Simon Bray
Manchester, UK
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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    10 Top Tips to Help Define Your Personal Photographic StylePreview
    So you've spent time developing your camera techniques and skills. You've aimed to understand exposure settings and endeavoring to get the perfect shot each time. But sometimes, you're just not happy with the results and you don't feel like your work expresses what you want it to. How do you refine your art so you can truly express yourself as a photographer and make your shots recognizable as your work? Well, here are a few tips to help you on your way.Read More…
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    60+ Awesome Live Music ShotsPreview
    Live music photography is all about capturing the moment, encapsulating the energy, excitement, beauty or tenderness of the music without being able to hear a single note. This is much easier said than done, as restrictions of space and light can really limit what a photographer is able to achieve, but there are ways in which you can enhance your chances of getting those concert defining shots. Today, you'll get some tips for shooting live music and more than 60 live music images to help inspire you.Read More…
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    10 Tips on Creative Car PhotographyPreview
    If you've ever tried photographing a car, you'll know that it's often not as easy as first presumed. Although it can be simple enough to capture a clear and simple shot of the vehicle, it's far more challenging to capture the design, detail and essence of the car in a photograph. To help, here are ten simple steps which will hopefully lead you through the basics of car photography.Read More…
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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 PanoramasMount
    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…