Free portfolio review courtesy of the NY Times

The New York Times is currently offering the chance of a professional portfolio review by editors, museum curators and gallery owners to 150 lucky amateur photographers.

NY Times

Simply submit up to 20 photos from one or more projects, and 150 applicants will be selected for a professional review, based on the strength of the portfolio submitted.

Clink the link above for more details from the NY times, or here for a more in depth article from Peta Pixel.

Budget Lenses: Canon 18 – 55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

The Canon 18 – 55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens is the current kit lens for entry level Canon DSLRs, which means it’s the lens most people will first upgrade from, and therefore is very active in the second-hand market, which means this lens, or the mark 1, can be bought for less than £70.

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Adobe Photoshop CS2 – Now free!

Nothing is more appealing to a budget photographer than the word ‘Free’, so we can definitely appreciate Adobe’s new price for Photoshop CS2!

Russ Barnes: Landscape and long exposure photographer, has given a run through and review of CS2 here: 

or head straight to the Adobe download page here:

My Equipment: Camera

The first item any budget photographer needs is a camera (as well as lens and accessories obviously).
My first ‘Real’ camera is also my current camera, and what I would define as a good budget camera: The Canon EOS 300D (aka the Canon Digital Rebel).

The Canon EOS 300D/Digital Rebel was introduced as an entry-level consumer DSLR  in 2003 and was milestone in the market as the first DSLR to be sold for under $1000.  Wikipedia and the Canon Website can give you more on the history and exact specifications of the 300D, so I’m not going to repeat it here, but rather give my experience of the advantages and limitations of this budget bargain:

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Chance to win a Canon 5D MkIII @

Scott Bournes photography blog/site; has several contests open, but the newest draw is for a Canon 5D MkIII, courtesy of their sponsor: Shootproof.

Instructions for entering and rules are available on the photofocus website, but in summary:

– Follow ScottBourne on Twitter (
– Follow ShootProof  on Twitter ( )
– Tweet the following message once!

Enter to win chance at a Canon 5D MK III from @ShootProof & Scott Bourne. Please RT. Info at:


The rules allow international entry, however outside of the US you are responsible for tax and shipping etc, but for a brand new 5D MkIII that’s still a small price to pay!

Warwickshire Landscape Photography Workshop with Russ Barnes Conclusion

So, what did I take away from the workshop?

Russ’ focus for the workshop was to improve composition and subject isolation in landscape photography, and to this end I think he succeeded, as I now have a better idea of how I should be looking at a scene before even touching a camera, working out what my subject is and how to isolate or frame it, what details to use to highlight the subject including visualising how any reflections or clouds will develop over the time of the exposure. Continue reading

Warwickshire Landscape Photography Workshop with Russ Barnes Part 2: Chesterton Windmill

Having warmed up with coffee and snacks, we headed out for Chesterton Windmill, a 17th century stone windmill just outside Chesterton, Warwickshire and the subject of many photographers. Part of it’s appeal links in with Russ’ earlier teaching: Subject isolation.

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