How to photograph fireworks

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How to photograph fireworks for beginners

Photographing fireworks isn’t something you get the opportunity to do every day. Whether you’re heading out to photograph fireworks on Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve or Independence Day I’m going to share with you how to photograph fireworks so you can nail your shots and have photos to remember. You might like to read these helpful blogs too How to photograph the Northern Lights The 4 camera accessories you can’t live without The 3 essential things every beginner photographer needs to learn Gear you need to photograph fireworks   Taking awesome fireworks photos doesn’t have to be as difficult as … Read More

Win a 2018 Scotland Calendar

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To celebrate the release of my 2018 Scotland Calendar I’m giving you the chance to get your hands on one for free with my competition. This is the 3rd calendar I’ve produced and it’s proving to be my most popular one yet with orders shipping to USA, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Germany, The Netherlands and more! Printed on luxurious silk card, it features 12 stunning images of Scotland’s landscapes and coasts. The calendar folds out to A3 and comes to you shrink-wrapped for its protection and finished with a bow. It’s a perfect gift for all the Scotland lovers in … Read More

Nikon fails women worldwide with the launch of the D850

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  The photography community waited with baited breath for the launch of Nikon’s new camera, the D850. It got people talking and made headlines left, right and centre, but not in the way that Nikon expected. For it wasn’t so much the specs of the new camera but the complete absence of female photographers in the campaign that hit the headlines. But was it a case of sexism or was it a huge marketing fail?   Nikon launches the D850   With the launch of the D850, Nikon enlisted the help of 32 photographers from Asia, the Middle East and … Read More

3 essential things every beginner photographer needs to learn

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3 essential things every beginner photographer needs to learn to shoot on manual

Do you have a camera and you know that you want to learn to shoot on manual so that you can take amazing photos, but you just don’t know where to start? Over 5 years ago I picked up my first DSLR and embarked upon my journey to shooting on manual. I remember reading books that I struggled to make sense of, seeing a whole heap of numbers and jargon that were like another language and thinking that it would never make any sense to me. But then that magical moment happened where I picked up a photography magazine, read … Read More

Why shooting on manual mode on your camera is way better than auto

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Why shooting on manual mode is way better than auto

Do you feel like all you want to do is learn to take better photos, but everybody is telling you that you should be shooting on manual? I know that it seems like there’s a lot to learn and you’re wondering if it really is worth the effort. I’ve been a photographer for over 5 years and love to help my clients take control over their cameras so they can understand what they need to do to take amazing photos. I believe that manual is where the magic happens and I’m going to share with you why it’s waaaay better … Read More

5 reasons why you need to have an unplugged wedding (and how to do it without annoying your guests)

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Guest photographing Bride and Groom with a mobile phone

  With modern technology almost everyone has a camera in their pocket and the ability to take fairly decent quality shots and share them online in an instant. But do you want to feel like you’re being papped at your own wedding with a sea of mobile phones as you walk down the aisle or is it possible to get the photos you really want that makes your guests feel included too? It’s not for me to tell you what to do at your wedding but over the years as a wedding photographer in Angus, Dundee and Perth I’ve seen … Read More

Can you photograph my charity event for free wine, nibbles and publicity?

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Charity event photography

I get inundated with requests to photograph charity events for free in Forfar, Arbroath, Dundee and beyond and as much as I would love to support all of you with my time, I can’t. But there is another way. Let’s get to the bottom of it. I donate money to charities that are close to my heart (literally) for personal reasons. I support British Heart Foundation because I had life-saving heart surgery as a baby and Cancer Research UK because I’ve watched my Mum fight her way back from the brink of death and I want to do what I … Read More

Is CMA Live worth all the hype? CMA Live 2017 reviewed

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Marcus Sheridan CMA Live 2017

  CMA Live is the UK’s leading content marketing event run by the Content Marketing Academy. Held in Edinburgh it’s a 2-day event attracting world-wide speakers at the top of their game. But is it worth all the hype? Read on for my review of my first CMA Live experience.   My journey to CMA Live 2017   I’d only just heard of the concept of content marketing and the Content Marketing Academy in early 2016. I was learning about content marketing but wasn’t sure if I was ready to invest in what was then called TCMA 2016. So I … Read More

Content Marketing Academy 90 day challenge: the big review!

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Earlier this year the Content Marketing Academy set its members a 90 day challenge to help us improve our businesses through content marketing. We’d set our own objectives, commit to the process for 90 days, support each other along the way and hopefully come out the other end relatively unscathed. Did I ace it or do I need to go suck eggs? Let’s jump in and find out. Here’s the questions the CMA asked us to answer to review our progress. I set myself a target of producing one wedding related blog a week to get me into the habit … Read More

Alternative wedding gift ideas

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Weddings photography bridge groom Woodlands Hotel Dundee

  You know the most important part about your wedding is that you have the people that you adore there celebrating with you. You don’t want to seem cheeky and ask for gifts and you certainly don’t want to ask for money. People will want to buy you nice things and it would be rude to say no. As a wedding photographer I’ve seen it all so let’s say no to filling your house full of stuff and instead say yay to the alternative gift ideas that you’ll really love.   Alternative wedding gift ideas   I remember reading a … Read More