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Episode #206: Photographing The Needles
[ 0 ] April 11, 2016

Episode #206: Photographing The Needles

This week: I’m on location, shooting pictures for a magazine feature. A fast-paced weekend on the Isle of Wight recently saw me taking in many of the sites; the Needles was just one of the attractions on my photo check list. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: The Needles, Isle of Wight Nikon […]

Episode #204: Packing For The Photography Show
[ 0 ] March 21, 2016

Episode #204: Packing For The Photography Show

This week: I’m preparing to pack my bags ahead of The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC. Which items did I decide to take and why? All is revealed… Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Test/Review: Peli 1510 Roller Case Test/Review: Manfrotto Table Tripod With Photo Head (old product) Test/Review: Sub Zero Thermal […]

Q&A 500: Is Old Kit Worth Repairing?
[ 0 ] March 18, 2016

Q&A 500: Is Old Kit Worth Repairing?

If the thought of periodically upgrading your photography kit fills you with dread, it can be very tempting to stick with what you’ve got until something goes ‘bang!’ At that point, you’re then faced with a question: Do I get it repaired or do I pay out for a brand new replacement? Often, this is […]

Episode #203: Location Scouting – A Cautionary Tale
[ 0 ] March 7, 2016

Episode #203: Location Scouting – A Cautionary Tale

This week: I’m sharing a less positive experience I recently had whilst out on location. I always try to do everything the proper, above board, considerate way – so it really was quite disappointing to see my location scouting trip conclude in the way it did. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Canon […]

Episode #202: Sunrise Shipwreck Photography
[ 0 ] February 29, 2016

Episode #202: Sunrise Shipwreck Photography

This week: I’m up and about early, photographing an old sunken ship at sunrise. If you’re anything like me, once you get an idea for a picture in your head, you’ll go to all lengths in order to capture it. This was the case recently – and in this week’s show, I’m talking you through the process […]

Episode #200: Photo Shoot Location Scout In A River
[ 4 ] February 15, 2016

Episode #200: Photo Shoot Location Scout In A River

This week: I’m knee-deep in a river, working through test shots ahead of a photo shoot. Join me as I negotiate a flowing river, contemplate making a big jump and plan ahead for a forthcoming photo shoot. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP Competition: Hand Warmer Giveaway! Nikon D800 DSLR Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]