Norbu Designer Rugs

I recently helped my friend Oliver Davies take some photos for his new showroom in Beijing. He and his Nepalese business partner recently launched Norbu Designer Rugs, which specialise in hand-knotted high-quality designer carpets made from Tibetan Highland wool & the finest Chinese silk.

The China Wedding Photo Guide

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The China Wedding Photo Guide

As with all event photography there is one piece of advice out there that is essential: be prepared. This is ever-more true for photographing weddings. Just turning up on the day and firing off 100 shots may work out if you’re very experienced, normally however, it just ends up being a stressful day that you’ll wish you could re-try. The trick is to find out as much as possible beforehand. How many people will attend, is there a special program for the day, and above all: visit the venue (or venues) prior to the event so that you...

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Photographing Waterfalls

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Photographing Waterfalls

Waterfalls are some of the most captivating natural features you will ever find the opportunity to photograph. However, although they can look simply stunning, capturing the scene is not easy to do well. How do you avoid your photos being too dark? How do you deal with clipping in the water? How do you compose your photos to capture the authentic beauty of the scene? Photographing waterfalls isn’t hard, but it does involve a lot of little tricks and techniques. This tutorial will focus on how to get that silky water effect and how to...

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Photographing Sunsets

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Photographing Sunsets

Shooting sunsets is one of the most rewarding elements of travel photography. You don’t need any special gear and you get to spend an hour or two relaxing in a scenic spot waiting for the perfect light. All three pictures below were shot with a DSLR but I’m pretty sure I could get similar results with a compact camera, possibly even a smartphone. All three were also handheld so I never had to carry a tripod around with me, which is always a bonus. Obviously, the first step is to find a spot that you like that faces West, or nearly...

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Water Drops

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Water Drops

Recently I was asked how to create photos of water drops like those seen on many PC wallpapers and I remembered that I had actually captured a few images using the technique I’m about to describe. It’s a bit more technical that your average shot but should only take thirty minutes from start to finish. You need: A tripod DSLR or a compact with manual settings On-camera or external flash Remote camera trigger Water, dish and water dropper Mount your camera on the tripod at approximately 60 degrees to the dish of water. You’ll...

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Shooting at Night

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Shooting at Night

Night photography is sometimes the only way to get a decent photo here in Xi’an. More often than not, we just don’t get the clear skies needed for decent sunsets. Although I must confess that it has been improving recently due to a drop in pollution levels, it’s still lacking somewhat. Anyway, enough rambling and back to the tutorial. With modern cameras, it’s no longer essential to use a tripod when shooting in low light. Huge improvements in sensor capabilities have allowed photographers to set their ISO beyond 1600...

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Norbu Rugs Photo China

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Norbu Rugs Photo China

I recently helped my friend Oliver Davies take some photos for his new showroom in Beijing. He and his Nepalese business partner recently launched Norbu Designer Rugs, which specialise in hand-knotted high-quality designer carpets made from Tibetan Highland wool & the finest Chinese silk. From their site: “With over 80 years experience in carpet manufacture, from the rendering of designs to the sourcing of raw materials and the hand-dying and weaving of the yarns, our products are created by skilled craftsmen. Available in multiple...

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