I'll admit I'm not a great teacher and I don't claim to be, what I can show you is how I learnt and what works for me.
I haven't been on any courses and speaking to many people from beginners to more advanced photographers these generally don't work as a teaching method.
My style is more out of curiosity and to discover what works and looks good to me. This will hopefully allow you the chance to see what works and what doesn't.
Everything is free and hopefully you'll learn something to take with you and practise.
My Software Choices
I love trying new pieces of software but only review ones that I enjoy using or that I think are useful.
- Aurora HDR - I think this is the best HDR software you can get, and it's now even better as it's available on both Mac and Windows.
- Luminar - Another piece of software from the guys at Macphun, every year it gets better. Can be used as a plugin for Lightroom or as a stand alone.
- Plotagraph - This is a fun piece of software that uses a single jpeg into a moving image, honestly it's so much fun.
You can see a bit more on My Software page.
My Camera Gear
I'm not convinced that there is any one camera that rules all. A great camera in the wrong hands is useless, a poor camera in the right hands will product better results. Know your equipment and invest in good glass over upgrading the camera body.
Listed below are different cameras in different categories. I'm not saying these are the best of the best but these are ones I've personally used and would recommend.
dSLR Camera - Nikon D610
This is my current go to camera, it produces brilliant results. I'm very happy with this set up and it's a body I will continue to use for many more years to come. This is a Full-Frame 24.3MP camera that has been available for a while but isn't lacking too much. Wish it had a touch-screen but you can't have it all.
Mirrorless Camera - Panasonic G7
I've picked this over an Olympus OM-D camera mainly for two reasons, it has a flip screen and the video quality is amazing. If you want an all round good camera you won't go far wrong with this. I have created a separate review of this so make sure you check it out. Panasonic G7 Review.
Action/Video Camera - Go Pro Hero 5
For me Go Pro is still the go to brand for action cameras. This latest version has touch screen, voice activation and the video quality is simply outstanding. Shoots in 4K UHD and takes 12MP stills. What is not to love, robust and only down side is the sound quality but you can sort that out in post-production. You can get cheaper but the quality is not as good.
Compact Camera - Canon G7x ii
This is the go to camera for bloggers and vloggers. Compact yet super powerful. Features a flip screen which is ideal for video work. 20.1MP sensor with touch-screen, Wi-Fi and amazing video and sound capabilities. Read the review.
Smartphone Camera - Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Everyone is fully aware of the iPhone. This one has dual cameras and the photos it produces are amazing. With it's new portrait mode you can get near professional results with this phone. I have created a 'Real Life' review of this so make sure you check it out. iPhone 7 Plus Review.