April 2009 Now Photographers Resource is
If this is your first visit or you haven't visited for a while, perhaps it would help if I told you that everything that has appeared in any newsletter/magazine and a lot more reference information is all indexed, so its easy to find. You can find information within the Topic Index, a geographic index by county (County Index) or in an alphabetical index (Alpha Index), plus we have a growing number of specialist sections as well. All our links have symbols by them showing you what you will get if you click on them, included are = featured location guides, = location guide, = quick guide, = route or area guide, = list, = articles, = a section or a part of the website system = picture galleries and = external links to other websites. If you put a mouse pointer over any symbol you get to see what is means and if you click on any you get to see a full list.
With this edition we have a also introduced a new one AF = advertising feature. This is used for articles that have been written by or for someone to promote their services. These pages also have a unique green border, but we don't have any yet, so this is for future development.
Another new graphic is a Gallery button, this when it appears in a Location Guide or in articles you may guess will take you directly to a gallery illustrating this place or technique, and these galleries have links to get you back again.
We introduced the first galleries in the special edition on Ghana a few months back, and these are in the Ghana portal and although we added the galleries button a few weeks back, this edition is the first to have galleries from the main site. With all our galleries you can go forward or backwards through the images, jump to one or more pages with large thumbnails and by clicking in any thumbnail jump back into the galleries at that point. Most of you will find that if you press F11 on your keyboard that it toggles the size of your top browser area, allowing you to see more on the screen, clicking F11 again will put it back to normal.
Another new feature are doorways, these are similar to the sections but allow us to create a simple address and having introduced the topic, drop them direct into the sections frame set. This is for people and websites with specific interests to allow direct access. Each doorway has, in effect, a new entrance to Photographers Resource, just for people who have an interest in a subset of information, of course they can still access all the other content as well. You can see some of these shown directly from our home page, soon we will have far more of these and have a number of ways for people to get the links, including from a page of the sections index and from the Link to us pages, that come off the bottom of most pages. If you want to see a doorway take a look at the castle doorway or pinhole photography doorway
Editorial - Magazine or Newsletter
Are we a magazine or a newsletter or a website ?
The whole edition that comes out now each month is a magazine, and this is what we have been producing for well over a year but up to now weekly. Within the magazine we always have a newsletter, this page in this edition, its what tells you what is added and links together the articles and other information to make it easier for you to use, and we hope, create interest in some of the subjects covered so that you feel you want to explore the articles and other information more. We also, in some cases, cover news items or short pieces of information in the newsletter, but as its the exception to our normal rule that everything is fully indexed, we try and avoid having information just in the newsletter that you may want to find again at a later date.
If you compare Photographers Resource with a printed magazine, you will see we have a number of differences. As you can't flick through a website, like you can a printed magazine, we use the newsletter to show you what is included, and we are not limited to a set size like a printed magazine, so can put in extensive lists and other information that a printed magazine would not have room for. If you were to print out everything in this edition then you would have several times the volume that would fit into a printed magazine. The other major difference is that a printed magazine edition stands alone, while our editions are part of the whole, by this we mean we can cover one topic and hyperlink previous articles or places featured, so that the more we cover the larger the resource collection that can be accessed. We also fully index our content in a range of ways, with new sections, direct access doorways and more, allowing different people to access directly sub sets of what we have as well as using the whole. So you could think of it as a magazine that is growing into an ever expanding encyclopaedia. We are also part of the web community, so we have links to other resources, particularly within our location guides, lists and further information pages, but we also have several sections that index largely other contents elsewhere including the reference section and to a degree the Photographers Diary where we identify what is on and when, and tell you where to then go for further information.
The answer to the question we started this editorial with is that we are all of these and more. What is more, it is free, and available to you anywhere you can access the internet.
Castles of Wales and the Marcher Lordships
Wales has more castles by area than any other country, combined with the scenery, this provides photographers with some spectacular opportunities. Our feature article, linking to a number of others, is Castles of Wales.
Many of the larger castles came about at around the same time, either built for an English King or for the Marcher Lordships that were, at the time, between England and what was to later become the Welsh. The
Wales that has been created recently has no historic significance, occupying parts of what was England and the Marcher Lordships rather than what was originally the Welsh areas. To make it as easy as possible we have produced our lists covering Wales and the Marcher Lordships, although a small number of these are over the border in England today.
To give you a little history to go with this, explain how Wales became a part of England and its current path towards becoming a separate country, as well as an explanation of the Marcher Lordships and why there was a need for all these castles, we have an article Wales - a potted history, plus an article explaining the Castles of Wales and the Marcher Lordships. This may raise more questions in your mind for example, why did English Kings, including Edward I, conquer and then leave the welsh princes in positions of power, to cause more trouble, why spend so much on building all the castles to keep these people in check, when they could so easily have been replaced. An English Lord would have been in the tower or lost his head. Ultimately this did end up being the chosen solution, but why not sooner.
Location guides we have available now for castles in Wales and the Marcher Lordships are Beaumaris Castle, Bodelwyddan Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Caldicot Castle, Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle, Chirk Castle, Conwy Castle, Criccieth Castle, Grosmont Castle, Harlech Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Pembroke Castle, Penrhyn Castle, Raglan Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Skenfrith Castle, Tretower Court and Castle, White Castle, plus we have galleries, selections of photographs in addition to the location guides now for Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Caldicot Castle, Chepstow Castle, Castle Coch, Conwy Castle, Harlech Castle, Raglan Castle, Grosmont Castle, Skenfrith Castle, Tretower Court & Castle, and White Castle. We have concentrated to start largely on those that are on the welsh side of the current border.
single language, available on most of their major properties, and when you visit one you are likely to find you can pick up a collection of the guide books for places you wish to visit. The Caerphilly Castle guide for example is 50 pages in colour throughout with a flip out plan, and illustrations that include exploded views, artists impressions and photographs, realistically you can't read them as you walk around, so getting hold of one before may make the visit more informative, as well as where there are pay and display car parks you will have a better idea how long you expect to be there.
Red Kites, and where you can photograph them
In the article experimental photography, we look at the benefits you can get from being curious, and doing your own experiments. The experience that you gain from experimenting makes the difference between a person who has to constantly ask for assistance and the person who can give it.
Below we are looking in some depth, in this months photographic feature, at Pinhole Photography, with a range of the articles, having detailed experiments that you can duplicate, before deciding what additional ones you would like to try, and all we had to find to do this was a sheet of black card, some kitchen foil, a few elastic bands and some cellotape. It makes a change to find a branch of photography that has no cost involved.
Generally you will find experimental photography is not something that costs a great deal as you are frequently getting more out of what you have or looking at how to use items that you already have.
Pinhole Photography - yes you can do it with your DSLR
Pinhole cameras have been around for over 2,000 years, probably twice that, used as a tool of the painter, and later to take some early photographs. Today they are still used for some applications and for artistic work, with photographers specialising in this area. In the article pinhole cameras, we examine this in far more depth, explain why they work, and more. In the project article Pringle tube pinhole camera we look at how you can make a demonstration of the pinhole effect in around 5 minutes.
In a pinhole for your DSLR we have a more useful project that shows in detail how you can take off the lens of your DSLR and easily use it to take pinhole pictures. We extend this further in the article using a pinhole to get a zoom/wide angle effect. Those of you who have had the benefit of attending the Camera Images Hands on a Nikon training day will recognise the first few illustrations in this article, on how you get a wide angle or telephoto one as the first they have seen on the training day. In the article using a pinhole to simulate the rising front on a camera we look at the equivalent of a perspective correction lens, or raising the front on an older camera.
In each of these articles we show you images we have taken without any lens being used as well as the in depth details of how we achieved them. This gives you all the information to allow you to undertake some experimental photography in this area.
Three further pinhole articles look at pinholes that you can buy. In pinhole Adaptor we look at a device that fits instead of your lens, in pinholes from the Pinhole Factory, we look at pinholes that you can purchase to use in your own home-made arrangements or experiments and in pinhole kit Mk3 we look at using some of these pinholes in a further project to make a more elaborate pinhole device to allow you a wider range of experimenting or photography. Plus we have links and other information for those who want to go on and study this further in pinhole cameras - further information. This is all linked together in a new Pinhole section, that is a part of the photography section.
With World Pinhole Day on the 26th of April, perhaps its a good time to take a fresh look at pinhole effects and pinhole photography. Pinhole photographers are invited to take a picture with a pinhole camera during the 24 hours on that day and then submit it, see World Pinhole Day . We intend to take part this year and next month hope to have a gallery to show you what we achieved.
Did you know NASA has, this year, commissioned a pinhole camera of $3 billion. We mention this in the article on pinhole cameras , while they have a large budget, you can have a go at pinhole photography with no budget at all, and within most of our articles, looking at pinhole photography, we restricted ourselves to doing just this, using what we had with only basically stationary items needed. Even if you decide to buy a pinhole or an adaptor, it will not cost you very much.
The Golden Stool
In Ghana there is a very special stool, known as The Golden Stool. It has a history coming from a period that involves many elements that are similar to the legends from the period of King Arthur and Merlin here, complete with a sword that is in the ground and can still be seen today, and a wizard. Unlike the British legends, the items still exist, and the item held in highest esteem is the 'Golden Stool', that only the King of the Ashanti's can sit on, although usually the stool itself has a chain. This stool is very rarely seen, unlike the sword that can be visited by anyone. Every 5 years however its is shown at the THE ADDAE KESE FESTIVAL, which takes place this year on the 26th April. This year its a very special event, larger than most with a large number of people in traditional costume.
It is very difficult to find photographs of the Golden Stool, so this event provides the opportunity to get some, as well as I am sure a great deal more. To see more on Ghana or help with planning a trip there, see our Ghana portal , Slutch Tours, Abacar Tours or Ghana tourism . Camera Images also offer a VIP experience, a week or more of 1 to 1 photography training, and escorted in this very special country.
Other Location Guides
Some Great Offers
2 for 1 offer April special - 2 days training 1 to 1, for the price of a single day Practical, Experimental and Pinhole photography with Camera Images. In these two days you get to undertake experimental photography, looking at pinhole photography experimenting with depth of field and a number of other variables one day, and go out the second day to do real photography, utilising a lot of what you have learnt, but using your camera fairly normally. This is a special course that is not in their normal programme. The second day could alternatively concentrate on wildlife photography and gaining experience with very long lenses. To book COURSE PR1 just call Camera Images or book online, but remember to pay for one day instead of two, if you book within April. This course is a special one for our readers, its not on their website. With this offer you can pay by cheque or credit card online, but NOT training vouchers.
Free pair of NIKON 8x36 waterproof Binoculars, if you book and pay for any 2 Masterclasses with Photography Skills and add code PR/PS1, if booked and paid for in the month of April. You don't have to attend the Masterclass in April, you get the binoculars if you book and pay for them within April. With this offer you can pay by cheque or credit card online, but NOT training vouchers.
The Photographers Diary
The wheel of the year turns again and we now show the photographers diary for April with the new page for May as well. Highlights in April include the GWR Spring Diesel Gala, this weekend 4th and 5th April. The Blossom Trail runs from the 8th to 30th April, a car drive amongst the fruit orchards between Evesham and Worcester. The World Coal Carrying Championships at Gawthorpe, nr Wakefield in Yorkshire on the 13th, and the London Marathon on Sunday 26th. In May the two bank holiday periods during this month has a variety of different spectacles going on in all parts of the UK including the Weymouth International Beach Kite Festival and its International Firework Display in Dorset or the Sweeps Festival in Rochester, Kent are held over the weekend of 2nd-4th May, Badminton Horse Trials takes place from 7th-10th, National Mills Weekend, for getting a chance to see some of the Windmills in action this year, is the 9th and 10th May, and don't forget to take a look at our Windmill section to identify those you might want to visit. The Sealed Knot are putting on a battle re-enactment at Loosely Park, Guildford, Surrey over the bank holiday weekend of 23rd-25th May and of course the annual Cheese Rolling event in Gloucestershire is around gain on the 25th May, take a look at our Featured Guide for details and pictures of previous years tumbles, and our article on how to go about photographing a cheese rolling event.
To see details of all these activities and more take a look now for all events of April and May by taking the The Month and Next Month buttons from the Photographers Diary button.
For the wildlife and nature photographer April is an interesting month. We have an article looking at what may be able to be seen at Wildlife photography in April, but don't overlook the Nature and Wildlife calendar - April which is in the photographers diary section. This is the first of what we plan to add each month looking at what the nature and wildlife photographer can photograph in the month ahead in detail.
Summary of Articles Included in this issue
|Locations Guides Added|
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey
Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire
Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfonshire
Caerphilly Castle, Glamorganshire
Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire
Cardiff Castle, Glamorgan
Castell Coch, Glamorgan
Chepstow Castle, Monmouthshire
Chirk Castle, Denbighshire
Conwy Castle, Caernarfonshire
Criccieth Castle, Caernarfonshire
Gigrin Farm - Red Kite Feeding Station, Radnorshire
Grosmont Castle, Monmouthshire
Harlech Castle, Merioneth
Hodbarrow, Millom, Cumbria
Kidwelly Castle, Carmarthenshire
Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire
Penrhyn Castle, Caernarfonshire
Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire
Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire
Skenfrith Castle, Monmouthshire
Tretower Court and Castle, Brecknockshire
White Castle, Monmouthshire