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How to upgrade an M.2 SSD and not lose your operating system

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Many computer systems nowadays come with SSD (Solid State Disk) drives for the operating system to ensure quick start up times and fast read/write times for the operating system and applications. The only problem with this superfast technology – particularly the small on-motherboard M.2 drives – is that it is relatively expensive compared to larger format SSD technology and you …

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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2019

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This year I was once again commissioned by Land Rover to photograph the Burghley Horse Trials for them as title sponsor. In addition to photographing the equestrian competition event in a way which incorporates Land Rover branding I was asked to photograph the Land Rover “activations”: the company’s stands, hospitality areas and other public-facing activities. The images taken during the …


Royal Welsh Show Photos 2019

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One of my freelance jobs every year involves taking Royal Welsh Show photos for the official equestrian photographers. Sadly it was not always a pleasure. There is a list of official Royal Welsh Show photographers listed on the RWAS website and the company I work for is clearly listed. However, throughout the show we were seeing photographs listed for sale …

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Piggy French’s surprise wedding to Tom March

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In May I was phoned by Thomas March, Piggy’s long term partner, who asked me if I was free to photograph a party which was being held to celebrate Piggy’s win at Badminton Horse Trials a couple of weeks previously. I said I was and the date was duly secured. Nearer the time, Tom rang again and asked me to …


Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2019

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My images of Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials will be uploading to the archive throughout the event, starting on Wednesday the 1st May with the first vets inspection. Commercial and editorial enquiries are welcome at any time – images will be available via a rights managed licence immediately they are uploaded. Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2019. Mitsubishi Motors Badminton …


Belton Horse Trials 2019

nico Equestrian Photography, Eventing Photography, News 2 Comments

Belton Horse Trials are traditionally one of the warm-up events for horses heading to Badminton Horse Trials in May. There are international sections at CCI4*-S – The Grantham Cup attracts over 100 entries – and CCI3*-S level, as well as national classes from advanced down to novice. In previous years I have been employed by the event photographer at Belton …

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How does equestrian event photography differ from editorial photography?

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There are different styles of equestrian photography for different purposes. Put simply, (equestrian) editorial photography is about the person on or with the horse, while event photography is all about the horse itself. This simplifies what is a wide gamut of photography styles for different people with different needs. However, it is true to say that an editorial style is …

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Equestrian Photography Workflow 2: importing & editing in Lightroom

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In the first blog in this workflow series I described how I use Photo Mechanic to ingest images from my camera cards, adding appropriate metadata at the same time to ensure that when the images go online they will be easily found by search engines. So now the images are safely imported onto my hard disk and it is time …

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Oasby Horse Trials

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I traditionally start my eventing season at Oasby Horse Trials, near Ancaster in Lincolnshire, where the four-day competition runs sections from BE90 level up to Intermediate. The intermediate competition includes open sections which have become a recognised warm up for horses planning to compete at Badminton in May, followed usually by a three (now four) star at Burnham Market or …

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Melton Hunt Club Ride, 17th Feb 2019 – virtual course walk

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UPDATE – The ride has been POSTPONED due to the ground conditions and we will try again on Sunday 17th February. UPDATE – The gate onto Pasture Lane (next to fence 19) will be open. This year The Melton Hunt Club Ride is sponsored by Chestnut Horse Feeds and RoR to whom the organisers are very grateful. Download the course …

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Commercial Photography: Hippo Hot Water Horse Showers

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Hippo is a family company based in Lincolnshire which manufactures hot water horse showers for equestrian establishments of all sizes. Each one is lovingly hand-built by a fully qualified gas engineer using top quality components – no cheap ebay boilers here. They have no pilot light so they do not experience the same wind problems suffered by cheaper makes. Hippo …

Samantha Finnemore Veterinary Physiotherapy

Commercial Photography – Hazelcroft Veterinary Physiotherapy

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I was recently approached by Samantha Finnemore, a Rutland-based veterinary physiotherapist, looking to revamp her web site and add new content. She was keen to commission me to produce both video and still photography of her at work, with horses and dogs. Sammy was keen to use a realistic working environment for the shoot, and we were very grateful to …

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Game shoot photography: Barnwell, Northamptonshire

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The beautiful village of Barnwell, near Oundle in Northamptonshire, is host to a small, friendly syndicate shoot which I visited in early December 2018. One of the syndicate members is also one of my commercial clients and wanted some images of some of his products in use. The brief was to create some lifestyle images of shooting clothing and accessories …

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How to secure your WordPress website (and improve your SEO in the process)

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What is HTTPS? HTTPS is a URL (web address) system similar to the standard HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) scheme. However, HTTPS signals the browser to use an added encryption layer of SSL to protect the traffic. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This …

Game shooting photography for the GWCT at Belvoir Castle

Game Shoot photography: Ropsley, Woodnook, Belvoir Castle

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As many readers will be aware, the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust periodically run raffle draws, the prize being unique or very unusual shooting days for a full set of guns. I was recently approached by the Trust and asked to document such a day, a partridge shoot for eight guest guns across three well-known and respected Leicestershire and Lincolnshire …