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The blog section is updated at least twice a week, so make sure you bookmark the site and call back soon, as there’s something for every photographer!
I’ve made a new video for my YouTube channel on my recent experience using the…Keep reading
Why the Viltrox 56mm F/1.4 is becoming a favourite lens of mine.
Regular followers of my photography will know that as a general rule of thumb, I…Keep reading
A family break with the CCD Nikon Coolpix P50.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, we took a family…Keep reading
My New (Old) Nikon, And Why I Had To Have It!
As you may know by now, I have a new camera, and I am back…Keep reading
A Visit To Bishops Wood And Caswell Bay
Bishops Wood is a beautiful nature reserve in Swansea, Wales. It has 46 acres of…Keep reading
A Trip Of Discovery To Margam Park
I’ve been to Margam Park many times in my life, but today it was a…Keep reading
A Visit To WWT Wetlands Llanelli. Wildlife Galore!
WWT Wetlands Llanelli is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature and wildlife.…Keep reading
Aberavon Docks – 4k Test With Fujifilm X-T3 (A typical morning photography)
A very short one today. I have been meaning to get into 4k video and…Keep reading
Jersey Park Sunshine, Bluebells & Flowers
It was a lovely spring day, so what better than to grab the camera and…Keep reading
The Garden In The Rain
It is a wet, but mild May afternoon, and as a break from life, I…Keep reading
Dinefwr Park And Castle Visit
Dinefwr Park is a National Trust property located in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The park is…Keep reading
Its Bluebell Season And Time For Family Images!
Bluebell season is here! What better way to start off the season but take the…Keep reading
Life Update, Cameras & Project
I have a new video out at last. It gives a little life update, talks…Keep reading
Gelli-Hir Woodland Walk – Something A Bit Different!
Gelli-hir Wood is a partly ancient woodland of around 28 hectares, situated on the northern…Keep reading
Why I like using the jpegs when I take photographs
Let’s get this one thing out of the way before we start. As you all…Keep reading
Fforest Farm. Birds, Water & Wildlife.
Fforest Farm is a stunning little nature reserve near Cardiff, South Wales. About 40 minutes…Keep reading
A Walk Around The Area For Some Shutter Therapy (SOOC)
Went for a little stroll around my local area. I just wanted to capture today.…Keep reading
Reasons To Print Or Use Film In 2023
Printing is important in photography for a number of reasons. First, it allows photographers to…Keep reading
Why I’ve Stepped Back From GPWSW And What’s The Future Plans?
Anyone who has known me through photography has known me through a number of ways,…Keep reading
A Sunny Spring Day With The Family At The Gnoll
So, the children are on school holidays for a fortnight for Easter, and today was…Keep reading
An Experiment With AI Art
I like to try new things, and so I have been hearing a lot about…Keep reading
Hensol Woods, The People & More. In “American Color” DT Styles.
Today we made a visit to a woodland in the South East of Wales, known…Keep reading
An Informal Selfie Shoot
I’ve been really lacking inspiration for photography lately. I go out weekly, take photos, but…Keep reading
A Visit To The Ruins Of The 14th Century Capel Mair.
Today we visited Capel Mair, in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales. Capel Mair is a small…Keep reading
Langland Bay To Caswell Bay And Back. Beautiful Coastline Of Wales.
Wales has some spectacular scenery, as you’ve probably seen over the years on this website.…Keep reading
Fujifilm raw files and why they can look underexposed in Darktable
Many users of Darktable are Fujifilm camera users, and thankfully Fujifilm raw files work nicely…Keep reading
Waterfalls, Darktable & How Shooting raw Really Can Save The Day!
I have my first new video of 2023 out now, and it is something very…Keep reading
Waterfall country. Pontneddfechan
It was a glorious winters day, with it feeling more like Spring than it should.…Keep reading
Making Darktables Quick Access Panel Much More Efficient With A Few Simple Changes!
The Darktable quick access panel is a great idea, and you can perform almost all…Keep reading
Port Talbot Art Walk 2023
Port Talbot is a town known for many things, and not always good! However, it…Keep reading
Rest Bay Porthcawl – A Day Of Photos, Stacking Images, Long Exposures And Panoramas
It was a stunningly beautiful January day, the sun was out, there was no biting…Keep reading
Simply and quickly avoiding hue colour shifts with Darktables Filmic/Sigmoid modules.
Darktable is a fantastic editing program, but it is not without its faults. For many,…Keep reading
Coity Castle & Church.
It has been a long break from group meets, so a month later and I…Keep reading
Darktable: Filmic RGB, Sigmoid Or Neither?
Darktable is an amazing piece of software, however, the decision to develop a separate module…Keep reading
My New Techniques For Editing Images (Examples)
For the last couple of years, I’ve been obsessed with getting things right in camera…Keep reading
Using Frequency Separation to Retouch Portraits
Introduction Being a portrait photographer inherently comes with a responsibility to ensure the model looks…Keep reading
The First Sunset Shoot Of 2023
I went out for a stroll with my eldest, and never intended to go out…Keep reading
Darktable 4.2 Review And Overview
Another year is ending (and ended!) with a new Darktable release, and the free and…Keep reading
My Photography Goals For 2023
I’ve been enjoying photography for a long time now, but I want to enjoy it…Keep reading
A Selection Of Darktable Styles – Part 2
Darktable has its own presets that are known as Styles. They’re a powerful and useful…Keep reading
My Top 7 Fujifilm Recipes I Use Most Often
There are so many Fujifilm recipes out there now, you just can’t keep up, so…Keep reading
How important is it to photograph in raw instead of jpeg? A different reason to consider!
A question we’ve all heard asked a million times… “Do you shoot raw or jpeg”?…Keep reading
Improve your photography with my 10 tips – By Stephen Davies
As we are in the age of the smartphone we are all now photographers and…Keep reading
Editing Habits – The Big Poll Results
It’s always interesting to get an idea of how long the average person takes to…Keep reading
Why you should invest time to learn Darktable
Darktable is a free and open source raw editor that you can download and install…Keep reading
10 Days Of Christmas Festive Special Starts Soon!
It is that time of year again when for a week or so before Christmas,…Keep reading
Fujifilm X-T3 long term review
It’s almost 2023, so I thought I would look at the Fujifilm X-T3 and give…Keep reading
Mumbles – The Final Meet Of The Year (In new recipe “K Kolour”)
As you all know, I take a group of photographers out every week. This week…Keep reading
A Misty Morning
For the second day in a row we have had really misty weather. Today I…Keep reading
A Walk Around The Lower Lliw Reservoir
As the year comes to an end as far as group meetings go, our penultimate…Keep reading
8 Questions Photographers Ask – And the honest answers to them!
I have a new YouTube video out! Its a quick video where I honestly answer…Keep reading
Penllergare Forest Walk (With The Viltrox 56mm)
Another week, and again I visit a forest. Today we were lucky as when we…Keep reading
A Long Overdue Portrait Shoot
For many years I’ve been planning on having a selfie-portrait shoot. Today I had a…Keep reading
A Climb To The Top Of Drummau Mountain
To say this was one of the best days I’ve had, and how proud I…Keep reading
Autumn Park Walk With A Telephoto Lens
Autumn is supposed to be ending soon, but it has not quite reached it’s full…Keep reading
10 Questions I’m Often Asked As A Photographer By Other Photographers
As a popular and prominent photographer in South Wales with my work with Great Photography…Keep reading
Editing Made Simple In Darktable. A Video.
I’m back! Well, I haven’t gone anywhere, but I have not made any videos for…Keep reading
An Autumn Visit To Craig Gwladys Country Park
Autumn is a wonderful time for photography. The colours, the textures, the mushrooms, the leaves…Keep reading
DXO PhotoLab 6 Elite Review
Although not as well known as other software packages, the DXO name IS known from…Keep reading
My First Red Mushrooms (Fly Agaric)!
I’ve been hunting red mushrooms (Fly Agaric) for many years, but I’ve never been successful,…Keep reading
Autumn Visit To The City
Swansea is a great place to visit, and in autumn, some of the colours can…Keep reading
Fujifilm X-Mount 56mm F/1.4 Review
I recently reviewed the newer Viltrox 13mm F/1.4 lens for Fujifilm which I bought at…Keep reading
A selection of Darktable Styles
Darktable has its own presets that are known as Styles. They’re a powerful and useful…Keep reading
A Walk Along Neath Canal
It was a glorious day, and what better way to spend it than taking a…Keep reading
A Mushroom Hunt (And More) With The Viltrox 56mm
I had the opportunity to go out for a few hours and hunt for some…Keep reading
Fujifilm X-Mount Viltrox 13mm F/1.4 lens review.
I’ve never really been one to use third party autofocus lenses, but a while ago…Keep reading
Southerndown And Dunraven Bay Visit
A visit to Southerndown and Dunraven Bay in Wales was on the cards. It had…Keep reading
Olympus Pen E-PL8 2022 new camera review.
I like to make sure I really know a camera before I make a review…Keep reading
Swansea Architecture, People And Marina
There are times when you go out and everything is just right. The weather, the…Keep reading
Two New Lenses! My Mission Is Complete!
When I first started using Fujifilm, I always intended to use all prime lenses (or…Keep reading
Margam Pulpit And Castle With The Olympus
A trip to Margam Pulpit and Castle. I already did a recon mission of this…Keep reading
A family day out on the Pontwalby trail
The great thing about having the Olympus EPL8 is that its so small and compact,…Keep reading
A Walk In The Park With The 50-230mm
Today was a day for some recon on a destination to take the photography group…Keep reading
Castles, Animals And A Church At Merthyr Mawr
Today we visited a castle we had never been to before, a beautiful church we…Keep reading
Where I want to go with my photography lenses (my current road map).
I’ve been making some changes lately, I’ve sold some of my Fujifilm gear and I’ve…Keep reading
A Trip Around Neath Fair Market Stalls
Like clockwork, the fair arrives at Neath town centre every September on the second Tuesday…Keep reading
Why the camera you use (probably) doesn’t matter.
We live in a world where we want, want, want, and this goes for photographers…Keep reading
The Beach, The X-T3, The 50-230. What Fun!
I’ve had a couple of short little walks out as I try and get myself…Keep reading
Margam Abbey And Stone Museum
We’re so lucky to live in an area that has so much history, so much…Keep reading
I’m on Vero!
There has been a lot of talk about this social media site for photographers, so…Keep reading
A Walk Along The Coast. Mumbles To Blackpill
It was such a gloomy morning, but the photography session had to go on! By…Keep reading
Family Day At Margam Lake And Abbey
Its still the school holidays! It feels like they’ve been going on for ages. Anyway,…Keep reading
I have bought into a new camera system! My first impressions and images.
Oh no! Rumours were rife last week that I was leaving the Fujifilm ecosystem behind.…Keep reading
George’s Fourth Birthday!
It’s so nice to just take photos of the family. In fact, I think I…Keep reading
Clyne Valley With A Yashica 5cm Manual Lens!
So today I went on a group meet. Sadly, I didn’t stay the full length…Keep reading
Five Reasons To Use Auto-ISO
When I’m going out with the camera, I want to make sure I get the…Keep reading
Quickly get a workable image in Darktable
Darktable is the go to free photo editing software for many people. It’s powerful and…Keep reading
Family break to Tenby
As I haven’t been well, and the kids are off school, and the wife is…Keep reading
An day of ICM at the beach.
I have already experimented with ICM (intentional camera movement) as can be seen in this…Keep reading
Butterflies, Bees And Macro
I’ve only had chance to pop into the garden lately to take some photos, and…Keep reading
Website and life update
Welcome everyone, and thank you for taking time to read this. I thought I would…Keep reading
Garden Close-Up Photography
As I’m awaiting my operation and generally trying to relax and fend off the pain,…Keep reading
Why I’ve grown to love (and hate) the XC15-45mm
I’ve owned the XC15-45mm for the last four years, and used it quite extensively. I’ve…Keep reading
An Experiment In ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)
I’ve not been too well lately, and after a spell in hospital, and now the…Keep reading
Photography At Brecon (The People, The Cathedral And More)
Brecon, in the middle of the Brecon Beacons in South Wales is a historical garrison…Keep reading
Why I started Great Photography Walks meets and Facebook pages and what I think about it and it’s future.
In 2017 I had some free time on my hands after finishing full time work…Keep reading
One Camera One Lens – Honest photography capturing life.
Honest photography capturing life… Because a camera should never lie.Keep reading
A Day At The River With A Vintage Lens
Ah, The Quays in Neath Port Talbot is a lovely place to visit. A circular…Keep reading
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