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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    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…
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    Quick Tip: How to Take Great Photos of Your ChildrenPreview
    In the past few years, taking photos of children has become a highly politicised act and there is a lot of public fear surrounding the situation. But in appreciating the joy that a child brings to their new family, there should be no hesitation in taking delight in documenting their offspring's childhood. This is easier said than done, and there aren't any rights and wrongs when it comes to photographing kids, but hopefully the tips below will help you get better results. In years to come you can all look back at those treasured memories!Read More…
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    The Ins and Outs of Street Photography: 10 Simple StepsPreview
    Street photography emerged in the late 20th Century as a means for capturing everyday life, for documenting social activity, and to "hold a mirror up to society". Hopefully this tutorial will provide some useful advice for street photography as well as highlighting some of the ethical and practical issues that will help you get started on you quest to document life on the streets!Read More…
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    A 10 Step Guide to Superb Minimalist PhotographyPreview
    We often hear the phrase 'less is more', and this couldn't be more apt than when appreciating minimalism. When executed well, minimalist photography can be an extremely simple but dramatic way to capture images. But how should we interpret, understand and execute minimalism within our own work?Read More…
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    Quick Tip: 4 Steps to Remarkable Reflection PhotographyPreview
    Photographing reflections can be extremely rewarding and produce stunning results, but sometimes achieving those dramatic shots can be harder than first thought. Today I'll be highlighting a few quick tips for dealing with reflections, and helping you on your way to taking some breathtaking photographs!Read More…
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    A 10 Step Guide to Taking Breathtaking Firework PhotographsPreview
    If there's a grand occasion coming up, you can almost guarantee that it'll be marked by fireworks. With Guy Fawkes Night almost upon us, it seemed like a good time of year to explore this topic! We can't help but marvel at the colours and light appearing before us in the sky. Many try and fail to photograph the beauty of fireworks, but hopefully this 10 step guide will help you to capture some of those breathtaking bursts!Read More…
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    A 10 Step Guide to Creative & Colourful Market PhotographyPreview
    Markets are hives of activity, with customers and traders bustling around stalls and fresh produce. They are full of life and colour, giving you a great chance to capture the daily lives of locals. It is a great chance to practice your architectural, portrait and food photography in a lively and exposed setting. Let's take a look at a few tips to help you along the way!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Taking Beautiful Candlelight PhotosPreview
    Light is one of a photographer's greatest assets and, when used effectively, can transform otherwise dull scenes into photographic masterpieces. Candles offer a unique source of light which can produce stunning results if used creatively. In today's Quick Tip, we're exploring a few techniques for making the most of candlelight photography!Read More…
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    A 10 Step Introduction to Making Your First PhotofilmPreview
    Many have turned to video to meet the demand for web-based media, but the increasingly popular medium of Photofilms provide a simple and highly effective way to display your work, without having to learn lots of new skills. Now being employed by various news agencies, this new multimedia format is gaining momentum in the world of online photojournalism and will be a valuable means for publishing your work. Today we'll show you how to get started, and showcase a few brilliant examples!Read More…
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    13 Steps for Creative Coastline PhotographyPreview
    This is our simple, thirteen step introduction to the world of beach and coastal photography, which can be an extremely varied and rewarding activity. Seasonal changes transform these natural locations from colourful postcard views to brooding winter scenes in a matter of months, but whatever the season, there's always something to capture!Read More…