Disappointed with some of your photos?

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How often have you got home from a trip or a fantastic day out and loaded your pics ready to show them to your family and friends and you look at them on the computer screen and realize they aren’t showing what it was really like?

You are so disappointed, because you wanted them to share the great time you had.

Well despair no more, there is a way you can learn to bring the photos back to life.

All those photos of special moments that you have sitting on your computer but haven’t done much with them, we will show you how to make them the best they can be in this months “Photo Dash” (see the link below)

An interesting thing happened to me the other day. I was down the beach taking a sunset photo and somebody walked past and said, “the photos never looks as good as the real thing.”Without thinking, I said,”mine do.”

Red at night shepherds delight

This was taken 20 mins after sunset as the red filled the sky.







She stopped and gave me a real look of surprise. I realized afterwards that I probably sounded really conceited, but it wasn’t meant to be, my images do look like it was. So that made me once again realize that not everyone knows how to achieve this.

But you can learn.

Not only can you fix the photos you already have, if you do both streams of the Dash then we will actually help you to improve the shots you actually take in the first place as well, in the Dash Blend.

Have you done photo courses before, but didn’t finish them, you got stuck on something and it all seemed too hard?

Choose the Gold or Platinum options you will get offered after you have signed up and you will have a professional photographer to be your coach and to walk beside you through the course.

They will be your personal coach, to answer your questions, show you what you can change and even help you with your particular area of interest.

Surely a professional photographer as a coach for a month will cost an arm and a leg?

NO, for the price of a cup of coffee a day you are able to have this great opportunity.

What are you waiting for, click on the banner below and get your camera ready for the 1st May.

Less Known Composition Rules, Notan

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Well I have covered the main composition rules for photography, but there are three more which are often forgotten.

The first is Notan

What is Notan?

Notan is said to be negative and positive space. Light and dark working together to create a whole, the yin and yang of a high contrast image.

A lot of the time with HDR images the creating on Notan is forgotten as we open up the shadows and loose the true negative space in an image.

A perfect example of negative space is a silhouette.

To use Notan, we need to make shadows actual shadows instead of dark, light areas.

A great way to see the Notan in an image if you have Photoshop is to use the Threshold adjustment layer. It will show you the black and white in the image.

A beautiful example of Notan was provided by one of my Photography Dash students, Mona Nissen



Composition rule Notan









Above is an example of the black and white areas of an image that helps to create the Notan effect

We can see the actual Notan effect by going to Photoshop and in the adjustments select Threshold and you will see the black and white and the composition it creates.


This helps to show you why the first image works so well. We don’t consciousl see the Notan effect, but it still creates a strong image when we use it.


Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon

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Hi All, I hope lots of you are able to take photos of the Luna Eclipse. Unfortunately here in Perth Western Australia we won’t get to see it.

To help you know what settings to use and how to get started, there is a great article here.

Click on the here to go to article

If you have any questions just contact me.

Enjoy and I am looking forward to seeing some great pics.


Painting with Light

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I hear lots of Photographer’s talking about the wonders of painting with light.

Did know all photographers are light painters?

That is what Photography is, painting with light.

How many times have you gone somewhere, taking a shot and then looked at other people shots of the area and thought mine doesn’t look anything like that?

Golden hour

See how golden the light is

Most of the time the only difference is the light.

I always encourage people when they see a scene that they like to take a photo straight away.


Because it gives them something to refer back to later.

Now you have that picture put your camera down, or at least turn it off.

Now I want you to walk around the object that you taking a photo of. If it’s a landscape you obviously can’t walk around it, so walk to the right, walk to the left. Crouch down low, find something high to stand on.

All I want you to look at is what the light is doing, where is the light falling where are the shadows.

As you begin to see the light you photography will reach a whole new level.

Okay now take another photo in the best position you can find, with the best light.

I want you to just sit and enjoy nature, or read a book for as long as you can and watch the light change.

Now do what you did before, walk around see what has changed. I would suggest you do this somewhere near to home or near your office, so you can visit a few times during the day and see the difference the light makes.

Look at it on different days, sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, stormy days. The more you understand light and the way the type of day and time of day affect it, the better your photography will become.

Let me know how you get on.