Lake District Photography

Took a two and half day visit to the Lake District last week (prior to the government lock-down)

For a photographer who absolutely loves water photography, I was in my element. I had the absolute pleasure of visiting and photographing some of the most beautiful landscape scenes in the UK.

Top of my to-do list was Buttermere, Derwent Water, a couple of Tarns and waterfalls.

Six hundred images later, I returned home and still going through each photograph microscopically and editing those worthy of making public.

Such an enjoyable few days, the sun was out most of the time. But, my word Kirkstone Pass was cold and windy!

Will be visiting again once the virus has disappeared.

Cotswold Outdoor

Mark Brion Photography has now teamed up with this super company – Cotswold Outdoor.

About Cotswold Outdoor

Cotswold Outdoor started life in 1974 as Cotswold Camping. Cotswold Outdoor has grown to become a multi-award winning retailer with 68 stores nationwide across the UK including Northern Ireland. stocks one of the most comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment in Europe, with more than 250 brands including the hugely popular The North Face, Berghaus, Jack Wolfskin and Rab, as well as niche brands for specialist activities.
Top brands The North Face – UKs largest range Vango – full range Jack Wolfskin – full range Osprey – full range Berghaus – full range Mountain Equipment – large range Salomon – full range Rab – full range planned Helly Hansen – full range Haglofs – full range Garmin – full outdoor range

Visit the Cotswold Outdoor website for a full list of brands. The 30,000+ item product range includes: waterproofs, insulated jackets, tri-climate jackets, base layers, fleeces, trousers, footwear, rucksacks, tents, sleeping equipment, GPS, climbing gear and a huge range of supporting equipment.

Cotswold Outdoor aims to provide equipment and advice on all outdoor activities, all year round.

Ten Composition Tips for getting better images

  1. – Horizontal Horizons
  2. – Rule Of Thirds
  3. – Framing your image
  4.  – Check your backgrounds
  5.  – Fill the Frame
  6. – Use Leading Lines if possible
  7. – Anything but eye-level
  8. – Look for details (inside and outside the viewfinder)
  9. – Consider vertical shots as well as horizontal
  10.  – Break the rules if necessary!!

How to take sharper images

One of the most common questions I get asked through my work as a Photographer is – “Why are my images not sharp? I thought all my camera settings were correct”.

Here are seven simple checks to improve your photography by taking sharper images:-

  1. Improper Focus – Adjust your focal point through the viewfinder
  2. Not using the sharpening tool during post production
  3. Camera Blur – Reduce camera shake by using a faster shutter speed
  4. Motion Blur – Reduce your subject shake by using a faster shutter speed
  5. Using a poor quality lens
  6. Too shallow DOF (Depth of field) – Increase DOF for better quality
  7. Diopter set wrongly – Take the time to adjust to your eyesight – Will not improve your image but will decrease the chance of a wrongly focused image   

Lee Filters

It’s been 50 years since LEE Filters first started to manufacture filters for the photographic industry.

For my landscape photography I will only use the market-leading 100mm Lee Filter kit, including the polariser, Little Stopper, Big Stopper and the Graduated Filters. The results are amazing.

Have a minute check out the Lee Filters website and their explanatory videos for further information: –

Long Exposure Photography


In what you might term ‘regular photography’, with your camera in an automatic or semi-automatic exposure mode, you’re likely working with a shutter speed of somewhere between 1/60 of a second and 1/4000 of a second.  These kind of shutter speeds tend to cover most normal situations, from bright sunlight at midday to occasional indoor shooting.

Long exposure photography is when we are using a much longer shutter speed and it’s usually used as a specific technique to achieve a certain effect.  There’s no defined transition point at which a shutter speed becomes slow enough to define your shooting as ‘long exposure photography’.

Generally speaking, I tend to think of it as when we are talking about our exposure times in terms of seconds, rather than fractions of a second.  These kind of long exposure times (shutter speed is the same as exposure time) are often used to blur something in a photo, for example running water in stream, or the movement of stars across the night sky.  A long exposure helps us to trace the pattern of time and render things in a different way to how we are used to seeing them.  When we see things differently, it naturally fascinates us and that’s a significant factor in creating a compelling image.

In order to achieve long exposures during the daytime, it’s often necessary to use neutral density filters on a lens, which cuts down the light entering the lens.  With less light entering the lens, the shutter speed needs to be much longer to achieve the same exposure.  Neutral density filters can allow you to shoot exposures of several minutes long, even in bright daytime situations.