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

nico Technique, Web Design Leave a Comment

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 …


Camera settings for horse photography

nico Equestrian Photography, Sports Photography, Technique 5 Comments

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 many others. What are the best settings for taking photos of horses? …


Land Rover Burghley 2017 – Wednesday

nico Commercial Photography, Equestrian Photography, Eventing Photography, Technique Leave a Comment

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

nico Editorial Photography, Equestrian Photography, Eventing Photography, Sports Photography, Technique Leave a Comment

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 just as many, if not 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 …

Multibuy Discount Code

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I’ve been meaning to add a multibuy discount option for some time now and I have now finally got round to it. Please enter 20%MULTIBUY if you are ordering 3 or more items. Please note that this discount only applies to items on the “Prints and products” price list as there are already offers in place for Downloads. Don’t forget! Multibuy Discount …


11 “rules” of equestrian photography

nico Equestrian Photography, Hunting Photography, Technique 2 Comments

Several times recently I have found myself referring to “the golden rules of equestrian photography”. Quite rightly, someone asked me what they were! These rules I was referring to are not written down anywhere, instead I have learned them through discussion with riders, owners and other photographers; photographers with many more years of experience than I. They are the result …