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Are you a passive or active photographer?

Visiting and photographing new places this year has not been possible for most people, but it doesn’t mean we should just leave our cameras to collect dust. Landscape photography is an art that needs constant practice to maintain and improve our skills. During the lockdown earlier this year, I didn’t touch my camera for two […]

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Focus stacking: capture critically sharp landscapes

You would think that with all the modern technology with cameras all we would need to do is set the lens to autofocus and press the shutter to capture a sharp image-you would think wrong. There are more things that you can do to capture sharp landscape images and here are three tips to get […]

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See the light(house): top tips for maximising your landscape compositions

Pro landscape photographer Tom Mackie goes on location at Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk to show how varying your composition creates better images. I was recently asked to shoot a pro/apprentice feature for NPhoto, the Nikon user magazine, spending a day with local Norfolk photographer Tom Barrett and showing him how to improve his landscape techniques, […]

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5 TIPS to IMPROVE Your LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

1. Anticipate the Light – Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a great photograph. Take the time to become familiar with your subject under different lighting conditions throughout the day, then decide when would be the best time to photograph it. I generally prefer side lighting as it brings out the contours […]

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Get the best from content-aware fill in Photoshop

Content-aware fill is such a useful tool in Photoshop as it will save you so much time removing unwanted, distracting elements from your photos. In the early days of Photoshop we would use the clone tool to remove things, but sometimes the results were patchy at best, especially with subtle gradation of tones. Then came […]

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Over the great blue

When you’re 1200 feet above your shooting location, it’s essential that you know the lay of the land…or in this case, the ocean. Funny the things you think about when cruising 1200 feet high over the Great Barrier Reef in a helicopter with no door. Am I strapped in properly? Did the pilot remember to […]

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Shooting architectural interiors

Tom Mackie shows that there’s more to a building than its exterior. He offers tips and techniques on how to create great images of architectural interiors. When you think of striking architectural images, it’s usually exteriors that spring to mind, but it’s often a building’s interior that reveal the most intriguing and eye-catching picture opportunities. […]

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15 Fresh ideas for summer landscapes

Everybody thinks that autumn and winter are the best times of year for landscape photography – certainly summer isn’t the season that first springs (ahem) to mind. Because of the sun in summer being much higher in the sky than in other seasons, you may think that it’s not an ideal time to produce striking landscape. […]

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N Photo Interview: Tom Mackie

For years, Tom Mackie used a 4x5in plate camera to shoot landscapes. He tells Keith Wilson why he switched to digital, and how he combines large-format principles with digital advances Growing up in the American Midwest, Tom Mackie dreamt of being a photojournalist, but ended up working as a studio photographer. In Los Angeles, he […]

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