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5 Great Free Tools For Photographers

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, In : Photography resources 

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.

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

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Gear 

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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Piano-Oke photoshoot

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, August 9, 2013, In : Photo shoot 
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 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

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, August 5, 2013, In : Project 

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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Book Launch Photoshoot

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, In : Photo shoot 
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

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, January 25, 2013, In : Photo shoot 

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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Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, In : Travel and places 
A selection of photos from my recent trip to Cambodia.
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Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, November 22, 2012, In : Travel and places 
I've just returned from a fantastic 3-week trip to South East Asia and am now sorting through the thousands of photos that I took on my trip. I'm hoping to add some galleries to this site over the next few weeks, but in the meantime here is a selection of pictures from Hanoi, Halong Bay and Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam.

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Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, June 28, 2012, In : Photo shoot 
Last week I was at 'Everyone's a Winner' - the Amateo 2012 conference held at Cecil Sharp House in London taking photos to record the event.

Amateo is the European network of national amateur arts support bodies (equivalent organisations to Voluntary Arts, who I work for), of which Voluntary Arts was a founding member. Members take turns to host the conference, and in this Olympic year it was our turn.

The programme consisted of 3 strands:
  • 2012 Cultural Olympiad
  • The impact of amateur arts act...

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New Project: Keep on Running

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, May 5, 2012, In : Project 
I've just finished a project to highlight how easy it is to waste water and to hopefully encourage people to think twice before they leave the tap running.

View the Keep on Running project here.

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Photography Briefing

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, April 2, 2012, In : Photography resources 

Many of you will know that I work for Voluntary Arts England, which aims to promote participation in the arts and crafts across the country. As an organisation, we publish free Briefings on a whole range of subjects designed to help people who run amateur arts groups. I have just written a Briefing on photography which I hope will be useful to many different people and groups, not just those involved in the amateur arts. It covers:
  • Taking good photos (equipment, preparation and composition)
  • Pho...

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Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Book and magazine reviews 

I read a lot of photography magazines, am signed up to lots of forums, visit lots of websites and follow a lot of Twitter feeds and have found that the quality of advice varies enormously. One real gem that I have found is PhotographyBB, a free PDF magazine catering for beginners and experienced photographers alike. There have been 49 editions so far full of helpful and interesting articles.

Every single issue can be downloaded for free here (You just have to pop your email address in which on...

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Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Photo shoot 
Matt Moore, brains behind Proclaimit and all-round good egg, is revamping his website and marketing materials and asked me to take some pictures for him. We had a fun afternoon at the Angel of the North and NewcastleGateshead Quayside, and I was truly amazed by Matt's amazing theatrical laugh!

Proclaimit design user-friendly websites for churches and Christian ministries, and the Christian team are committed to helping churches grow.

Follow them on Twitter @weproclaimit and visit the website - ...
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The Capability Partnership

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, October 15, 2011, In : Photo shoot 
A few weeks ago, I did a photo shoot for The Capability Partnership - who provide training and consultancy in the enterprise development and fair trade sectors - and the photos are now gracing the pages of their new website.

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App Review: HDRtist

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, September 24, 2011, In : App reviews 

HDRtist (Free)
HDRtist on the web

This is a really simple app for Mac users to create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. All you have to do is drag and drop one or more photos onto the app window and it will create an HDR photo.

It obviously works best when combining more than one exposure. Here you can see the results of 2 exposures that I combined:

Pretty much the only thing you can adjust is the strength of the effect, but obviously you could edit the resultant HDR in another image editor to do ...
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RSC Open Stages at The Sage

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, September 10, 2011, In : Photo shoot 

This morning I was off to The Sage, Gateshead to take some photos at the RSC Open Stages workshops, which are supported by Voluntary Arts England. Open Stages is an initiative to embrace, develop and celebrate amateur theatre, re-forging the bond with the world of professional theatre. There were workshops on Acting, Movement and Voice & Text, all of which were fascinating to watch and seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed by the participants.

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Photography TV?

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, August 8, 2011, In : Ramblings 
I was wondering the other day why there are and hardly any programmes about photography on TV. With the exception of an excellent series that the BBC did called The Genius of Photography (in 2007 mind you!), I don't think I've seen any programmes about photography on mainstream TV.* This seems odd given that photography is a hugely popular hobby for so many people and the market is positively booming in all other areas (web, social networks, mobile apps, magazines, books and photo gear & acce...
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Do we trust in expensive gear too much?

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, August 4, 2011, In : Ramblings 
Photography can be a very expensive hobby, not least because there are always new cameras, lenses, tripods, backpacks and other accessories that we are convinced we need. It's very easy to get sucked into the upgrading rat race and spend more time poring over tech catalogues than we actually do taking photos.

One of the things I like about iPhone photography is that your options are limited. Often, to get your composition right you need to physically MOVE, not just lazily zoom. It forces you t...
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