Category Archives: Basic Photography Techniques


Sri Pada, Sri LankaThe composition of an image, or the way in which the elements of a picture are arranged within the frame, is crucial to the success of any photo. What compositional rules can be applied (or ignored) to create the best travel photo’s possible… Continue reading »

Explaining Basic Camera Settings

Angkor Wat, CambodiaWith today’s modern cameras, the sheer complexity of the available settings can seem overwhelming. In this blog I will attempt to explain three of the most important settings and how adjusting them can improve your travel photos… Continue reading »

When Black and White Works

The Bayon, Cambodia Some black and white images are simply classics; Ansel Adams’ ‘Clearing Winter Storm’ or ‘West Gate – Angkor Thom’ by local Siem Reap-based photographer John McDermott are good examples. While certain pictures are well suited to the black and white (B&W) medium, others lose their impact once stripped of colour. What types of images naturally lend themselves to monochrome? Continue reading »

Using shutter speed for creative effect

Monks receiving alms in Luang Prabang The world is in motion; more often than not there’s something moving, flowing or flapping! Expressing that motion brings pictures alive; transforming them from a static record to a dynamic image. Continue reading »

Using aperture for creative effect

Angkor Thom North Gate, CambodiaThere are many advantages to using a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera over the basic point-and-shoot variety; the versatility of being able to change the lens, shooting in RAW format and a larger sensor to name a few. One of the most fundamental advantages of investing in a DSLR is having control over shutter speed and aperture settings. Continue reading »

Should we post-process images?

Ta Prohm, Cambodia Processing your images in Adobe Photoshop, or other photo editing software, can greatly improve your pictures but is it really necessary – or worse, is it cheating? Continue reading »

Golden Hour

The Bayon, Cambodia Known as the ‘Golden Hour’, the first hour after sunrise and last hour before sunset are generally considered by photographers to be the best times of the day for capturing outdoor images. If you’ve ever been inspired by a wonderful landscape or travel shot the chances are it was taken either early morning or late afternoon. Continue reading »