographs. When we use a slow shutter speed, what we are doing is recording a slice of time rather than a split second of time. This

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Dungeness Kent Shipwreck

Photography in Dungeness Kent

I find Dungeness in Kent is one of those locations that’s perfect for the photographer. It has an atmospheric quality that’s hard to quantify somehow. When you first drive into Dungeness, it mainly looks light

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Nature Reserve Wildlife Photography

With spring around the corner I thought it would be a good time to write about a few of my favourite nature reserves. Although winter is a fantastic time for nature photography with lots of

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Black and White Photography tips

For this blog I thought I’d look at black and white photography. What type of image works best in black and white? What type of lighting is best for a black and white picture? Why

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Photography at Venice Carnival

Just back from running my annual photography workshop to the Venice carnival. Although it’s a three day course we managed to squeeze in an extra half day’s photography by taking an early flight out to

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Photography at Welney Marshes

I visited Welney marshes with a photographer friend on a crisp, bright winters day. I’ve been to Welney a number of times and I think it’s a fantastic nature reserve.
The main attraction at Welney

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Tips for night photography

At this time of year with its short days and long nights, it is an ideal time to have a go at night photography.
Subjects and locations that look a bit drab during the day

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Taking a photograph with impact and mood

Throughout the year I make many visits to camera clubs around the Essex and Kent areas to present a number of different talks on various photography subjects. One of the most popular talks is entitled:

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Frosty Morning Photography

Frosty Morning Photography
The Christmas holiday proved to be a very relaxed time for me. On the run up to Christmas our business is always very busy and after a generally hectic year a good

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Photographing grey seals on the Norfolk coast

I had one of the best wildlife photography days ever last weekend and I’ve been a photographer for well over thirty years!
I headed to the Norfolk coast with a couple of photographer friends at

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Photographing gannets at Bempton Cliffs Yorkshire

Photographing gannets at Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire
I had two trips to photograph sea birds during the summer of 2014. I’ve already blogged about my trip to Skomer island to photograph the Puffins which was a

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Architectural Photography in London

On Saturday I will be running my last location workshop of the year 2014, although I still have a few classroom courses and camera club talks left to do. I will be in London on

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Wildlife Photography on Skomer Island, Wales

Earlier in the year I spent four fantastic days photographing the wildlife on an island called Skomer, which is just off the coast of Wales.
I travelled there with a couple of photographer friends. Our

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Photography Course in Epping Forest

Had a very good Photography Course in Epping Forest last Saturday. My photography get-togethers are something that I arrange occasionally for all my photography students, past and present. Around a dozen photographers arrived and I think

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Controlling depth of field in photography

Controlling the depth of field in photography is a very important creative tool. Whether you use a big depth of field so that all the picture appears to be in sharp focus, or a shallow

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Red Squirrel wildlife photography

Red Squirrel Wildlife Photography
I’ve just spent a couple of fantastic days on Brownsea Island photographing red squirrels with a couple of photography buddies.
Brownsea Island is probably the best location in the south to

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Brecon Beacons photography after dark

Towards the end of the summer I run my annual photography workshop to the Brecon Beacons in Wales. This workshop concentrates on learning to become a better photographer whilst using the mountains, waterfalls, reservoirs and

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Wildlife photography workshop London

Wildlife photography workshop London.
As usual I had spent the week looking at weather reports because my annual red deer rut workshop was planned for the Saturday 4th October. The deer rut takes place every

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Photography Course Norfolk

Photography course Norfolk
I spent a lot of time exploring Norfolk this year. It’s one of those counties that I “sort of” knew but realised that I had to look a little closer at its

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Photography day at Rye Meads RSPB nature reserve

Photography day at Rye Meads RSPB nature reserve
I had a fantastic day’s photography at the R.S.P.B. Rye Meads nature reserve in Hertfordshire on Monday.
The main focus of my day was going to be

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Dorset Photography workshop

I’ve just had a couple of great days running a two day photography workshop on the Dorset coast. I had a really nice group of photographers to work with. We covered so much over the

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Photography at Essex Nature Reserve

Photography at Essex Nature Reserve
I had a great evenings photography at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve a few days ago. Along with a small group of photographers I was lucky enough to be given access

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