Gwrych Castle stands proudly in the hills above the seaside market town of Abergele, North Wales. To motorists on the busy A55 main expressway below, this dramatic landmark may conjure up romantic images of medieval knights and fair maidens, the truth is that the castle was built in the 19th century as a private residence.Read More
Wales boasts the world’s first continuous walking and cycling route along an entire national coastline. The North Wales coastal path stretches from Bangor to Prestatyn, around 60 miles in all. We have been exploring the section between Pensarn, close to where we live, and Rhos-on-Sea to the west. This section of the path is about 7 miles long and passes through Llanddulas and Colwyn Bay before entering the charming seaside resort of Rhos-on-Sea or Llandrillo as it is also known.
Our walk begins at Pensarn's small promenade where there is ample parking. The path runs next to the railway line at this point and is traffic-free except for cyclists (beware!); several parts of the Wales Coast Path are designated sections of the National Cycle Network. There are good views of Gwrych Castle high in the wooded hills at Abergele as we leave the car park. Passing the Castle Cove Caravan Park we are reminded of just how densely populated the area is with caravans. The cafe on the park serves freshly cooked food at reasonable prices.
There are great sea views all along this walk with an abundance of wildlife and fauna. Information boards are regularly positioned to explain the different species and history of the area. At around 2 miles we reach Llandullas. Close to where the River Dulas flows into the sea is Tides Cafe Bistro, located at The Beach Caravan Park, no shortage of refreshment stops on this route! Llanddulas Beach, similar to Pensarn, is mostly rocks and pebbles with the remains of wooden groynes, at low tide there is a beach. After following the route of the Dulas for a short distance, we pass a private house that until 1932 served as the Llanddulas life-boat station.
The path now rises and presents a sharp incline as it traverses the Penmaen (meaning stone head) headland. As the pathway winds and lowers back to sea-level, the landscape is dominated by concrete sea defences known as 'dolos'. Each block weighing approximately 5 tons, some 22,000 structures were used in a major coastal protection project in the 1980s to protect the area and especially the adjacent A55 expressway road.
There is a reminder of the intense quarrying of this area as we approach Raynes Jetty, constructed to transport limestone rock onto freighters via a conveyor belt system. In 2011 five lives were lost when the freighter MV Swanland sank in stormy weather after collecting 3,000 tons of cargo. Shortly after in 2012, the MV Carrier hit rocks adjacent to the jetty and was eventually dismantled on the spot. Another short incline brings us to a disused stone structure that was an ammunition store for the quarries.
Our view from this elevated position is of Colwyn Bay's coastal sweep through to Rhos-On-Sea, a wide expanse of beach and the Little Orme headland in the distance. The path joins the promenade at Old Colwyn and leads us past Porth Eirias, part of The Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project. Opened in May 2013, this facility for water sports enthusiasts offers kayak and canoe hire in addition to lessons in sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and power boating. It is home also to a bistro designed and developed by Welsh Celebrity Chef Bryn Williams. The initiative to redevelop and upgrade the sea defences here have provided an attractive waterfront; a key attraction for visitors and an important asset to the local community.
Sadly, standing out as a sore thumb in this otherwise modern and impressive environment is the now abandoned Colwyn Bay Pier. The Grade II-listed Victoria Pier closed in 2008 and its future was cast in doubt amid acrimonious ownership battles, failed restoration attempts and ultimate abandonment. A partial collapse of the pier in 2017 gave the local council the opportunity to receive permission for a full demolition which is scheduled for 2018.
The beautiful new promenade stretches into the small village and seaside resort of Rhos-on-Sea. A small harbour, created by the formation of a rock breakwater that protects the village from flooding during high tides, presents a serene scene of moored boats and harbour jetty with the coastline stretching beyond. A wide variety of seabirds including oystercatchers, dunlins, red shanks, cormorants and many more can easily be spotted here. Our walk ends at Britain's smallest church, Saint Trillo's Chapel sits on the harbour path and is named after a 6th-century saint. Services are still held here and has seating for six.
All photographs were captured on an iPhone 7 Plus. All images © Adrian McGarry 2017.
We had fallen in love with the charm and beauty of the Alsace region of northeastern France last year when making a couple of brief day trips with the family. Katrina and I promised each other that at some point we would take a road trip through the many towns and villages and explore more of the area. This year, as Autumn beckoned, we decided that it might be a good time to keep promises and make the trip. We weren't disappointed.
We collected a hire car across the border in Basel, Switzerland and set off towards the town of Colmar. The journey is mostly motorway, well sign-posted and takes less than an hour.
Colmar, at the heart of Alsace, has an undeniable charm and is a top tourist destination. In the past we've day-tripped in summer and also at Christmas when the narrow cobbled streets and squares in the historical old town are turned into enchanting festive marketplaces. In contrast, visiting between these two popular tourist periods gave the town a more relaxed feel and we were able to admire the half-timbered houses, streets and canals without the high season bustle and queues. On a visit here you'll enjoy great Alsatian cuisine, lovely wine, and a proud culture. Our hotel, chosen because of it central location in the old town, gave us plenty of opportunity to step out onto the cobblestones and immediately begin strolling through the centuries-old town. This was to be our base for the next three nights whilst we explored the region during the day.
The Alsace has changed rule several times over the centuries between France and Germany and these combined influences have created a unique heritage of architecture, cuisine and traditions guaranteed to charm and delight.German half-timbered buildings adorned with distinctly French shutters give the town an intriguing photogenic ambience. Around every corner is another photo opportunity. In the late afternoon and evening when the streets and shops are illuminated, the town takes on an enchanting atmosphere
Probably the most photographed view of Alsace is taken from the Rue de Turenne bridge in the 'Petite Venise' area. Gondola boats transporting tourists along the river Lauch glide silently below in this most picturesque area of the town. This is the Krutenau district, where market gardeners, fishmongers and tanners once transported their goods by boat. The old fishing cottages on Quai de la Poissonnerie (fisherman’s wharf) conjure up a delight of candy-coloured architecture that look as though the pages of a child's fairytale have come to life.
Colmar is situated on the Alsace Wine Route (Route des Vins d'Alsace), considering itself to be the capital of Alsatian wine (capitale des vins d'Alsace). The 170 kilometre wine route is one of the most popular ways to explore the traditional villages of the Alsace region whilst learning more about the region's world-famous wines. We drove out of the town next morning and followed the wine route North for around 15 kilometres.
Our drive took us through gently rolling countryside, lined with beautiful golden coloured vines, aglow in the late autumn sunshine. We didn't know much about Riquewihr prior to this visit, so we were immediately stunned by the beauty, colour and character of this romantic, medieval gem. Behind its 13th century fortified walls there is an authentic charm with brightly painted buildings, timbered walls, arched doorways, window boxes bursting with colour and a maze of narrow alleys. The insanely picturesque Rue du Général de Gaulle is the pedestrian-only main street with numerous souvenir shops, patisseries, wine merchants, cafés and restaurants spilling onto the cobbles. At the top of the street is the Dolder Tower, dating back to 1291, the Dolder was an integral part of the town's walls serving as a watchtower and gated access.
We had expected to stay in Riquewihr for around an hour, some three hours later we reluctantly left and headed for our next destination.
We only had to travel around 5 kilometres for an afternoon visit to Ribeauville. Framed by vineyards and rolling hills extending to the foot of the Vosges, the town is overlooked by three ruined castles and once again we found ourselves strolling through streets straight from of a storybook. The narrow main street, crowded with eateries, pottery shops, bakeries and wine sellers is bisected by the beautiful Tour des Bouchers, or Butcher’s Tower, a medieval clock tower and gateway.
Enjoying a well earned beer, we rested our now aching feet and sat outside a typical winstub allowing the afternoon sunshine wash over over us. A winstub, if you didn't know, is a traditional tavern of northeastern France. A typical Alsatian Winstub (means literally “wine room”) will usually have a cozy interior, panelled walls, heavy wooden chairs, traditional red checked tablecloths and curtains. This is where you will find Flammkuchen or Tarte Flambée offered, a thin layer of bread dough covered with crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons.
The next morning we drove through early morning mist to reach the edge of the Vosges mountains. As the low-lying veil began to thin, we could clearly see our next destination. The Haut-Koenigsbourg castle dominates the skyline at an elevation of 757 metres (2500 ft). Constructed in the 12th century, the castle is built on mountain summit rock and was positioned to watch over important trade routes below. It was reduced to ruins by the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War and subsequently abandoned. 200 years of neglect followed. In 1899, after Alsace was reincorporated into Germany following the Franco-Prussian War, Kaiser Wilhelm II began a ten year restoration project.
With spires, courtyards, spiral staircases, chandeliers, stained glass and canons, the castle has been beautifully restored. Following centuries of battles, fires, pillaging and abandonment, Haut-Koenigsbourg castle is a wonderfully restored monument of European history. From the castle, there are stunning views spanning the surrounding Vosges Mountains, the Alsace plain, Germany’s Black Forest region and, on a clear day, as far as the Swiss Alps.
We drove back down the winding roads of the mountain and rejoined the Alsace Wine Route. We covered around 30 kilometres before reaching the town of Kaysersberg. Overlooked by the Chateau de Kaysersberg ruins, Kaysersberg is another picturesque village with a pedestrian only main street and, the now very familiar, brightly painted shops and houses.
Recently voted on French TV as this year’s winner of France’s Favourite Village, Kayersberg translates to ‘Emperor’s Mountain’ a reminder of its strategic importance in this area's warring past.
After exploring the main street and a maze of narrow streets we came to the point where the buildings straddle the River Weiss. This is probably the most photographed views of Kayersberg and can be seen on numerous tourist guidebooks and postcards.
Eguisheim is yet another village that you just can't help but fall in love with, picturesque, accessible and friendly. We visited last year during the Christmas markets and instantly knew that we had to return. Walking through the narrow streets and ornate squares, we were able to appreciate even more the charm of this beautiful medieval village during a quiet autumnal afternoon.
As soon as we parked our car we could see one of the prominent stork nests in the village on top of the Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul. The stork is a constant feature in many Alsatian villages and towns folklore, having been part of Alsace culture for centuries. Symbols of happiness and good luck, legend says that if a stork flies above your house, then a baby is on the way. In the mid 1970s, the white stork was almost extinct in Alsace. Conservation programmes have encouraged the birds to return once again from their wintering grounds of Africa. A stork sanctuary on the edge of Eguisheim are hoping to breed and re-introduce storks to the region.
As sun started to set over the sprires and towers, we began our journey back into Colmar for our final night.
Next morning we bid Au Revoir to Colmar and began our drive back to Switzerland. There was to be one final stopping off point, more sombre and respectful than any of our previous destinations. Hartmannswillerkopf, known also as the Vieil Armand is a rocky peak in the Vosges mountains of Alsace. During the First World War, French and German troops fought a continuous, bloody battle to control he mountain.
An estimated 30,000 French and German soldiers fell on the "Mountain of death", as it became known. A National Monument and Franco-German remembrance site is dedicated to those who lost their lives. The cemetery here has 1,264 graves of soldiers who could be identified. 12,000 unknown soldiers are buried in a memorial crypt. Above the Crypt stands the altar of the Homeland (l’autel de la Patrie), bearing the coats of arms of towns that contributed towards the monument.
The battlefield, including well preserved trenches and shelters, can be accessed on foot. It was surreal to imagine the horrors that must have unfolded here as we walked through the forest, a carpet of freshly fallen leaves crunching beneath our feet. Looking at photographs taken at the time of the battles, the mountain was a desolate, ravaged landscape of tree stumps as far as one could see. Now, some hundred years later, nature has reclaimed the land.
The new facilities and museum at Hartmannswillerkopf are impressive, the cemetery and crypt are beautiful, respectful memorials to futile hostilities and appalling loss of life.
On our way back down the mountain, through the vineyards and eventually along the motorway, we didn't speak much. No doubt the experience at Hartmannswillerkopf had touched us but there was something more. After a four wonderful days, that had flown by too quickly, we didn't want to leave this amazing cultural and historical region, always a good sign when you're left wanting more after a holiday. We'll miss the colours, hearty meals, wine, beer and the friendly welcoming atmosphere. There is a lot more to explore and experience in Alsace and already we are talking about a possible return next year.
All photographs were captured on an iPhone 7 Plus. All images © Adrian McGarry 2017.
Lake Geneva is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe, its shores are shared between Switzerland and France hence its French name of Lac Léman. The city of Geneva, famous for watches, chocolates, banks and international institutions lies at the south-western end of the lake. We flew into Geneva to begin an autumn break that will take in Switzerland, France and Germany.
Upon arriving in the city, it won't be long before you are greeted by the sight of Geneva's towering Jet d'Eau. You more than likely will have spotted it as you fly into the airport. The world's tallest fountain at 140 metres high propels 500 litres of water per second into the air and is Geneva's best known landmark. The fountain commands attention from all around the lake and just begs to be photographed,
A short paved jetty leads out to the fountain and you can get a close-up view along with quite a soaking! From here you get a real sense of the power of the water cascade.
It is worth noting that the fountain is weather dependent; too much wind, freezing temperatures and maintenance will effect operating hours. We were fortunate that the autumn weather was still and warm and the jet ran from around 10am to after sunset. There is illumination of the Jet d'Eau at weekends.
There are plenty of ways to see the city from the lake with hire boats, pleasure cruises and the public transport little yellow water taxis called Mouettes.
A short walk into the old town, Vielle Ville in French, presents you with a labyrinth of small streets and picturesque squares filled with restaurants, cafés and shops housed in beautiful historic buildings. Again the photo opportunities here are numerous. For a different view of the lake, take the 160 step climb up the North Tower of St Pierre Cathedral. You will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views and a better sense of the lake’s layout.
Another favourite lakeside subject with photographers is the the Bains des Pâquis jetty with its elegant lighthouse. It’s surprising just how many locals plunge into the early morning waters here, braving the autumn temperatures well before dawn. The lighthouse offers great views of the lake and the Alps beyond. You'll find the lighthouse is equally rewarding to photograph either early morning or at sunset when the structure is fully illuminated.
Following three very pleasant days in Geneva, we boarded one of CGN's boats for a cruise to Lausanne. CGN (Compagnie Générale de Navigation) is the largest boat operator on Lake Geneva connecting towns in both France and Switzerland. The decision to sail to Lausanne rather than catch the train was proven to be the right choice. We enjoyed warm weather during the 3.5 hours journey with views extending from pretty harbours and golden vineyards to medieval castles and chateaus. Notably Chillon, Morges, Rolle and Yvoire offered beautiful views and we have noted that a return visit is a must to explore these towns on foot. The snow-covered Alpine mountains were constant companions creating a dramatic backdrop.
Lausanne is the second-largest city on Lake Geneva and is the home of the International Olympic Committee. We stayed overnight, primarily to add our support for daughter Jenny who was running in the Lausanne annual marathon the next day. Unfortunately, mixed weather curtailed some photo opportunities but didn't dampen our spirits. Jenny ran a personal best in the marathon and as we left the city with Lake Geneva in the background I had the feeling that this wouldn't be the last time that we visited the area.
All photos taken on Apple iPhone 7 Plus © Adrian McGarry.
I never tire of giving inspirational talks and I believe that my enthusiasm and love for visual arts is one of the reasons why my presentations are so well received and popular. I have hosted numerous workshops, seminars and performed live demonstrations sharing my images, workflows, techniques and knowledge. Motivating others to take the next steps on their image-making journey has become a passion.
I'm thrilled that both of my presentations 'Pixel Painted Art' and "iPhone Photography & More' are always in demand and many organisations book a return visit. My Pixel Painted images are recreations of my photographs using brushstrokes and textures with software such as Corel Painter. Attendees are always inspired to create painted photos as gifts, greeting cards or submissions in photographic competitions. Within the iPhone photography presentations I demonstrate the potential to capture incredible photos that take mobile photography from ordinary to extraordinary both onscreen and in print.
My talks constantly evolve to include new methods, demonstrations and images. Audience feedback and questions are encouraged both during and long after the event via my website and email. I cover the technical and conceptual aspects of my work, sharing the inspirations and influences that shape my creative approach. In March 2013, the Royal Photographic Society awarded me an ARPS distinction; awarded for images of exceptional standards. Recently, the Corel Corporation, a leading global software company, gave me the status of 'Feature Artist' in their Painter 2018® software in recognition of the work that I produce in their amazing digital paint application.
I am available to present to clubs, societies, exhibitions, trade shows and corporate events. Using my award winning artwork or stunning iPhone photography as a visual narrative, I engage with audiences of any size. Presentations can be tailored to fit your needs, usually lasting from one hour up to three hours. Book me to present to your group or event and you can be confident that you are engaging a professional, accomplished lecturer with years of public speaking experience.
I charge a reasonable and fair fee that takes into account travel time and expenses but is designed to fit the financial constraints of club budgets. Satisfaction is guaranteed as these quotes and testimonials confirm...
"Adrian’s work, shakes the very foundation, that many of us regard as the rock which our photography skills are based upon. A super nights viewing from an equally super presentation and photographer." - South Liverpool Photographic Society
"Adrian's images are superb and I feel certain that they will be referenced well into the future within the club as a defining moment for digital art photography." - Nantwich Camera Club
"Very impressed with your presentation skills, you are an extremely good speaker, you engage with everyone in the room and your enthusiasm shines through." - Ashton Photographic Society
"An enormous thank you for an outstanding presentation. Your talk was very well received by all the attendees, and I have received very many positive comments about the quality of your pictures and talk. We do appreciate all the hard work that went into preparing and delivering your presentation." - Stockport Photographic Society
"It was excellent and very much enjoyed by all the members; I don’t recall such a well received event." - Romiley Camera Club
"We all enjoyed your presentation and I can say you have inspired us." - North Cheshire Photographic Society
If you are looking for an accomplished, inspirational speaker for your event then please consider contacting me and I will be only too pleased discuss your requirements.
Tu Hwnt I'r Bont ('Beyond The Bridge'), a 400-year-old former courthouse and now a traditional North Wales tearoom, is a world famous tourist attraction that reaches its height of photographic charm in early autumn.
The grade II listed cottage nestles beside the 15th century Pont Fawr stone bridge on the banks of the River Conwy in the market town of Llanwrst on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. The building is covered in Virginia Creeper, a five-leaved ivy, which each autumn envelopes the stone cottage from roof to ground in a blanket of blazing colour. The leaves' rich colours are due to the minerals found in soil from the Conwy river bed.
My main photograph above was taken on Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, the slow shutter capture was achieved using the excellent ProCam app and a tripod.
The autumnal foliage is both beautiful and short lived, the leaves begin to turn red in mid-September and have completely changed colour by early October before they eventually fall soon after. You need to hurry if you want to capture this classic North Wales autumn scene this year.
If you do visit Tu Hwnt I'r Bont then make sure you sample the scones, always a delight, they are freshly baked to a secret recipe!
Apple’s iOS 11 update changes the way we capture and store images on our iPhones and iPads. A new default image format HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format, pronounced “heef”), created by the developers of the MPEG video format, is designed to save storage space whist maintaining photo quality. HEIC is the file format name Apple has chosen for the HEIF standard and files may appear as .HEIF in the metadata of an image.
After 25 years of accepting JPEG as a common image format it is not surprising that an alternative has been developed to potentially surpass and replace it. HEIC makes it possible to store twice as many photos in the same space AND potentially have them look better. HEIC acts as a container for images and audio and Apple uses it to store still images encoded with the HVEC (H.265) video format. This adaptation lies at the heart of Live Photos as multiple images can be saved within container.
Compatibility outside of iOS 11 is, at least for the time being, a consideration. Images convert to JPEG automatically when you need to transfer them to other platforms or social media sites. There are a number of converters on the market already for handling HEIF files on Windows. The HEIC format can be turned off in the iPhone or iPad settings.
Up to now, I haven't had any major issues with the file format and I've opened them in numerous apps and transferred back and forward to my iMac and MacAir devices which are not yet upgraded to High Sierra.
One word of caution is that Live Photos captures a high resolution still image and 1.5 seconds of movie before and after you take the shot. When choosing the new Long Exposure feature, the system cleverly stacks and blends the frames together and produces a great looking motion blur effect (tripod recommended). Whilst the image is more than acceptable for sharing on social media, closer inspection will show that the quality is less than the original still image. This is because the video, albeit high quality, is not at the same resolution of a still image. Furthermore some cropping will take place, in my example the image with the effect was approx 10% smaller. The overall quality was not as sharp or detailed as the original even though a tripod was used.
It's just over a month since Katrina and I started an exciting new chapter in our lives and moved home to North Wales. Our choice of location is Abergele, situated on the north coast between the seaside holiday resorts of Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. Our beloved Manchester will remain in our hearts forever and regular return visits are planned via the area's convenient road and rail networks.
Although the last few weeks have been physically draining, as we unboxed our belongings and added them into new surroundings, we haven't felt the stress or anxiety usually associated with the upheaval of a house move. Honeymoon period maybe, although we put our relaxed state down to the transition to a location that rejuvenates the mind and body.
This is a life style change that we have dreamt about and planned for a long time. We are looking forward to living our dream in a land of coastal beauty, magnificent mountain landscapes, glorious countryside, monumental castles, legendary tales, ancient heritage and a language all of its own. North Wales has beckoned our further exploration for a long time and we can't wait to get started.
Within these posts we hope to introduce you to the places we visit and share our experience through words and photographs. There will be practical and useful information regarding anything and everything about our life in North Wales including exploring, traditions, folklore, food, drink and events as we invent our own pace of life living the dream. My art and photography will still feature including regular tips, tricks and news of my events.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a half mile of the Blue Flag beach at Pensarn, Abergele is a former traditional market town with a history that dates back to 8th century. The town's name is constructed by the words 'Aber'; Welsh for mouth of a river, and 'Gele', originally Gelau; the name of the river which flows through the town. Gelau, in old Welsh, describes a sword blade or the tip of a spear, describing the action of the river cutting swiftly through the land.
The town's centre and commerce is defined by a single stretch of road flanked by local traders. Typical of most British towns, a number of traditional shops have disappeared but fortunately these have been steadily replaced by new businesses that are slowly heightening the profile of this once bustling marketplace.
It is thought that parts of the parish church of St Michael's dates back to the 14th Century. The site is believed to have been home to an important Celtic monastery. Possibly the most famous landmark is Gwrych Castle, easily seen from the nearby A55, nestled in the forested hillside overlooking the town. You would be forgiven for thinking that on first sight this was one of the medieval fortifications that North Wales can proudly boast of, yet this is a 19th Century, Grade I listed, country residence built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesket.
I hope that you join us on a regular basis as we explore North Wales' scenery and rich heritage of magical and mystical tales.
I've been fortunate to spend a lot of time in Florida over the last thirty years or so. The reason for so many returns to the southeasternmost U.S. state is mostly for the boundless photographic opportunities. From theme parks to wildlife to seascapes and landscapes there is plenty of subject matter to satisfy the most insatiable photographic appetites. Without doubt, my favourite subjects are the dramatic and vibrant skies that can be found throughout the year, especially during the stormy season. No surprises, all shots were taken on an iPhone.
I'm no weather specialist, so I can't offer any scientific reasoning as to why the dawns and sunsets can be so exhilarating in Florida but with the right clouds before, during and after a storm, the skies fill with amazing cloudscapes that ignite with a spectacular colours as the sun reflects and refracts off the clouds. Take a stroll down to a beach or a fishing pier at either end of the day and you'll have a front row seat for a most spectacular offering from Mother Nature.
I have always preferred photographing 'interesting' skies rather than the perfect, uninterrupted, blue skies that are usually associated with postcards. The blue and golden hours before/after the sun rises or sets are my favourite times, I recently listed my top 10 tips for golden hour photography.
It's not just we photographers who appreciate this Floridian colour show. From the South West beaches of the Gulf of Mexico all the way through the island chain known as 'the keys' to the most southerly point at Key West, sunsets in particular are celebrated on mass by crowds of tourists and locals alike. Mallory Square in Key West hosts a nightly extravaganza of street performers and music to accompany the setting sun, elsewhere the ritual is repeated as my photograph from Naples Fishing Pier shows.
And it's not only the dramatic, storm-fuelled skies that can create beautiful scenes. On quieter days when the clouds hug the horizon and the sky is not so technicolor, I concentrate on foreground interest. Along the coast at Naples there are old pilings that once supported small jetties, presumably serving the beautiful mansions that line a large stretch of the beach. These old relics make beautiful, interesting subjects when set against clouds and the sinking sun.
And of course Florida beaches have endless palm trees to add interest to a composition.
As exhaustive, exhilarating and expensive though your day in the Magic Kingdom may be, there is nothing to beat the explosive grand finale of the thrilling fireworks spectacular. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the highest consumer of fireworks in the world and the evening display that illuminates the night sky high above Cinderella's castle is truly magical. Amazing lighting effects interact with a stirring soundtrack in a tribute to Disney characters and films. Overall the event is a wonderful eye-popping extravaganza choreographed to highest Disney standards.
The cost of the nightly fireworks is not something that Disney shares. Estimates puts the expenditure at anywhere from $41,000-$55,000 a night! The spectacular New Year’s Eve and seasonal special displays are anticipated to cost over $100,000! That rolls out to at least $15 million a year for Magic Kingdom fireworks alone. Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks also have firework displays that are probably half the cost, that comes out to at least $30 million a year for them. Unconfirmed rumours are that the parking fees (currently $20 per day) pay the bill.
It's a great show-piece and is surprisingly easy to capture on an iPhone as my image above confirms.
Welcome to the age of smartphone photography. This may be the greatest time in history to be a photographer. The majority of us carry a mobile device at all times that includes camera technology capable of capturing images that are hard to differentiate from high-end DSLR shots. If you aspire to create images of a professional standard, now is the time to explore the potential of your iPhone camera.
I launched my iPhone photography workshops earlier this year and they have been extremely popular and successful. Participants, regardless of prior photography skills, discover new apps, workflows, tips and tricks that inspire them to capture stunning photos that they never thought possible with a smartphone.
The workshops are centered around a photo walk within Manchester. The diverse subject in the city allows us to cover many genres of photography including street, urban landscape, long exposure and HDR. The sessions are relaxed and tailored to suit the individual's needs with everything explained in a hands-on, friendly way. The emphasis is to have fun whilst capturing great shots. Martin Bennett from Urmston recently joined me on a workshop and has this to say; "Adrian was extremely accommodating and easy to work with right from the point of making an enquiry and everything about the day itself was well organised, relaxed and friendly. I really got the sense that Adrian wanted me to get as much as I could out of the day."
From inexperienced to advanced users, my workshops are tailored to suit individual skill levels and photographic goals. Each workshop is intended as a one-to-one training session, however up to two additional participants of similar skill levels can be included if you prefer.
Nicola Warwick from Chorley was another recent workshop attendee and says; "Adrian was generous with both his time and his knowledge, we spent a very pleasant few hours exploring Manchester's Northern Quarter in Manchester, discovering photographic subjects down the backstreets that I'd not come across before. I'd been looking forward to our 1:1 session and it was just brilliant!"
The good news is that I am keeping the workshops running throughout the coming months and taking bookings through until the end of the year. The workshop lasts around 3 hours and costs £75 (a £20 deposit is required). Times and days of the week are flexible but are not available during evenings. Add up to two additional participants with similar skill levels to yourself for £60 per person (£20 per person deposit required).
I am also available to present lectures to photographic societies, art clubs, corporates and private functions. These fast-paced presentations include examples of my work and real-time demonstrations of techniques and workflows. South Manchester Camera Club recently responded following my presentation; "Terrific. Thanks for a superb night’s instruction." In early September I visited Warrington & District Camera Club and they had this to say;" The whole event was very enjoyable and you presented it in a very engrossing and exciting manner. We'd definitely recommend this to another camera club!"
My next smartphone photography event is on October 27th when I will be presenting 'iPhone Photography & More' in Gatley, at the United Reformed Church Halls. If you ever wanted to ask questions or find out more about iPhone photography then this is a perfect opportunity. When I appeared at Chapel Camera Club earlier in the year they said; "If you don’t own an iPhone, you’ll certainly want one after Adrian’s convincing talk. You’ll be putting your DSLRs away."
Whether you're totally new to photography, or a seasoned pro, there's a lot to be gained by attending my workshops and presentations. Inspire and ignite your imagination to get the very best out of your smartphone photography that will leave others wondering how you ever achieved such remarkable results with just your phone!
Any questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you.
Explore The Art of Mobile Photography
Following many requests, I'm very excited to announce a new creative workshop for 2017. Please join me at Stockport Art Gallery as I invite you to explore your creativity beyond the capture of a photograph. Discover a thrilling and captivating world of art that can be created on an iPhone or iPad with a few inspiring apps.
My unique approach to creating photo art is guaranteed to successfully teach participants how to create stunning artwork from photos - even if they have never previously painted. Don't worry if you are new to smartphone photography or apps, this 3 hour masterclass is suitable for all abilities to develop their own creativity with ease and fun.
Saturday March 4th 2017, 12 noon.
Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial
Wellington Rd South, Stockport SK3 8AB
Price: £25 per person - Take advantage of the early bird pricing of £20 per participant with just £5 deposit. Places are limited, so why not book now to secure your place and avoid disappointment.
The workshop is designed for you to take part with either an iPad or iPhone, alternatively you may follow the workshop and take notes for later use. I will send a list via email of apps that will feature at least one week before the workshop date so that you may purchase and install them if you wish. Some of the featured apps are free to download.
Refreshments will be available on the day, you are also welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks.
I look forward to welcoming you in Stockport's beautiful Art Gallery.
Following on from all the coverage of Apple's iPhone 7 launch last week, I'm excited to see photos emerge that have been taken with unreleased iPhone 7 cameras. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted links to Sports Illustrated and ESPN last weekend highlighting images taken with the company's latest smartphone.
Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho took photos at the Titans-Vikings NFL game in Nashville. The images look superb and if we hadn't been told in advance that they were shots taken with a smartphone we would never have guessed as they they do not look out of place amongst the other images on S.I.
At the same time ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman was covering the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. His series of images were again captured using the new iPhone 7 Plus camera which is set for release tomorrow, Friday Sptember 16th. "The autofocus and exposure performed exceedingly well in various lighting conditions" commented Nordeman.
On assignment for TIME, professional photographer Corey Arnold was also one of the first to get his hands on the new phone, testing it in the canyons of America's stunning Zion national park. The resulting images, he says, are stunning: “I’m impressed with the improvements from the iPhone 6s Plus."
Professional travel photographer Austin Mann is no stranger to the iPhone. He has test-driven previous Apple devices and he's done the same with the iPhone 7. In conjunction with Nat Geo Travel and Nat Geo Adventure, Mann visited Rwanda to track gorillas and put the new camera features through exhaustive testing.
The video "review" (below) about tracking mountain gorillas is a beautifully produced 9 minutes long mini-documentary. Austin Mann's photos and full review can be found on his website.
Aside from the excitement of seeing the first photos emerge from the new camera, it isn't anything new for professional photographers to use the iPhone for their work. Take for instance Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House Photographer, who has long taken behind-the-scenes photos of US President Obama, his family and the various daily ongoings at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Indie writer and director Sean Baker used an iPhone 5s to create Tangerine, a movie which made a big impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He has again repeated the act with Snowbird, a beautifully shot short film featuring model/actress Abbey Lee.
For years, professional wedding photographer Sephi Bergerson had wanted to shoot an entire wedding with just an iPhone. With the iPhone 6s Plus he finally advanced had to technology and fulfilled his plan and beautifully captured the wedding of bride Ayushi and groom Abhishek in India.
For the ultimate example of a professional photographer getting the best out of the iPhone look no further than Kevin Russ. His self-made job saw him abandon everyday life for a constant road trip, living out of his car, documenting the epic, rugged landscapes of America almost exclusively on an iPhone. He became a huge hit on Instagram in 2013 and the following year saw him embark on an even more testing journey through the Southwestern United States, hopping freight trains with just his phone and minimal possessions.
Tomorrow, when the iPhone 7 goes on general release be prepared for a swell of images shared throughout social media and blogs. Technically, the images will range from stunning-to-average-to-poor emphasising what we already know - that regardless of the technology, the best images are made by the most competent photographers. The iPhone 7 once again confirms that the best camera is the one you have with you.
It's official... Apple has unveiled iPhone 7. Increased battery life, new Jet Black colour version, dust and water proofing, larger storage options were all included in this latest update of the world's best-selling smartphone. The additions were equally as newsmaking as the controversial omission of the headphone jack; the era of tangle-free, wireless listening is now upon us.
It is major changes to the iPhone camera system though that has enthralled iPhone Photography enthusiasts like myself, leaving us eager to upgrade to the latest model. The iPhone 7and 7 Plus boast a re-engineered 12-megapixel camera with larger f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens and new image processor. Optical image stabilisation is now standard on both models (previously limited to the Plus). Apple claims the camera is 60% faster than previous models and will record more detailed photos and videos with increased noise reduction in low-light conditions. There is also a new 7MP front-facing camera and improved, smarter, LED flash onboard too. Pretty impressive, however it's Apple's changes to the flagship Plus model that has left me scrambling to pre-order. Embedded in the iPhone 7 Plus model is a second 12-megapixel camera with a focal length of 56mm offering a 2x optical zoom; a first for the iPhone. As if this wasn't enough there is the promise of an intelligent shallow depth of field portrait mode coming later in the year.
Alongside these hardware changes is the imminent launch of iOS 10 billed as Apple's "biggest software release ever". Improved messaging, maps, notifications, news, Siri interaction, Home Kit and Photos app all feature in this major overhaul of the mobile operating system. The standout news is that photographers will be able to edit raw files taken with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cameras. I'm expecting third party developers to take advantage of this option in a big way. Adobe with their Lightroom app and Google with SnapSeed have recently introduce RAW editing into their latest releases.
Inevitably, there will be those that sneer, snipe and reject the device as a below par photography gadget. Good enough for the 'Instagram Generation' and wannabes but never anywhere near the ultimate perfection that 'serious' photographers insist upon. I have come across a certain amount of pomposity within some photography circles that dismiss anything that isn't produced by Canon or Nikon and that doesn't carry an eye-watering price tag. Opinions that are possibly aired by the same, or like, individuals who a decade ago were dismissing digital cameras as inferior toys, yet today proudly own an all-singing high-end DSLR. Comparisons can also be drawn with those who once decried the use of Photoshop editing over the art of traditional darkroom techniques, yet now boast an Adobe Creative Suite subscription and 'educate' us on best practices in Lightroom workflow.
Refreshing then to hear that Magnum pro photographer Christopher Anderson, who has already been shooting with the new iPhone, quoted by Apple as saying "This iPhone is going to be a part of any professional's repertoire of tools. The camera didn't just handle low light, it rendered the separation of colours in a way that reminds me of film. Just Beautiful."
There is no substitute for experience, no fast-track to honing skills and perfecting competence; it is my belief that a skilled photographer will create a worthwhile shot on almost any device. Professional travel photographer and iPhone user Jack Hollingsworth took to Twitter to say "Smartphones still need smart photographers to create smart photography".
Professional photographer Jason Nocito who has also been using the pre-release iPhone 7 says "I love the depth of field capabilities and the ability to shoot fast without losing sharpness. This iPhone proves you don't need a five figure rig to be a great photographer. This camera is gonna change the game."
Truth is companies are commissioning work on the iPhone, stock photos taken with an iPhone are being purchased for ad campaigns and editorials, I run workshops with companies who wish to empower staff to take images for social media and web work. The purists aren't happy as they see newbies eroding their livelihood. It is an uncomfortable truth that technology has just about changed every industry on the planet and those who transition their business models to adapt to new trends and practices will be the ones who ultimately survive and succeed.
The iPhone is not a DSLR and vice-versa, each has its own merits and come into their own in certain conditions. However, the iPhone cannot be ignored any longer as a fad or a toy, it is a serious piece of kit that is evolving at a pace that many of us wished for but never thought possible.
Some of the most stunning photography is created at the start and end of a day. The periods shortly before sunrise and following sunset will potentially provide beautiful warm, diffused lighting, and is commonly referred to as 'The Golden' or 'Magic' hour. During these moments the sun will either be below the horizon or low in the sky, producing infinitely more flattering light than can be found at any other time of the day. For landscape and outdoor photography that relies on natural light, these conditions are crucial in creating beautiful, natural scenes. Neither of these periods lasts exactly one hour and the actual duration will depend on weather conditions and time of year. The light can change quite quickly and no two sunrise or sunset shots are ever the same, which makes this type of photography so exciting and rewarding. Depending on local conditions the light before sunrise or after sunset is also known as the 'Blue' hour which refers to the period either before or after the warm light of the sun is not evident.
1. Plan Ahead
I like to give myself plenty of time to set up and get ready for golden hour shots. I will work out my composition in advance of the optimum lighting conditions. I use The Photographer’s Ephemeris app for iPhone and iPad that allows me to plan my shots in advance by calculating the angle of light and expected times for any location and time of year. Another crucial aid for planning ahead is Dark Sky which delivers hyperlocal weather forecasts.
Try to visualise your photograph in thirds, both horizontally and vertically. Think about where you position the horizon in your shot. Make a decision about the most interesting area of a scene, if there is an interesting sky, place the horizon on the bottom third so you get more emphasis in the top of your shot. Likewise, if the bottom of the shot is where the main interest lies then concentrate of placing the horizon on the top third, so you get more of the bottom. Try not to place the horizon in the centre of the image. Also, keep the horizon line straight and not crooked.
To help compose your image into thirds you can enable grid lines to appear on the iPhone camera preview screen.
1. Launch 'Settings' from the 'Home' screen of your iPhone or iPad.
2. Scroll down and tap on 'Photos & Camera'.
3. Turn on the switch next to 'Grid' under the Camera section.
Sunrise and sunset images work great when there is a body of water in the composition. The reflected light can add a beauty to the shot that wouldn't be available at any other time in the day. For added interest add some foreground elements into your shot.
3. Minimise shake
It may seem contradictory to recommend the use of a tripod when photographing with a mobile device. After all, we know that the main reason we all love iPhone photography is for its convenience. You are forgiven for thinking that lugging around a tripod and all that setting up is a hindrance and the very opposite to portability and instant shooting. The thing to remember here is that we need to follow some basic photography guidelines if we are to achieve the very best results. Modern tripods are lightweight, easy to use and inexpensive.
Although image stabilisation is now a feature of the latest iPhone models, the use of a tripod can make all the difference in creating a sharp result in low light conditions. Once you have your iPhone secured on a tripod it is a great opportunity to try some additional long exposure shots or timelapse and slow motion movies. If a tripod is not available then make sure you steady yourself as securely as possible or lean your device against a stable object.
4. Create Silhouettes
Most objects can be made into a silhouette. Choosing a distinct, simple, recognisable shape will add interest, drama and mood into your shots. Expose for the lightest part of your image (normally the sky in a golden hour shot) and the foreground subject will be silhouetted against the light.
You don't have to create a total silhouette, the use of available light can add subtle details and highlights to your subject rendering them more three dimensional. The inclusion of neon signs, street lighting etc. will stand out more in the low light and add further engagement to your image.
5. Experiment with HDR
The iPhone has an excellent, subtle, HDR mode, additionally there are lots of apps that also produce HDR results. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It’s difficult to capture both bright and dark extremes in a single photograph, by combining multiple exposures HDR technology produces a composite image that has detail in all areas of the image.
6. Long Exposure
Golden hour photos of silky smooth water or blurred cloud motion are very popular and simple to create with an iPhone. The soft, dreamy effect is the result of a longer amount of time that the picture has been taken. You'll need a tripod and an app that either allows additional control of the camera settings or a dedicated app for long exposure shots like LongExpo Pro or Slow Shutter Cam. These apps allow you to set a timed exposure of your image. The longer you expose your photo, the more blur you will create in your picture.
7. Shoot Urban Scenes
City sunrise and sunset photos can be just as dramatic as the natural world. Street level views can be dynamic and portray the true vibe of a location. Finding a mid-level view will create a true cityscape giving depth and wider perspective.
8. Shoot Portraits
Create mood and atmosphere in your portrait shots as the light illuminates not just your subject but bathes their surroundings in beautiful soft, warm tones.
9. Noise Reduction
When shooting with an iPhone in low light you will inevitably encounter digital noise. When a camera's digital sensor attempts to record in low light, tiny amounts of stray electrical signals appear on the finished image as dots or flecks. Each new generation of iPhone camera will improve digital noise but it is something that you will need to deal with. I accept that there will be some noise in my iPhone shots and I've learnt to live with this. I do attempt to eliminate noise where I can by editing but be careful not to overdo this and blur the image. The Enlight app has powerful editing tools that are easy to use and the denoise filter produces improved image results.
10. The most important tip is to HAVE FUN!
Enjoy your photography, don't worry if your attempt at the perfect sunrise or sunset fails. There's plenty more opportunities to produce that shot that you've got in your head. Try new apps, different techniques and subjects. Keep experimenting, there's always something new to learn.
Most of all remember, it's your camera, your photo, your rules!
I've just returned from a fabulous road trip around the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. The area contains some of the most magnificent and dramatic scenery in Wales. Amid mountains, hills, streams and lakes there are numerous opportunities to photograph waterfalls, from gentle trickles to awesome cascades.
I'd like to share some tips and techniques on photographing waterfalls with an iPhone camera. Most of the basic landscape photography rules apply to capturing waterfall images.
1. Try to avoid photographing in hash sunlight. The most difficult part of photographing water is to avoid 'burning out highlights', in other words creating bright white areas of the water that contain no detail. Early morning, late afternoon, cloudy or even rainy days will produce a softer, less intrusive, light.
2. If you want to create soft, blurred, images of waterfalls then a tripod or a steady way of supporting your iPhone is a must. You will also need to purchase a mount to hold your phone and connect to the tripod. I use a ShoulderPod S1 which doubles as a hand held grip.
The soft, dream-like effect is the result of a longer amount of time that the picture has been taken. For long exposure images more control over the iPhone camera is required. There are lots of apps that allow additional, manual settings but if setting shutter speeds, ISO levels etc. is a daunting option then check out dedicated long exposure apps like LongExpo Pro or Slow Shutter Cam. These apps allow you to set a timed exposure of your image. The longer you expose your photo, the more blur you will create in your picture.
3. Concentrate on the whole composition not just the water. The angle of the waterfall in relation to the surrounding area will increase the impact and overall interest. Try to include some of the surroundings to convey more about the surrounding area and character.
4. There are no right and wrong ways to shoot a waterfall as long as you follow the basics. Some like the soft, milky shots others prefer to capture the raw power of the water. Try capturing different images and then compare later for the best results.
To capture these kind of images on a DSLR camera is actually trickier. The main difference from how an iPhone camera works is that a DSLR captures continuous light whereas the iPhone 'stacks' multiple images. Therefore the the skill of the DSLR photographer is required to calculate the amount of light captured over a given period. This may mean that various graduated or polarising filters need to be used to control the light. We iPhone photographers on the other hand just rock up, set the basic exposure and let the software do the rest!
I hope this short tutorial inspires and helps you to get out into the landscape and create stunning waterfall shots. Enjoy your photography, most of all remember - it's your camera, your picture, your rules!
All images and content ©Adrian McGarry 2016
It's the world's most popular camera, the one you always have with you, it's both powerful and liberating, oh and by the way the iPhone is capable of capturing awesome images. With increasing high-quality features, smartphones have evolved into serious image capture devices for both still images and movies. The iPhone has led the way in this photographic revolution since its launch in 2007. Recently Apple cofounder and iPhone visionary Steve Jobs has been posthumously inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame for outstanding contribution to the artistic community and the industry around it, most notably due to the invention of the iPhone.
As smartphone camera technology advances, so too are the image editing apps that are becoming highly sophisticated; rich in features that achieve professional results rivalling the creative power of professional desktop packages. Combined, this equates to a staggering range of photographic firepower that unassumingly sits in our pockets. Add in the further capabilities to manage, make high quality movies, share, stream and collaborate, then not only is this device a one-stop camera and digital darkroom but is additionally supported by an extensive communications centre and highly efficient back office.
The convenience and connectivity of the device is the main reason that most casual photographers start to take photos on their smartphones. The majority of mobile photography are snapshots of daily life. A recent search on Instagram for the hashtag #cats returned over 35 million results. Uploading shots to social media is a quick and easy way to share selfies, life events and family moments. Users revel in getting positive comments and likes on their photos whilst interacting socially in global communities through their shots.
At the start it was all too easy to miss the potential of creating serious work on mobile devices - the selfie ruled. As the sharing platforms have grown and matured, mobile photographers have found increased inspiration to explore, experiment and become more creative. The iPhone is a recognised art form with prestigious international photography contests such as the annual iPhone Photography Awards, now in its tenth year, showcases iPhone photography on a global stage.
I've been shooting on an iPhone since 2012, within two years I was capturing more images on my iPhone than my Canon DSLR, to the point where today, the iPhone is my preferred camera device. I'm not making the case that an iPhone or similar device will create technically better images than a professional level camera, there are numerous situations that require high-end cameras to produce high-res photographs. I am convinced however that the iPhone creates images that have to be considered as serious alternatives in many other situations. After all, expensive gear does not necessarily make you a better photographer.
Apple are known to have a small army of engineers perfecting just the camera elements of the iPhone. Underscoring the tech giant's commitment towards improving mobile photography, the company are expanding on the 800 engineers who already work on iPhone camera-related technologies with a new dedicated research lab in France where a dedicated team of up to 30 researchers and engineers will work on improving image sensors for both the iPhone and the iPad. With a reported 200 pieces making up the iPhone camera and 24 billion operations to capture a single image, this technology is due to get better and further establish itself as the camera of choice for the masses.
Personally, the iPhone has changed the way I approach creative photography. It has been extremely liberating to leave bulky DSLR equipment to one side and embrace the world of iPhoneography. I strive to push the technology as far as I can to generate technically competent images. In addition, I love to experiment and discover new techniques when creating artistic pieces.
Within my iPhone, I have a whole world of possibilities at my fingertips; motivation, inspiration and satisfaction are constantly on offer and quite frankly, I can't get enough.
I create digital photo art employing the power and versatility of the very latest creative software on both desktop and mobile platforms. My art is based on photographic sources; a transformation of one or more of my photos into a result that emulates traditional painting. I refer to these images as 'Pixel Painted'. I recreate each pixel in an image from scratch and building textures from within rather than letting computer algorithms decide the outcome. The process is very similar to the way a traditional artist works.
I'm often asked "why?"; I create these images in an attempt to further express myself beyond the capture of the original photo. I may want to create a mood or atmosphere that wasn't possible to portray when taking the original shot. Over the years I have painted in traditional oils, acrylic and watercolour and this experience helps me when creating digital art. My style varies with mood, inspiration and technique.
I have taken photos most of my life and I have created digital art for over twenty years. The endless photo art opportunities in today's digital space provide me with unique opportunities to combine my creative inspiration with photographic sources.
At the heart of my desktop workflow lies the phenomenal Corel Painter®, the world's most advanced digital painting software. I have recently been awarded 'Feature Artist' status by Corel in recognition of the art that I produce in this amazing digital painting package. I have also created a workflow using the wide range of artistic apps available on on Apple's iOS system. By 'stacking' results from various apps, I can finally merge the resuts into a single composite piece.
My style varies with mood, inspiration and technique. I create very fine detailed pieces as is evident in my wildlife images yet I am equally compelled to create loose, impressionist or abstract work such as my Manchester Worker Bee tribute.
I've had many requests to host learning events for iPhone photography. Following a series of private corporate training, I'm very pleased to introduce a new iPhone workshop open to the public for all skill levels. Through my iPhone photography workshops I share my knowledge, techniques and tips.
Most people carry a mobile device with them at all times and the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. I have found mobile photography to be extremely liberating, leaving bulky DSLR equipment to one side and embracing the world of iPhoneography has changed the way I approach creative imagery. Combined with the portability of a digital darkroom that can now sit on my device, I create, edit, experiment and share from within the very scene that I am portraying - at any time.
The first workshop that I am offering is a Manchester based personal training experience. During a 3 hour session participants will discover how to compose, capture, edit and publish stunning iPhone photographs. From inexperienced to advanced users, the workshops are tailored to suit individual skill levels and photographic goals. Intended as one-to-one training sessions, however two additional participants of similar skill levels can be included if you prefer.
Dates and times are flexible and are booked in advance. I look forward to welcoming you on a unique and rewarding learning opportunity.
More workshop options and locations are coming soon.
I am available to present lectures to photographic societies and art clubs in addition to corporate, leisure and private events. These fast-paced presentations include examples of my work and real-time demonstrations of techniques and workflows. As technology continues to progress at a rapid pace, the content of these talks is constantly updated to reflect the latest release of hardware and software. If you would like to know more about my talks and demonstrations then please contact me to obtain further details.
Please ensure a fee and expenses are agreed at the time of booking. Once a fee is agreed, there will be no other additional or “hidden” costs. I am not associated with or affiliated to any clubs, societies, federations or governing bodies regarding my presentations.
I am happy to make use of a venue's projector and screen.
PIXEL PAINTED ART PRESENTATION
I am currently taking bookings for my presentation 'Pixel Painted Art'.
I exhibit my digital art and discuss what inspires me, the techniques and software that I use, my experience in gaining an ARPS distinction and exhibiting my work.
This presentation has proved to be very popular with photographic and art clubs.
MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION
This new-for-2016 presentation is all about capturing and editing photos on a smartphone or tablet.
I discuss and demo the apps and workflow that I use. There are plenty of example images covering a wide spectrum of content including urban, landscape and creative art.