5 Great Free Tools For Photographers

May 27, 2014

There are plenty of powerful pieces of software for doing highly impressive things with your images, but sometimes you just need a specific tool to perform a job as quickly as possible. Here are my favourite 5 websites for those last-minute photo tasks:

Aspect Ratio Calculator
Great if you need to resize an image whilst keeping it in the correct proportions. Simply enter the width and height and then choose your desired new width or height to find out what the other measurement should be.

Quickly crop and resize a picture and then save it as a JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP.

Add a text watermark, image watermark or tiled watermark to a photo or batch of photos. You can import from your computer, Flickr, Facebook or Picasa.

View image metadata including camera details, timestamp, exposure, aperture, focal length, ISO, resolution and white balance.

Send a large photo by email quickly and easily with no need to create an account.

Which Is The Best Camera? [Downloadable checklist and comparison chart]

March 5, 2014

People often ask ‘What's the best camera?’ or ‘Which camera should I buy?’ and my answer is always the same - it depends!

It totally depends on what you want to use it for. Someone might ask, ‘What’s the best car?’ but the answer will depend on whether you’ve got a family of 5 or you’re a single person on a tight budget, or whether you live in the city or countryside and so on. As the old saying goes, it really is horses for courses.

Before you head to the shops or the online ...

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64 of the Best Photo Locations in North East England

January 18, 2014
I've lived in the North East for 14 years now and have discovered some great photo locations, from quiet beaches to impressive castles; from modern artworks to Roman forts. There are also plenty of places I'd still like to visit, some well-known, but many hidden gems as well.

I was frustrated at the lack of any websites that collated photo locations, and particularly noticed that it was very difficult to find precise locations for many of the spots I wanted to explore. I have added a 'Location...
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Digitalab Featured Photographer

November 22, 2013
I was really pleased to be chosen by local photo printing company Digitalab to appear as one of their featured photographers on their blog. I chose one of my favourite recent images and talked a bit about what photography inspires me and advice I'd give to an aspiring photographer.

Find out which image I picked here...

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Piano-Oke photoshoot

August 9, 2013
I've just done a photo shoot for musician Mark Deeks. He's having a new website built and needed some specific shots to showcase aspects of his work. His current website at piano-player-newcastle.co.uk shows the range of services that he offers - from piano lessons and musical arrangements to wedding services and accompaniments.

One of the services Mark offers is Piano-Oke parties where groups of friends get to do karaoke with live accompaniment! We needed to get a few shots to capture the atm...
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New Project: Empty Rooms

August 5, 2013

I love Belsay Hall in Northumberland because there's very little in it and you can go off exploring the rooms, staircases and cellars and imagine what it would have been like to live there, without being interrupted by keen volunteers eager to give you a detailed history of the place and placards telling you all about tapestries and furnishings.

On a recent visit I overheard a conversation between a grandmother and her granddaughter which involved the young girl complaining that it was ...

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Teach Me Tech launches

April 15, 2013
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front recently because I've been busy setting up my new business which has now launched.

Teach Me Tech provides personal, tailored computer and technology tuition in your home so that you can learn exactly what you want at your own pace. Have a look at the website to find out more about all the services offered:


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Book Launch Photoshoot

February 26, 2013
Last night I was at the wonderful Lit and Phil library in Newcastle for the launch of Fiona Ritchie Walker's latest poetry book, The Second Week of the Soap. Fiona had a asked me to take a few photos of proceedings which was great fun, especially as there were so many friends and former colleagues from Traidcraft there. Here are a few of the pictures:


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The Second Week of the Soap

January 25, 2013

Back in August, my friend - celebrated poet Fiona Ritchie Walker - asked me to shoot a cover photo for her latest book, The Second Week of the Soap. It was great fun doing the shoot, especially as the best type of soap turned out to be coal tar which brought back happy childhood memories of staying at my Gran's house.

Red Squirrel Press are holding a launch for Fiona's book, along with the debut pamphlet from Matthew Griffiths, How to be Late.

Date: Monday 25th February 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: Lite...

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November 28, 2012
A selection of photos from my recent trip to Cambodia.
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