MAGIC LONDON... #ShootManualLDN

A little bit of fun. Where photo meets video. My first cinemagraph.

Have you ever tried making a cinemagraph before? Post yours in the Shoot Manual LDN community - we'd love to see them!





SHOOTING ST PAUL'S #ShootManualLDN



St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Photographing this area and the cathedral itself can prove quite a challenge. As one of London's major tourist attractions, how do you shoot St Paul's in a way that does it justice? Here's a few tips from me...

TAYLOR WESSING PORTRAIT PRIZE 2014 #ShootManualLDN


This has to be one of my favourite photography exhibitions to see in London and this year's selection of portraits seemed to have a real personal flavour to them. Most of the portraits which really stood out to me where the ones where the photographer had some deeper connection with their subjects: parents, children, friends. These, for me, felt the most powerful...

FIVE FANTASTIC PHOTOGRAPHY QUOTES TO INSPIRE #ShootManualLDN

As a lover of lists, post-it notes and stickers, I take a certain amount of pleasure from seeing my wallplanner gradually fill up each year. By the end of December, the colour coded array of goals, bookings and meetings reaches it peak. I feel good. Satisfied. Then almost without warning, the wallplanner reaches the end of its journey and must be replaced.

With the blank canvas of the year ahead yawning out to me, I'll be the first to admit that I find January quite intimidating. Finding the inspiration and motivation to go out and shoot during the cold winter months can be a challenge. For some, it takes a bit of time to ease into a new year and a new frame of mind. If you're struggling to get stuck into the new year, here's five fantastic photography quotes to inspire you.

UNDERSTANDING ISO ON THE UNDERGROUND #ShootManualLDN


We Brits love our manual cars. Automatic you say? Most of us would scoff at this notion. Shifting a gearstick is just plain marvellous and we wouldn't give it up without good reason... 

UNDERSTANDING SHUTTER SPEED : TRAFALGAR SQUARE #ShootManualLDN


In photography, shutter speed is the length of time a camera's shutter is open when taking a photo...

UNDERSTANDING APERTURE : CHINA TOWN #ShootManualLDN


China Town is a bustling area in central London filled with interesting characters, colours and countless photo opportunities. I thought it would be a great place to go and experiment with my aperture settings, something which can be quite confusing for budding photographers looking to shoot in manual mode...