Mike Maynard

Sunset colours #photography

SUNSET-63

Lots of people will photograph a sunset for the deep reds and bright oranges but rarely see that the warm light from a sunset offers a lot more possibilities.

Wide apertures at events #photography

XMAS-14

I reviewed a small art exhibition at the library and then later on Friday I photographed the switch-on of the Christmas lights in Wednesbury, as I have for the past few years.

Christmas camera ideas #photography

SUNSAT-4

If you’re interested in photography, you might be thinking of buying a camera to take photos over Christmas or asking for one as a present. What should you get?

Prime lens, for quality on a budget #photography

LIBBY-ROSE-6-x-4

I started off some years ago with a Fujifilm S5600 doing landscapes and it was only in 2013 did I upgrade to a Nikon D3200 and that isn’t a top of the range camera but I have managed to get some decent photos with it.

Taking your camera off auto #photography

test6

My friend is considering buying a DSLR, he usually shoots on auto or uses one of the scene settings. With a DSLR he can get sharper pictures if he takes it off auto and uses the manual settings to get sharper pictures.

Local landscapes in focus #photography

brunswick-park-4

You don’t have to travel miles to do landscape photography. There are local landscapes that can provide a good image that your friends will be able to relate to.

Soft focus – wide aperture #photography

SAFER-6-41

Wide apertures are great for portraits and close-up shots of people. At events, wide apertures are preferable because they also allow us to shoot at faster shutter speeds.

Polarising my autumn ideas #photography

TIPTON-CANAL-FEST-22

Last week, I used photographs that I took at the Tipton Canal Festival which is held every September. When I look through my photos after a photo-shoot I always think I could have done better.

Tipton Canal Festival #photography

TIPTON-CANAL-FEST-67

I went to Tipton Canal Festival last Sunday and that was guaranteed to give me some multi-coloured shots as the brightly coloured narrowboats break up the dull canal scenes.

Composing your shot #photography

SWANS-55

I think I first took up photography because I wanted something relaxing to do and landscape photography allowed me to wander around beautiful scenery capturing images to share with the world

My DSLR checklist #photography

FUN-DAY-12AUG16-33

Checklist Airline pilots use a checklist before they take off to ensure that they follow the correct procedure and the use of checklists are now favoured by doctors and surgeons as part of their preparations.

Starting to use a DSLR #photography

TIPTON-CUT-27

When you first start to use a DSLR all the settings can be confusing and you have to get used to them slowly so you set the camera quickly without thinking too much about it.

Focus points #photography

CARNIVAL-2016-27

All digital cameras have focus points, some cameras like my Fujifilm, just have one. My Nikon D3200 has 11 focus points that come up as red dots. It is important to get those focus points on your subject.

Coloured light #photography

BIG-NIGHT-58

Photography is about capturing light and it comes in lots of different wavelengths that we see as colours. Coloured light at events like shows can bathe our subject in a haze of colour like in this image