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Full-time professional photographer, writer, podcaster, outdoor type, gladly embracing all manner of technologies, old and new, in the pursuit of greater things. www.gilesbabbidge.co.uk / www.theactivephotographer.com

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Episode #199: Last Light Shoreline Photography
[ 0 ] February 8, 2016

Episode #199: Last Light Shoreline Photography

This week: I’m shooting pictures as the sun sets over the water’s edge. With bold silhouettes, wildlife and rich, saturated colours, the final 30 minutes of light present excellent photo opportunities. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Nikon D800 DSLR Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S (latest version) Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S Did […]

Competition: Hand Warmer Giveaway!
[ 2 ] February 6, 2016

Competition: Hand Warmer Giveaway!

So, the new year is well under way and I’m sure that for a lot of you, spring and summer can’t get here quick enough! Sadly, we’ve still got a little way to go until then… Regulars around here will know that I love winter. It’s a great time for heading out with your camera, […]

Episode #198: Photo Shoot Location Scout In Woods
[ 0 ] January 25, 2016

Episode #198: Photo Shoot Location Scout In Woods

This week: I’m exploring a location which I think should make an excellent backdrop to a forthcoming shoot. My camera of choice was a more simple, liberating affair on this occasion and. As is often the case, I came away from my stroll with more ideas than I had bargained for. Some quick links to things mentioned […]

Episode #197: A Change Is As Good As A Rest
[ 0 ] January 11, 2016

Episode #197: A Change Is As Good As A Rest

This week: I’m gathering my thoughts whilst taking a walk down by the water. Things have started somewhat on the back foot this year, thanks to a combination of picking up a bug and the continuation of various non-work-related matters to deal with. As ever, slowing down and getting spot of fresh air can work wonders. […]

Episode #196: A Table-top Photograph Walk-through
[ 0 ] December 21, 2015

Episode #196: A Table-top Photograph Walk-through

This week: I’m talking through a Christmas-themed table-top photograph. To give you a little inspiration for the festive period, I’ve decided to set up the sort of low-light shot that everyone can try at home around Christmas time. A flat surface, a few props and some fairy lights can take you a long way – you just […]

Episode #195: All I Want For Christmas Is…
[ 0 ] December 14, 2015

Episode #195: All I Want For Christmas Is…

This week: I’m pondering the tricky decision of what I’d like for Christmas. I find it quite difficult to know what to suggest when asked what I’d like for Christmas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t items of kit on my wish list. In this week’s show, I’m running through a few things which you might like […]

Photo Vests – Which Is The Best Design For You?
[ 0 ] December 9, 2015

Photo Vests – Which Is The Best Design For You?

Photo vests have long been the kit-carrying choice of sports, event and press photographers alike. With multiple pockets and plenty of scope for personalisation, their appeal is clear to see. Pick the right one and it can be a comfortable, practical alternative to lugging around a camera bag. As many of you know, I’ve used […]

Episode #194: Recent Updates On The TAP Website
[ 0 ] December 7, 2015

Episode #194: Recent Updates On The TAP Website

This week: I’m giving a quick overview of a few recent updates to hit The Active Photographer website. It’s been a busy time over on the site, with a number of Test/Review features, podcasts and technique articles being published. A last-minute schedule change for this week’s show has led me to share these updates with you, for the benefit […]

How to Take Creative Pictures in Poor Weather
[ 0 ] December 4, 2015

How to Take Creative Pictures in Poor Weather

It’s cold, dark and wet. No good for photography, right? Wrong! Just because the weather doesn’t appear to be in your favour, that’s no reason to give up on your plans for a day of outdoors photography. Sometimes, you just need to think laterally and be prepared to put in a bit of effort. Ok, […]

Test/Review: Manfrotto Off Road Tripod
[ 0 ] December 1, 2015

Test/Review: Manfrotto Off Road Tripod

Looking at the Manfrotto Off Road Tripod folded up, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was actually a set of three walking poles – certainly a first glance. Actually, there’s a very good reason for this. Teaming up with Italian manufacturer Fizan, Manfrotto has created a tripod which doesn’t immediately fit with the image you […]

Episode #193: How To Love Your Photography Work
[ 0 ] November 30, 2015

Episode #193: How To Love Your Photography Work

This week: I’m talking about what it takes to get to the point where you’re doing the job you love. Building your business as a photographer takes a lot of hard work. As well as good technical know-how, a sensible approach and a bunch of enthusiasm can make all the difference to your progress. Some quick […]

How To Photograph Your Winter Adventures
[ 0 ] November 27, 2015

How To Photograph Your Winter Adventures

Ah, winter! It’s one of my favourite times of the year – one where fortune favours the brave and the photographic opportunities are there for the picking, for those willing to make the effort. As I write this, I’m in the process of planning various photo shoots, wild camping trips (yes, camping in winter!) and […]