Mike Maynard

Sunset colours #photography

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.