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The Creative Bonus of Digital Photography

Some years back I was on a road overlooking Carcassonne, that delightful French medieval city. It was sunset and I, with my new digital camera and …

Landscape Photography

The Process of Taking a Photo

After teaching photography for a number of years and constantly documenting myself on the subject, I often find educational material being all the …

South-east Asia

Landscapes in Luminar – Tips, Techniques, and a Simple Workflow for Beautiful Results

Digging into Skylum’s newest version of Luminar, the first question I had to answer is, “What can it do that will save me time, make my images look …

The Total Guide To Growing, Harvesting & Using Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful perennial evergreen plant that hails from southern Europe and the mountain regions located on the western border of the …

Yotam Ottolenghi’s pecorino recipes

After a day in the test kitchen, when I’ve been eating all day, supper tends to be a handful of nuts, a glass of red wine and a hunk of hard cheese. It’s the perfect combination and all I need. The cheese is usually one of the two big Italian hard cheeses: parmesan or, more often than not, pecorino.<p>…

Bread

How to use Live BULB on Olympus OM-D Cameras - Less Gear

When I picked up my first micro four thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, I read about what sounded like a futuristic feature, “Live BULB” mode. …

Olympus Cameras

RAW vs JPEG – The Only Guide You Will Ever Need

<b>I did not plan on writing a dedicated article on RAW vs JPEG.</b> Why? I thought this ship had sailed long ago and the time of heated debates over which …

Peonies: Peony Bush, Peony Care, Growing Peonies | Gardener's Supply

Grow-Through Supports are perfect for peonies.<p>PEONIES are one of the best-known and most dearly loved perennials. This is hardly surprising …

30 easy upgrades for your garden

Have you fallen out of love with your garden? If the autumn tidy-up never happened and you’re feeling uncomfortable about inviting friends around as the weather warms up, now is the time to take action.<p>There are so many easy ways you can update your outside space without the upheaval or expense of …

Gardening

How to win the war on weeds

Weeding can feel like painting the Forth Bridge – by the time you finish, it’s time to start again. Alys Fowler offers a few tricks to use<p>When I was a student, weeding the endless rectangular order beds at Kew Gardens that document the botanical families and their members was like painting the …

Gardening

About High ISO Shooting with Olympus

I have noticed several comments, here on my blog as well on forum discussions, mentioning how it was almost impossible (ok, impossible is a very …

The 10 Books Every Gardener Should Read

Unless you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by knowledgeable gardeners—whether they are parents, friends, or neighbors—you can often find yourself …

In praise of Pyracantha

Some plants divide opinion. Think of Beth Chatto rushing to the defence of Bergenia while reading Christopher Lloyd’s The Well-Tempered Garden, or try mentioning conifers to a group of gardeners and watch what happens.<p>Then there is the plant responsible for shattering my belief that year-round …

Gardening

Photography Tips for Wall Art

Almost every photographer has had the urge to mount and display his or her photos as wall art, either at home or maybe in the office at work. At one …

Landscape Photography

How Contrast and Clarity Change the Look of a Portrait

When you look at portraiture today’s trends lend themselves to a few looks that really seem to stand out the most amongst all the rest: high contrast …

Tutorials

How to use Focus Stacking and Bracketing with Olympus Micro 4/3 Cameras By Peter Baumgarten

How to use Focus Stacking and Bracketing with Olympus Micro 4/3 Cameras By Olympus Trailblazer Peter Baumgarten Every autumn, in the forests near my …

Olympus

Setting Up An Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5I am a big advocate of Micro Four Thirds cameras, and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 in particular. These cameras are capable of making great …

Gardening 101: Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese Maple, <i>Acer palmatum</i>: “Raises the Tone”<p>The dark branches and finely traced leaves of <i>Acer palmatum</i> give an air of distinction to a garden or …

Gift Guide 2016: Best Books on Gardens and the Outdoor Life

Hibernation season officially got underway this week after I finished cutting back the roses, pruning the rosemary hedge, and spreading a 2-inch …

Help the environment by learning to reuse your yard debris

<b>Question:</b> I am writing a persuasive speech (for speech class) on creating more awareness or new policy for leaf debris, grass clippings, etc., …

The best trees for small gardens

Most trees reach ultimately at least 23ft (7m) tall and although most “garden trees” attain 30ft (10m) or more at maturity, there are many examples that stay smaller.<p>Most gardens can find space for the smallest trees, under 30ft high at maturity. Here are three excellent examples: <i><br>Cercis canadensis</i> …

Landscaping

Street photography: 15 tips for great shots

<b>Street photography has never been more popular than it is today. Three leading exponents share their tips for achieving great candid shots and street</b> …

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What to Do When There is Dust Inside Your Camera?

If it’s the first time for you to see dust inside your camera or your lens, you need to relax and understand something – it’s normal. Let's face it. …

Street Photography Rule: Foreground Interest And When to Use it

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How to Make the Mundane Look Good in Photography

We often think of photography in two ways, photographing things that are beautiful, or documenting reality, which is often the anthesis to beautiful. …

51 Things Photography Has Taught Me

I was asked recently be an enthusiastic beginner photographer, “What would you say is your number piece of advice that would help make me a better …

The Magic of Keystone Compensation in the Olympus E-M10 Mark II

I love classic architecture, and it's a big part of my street shooting. Fortunately, one of the best cameras for urban environments, the Olympus OM-D …

Compensation