About the author: Jane Burkinshaw is a professional photographer and passionate about all things photography related. Jane specialises in portrait photography and runs photography courses.

50/50 project 11/50 Down by the lake (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 11. Down by the lake50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 5d, 1/2500, f/2.8, ISO 250 Aperture PriorityI had a totally indulgent day of shooting at Lake Coniston today. A "styled shoot" had been set up for a group of professional photographer so that we could practise our craft with models and props. The theme was Swallows and Amazons. I shot mainly with my 70-200 f/2.8 "big boy" lens but
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50/50 Project 10/50 Bee on heuchera flower (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 10. Bee on a heuchera flower50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 5D, 1/1000, f/1.8, ISO 125, Aperture PriorityThere are plenty of bumble bees in our garden at the moment, but they aren't very obliging when you try to photograph them, only settling for a few seconds at a time. It makes it very hard to photograph them at extremely low apertures as you have to be spot on with the focusing.I
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50/50 project #9/50 A la Turka (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 9. A la Turka50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350D, 1/1000, f/2.0, ISO 100, Aperture PriorityThe bright early evening sunshine was streaming into this turkish restaurant in Stockton Heath and I wanted to see how the camera coped with the very contrasty scene. I love the way the menu and glassware are lit by the sun. A few minutes later sun had moved and the menu was in shadow.By the
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50/50 project #8/50 natural symmetry (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 8. Natural symmetry50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350D, 1/80, f/1.8, ISO 400 Manual exposureI bought this plant in 2007 - it was about 2 foot tall. It now stands at least 7 feet high and has thrived in its sunny, south facing corner. I love its enormous symmetrical, waxy leaves, especially after a down pour.By Jane Burkinshaw. Share this post by clicking on one of the
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50/50 Project #7/50 The day after the flower show (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 7. The day after the flower show50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350D, 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 100, Aperture PriorityInspired by all those lovely gardens at Tatton I tackled mine. Unfortunately my lack of green fingers and any knowledge means that the plants survive in spite of my efforts and the end result is "eclectic" if I'm being kind.By Jane Burkinshaw. Share this post by
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50/50 project #6/50 What friends are for (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 6. What are friends for50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350d, 1/4000, f/1.8, ISO 100, Aperture PriorityThis was taken at the Tatton Flower Show - Ladies' Day - and I wanted a shot that would really capture the spirit of the day. Friends on a grand day out, taking the opportunity to get dressed up and enjoying the beautiful weather. It was very busy and seats were scarce, as were walls
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50/50 Project #5/50 Blue wins! (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 5. Blue wins50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350d, 1/1250, f/2.0, ISO 100, manual exposure.I wanted to take a shot today that embodied how good life is when the sun shines. The kids had been playing boules on the front lawn and left them out (!)  and I thought this might work. We only ever play boules a) on holiday and b) in the summer. Also our front lawn is particularly dried
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50/50 Project: #4/50 Poor Ferb (by Cheshire family photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 4. Poor Ferb50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350D, 1/160 f/2.8 ISO 100 Aperture PriorityHave you ever seen such a sorry sight. Poor Ferb went off to be neutered today and has to wear this collar for three days. He's so frustrated and unhappy as you can tell. I know this collar looks enormous but he was still managing to lick his wounds with the first one he came home in. And to add
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50/50 Project: #3/50 Rainbow Sharpies (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 3. Rainbow Sharpies50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical stuff: Canon 350d, Shutter speed 1/15, f/1.8, ISO 100. Aperture priorityAs ever I had to play around a bit before I got the final shot. I did lots of different angles but found it hard to fill the frame with a long thin line of pens. This final angle has allowed me to capture every pen with no empty space in the frame. I've put a few of the rejects
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50/50 Project: #2/50 Windswept man (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 2. Windswept man50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical data: 1/400, f/3.5 ISO 100. Aperture Priority.We went shopping in a very hot Manchester city centre today and came across this strangle windswept man - especially as there wasn't a breath of wind! He's a street artist - what a strange way to earn a living. Perhaps his wife thinks he's actually going out to work in an office each day!By Jane
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50/50 Project: #1/50 (by Cheshire photographer Jane Burkinshaw)

Day 1. Seedheads50 days with a 50mm lensTechnical data: Canon 350D, 1/500, f/1.8, ISO 200 and manual exposure.I really enjoyed taking the 350D out today - it felt like a little compact compared to the 5D mk II that I've been lugging around lately. And of course the 50mm f/1.8 mk II lens is very light too.This was taken whilst we were out walking the dog at an area known locally as the Flashes and we
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A new photography project - 50/50 (photography course Cheshire)

I've really missed doing the 366 project I did right through 2012, when I took and posted a photo every single day. It wasn't always easy (at times it was a downright chore done at 11pm at night!) but I learned so much and enjoyed swapping comments with other people in 365 forums.I was chatting with another photographer a few weeks ago and he suggested that I do something else this year that wasn't
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How to take great summer photos - Tip 7 (Cheshire photography course with Jane Burkinshaw)

And here's the final installment for this series on how to take sizzling summer shots:ENHANCING, ENJOYING & SHARING YOUR PHOTOSYou haven't taken all this trouble to take some great photos only to leave them languishing on your hard drive, so the next step is to edit them and create stuff. If you're not very confident at image editing - or you just don't have the time, then you should consider using
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How to take great summer photos - tip 6 (Cheshire photography course with Picture It Big)

This is my favourite of the top tips so far...BE CREATIVE, EXPERIMENT AND HAVE FUN!This sounds like it could be the introduction to a totally different topic, but we are still talking photography!Digital photography is brilliant because you can play about as much as you like, take dud pictures and just delete them - at no cost. With apps and different settings you can get some really great effects.
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How to take great summer photos - Tip 5

The Pier in Naples, FloridaSUNSETS!Sunsets have a magical power over us, making us stop we are doing and just gaze at the sky, feeling calm, romantic (?) and at peace with the world. We want to freeze and keep that moment forever so we get our cameras out - but often the pictures never seem to capture what we saw with our eyes and what we felt.Sunsets are tricky - the bright orb in the sky fools the
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How to take great summer photos - TIP 4 (Cheshire photography course with Jane Burkinshaw)

We've done a fair bit on taking photographs of people in the sunshine, so let's look now atHOW TO TAKE GREAT PICTURES OF LANDSCAPESNow I'll freely admit landscape photography isn't really my bag - I can capture a half decent picture on holiday but I take my hat off to the true landscape photographer greats - like Joe Cornish, one of my favourites. They devote an enormous amount of time to searching
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How to to take great summer photos - TIP 3 (Cheshire photography course with Picture It Big)

With all this gorgeous sunny weather this one will be very useful for you:HOW TO TAKE GREAT PICTURES OF PEOPLE IN BRIGHT SUNSHINELovely weather makes us all feel happy and we go to lots of events where people are enjoying themselves in the sunshine - the perfect time to take photos of friends and family. But actually the bright sunlight makes it difficult to get good shots. People's faces can be hidden
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How to to take great summer photos - TIP 2 (Cheshire photography course with Picture It Big)

OK, today's tip is a great one:HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUBJECT FEEL COMFORTABLEI hate standing and having my picture taken! I don't know how to stand, what to do with my hands and I'm convinced I'm going to look embarrassed and awkward - and I did!Until, that is, I learned to pose people myself and now I feel much more comfortable. I hardly ever stand if anyone wants to take my picture - I lean or sit because
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How to to take great summer photos - TIP 1 (Cheshire Photography Course with Picture It Big)

Summer is here (for the moment) and if you're anything like me you're making the most of it whilst it lasts. As I've browsed Facebook I've been seeing lots of pictures taken at the beach, at picnics, barbecues, out on bike rides and walks. They've inspired me to put together 7 top tips for sizzling summer shot.These tips are for anyone who uses a point and shoot compact camera or camera phone whilst
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