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Learn To Love Your Own Photos

Do you often look at other photographers’ work- whether on the web or in magazines or books? AND…compare your own photos with theirs? When it comes to assessing our own photography I think that we are, more often than not, our own worst

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Is It Okay To Shoot In Auto Mode?

Have you ever wondered when is it okay to shoot in auto mode – whether setting your camera P-mode, or Auto, or in the case of my Panasonic – iA mode? I’m sure that we’ve all heard –  or been

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Breathe Old Life Into New Photos

I bet you found your way to this story by searching for “how to breathe new life into old photos”. What you’ve found is a story about how to breathe old life into new photos! However, you got here –

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My Love-Hate Relationship WIth On1 Photo RAW

My Love-Hate Relationship With On1 Photo RAW. I have had an ongoing love-hate relationship with On1 Photo RAW for several years now – seven in fact – well it’s really eight years as the relationship started with On1 Photo 10

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Classic Analog Photos In The Digital Age

DXO FILM PACK 7 – CLASSIC ANALOG PHOTOS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Updated 1 November 2023) For those of you with a love of classic analog photos in this highly digital age, DxO Film Pack 7 may just be what

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stories from the road - motorhoming in new zealand

ferry reserve as seen from the old manawatu gorge bridge

Ferry Reserve Freedom Camping Area

  Back in April I wrote a story called Our Favourite Freedom Camping Sites – Part 1. This isn’t Part 2 – that is still to come – probably after we finish our jaunt around the lower half of the

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Postcards From The North Island

Postcards From The North Island Growing up I remember listening to a radio programme by Alistair Cook called Letter From America. I loved his mellifluous voice, and the stories he told, and often thought it would be wonderful to be

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black and white

Its Important To Take Bad Pictures Sometimes

    Diane Arbus, a doyen of black and white photography, once said “It’s important to take bad pictures”, the rationale being that by recognising bad pictures we will understand what makes good pictures. She also said, “I’ve never taken

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a brief excursion to wellington

A Brief Excursion To Wellington

  We were very lucky that New Zealand, except for Auckland, moved from Covid Alert Level 3 to Level 2 at one minute to midnight, Tuesday 7th September. Lucky because Lyn and I were due to fly out of Invercargill

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crane on a construction site reaching towards the sky

Candid Street Photography

I’ve never really tackled any candid street photography before, but an opportunity arose recently so I took a crack at it. There is a major redevelopment underway in the heart of my hometown Invercargill. When I say major that’s exactly

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from the street

matters of opinion

otago harbour - reasons to try dxo photolab 6

5 Great Reasons To Try DxO Photolab 6

Back in late October I asked the question “Is it worth upgrading to On1 Photo RAW 2023?” and came to the conclusion that at least in my case the answer was no. More recently I asked myself a similar question

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old shed in a paddock

6 Reasons To Use Nik Collection 5

Before I get to the 6 reasons to use Nik Collection 5 – first things first. What is the Nik Collection? The Nik Collection is arguably one of the most comprehensive collections of plugins, or stand-alone apps, for corrective and

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hello - i'm rick harvey

Apertureprioritynz.com is my space on the ‘net where I share photography-related stories and many of the images I take, and as my blog title suggests, I shoot primarily in aperture priority mode.

I often debate with myself whether this photo blog drives my photography, or whether my photography drives my photo blog. Whichever way round it is, I take photographs for fun, and my primary goal is to create pictures that please me – and if they please you when you come to visit here, then that is so much better.

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