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Blog posts from Alan Ranger Photography

I post blogs on a weekly basis covering photography tips and related news as well as photos made by my clients on my workshops and courses.
 

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Better Portraits Workshop

Below is a sample of shots I quickly picked from what had been transferred to my laptop during the workshop for review sessions during the workshop.  I am sure there are better to come once my clients work through their memory cards and do some editing so these really are just a random sample that I picked and applied some quick enhancements to, to give you a flavour of the workshop and images.

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Upcoming Events - July-Sep

Whether you want some personal feedback on your images, specific tuition and brushing up on understanding and techniques or simply to enjoy the friendship and company of like-minded people there are plenty of options to choose from with my summer events.

I am also available for 1-2-1 private tuition on a range of dates throughout August for either 4hr or 8hr slots.  Just give me a call to check availability.

Where multiple events are listed for the same date, the demand will dictate which events will proceed but every effort will be made to ensure that each event type runs even if on different dates or locations.

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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; Photojournalism | Portraiture | Wildlife | Still Life | Action & Sport | Landscape | Best of the Emirates

Prizes & Benefits
• Overall Winner – $3,000 (USD) / digital imaging equipment / Flights and accommodation to the awards ceremony in Sharjah UAE / Included in the exhibition at Xposure 2017 / Publication in the next edition of the Xposure Year Book

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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.

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists using their time, tools and expertise to give back to those in need.

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.  Read more about Help-Portrait-UK-Coventry here:

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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.  

However, I still feel the need to rant a bit as I am basically tired and dismayed at the sight of the public/photographers who think, or possibly not think, that it's ok to walk across, trample on, interfere with nature because their selfie or photo they want to take merits the damage they cause.  

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Lee Filters - Exclusive deal to my customers

I am really pleased to be able to bring news of an exclusive deal I have negotiated with the UK’s largest stock of Lee Filters and accessories.  For those who have attended any course or workshop, you will know just how much difference a good quality filter system makes to images created inside the camera. 

Linhof are a specialist supplier and one I have recommend many times before because of their exceptional customer service and competitive prices.  UK based and extremely helpful they will always ensure you get the right product with the right service at the right price. 

I am pleased to announce that they have now offered any of my customers and exclusive discount on Lee kits, picked by me for you, at discounted rates and will offer an ongoing discount of 10% on all other purchases subject to a minimum spend of £60 with free next day shipping.  See details below:

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Photo of the month - May - Limited Edition Print

Southerscales Limestone Cracks

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

The outstanding limestone pavements of Southerscales with fascinating tunnels on its surface and deep grykes provide inspiring patterns and lines to create a visual illustration of this wonderful geology.  The limestone plateau is 1100 meters altitude so you will need to walk a wee while to reach it but am sure you'll agree it's worth the slog with the gear when you have views like this.

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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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