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All the articles listed below are free pdf files to download for your own use.  They were originally written for other websites and differ quite a bit from my usual writing as I don’t normally cover anything very technical, but sometimes you need to know about these things.  Many of them are quite in-depth and rather long, and some have lots of photos, so they may take a few minutes to download.  As most were written quite a while ago, they may well contain links that no longer work – my apologies for these.

Note: while you’re very welcome to download and print these articles for your personal use, please don’t replicate all or part of any article for any other purpose without permission.  If you want to use one or more of my articles on your website or blog, you can get in touch with me using the Contact form or the email address on the Contact page.


The Orton Effect – this was a post written originally for the Mortal Muses blog.  It explains how to apply the Orton effect to your photographs, using Photoshop Elements.

Creative Cropping – how an average photo can be transformed with clever cropping.

Street photography for Nervous Beginners – exactly what it sounds like: some non-threatening ways to ease yourself into street photography.

Using the High Pass Filter for sharpening – much easier than using the Unsharp Mask!

Sharpening your photos  – more on sharpening; covers use of Unsharp Mask and High Pass Filter, with links to articles covering other methods

Black and White Photography Part 1 – technique – technical things to consider when shooting in black and white

Black and white photography Part 2 – artistry   – how to ‘see’ in black and white

RAW versus Jpeg  – the differences between the two and the pros and cons of shooting in RAW or jpeg

Camera bags for the girls  – the photographic industry doesn’t cater for women much, so here’s some help if you’d like to find a camera bag that’s a bit more stylish than the norm

Aspect Ratio explained  – if you’ve ever wondered why bits of your photo get cut off when you have them printed professionally, you need to know about aspect ratio

Copyright explained  – ever wondered how to protect your photos from being used by other people without permission?  or when it’s OK to use other people’s photos for your own purposes?  Find the answers here (covers UK copyright only)

Have fun with customised photo bokeh – here’s an easy technique that will turn those out-of-focus shapes in the background of your image into stars or hearts or anything else you fancy

Introducing the Lensbaby  – everything you need to know to get started with the Lensbaby

Lensbaby tips  – some extra tips and tricks that come in handy when using a Lensbaby

Keeping safe  – how to keep yourself and your equipment safe while you’re out and about

Sensor cleaning  – a step-by-step beginner’s guide to cleaning your digital camera’s sensor

Filters explained  – a guide to using filters in digital photography; covers polarising, neutral density, UV, and infrared filters.

Understanding Histograms  – how to use histograms to perfectly expose your images

Photoshop alternatives – if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Photoshop, here are some to consider

Resizing and resolution made simple  – well, as simple as possible!




  1. Terrie: Creative Explorer
    December 14, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    I just found your site and read through your sharpening tutorial – it’s brilliant! What a simple idea – I’m off to try it now. I feel the same way about Unsharp Mask – it seems like every time I read about it there’s a different “magic” formula for success, so I just pretty much set my parameters and use the same one all the time – this seems much easier! THANKS!


  2. Ian Parker
    January 22, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    I found a link to your site from I must say your site is really helpful. I will be back to read more later. I read through the High Pass Filtering article and found it very interesting and dare I say, easy to read and understand. Just on my level. Thank you very much indeed.


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