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Using Lightroom Presets to optimise your image sizes for social media

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Creating a Lightroom Export Preset for Facebook Location File Naming Video File Settings Image Sizing Output Sharpening Metadata Watermarking Post Processing Saving and Organising our Presets Moving Presets Deleting Presets Presets for different platforms Presets for Facebook Presets for Instagram Presets for Twitter Presets for Pinterest Presets for Tumblr Using presets Single preset Multiple presets Adobe Lightroom is a very …

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

Nico Technique, How To 5 Comments

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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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

Nico Technique, Kit Reviews, SEO 1 Comment

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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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 …

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Camera settings for horse photography

Nico Equestrian Photography, Sports Photography, Technique 26 Comments

This article about camera settings for horse photography is by Nico Morgan. Nico is one of the UK’s top equestrian photographers. He has worked with top riders from show jumping, eventing and showing as well as working on the official photography teams at events such as Royal Windsor Horse Show, Dublin Horse Show, The Horse of the Year Show and …


Land Rover Burghley 2017 – Wednesday

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I have four different main clients this year so need to keep my wits about me. I’ve headed to Burghley early to give me a chance to sit down and plan my Thursday/Friday/Saturday around who I need to shoot and who, in theory, I don’t. I’ve decided to get to Burghley and set off onto the cross-country course just after …


Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Six

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Saturday of Dublin Horse Show is puissance day. The familiar red brick wall has been on the grass opposite the show entrance up to this point where it is a traditional selfie spot. Now, though, it has been rebuilt in the main arena and all the arena party have new uniforms with Land Rover branding. There are several other classes …


Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Five

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Day five of Dublin Horse Show. It’s Friday and that means it’s Nations Cup day. I’m looking forward to this, but not from a British perspective. They haven’t been performing well this week so far. There are lots of quirks to the Dublin Horse Show. One of which is that it isn’t know as the Dublin Horse Show. Instead it’s …


Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Four

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We have quickly dropped into a routine and although our start is earlier than the previous day we are on it. It’s Ladies Day here in Dublin, so everybody has dressed up to come to the show today, and our PR photographer has her work cut out getting the best shots of the outfits for the Press Office. My ring …


Dublin Horse Show 2017 – Day Three

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Day three means we’re in business, literally. The show has started. The latest start of the show gives us a chance to sort of who is shuttling who in from UCC to the show ground. We can’t park at RDS so two drivers will drive us in shifts each day, before returning to our accommodation, parking the cars and getting …


Equestrian editorial photography at Aston Le Walls

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Equestrian editorial photography what is the difference between event photography and editorial photography? what happens when the publication is an equestrian one? working a cross country course the results I’ve often been asked if covering an event for a magazine is like event photography, and I always answer, “yes, and no!” The difference between event photography and editorial photography is …

The problem with watermarks – a plea to photographers

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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think watermarks are a bad thing per se, I just think we, as photographers, are not using them effectively. Why do we use watermarks? This is the crux of the issue. Photographers use watermarks for different purposes. Some use them to mark their “proof” or website images in such a way that if they …


How NOT to photograph horses

Nico Equestrian Photography, Technique 4 Comments

Very soon after I started photographing horses it became clear that there were flattering moments to capture the movement of a horse, and many more unflattering ones. This was then drummed home when I started working for event photographers, selling to competitors on-site. Images of horses which I created had to be taken straight from the camera and displayed on …