Help-Portrait UK Coventry

Help-Portrait UK Coventry

Help-Portrait is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits aren’t for a portfolio, website, or sale. It’s about giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memory…and a whole lot more.

This is your chance to give to someone in need, a portrait, a smile and your friendship.

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Buying a lens.... Which lens should I buy next?

Buying a lens.... Which lens should I buy next?

What Lens do I need next?

Following on from my post earlier this week on Photography Show - Buying Advice - This is a follow up to that post to deal with the regular questions re "which lens should I buy?"  It's probably one of the most frequent questions I am asked.

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Bluebell Woodland Photography Workshops

Bluebell Woodland Photography Workshops

Bluebell Woodlands Photography Workshops

Join me at the end of April for an exclusive workshop in private woodlands just outside Stratford Upon Avon.  These bluebells woods are probably the best in the country. They are managed woodlands so free of the usual woodland debris and home to roaming deer.

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Photography Show - Buying Advice

Photography Show - Buying Advice

Looking to get a bargain

With the annual photography show at Birmingham NEC fast approaching I am getting the usual flurry of questions asking for my advice on buying....  Whilst this blog is not going to answer the specific questions on one lens Vs another and so on it will hopefully be useful to anyone who is attending the show thinking they are going to save a bag of loot and pick up a bargain.

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Photo of the month - February - Limited Edition Print

Photo of the month - February - Limited Edition Print

Image of the Month - February

Limited Edition Print - Friars Cragg II

February's selected image was taken at Derwent Water (Cumbria), Friars Cragg on 6th Feb 2017.  Conditions were surprisingly mild for Feb and early morning light probably reached it's peak just as we were leaving to go back for some breakfast.  I managed to make this image moments before we departed.  

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Recommended Photography Products

Recommended Photography Products

I am regularly asked for advice on what to buy and most of the time it can be found within this selection - I don't have any affinity to Amazon but they do provide a way for me to present them nicely with prices in one place so feel free to shop around

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Upcoming Evening Classes & Courses

Upcoming Evening Classes & Courses

Classes

You don't need to be experienced or have loads of gear to attend a class or course,  Most are open to any level of photographer with any camera and level of experience. They are supported with hand-outs and time is taken to explain the theory and its application in different situations.

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Upcoming Workshop Events

Upcoming Workshop Events

Workshops

You don't need to be experienced or have loads of gear to attend a photography workshop,  They are open to any level of photographer with any camera and level of experience as personal tuition is given according to your needs throughout the workshop.

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Photo of the month - January - Limited Edition Print

Photo of the month - January - Limited Edition Print

Image of the month - January

Limited Edition Print - Hay Woods Split

January's selected image was taken at Hay Woods near Lapworth on 21st Jan 2017.  Conditions were around minus two and pretty foggy.  I loved the juxtaposition of the middle silver birch with a split trunk against the verticals of the surrounding trees.   Very little post editing was required as I wanted to ensure the delicacy and softness of the light and contrast remained intact.

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New series of workshops launched

New series of workshops launched

I'm really excited to be able to confirm the launch of two new types of workshops for 2017.  

The first is a regular monthly workshop at Batsford Arboretum, in Gloucestershire, to support their "Calendar Competition".  It's not Countryfile or winter, spring or autumn Nature Watch, it's better because it's your photographs from Batsford Arboretum.

The second new workshop is my "Family Sharpshooters" aimed at child and parent(s) or guardians to provide a way for them to enjoy photography together and explore the outdoors.

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Kicking off 2017...

Kicking off 2017...

This week...

It's been a busy first week of the new year.  Unlike most of you folks I didn't return to commuting and an office environment, instead i managed to get out a couple of times to shoot and run a private tuition session for a lovely chap rediscovering his enthusiasm for photography again with a new digital camera after being in the wilderness for years with a film camera.

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A Journey - Stripping Back

A Journey - Stripping Back

2016 and the lessons

It's that time of year when millions if not billions reflect on a year past and a year ahead.   I always struggle with making new year resolutions because I don't believe in waiting for one day to think and act on the changes I want to see in my life.

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Learn Photography

Learn Photography

Do you want to improve your photography in 2017?

I'm pretty sure there will be a unanimous yes to that question so the obvious follow up is HOW do you intend to achieve this?

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Take a look at what's coming up in the next few months and book yourself onto a photography workshop or course whilst there is availability

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Composition Curiousness - Part 2

Composition Curiousness - Part 2

Inspiration or Information

In my last post on composition "https://www.alanranger.com/blogs/composition-curiousness-part-1" I talked about the importance of your relationship to the subject that you are photographing.

Part 2 of this series is focused on the importance of the subject versus the technique and tools.

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Tripods

Tripods

Tripods – A Photographer’s Best Friend or Creativity Stifler?

Our three legged friend is essential when it comes to small apertures, long exposure times and shooting in low light, however a tripod can also become a real stifler when it comes to being creative and having the freedom to move around - hand-holding the camera, unless you apply some simple but effective disciplines.  

So what tripod do I need?

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The Human Document

The Human Document

I was fortunate enough to find some down-time recently from a busy teaching schedule and by chance discovered that an amazing photographic exhibition was taking place right on my doorstep.

The Human Document

The Photography of Persuasion from 1930s America to Present Day

MEAD GALLERY - Warwick Arts Centre

Ends Sat 10th Dec 2016 - Details here  Free Entry.

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15% off any order for 7 days.

15% off any order for 7 days.

Mix n Match courses, workshops, master classes, private tuition, mentoring, gift vouchers and services to help you improve your photography.  Whatever you order today you will get 10% off the price.

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Official training partner to Jaguar Land Rover

Official training partner to Jaguar Land Rover

Alan Ranger Photography has been an official provider of photography courses and training for the Jaguar Land Rover Employee Learning Scheme for the last 3 years and has tutored many clients through the scheme.

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