Simon Bray
Simon Bray is a freelance photographer from Manchester, UK, working on commercial shoots as well as photographing weddings, musicians and artists, and also taking time out to capture landscapes in the surrounding countryside.
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    A Comprehensive Guide to Photographing Churches, Cathedrals and CastlesPreview
    So many of our towns and cities have been built up around a rich and eventful past. This history defines the places we live and visit. Evidence of this is preserved in the beautiful cathedrals, churches and castles that have been incredibly preserved over the years for future generations to enjoy. So whether it's just down the road or something you'll come across on holiday, now's your chance to capture history!Read More…
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    A Beginner's Guide to Film PhotographyPreview
    It was only about 15 years ago that camera manufacturers brought us the dawn of digital photography. Rumors spread that film was dead. Although the majority of professionals have made the transition from film to digital, film remains an extremely popular format, which we can all still learn from.Read More…
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    Getting Started in Black and White PhotographyPreview
    For the youngsters amongst us, it may come as a surprise to hear that photography wasn't always a technicolour experience. Black and white isn't just an edit option in Photoshop, it's where photography began and it remains an essential means of expression for many photographers.Read More…
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    Creatively Approaching Abstract PhotographyPreview
    Photography takes many forms and incorporates many different styles, most of which either fall into the categories of documentary or fine art. It is in the second category that we find abstract photography, a means of visual expression that's purpose is not to inform the viewer, but to engage and excite.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Shooting Fantastic Images at TwilightPreview
    Known to photographers as the "magic hour," the dawn and dusk hours of each day can provide stunning lighting conditions for photography. In this tutorial, we cover some basic techniques that will allow you to make the most of the twilight hours.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Capture the Beauty of StarsPreview
    The night sky is an incredible phenomenon. Whenever I take a minute to gaze up at a clear star-filled sky, I am filled with awe and wonder at the magnitude of space and the depth and quantity of stars on display. Capturing this in photographic form can be a tricky business, but hopefully the following tips will get you started.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Take Multi Image PanoramasPreview
    A panoramic photo is simply an image consisting of multiple photos. And since the rise of digital photography, the panoramic shot has become easy to do and an art in itself. In this tutorial, you'll get a quick look at how these images are created.Read More…
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    Getting to Grips With Photographing the WildernessPreview
    The wilderness, the great outdoors, a chance to escape, to be at one with nature. It's not for everyone with all that weather and strenuous exercise, but for those who do crave the fresh air and scenery, it can be liberation and freedom. So how does one capture that sense of beauty and abandonment? Well I don't have any magical answers, but we'll begin by looking at the practical implications of a trip to the wilderness, before moving on to some technical and photographic advice. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Capturing Movement in WaterPreview
    Water is essential - nothing could live without it, it surrounds us, it can be dangerous, it can be beautiful, and as photographers, it's a subject that we would be crazy to ignore. Here are a few tips on capturing water in motion, which can often be an art in itself!Read More…
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    The Complete Guide to Shooting Farming & AgriculturePreview
    For many of us, trips to a farm can be few and far between. As someone who is extremely fond of long walks in the English countryside I often find myself coming across farmland that offers a wealth of photographic opportunities. So with an awful lot of topics to cover, here are some tips on how to make the most of your next agricultural trip to the farm! Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Capture the Cold in Your PhotographsPreview
    In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter months are in full swing, offering not only biting cold winds and hazardous travelling conditions, but some great photographic opportunities. Winter can be a down-time for photographers who are less willing to get out and about in the colder months of the year, but I see it as a chance to capture our surroundings when they appear drastically different to the majority of the year. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Top Tips for Pet PhotographyPreview
    Pet photography is very similar to photographing children - it's difficult to coax and encourage them into the perfect composition. But when you get it right, the hard work can pay off in dividends. Working with animals is far easier if you know the subject personally, and not all the tips below will be relevant for every different animal. Still, hopefully they'll give you a few ideas on how to take great shots of your pets! Read More…