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I have had a busy weekend at the movies, so much to see at the moment, we started the weekend off by going to Life of Pi on the friday night which was fantastic (in 3D), Saturday we saw Django Unchained and the Impossible, then Sunday was Les Miserables followed by the football. I was at Greenwich just after they finished filming Les Miserables and with my iphone managed to get a couple of shots of the set being pulled down…

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

Les Miserables Film Set

It snowed all weekend, and my plan of staying in didn’t really work, most of the schools in London are closed today and the temperature still isn’t above 0 degrees, i’m feeling very lazy and never got out into ‘central london’ to get any photos mainly because I knew the tubes weren’t running and it would take me hours to get in and out again.

Also today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year so i’m just going to stay in, with the heater on and see what else I can get done instead!

Happy Blue Monday everyone!
x

Giovanna and James Wedding

Giovanna and James Wedding New Zealand taken by Andy at Frank Visser Photography

2013 is racing past, i’ve had a busy week catching up with a few friends and applying for jobs, as promised this week i’ve got some wedding photos from NZ, one fun one and one serious one!

Giovanna and James

Our wedding captured by Andy at Frank Visser Photography

I’m busy sitting here at my computer with a packet of chips and a glass of coke with an exercise video playing on the TV, someone I don’t think it’s counted as my exercise for the day but hey it’s fun and life can be to serious, have a good weekend everyone ūüôā

Hi!

The Big Move is tomorrow and the house is full of boxes, I’m doing everything I can to finish up everything that needs doing on the internet before I get disconnected, there are a million and one things to do and I have worked a 40 hour week in the last two days but at the same time it feels good to get some jobs ticked off my list.

Also just quickly to let you know I’m setting up¬†an Amazon store in the UK/Europe for the sales of my photos, as always you can buy them through my site www.exploretravelphotography.com but they will soon also be available through Amazon as well! and off course are available on Ebay starting from just 99p!

9 Ways to Take Better Pictures Today – without spending a fortune

1)      Carry your camera around with you everywhere!  How many times have you seen something spectacular in everyday life and wished you had a camera to capture it. Create space for it in your bag and make packing it a part of  your daily routine.  Not only will this ensure you never miss a shot, but it will also help you to get to become more familiar with your camera, practice and re-practice certain settings and experiment more with your photography.

2)      Join an online photography forum and/or create an account with Flickr. The benefits to this are limitless. You will be able to; meet other like minded people; learn from them; be inspired by them and also ask for feedback on your photos. Comments will be constructive and help you to become a better photographer.

3)      Learn the Rule of Thirds. One of the main composition rules in photography is the rule of thirds. To use this effectively, you need to imagine a grid of 9 even squares in across the image (your camera may be able to do this for you within its settings). You should then place things of interest at one or more of the four points the lines of the grid intercept. This will help frame your picture properly.

For landscape photos you can use this rule to work out where the horizon should be in your picture.  If the photo has an interesting sky then place your horizon along the bottom line, but if the foreground is much more interesting place your horizon along the top line.

4)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Take your camera off Manual Mode! You will use your camera to its full potential by taking it off this and taking control ‚Äď the camera doesn‚Äôt always know/default to the right settings! Try using Aperture Priority to control how much of your photo is in focus and try using Shutter Priority to control how long your cameras shutter is open, which can then control movement.

5)      Try a new technique! Every time I go on holiday I try a new technique, it could be something as simple as Macro Photography or Panoramas. Alternatively you could try something more complicated like Light Painting or HDR.  There are so many techniques out there and you wont know which one you like best (or comes more naturally to you) until you try.

Add some fun to your portfolio and search these techniques on the internet, or buy either one of my eBooks (available from Amazon or my own website) How To.. Night photography or Beginners guide to your DSLR Рgetting off Auto, as both of these will show you how to achieve HDR, Light Painting, Panoramas, Zoom Burst and lots of other fun techniques for you to try.

6)      Use a Tripod! To eliminate camera shake a tripod is essential. Unless your camera is steady your pictures will blur and you will be frustrated with experiments in light trails, long exposure or HDR. This is also keenly felt in low lighting situations where the shutter stays open for longer to let in more light. If you move during this time (even just the smallest amount) you will end up with blurry pictures. The sturdier the tripod the better, but you needn’t spend a fortune and there are some decent mini tripods to be found. Walls and other flat surfaces can be used, but are trickier to keep the camera steady.

7)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Use Leading Lines! Leading Lines draw the viewers eyes into your photo. These can be anything from roads to paths, fences, hedges… essentially anything that is a line going¬†through your image, normally (but not essentially) into the middle of your rule of thirds grid. Whilst this can be effective with a lead into the horizon, having an object of interest at the end of your line creates an even more spectacular image.

8)      Use a Frame. Another good composition tip is using a frame to encase your subject. This helps lead the viewers eye into your photo, focusing on the subject and giving the picture more dimension. Typical frames include; doorways; archways; windows and trees. This will tend to work best when your frame is darker than your subject. If your frame is in the foreground (which it should be) make sure you focus on the subject in the distance for best results.

9)      Walk everywhere where possible (especially when travelling)! Not only will you get to see more and get fit at the same time, but if you have remembered Rule 1 and are carrying your camera you will find an abundance of treasured images to unearth. For example the photo below of Istanbul was taken whilst I was walking to find my accommodation after just arriving in the country. If we had taken the bus we would have missed this opportunity and it has proved to be one of my most popular photos.

www.exploretravelphotography.com

How to… Night Photography eBook

Beginners Guide to your DSLR – getting off Auto eBook

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Istanbul, turkery

Finally Winter is over ūüôā and the weather is starting to get better (and I hope I’m not saying that too soon!)

and the count down to moving out is nearing the end, in just¬†3 days we move and I lose my fab view from the 20th story¬†over london and I have to say Goodbye to Angel and the lovely restaurants and shops here, and I may be without internet for a bit too while we set up a new provider so that will be a pain! but i’m going to use this time to write more articles for my Blog ūüôā

With all the horrible stuff that was going on with the stealing of my photos I found one person who really took the cake (or is it biscuit?!) Mark Jenkins from Ikon Canvas Art hadn’t just stolen my photos to use on his website, he had stolen my photos to sell on Ebay, Amazon and on his own Website!

This had been going on for a Year before I found out, after trying to get some compensation Mark Jenkins just went into hiding, So I had no option but to tell Amazon, Ebay and finally all of his sites have been shut down.

So I am finally at peace with it, but I do suggest to all photographers out there to use the new Google search to find your photos on the internet and stop people like Mark from making a living off stealing and selling your photos.

Just go to Google then to Images, and in the search box there is a little pic of a camera, just click on the camera and upload your photo from your hard drive or add the URL from where it is on the Web, it’s very interesting to see the results!

Oh and since I figured its good enough for him to steal my pics and sell them on Ebay and Amazon that I should get in on the Action too! so I now have my photos selling on Ebay under Tuckergg starting at 99p and soon to be on Amazon (trying to set that up today!) or as always from my website www.exploretravelphotography.com

So todays Photo is only fitting that it is a view from the Balcony that I am about to say goodbye too!

view over london

Around the world we go and today we are in Kaikoura Whale Watching

This photo has been used on the UK Flight Centers website slide-show of New Zealand

Whale Watching in New Zealand

Getting to know G better days are normally Fridays but I was still in Bruges mode yesterday so uploaded a photo of Bruges instead! and with today being the last day of the year, it’s probably a little more appropriate to be about me today as we look back and reflect on the year 2011!

and what a crazy year it has been!

For me the biggest thing this year has to be the earthquakes back home in Christchurch, New Zealand and watching all my friends and family lose everything.

and of course there was the Japan Earthquakes and Turkey’s earthquakes, the flooding and mudslides in Brazil, flooding in Thailand, Pakistan, and the Philippines all resulting in loss of life’s and considerable damage.

Osama Bin Laden was killed, as well as Muammar Gaddafi.

There were lots of bombings and loss of life’s, and the Royal Marriage which I managed to avoid!

and lastly the US formally declares an end to the Iraq War…

The positive part of 2011 for me was leaving my full-time employment  and working full-time on my Photography, and I was lucky enough to get a book published on to Amazon Kindle before the year was out, and of course all the places I travelled to this year as mentioned yesterday.

So of 2011 my most popular photo has to be Istanbul a Moment as it made it into¬†Picture¬†Correct’s Top 10 Photos of 2011

Istanbul a moment

My most popular photo on Flickr and Facebook this year has to be Tower Bridge Light Trails

Tower Bridge Light Trails

Here is my first self-portrait I did in my hallway this year which was a success, though probably more thanks to the bottle of wine I was drinking at the time than anything else!

giovanna tucker

Well Cheers to the End of 2011 and Lets Bring on 2012!

Good luck to Everyone..

May 2012 be everything you hope it will be and bring you everything you wish and¬†desire….

Thank you for your support in 2011 and lets see what we can achieve in 2012!

Happy New Years!

ah just had a lovely couple of days in Bruges with my partner for his birthday, we took the Eurostar over which is such a nice way to travel, especially as we ended up with First Class seats on the way home, the weather was cold and wet though and Bruges was full of people but we had a wicked time all the same, its such a lovely pretty town.

That will have to be the last trip of the year, and certainly for a long while, while I knuckle down and get some work done, this year I have been lucky enough to go to Bruges, Berlin, Malta, Gozo, Alicante, Sorrento, Positano, Capri,  New Zealand (Christchurch, French Farm, Akaroa, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Arrowtown) Gran Canaria, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon, and Bath so I have been very lucky indeed!

Bruges as night falls

Bruges as night falls

Being Boxing Day and being on the other side of the world from my family for Christmas here is a lovely photo of New Zealand, Moeraki¬†Boulders to let you all know I’m thinking of you all x

“The Moeraki Boulders¬†are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

My heart goes out to everyone back home, the latest earthquakes have been going on for over a year (Since September 2010) and have caused considerable damage, loss of lives and heart ache, I feel so hopeless being on the other side of the world but I want you to all know, I’m thinking of you, stay safe x

Normally Fridays are getting to know me better and in-light of the recent earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand over night and because that is my home town, I’m going to make today’s about Christchurch, well Canterbury really the province in which Christchurch is in.

and as it just so happened last week, I was out taking photos in London and I was walking along a road that I hadn’t been on before leading to Trafalgar Square and I saw a plaque on a building, so I stopped to read it (as you do, because London is such an interesting city) and the Plague read:

“Canterbury Province of New Zealand In March 1948 on this site formerly 41 Charing Cross, the Canterbury association met and planned the settlement of the province founded on the 16 of December 1850 by english settlers let by John Robert Goodley”

So I had to take a photo.

Christchurch is very special to me, it’s where I was born, where I grew up, where my family is so I need you to be safe Christchurch and stop with the earthquakes already! they have been going on far to long…

Birth Place of Canterbury New Zealand

 

 

Sunset Silhouette and Lone Tree…

I was having a little play in photoshop today and ended up with this, sunset is a real sunset taken from our balcony in london.

Sunset Silhouette and Lone Tree