Here’s another YouTube video, this time on how to edit pictures with the Orton Effect that can give pictures a lovely warm, ethereal glow. I hope you enjoy it.
After 12 weeks of lockdown, we took my mum to Felixstowe for a couple of hours on a glorious day. I managed to grab a few pictures of one of my favourite subjects.
In this penultimate video (5 of 6) in this series of basic editing workflow tutorials, I show how the Hue, Saturation and particularly Luminosity (HSL) of the colours in an image can be individually changed to enhance the feeling and impact of an image.
So here is Part III of my introductory / basic level Lightroom workflow tutorial. This one focuses on the the basic controls of exposure, contrast, shadow, highlights, whites and blacks. Hope you enjoy it. Feedback welcome.
Here’s Part Two where I discuss how to affect the White Balance in your image and also how changing it can have a big difference in the overall feel of the image.
Here’s a new video looking at five simple rules to improve your composition when you are taking photographs.
Once again the music is by Adam Mason
Last week I took (what I thought was) a well deserved week off, and spent three days walking along the South West Coast Path from Plymouth along to Looe. The first day was lovely weather, the second rained constantly, and I was glad as I got to Looe to see the sun come out and offer some lovely warm light on these gig boats stored on the harbour wall.
From Wikipedia “The Cornish pilot gig is a six-oared rowing boat, clinker-built of Cornish narrow-leaf elm, 32 feet (9.8 m) long with a beam of 4 feet 10 inches (1.47 m). It is recognised as one of the first shore-based lifeboats that went to vessels in distress, with recorded rescues going back as far as the late 17th century. The original purpose of the Cornish pilot gig was as a general work boat, and the craft is used as a pilot boat, taking pilots out to incoming vessels off the Atlantic Coast. At the time pilots would compete between each other for work; the fastest gig crew who got their pilot on board a vessel first would get the job, and hence the payment.” –
These boats, I have since discovered are fibreglass, whereas the original ones were all wood – I believe these ones would not meet the standard requirement for competitive racing, but are much cheaper than a traditionally-built wooden gig and allows a club to form and begin training and fundraising for a competitive boat.
Anywhichway, it was lovely to see these lined up in Looe Harbour.
Stageworks just put on a fantastic show, and once again I was lucky enough to shoot stills of the show, and also some of the rehearsals. You can buy a USB memory stick with all the images (over 400) for £20.00 payments in Cash / Card / PayPal. The images are all full size and high resolution.
A link to the full show and rehearsal images can be viewed at:
If you would like to buy one, send me an email to
NB: These USB memory sticks hold all the images but are not designed to play as a slideshow
I have just upgraded my mirrorless camera to one that is better suited to landscape photography and a new wide angled lens. I haven’t really been out an about for taking landscapes, but I snatched these when I was walking around my home town (St Neots) the other day.