FREE to enter International Photography Competition

FREE to enter International Photography Competition

FREE to enter International Photography Competition

Photographers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience are eligible to enter the online competition of Xposure. The panel of judges are looking to award an Overall Winner and best in class images from the 8 categories;

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Help-Portrait-UK-Coventry-School-Shoot

Help-Portrait-UK-Coventry-School-Shoot

I'm really pleased to report on our first Help-Portrait shoot in Coventry.  Last night, 4th July 2017, my crew gave up their time, expertise and equipment to shoot 25 family portraits in a local school.

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A Rant - "in pursuit of a photo"

A Rant - "in pursuit of a photo"

"Is it just me or ..?"

Over the last few years, I have witnessed a sad and declining, respect for the countryside/nature.  I know this post will probably only be read by those who are already on my wavelength and share my sense of respect for the "the countryside code" and appreciate the delicate balance between enjoying and destroying nature's wonderful spectre.  

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Photo of the month - June - Limited Edition Print

Photo of the month - June - Limited Edition Print

Poppy 4 - Kidderminster

June's selected image was taken at Kidderminster mid-June when we had record breaking and heat zapping temperatures.

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Lee Filters - Exclusive deal to my customers

Lee Filters - Exclusive deal to my customers

Get an amazing discount of Lee Filters from the UKs largest stockist by quoting ARANGER2017 on your order and receive bigger discounts with one of the bespoke packages put together by Alan Ranger

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Evening Poppy Field Shoots

Evening Poppy Field Shoots

I have just been informed of a field full of poppies in Kidderminster that are looking spectacular.  So I am pleased to announce that I have changed my diary to accommodate 4 evenings next week for 2.5hr evening workshops to catch them whilst they are at their best.

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Photo of the month - May - Limited Edition Print

Photo of the month - May - Limited Edition Print

Southerscales Limestone Cracks

May's selected image was taken at Southerscales, near Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales

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25% off any booking

25% off any booking

Save 25% off any booking for any event if you book by midnight Wed 31st May.

Limited Period - 24hrs only - book before midnight 31st May 2017 to receive 25% off any course, workshop, masterclass, private tuition or other photography service.

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Online Photography Mentoring – Benefits

Online Photography Mentoring – Benefits

On-line Photography Mentoring – Benefits Beyond Tuition

The online photography mentoring programme is suitable for any level of photographer and camera.  The assignments, support and feedback are personal to you and provided on a one to one basis.

The question is, what do you get from online photography mentoring that’s different from attending a workshop or signing up to a course?

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Schools Photo Project

Schools Photo Project

Photography is not a technical pursuit of subjects that allow us to use equipment and practise the rule of thirds, long exposure or some other technique and method.

Photography is a creative and expressive process that allows us to make unique interpretations of how we view the world and feel about the subjects in it.

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NEW Intermediates Photography Course

NEW Intermediates Photography Course

This is the new follow-on course for anyone who has attended the 5 Week Beginners Foundation Course or has a good understanding of exposure, composition and image making. 

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Photo of the month - April - Limited Edition Print

Photo of the month - April - Limited Edition Print

Bluebells

April's selected image was taken in Warwickshire on one of my bluebell woodlands workshops. Conditions were lovely in the early morning light and timing the shot when the sun was shining but not too brightly was the key to making this shot.  It's a composition/shot I have made on the same location for the last 4 years.  

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Photo of the month - March - Limited Edition Print

Photo of the month - March - Limited Edition Print

Spittal Rock

March's selected image was taken Spittal beach 2017.  Conditions were wet, in fact it was raining at the time and it took me a while to choose the right lens to match the perspective I wanted and deal with the complicated technical issues of depth of field do this image.

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Ruby's First Photo Project

Ruby's First Photo Project

Photography for kids

I am about to start teaching a photography course to a class in a special needs school and have had to prepare a range of photographic tasks and ideas that could be enjoyed and tackled by children with a range of learning abilities.

Having sketched out a rough outline I thought who better to try it out with than my own kids

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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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