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Photography Workshop

Today I did a workshop in Billingshurst, organised by CC’s Emporium. Two ladies turned up with Nikon cameras, they brought along their manual which was a good idea as I only have Canon and Panasonic cameras.

We covered a variety of camera settings and fortunately there was internet access so we could play with an online camera simulator.

Histograms were discussed, along with exposure compensation.

This was the outline of the workshop – normally over 2 weeks but we didn’t have enough people who could do 2 weeks, so I condensed the course and we omitted the photography walk about.

Photography workshop Session 1

10 – 11 a.m.

Introduction and welcome.

General discussion of what people want to get out of the sessions.

Basic camera settings and looking at various makes of camera.


f stops explained


Over and under exposure

Metering modes


How this can help

Shutter speed

Image stabilisation – relationship between focal length and shutter speed


Relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed.


Golden ratio

Rule of thirds

Lead in lines


11 a.m Coffee break

11 a.m. – 12 midday

Out to take some photos

12 – 1 p.m.

Look at images on the computer and discuss and any questions.

Photography workshop Session 2

10 – 11 a.m.

Depth of field

Focal length

Where to focus


Angle or plane of view


Pixels and sensors

image sizes – jpg versus RAW and DNG

digital noise explained

chromic abberation

Colour temperature

Warm and cool


Back, side, front

Low and bright light

Moving subjects


Motion blur

11 a.m Coffee break

11 a.m. – 12 midday

Out to take photos

12 – 1 p.m

Look at photos and any questions.

If anyone else is interested please contact



New website

I have just set up a new website but my old domain name isn’t redirecting yet. All the information you need is on this site.
Please contact me if you need any more information.

I may have to re-configure the new site, as there are some technical difficulties.

Well the tech guys have sorted out the problem and I have pointed my old domain name to the new site – so all is good.

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London 2014

I went to London in November with Reigate Photographic Society to see the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. Plus we photographed some reflections in buildings for this seasons set subject.
It was a cold day with mixed lighting, the poppies were the hilight and well worth the visit.
Some of the poppy photos are on Flickr London Poppies 2014


Some horses I photographed in a local bluebell wood.

A collage of horses in a bluebell wood.

A collage of horses in a bluebell wood.

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo have used (with permission) one of my harvest mouse images. It is displayed in their small mammal house, I view it as free advertising.

Harvest Mouse

Harvest Mouse

Benji and Tibbe

Went to visit a friend today – her horses are very photogenic Hafflingers.

Only managed a few images but they came out OK despite the inclement weather we seem to be having in this season we call Summer.


Just been to a planning meeting for an event on Leith Hill, near Dorking, Surrey, for an event run by H2H, the National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust. The aim is to make our English Heritage accessible to all.

More information can be found on the Heritage2Health website.

I am going as part of Reigate Photographic Society but it seems to harness some more of my skills too.

For more than 30 years I was a Registered Nurse and have a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare and a Certificate in Health Promotion – I knew they would come in handy some day. These I did as part of my BSC (Hon) with the Open University.

Funny how things come together – looks like an exciting event for all.

Reigate Photographic Society Awards

I have received 2 trophies from the Reigate Photographic Society for having the most points in the Projected Digital Images and the Print competitions over the year.
Reigate are a small but friendly club and they are holding various activities over the summer months.
Saturday 26th May is a photographic challenge held at the Weald and Downland Musuem in Singleton, West Sussex. I intend to participate as the museum is holding a Heavy Horse event over the weekend, so 2 passions to be indulged horses and photography.
Some of the images from Flickr, haven’t decided which to put in the competition. The day was extremely sunny with lots of shadows and some very dark and light horse combinations to photograph.

Heavy Horse Spectacular

In August they are participating in a family photographic day at Gatton Park in Reigate, I will be helping with the wildlife photography.

In September I have offered to help at a National Trust/Surrey Wildlife Trust event at Leith Hill near Dorking, I will be offering photographic advice to those who want to learn more.

Reigate Photographic Society

I have joined the Reigate Photographic Society and in the first print and digital projected image competitions got very high marks. They put me in the standard class as I am the new girl!
2 10/10 and a 9/10 in the print competition and 2 10/10 and an 8/10 in the DPI.
The images can be seen here in my Flickr stream.

Butterflies on the BBC

One of my images was on the A-Z of Butterflies (as an Essex Skipper) on the BBC Nature website – but was misidentified so may be removed.

It has now been removed but will be back when they get to L ( it is apparently a large skipper). The BBC didn’t do very well got 3 incorrect ID’s!

My Large Skipper didn’t make the final cut! Oh well 15 minutes of fame isn’t bad.