A collection of ad hoc photographic resources of interest to Bedford UK based members. Listed in no particular order and with no particular endorsement

If you are aware of something exceptional that deserves to be listed here please email Ian the details

Software Image Editing & Cataloguing

Software for RAW, Image Editing and Organization

Side by side feature comparison of six non-destructive RAW image editors software, May 2020

Known for Image Editing

Adobe Photoshop – The standard tool others are judged by, available on subscription £12/month – Free image editor, better than MS Paint, for Microsoft Windows. Only bitmapped images, e.g. JPG, PNG, TIF, HEIF, not RAW images

GIMP (Free Photoshop-like image editor, comprehensive features, 8 bit only, open source)

Glimpse (Free Photoshop-like image editor, forked from the open-source GIMP development so maybe more up-to-date than GIMP)

PaintShop Pro  (Image editor from Corel, £60 or £80 for extended edition)

Xara (Photo and Graphic Designer £50 and Designer Pro £220)

Affinity Photoshop-style image editor, Apple and Windows £49. Supports RAW.

Serif (Various Windows image editing and design programs, some free versions.)

Pixelmator (Photoshop-style image editor, Apple MAC only $30)

IrfanView (free, very fast capable image viewer, thumbnails, some batch editing and reformatting features, been around for over 20 years, keep it in your toolbag)

PhotoPad – Free for personal use from NCH

Photopea – Web/browser-based Photoshop-style image editor. Free when adverts enabled. Familiar to anyone used to Photoshop. Looks a lot like Pixlr Editor. Reads some RAWs, but not CR3 (Jan 2021)

Pixlr Editor – Web/browser-based Photoshop-style image editor, free, looks a lot like Photopea

Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) – Free Microsoft applications. ICE creates panoramas from still or video images. Also see Blink Cliplets, and Hyperlapse Pro

ColorCinch – Online browser-based editor, No RAW. Free (limited features.) The Plus version is $48+/yr but for most users first compare it with others, e.g. Adobe Photoshop Elements


Known for Organization and Image Editing

ACDsee (Image catalogue and editor)

Picasa (Google’s free cataloguing and editing. Support ended March 2016, Google moved all users to Google+ which has since been abandoned)

Mylio (Image catalogue, multi device syncing, some editing, free for first 25,000 images but no editing, Lightroom may already do this)

Excire – Organization and A.I. searching, stand-alone or integrate into Lightroom (NB not an editor) (Dec 2021 €69)

Known for RAW Conversion 

Aftershot (Corel RAW conversion)

Capture One (RAW conversion – recommended over Lightroom for Fuji X-trans users, basic Fuji conversion is free)

RawTherapee (Free advanced RAW converter)

UFRaw (Free advanced RAW converter)

Emulsion (RAW and cataloguing, Apple MAC only $50)

Silkypix ( Lightroom style, €119 – 195, Windows and MAC)

Iridient Developer (RAW developer, $99 + VAT, MacOS only, Mathieu Gasquet recommends for higher detailed FUJI RAW conversion)

Luminar (RAW developer with layers and blending, from MacPhun, currently only for MACs, Windows version coming. £64, search around look for discounts)

Picktorial (Lightroom style RAW development for MAC only, review, $70 but may be found on discount for $40)

DCRAW – Open source Raw conversion libraries as used by many apps including GIMP, DarkTable, Raw Therapee, UFRaw and possibly Adobe Photoshop – see here)

RAW Power – Apple iOS only, mobile and MAC

Perfectly Clear – Apple and Windows $130, free engine available

Exposure – RAW conversion, presets and creative effects  (previously known as AlienSkin.) Version X6 released Oct 2020 $130 – $150

RAW Digger – a tool allowing to view, study, and analyze pure raw data as recorded by digital photo, RawDigger is a microscope of sorts that lets you drill down into raw data

FastRawViewer – Quickly review and flag RAW images from a folder or memory card allowing fast culling before using Lightroom, Photoshop or other editing apps

Known for Organization and RAW Conversion 

Adobe Lightroom, part of the Adobe Photographer Package at around £10/month including Photoshop, mobile and cloud services

(Matt Kloskowski free videos comparing Lightroom to alternative products, May 2019. Spoiler: the Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop package wins for most of us!)

Darktable Open Source (free) Lightroom style program, for Mac, Linux and Windows. Promising but still has some way to go to match LR (Windows, Dec 2017).

FastStone (Free cataloguing, editing)

LightZone (Free Lightroom like program)

Zoner Photo Studio – Windows only, $49/year

Photo Mechanic – Fast browser, exporter and metadata updates, loved by professional sports photographers. $140, Apple and Windows

Fast RAW Viewer – Claims to allow quick reviews of RAW images, fast rating, selection or deletion, before importing into, eg, Lightroom. Offers some useful tools like focus peaking (now also available in ON1) and side by side JPG and RAW. Most other tools are similar to what’s in Lightroom. Evaluate the trial period to see if any time savings are worth including in your workflow. £25. Sells additional RAW techie tools, eg RAW Digger, that could be of interest to those investigating more deeply into what’s under the hood of a RAW image.

Known for Organization , RAW Conversion and Image Editing

Adobe (Photographic plan includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge etc – 12 month subscription at £12/month)

Adobe Photoshop Elements (PSE is an excellent combined cataloguing system with many of the less advanced Photoshop and Lightroom functions)

Elements Plus (a third-party – not Adobe supported – add-on to PSE that unlocks many more Photoshop features, $12 per PSE version)

Elements XXL & Layers XXL  (a third-party – not Adobe supported – add-on to PSE that adds extra Photoshop features, $50/$40)

Ashampoo Photo Commander ( as at Jan 2016: vsn 8 free / Vsn 11 $40 / Vsn 14  $60 – I know nothing about this software)

DigiKam Open-source, free (donations). LR style, reads LR XMP files. Linux, Win, MacOS. Photo management, importing, managing, editing and sharing photos and video editing

Zoner Photo Studio X – Billed as a Lightroom and Photoshop replacement, California based, $49 / year, Zoner founded 1993

Known for Organization, RAW Conversion, Image Editing and Software Filters

OnOne – ON1 cataloguing, comprehensive post processing, plug-in filters. Use standalone or as a Lightroom add-on. Includes an extensive non-destructive filter selection, £92 (£74 to upgrade). Challenging Lightroom with more filters and layers, subscription free but factor in the optional upgrade each year.  No cloud storage and no Photoshop-like bit image editor. Free trial available. If you do not use the additional features offered with an Adobe Photography Subscription, and seriously dislike Adobe, then you might like ON1 with Affinity Photo (£49) as your bit image editor when you need it; but don’t expect it to overall save you much money if you keep them up-to-date.

Known for Software Filter only

Topaz (Plug-in filters, standalone or hosted via Topaz Studio)

Nik Software (went to Google, now at DXO plug-in filters, hosted from PS, PSE, LR or Aperture. Free video lessons from Tim Grey )

Photo Lemur – Applies A.I. to analyse and adjust your image. For MAC and Windows, $30-$49

Also try AlternativeTo. You can filter for different app types, platform or licence type, e.g. Windows and Free Photoshop Alternatives

Also more free apps listed on PX

NB “free” usually means the program will keep working (no 30 day trial period) but if you find it useful a voluntary donation is appreciated or even expected

Audio-Visual Software

AV (audio-visual) Software

PicturesToExe (popular with club members to create AV slide shows, $69-$129)

ProShow Gold (popular package to create AV slide shows $69, claims to output to EXE format files as well as the more normal AVI and MP4 etc)

Photo Story (free Microsoft package to create AV slide shows)

ffDiaporama (free software to create AV slide shows, very capable, complex, steep learning curve)

Socusoft (free software to create AV slide shows, simple, pro version $40)

Audacity (free, open source software for recording and editing sounds)

Adobe (Photoshop, Premier Pro – subscription from £10/month)

Serif (Move Plus X6 video editing £61)

Xara (Photostory £45 and Movie Edit Pro £70)

Sony (Movie Studio 13 $50, Pro $80, Suite $140)

NB some AV software  may not create the file formats required for AV competitions, ask in the club for advice Movie editing software usually allows AV from stills to be created, often with more advanced features but may be more difficult to use

Other Software

Other Software

The Photographer’s Ephemeris helps you plan outdoor photography in natural light with maps for sunrise, sunset etc Desktop and mobile versions

Outsight Depth of field and hyperfocal calculators (browser based)

Photo Tools Android app for focus, hyperfocal, exposure, colour wheels. IOS version coming

PhotoPills iOS (iPhone, iPad) application for photo planning, position, sun/moon augmented reality and more

Tides Near Me (browser based) High & low tides,  Sun and Moon sets, world wide

DSLR Dashboard For controlling Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras from Android, iOS, Linux, OSX and Windows (beta, techie, free)

Magic Lantern Software that adds a host of great new features to Canon EOS cameras (free, techie, experimental)



What Digital Camera Technology Guides. Short blog pieces, eg Focus Peaking, CMOS, Backside Illumination (make up your own jokes for this one)


  • Camera World – Cameras etc, Old Stevenage (what was the Digital Depot shop is now part of the Camera World group)
  • Campkins Cameras – Cameras etc, Cambridge, trading since 1952
  • 3 Legged Thing – Tripods and lighting, Stagsden, Beds
  • Michael R Peters – TVs, projectors, Tavistock Street, Bedford
  • SRB Photographic – Accessories, stepping rings, filters etc. nr Dunstable, Bedfordshire
  • Colinsfoto – Some hard-to-find flash cables and adaptors. Ebay shop. Maulden, Bedfordshire
  • UK Camera Store – 4 Station Square, Flitwick , Bedfordshire MK451DP – tel 01525 715356, open times


  • Photomart – Walthamstow E17 5DU -lighting and less-expensive professional gear supplier for lighting, printing etc


  • Wex Photographic (Cameras etc, Norwich, London, Birmingham and other UK shops) Merged with the Calumet chain
  • Park Cameras (Cameras etc, Burgess Hill and London)
  • Bristol Cameras (Cameras etc, Bristol)
  • Wilkinson – (Cameras etc,) Shops (North of England) and online, can be just a little cheaper than other retail shops
  • Crooked Imaging (Photographic accessories)
  • fotoSense – Brand names often a little cheaper than the main shops. Free delivery, Preston based.
  • UK Highland (Lighting, accessories, Woking) – I have used UK Highland for a few years, their prices are good and they have given me excellent support when needed
  • Lencarta (Lighting, Bradford)
  • MPB (Used and new, Brighton)
  • Camera Price Buster (Photographic price comparison website)
  • Essential Photo (Lighting/flash, PixaPro flashguns recommended by Gavin Hoey)
  • Backdrop Source  (Studio and lighting)
  • Photo Geeks (Mostly studio equipment, often also advertised on Ebay)
  • Just Ltd – Camera and sensor cleaning supplies and other accessories
  • AJ’s – Upper-end lighting and other consumables
  • Robert White – quality upper-end photographic products
  • Fotospeed – Inkjet paper, inks, printers, film, darkroom chemicals, some lighting, education/training (Corsham, Wiltshire)
  • Snapperstuff – UK Distributor and retailer for Think Tank, MindShift, FLM, Lightech and LumiQuest. Authorised UK retailer for Green Clean and Peak Design
  • TFC – The Flash Centre. Professional quality studio and portable lighting, accessories, cameras and other gear
  • CVP – Professional suppliers, good place for unusual lighting components, e.g. Baby Plates to build your own product photography table or lighting modifier
  • Jessops – Cameras etc, several UK towns
  • K&F Concept – Chinese based. Design, research, manufacturing, and marketing of photographic accessories. Claim delivery in 15 days
  • UK Camera Club – London based online dealer (implies lower prices and not grey imports – unverified.) Unsure how long they have been trading. 2-year camera gtee
  • Jack the Hat – (Photographic accessories) – Helpful support – Now selling through Ebay and Amazon
  • Rigu – Colourful Camera Accessories – Various bits and bobs

Grey Imports

Grey Imported products are often considerably less expensive and are likely to be imported from Hong Kong. Typically the UK brand will not support or repair under a European guarantee but may repair for a fee; the importer may reimburse you or have it repaired for you. You may have difficulties if there is a financial problem; they may only take payments through PayPal, whilst offering some protection this does not offer the same high and automatic safe-guards of a UK credit card. Check thoroughly all claims are true and where products need to be returned should they need be, e.g. technical problem. An item that is unwanted after the box has been opened is likely to incur a re-stocking fee. It is unlikely the grey supplier will offer the same after-sales support as a good UK, full-price retailer. Despite the perceived risk, the price difference might make the transaction worthwhile. This short list does not represent any form of recommendation, let the buyer beware.

Example comparison 16/07/19 for Canon R + EF lens adaptor:
Park Cameras. £2349 (1yr? gtee), HDEW £1479 (3yr) , Cotswold £1499 (3yr), WOW £1389 (1yr), E-Infinity £1349 (1yr), Panamoz £1615 (3yr)

  • Panamoz – Claim repairs under gtee should be sent to Canon and Panamoz will reimburse Canon’s charge. Reviews (warning, reviews can be faked)
  • E-Infinity – Used by a club member OK
  • WowCamera – Claims warehouses in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Luxembourg with UK support and repairs
  • Cotswold Cameras – Based in Cheltenham (your contract is with Cot.Cam. Inc of the British Virgin Islands.) Used by a club member OK
  • HDEW Cameras – South London based, used by a club member OK (I’m not sure but they may accept payment by UK credit card)

Components Online (e.g. hard drives, memory cards, batteries)

Apart from the usual “big names”, e.g. Currys, PC World, Amazon, John Lewis, there are many smaller, online companies to pick from, including…

Pinhole Photography

  • Pinhole Solutions – Various products. For £35 they will adapt your own DSLR body cap to enable the DSLR to work as a pinhole camera

Infra-red Photography

Basically a camera’s sensor is sensitive to infra-red, visible light (the range of colours we normally see) and ultra-violet light wavelengths. In normal photography we are only interested in the visible light spectrum. Thus the manufacturer has attached an IR/UV cut filter to the sensor to stop the IR and UV light reaching the sensor and “muddying” the image.

IR photography wants to capture the invisible IR wavelengths from a subject rather than the visible light wavelengths. This means, among other things, you may be able to “see nature in the dark” perhaps using an IR light, take creative images from everyday subjects or capture interesting outdoor images in bright noon-day sun when the contrast and lighting may not be at its best for normal photography. Most IR photographs are presented in monochrome or with false colours.

Typically IR photography is best done using a converted camera. The manufacturer’s IR/UV cut filter is removed from the sensor. The camera will now be a full spectrum camera and sensitive to IR, UV and visible light. Now it will always need an IR filter in front of the lens so that only IR wavelengths reach the sensor.  There are usually four different IR wavelengths to choose from and a variety of filters can be used.

Alternatively, during the conversion, a new IR filter replaces the removed IR/UV cut filter. You will need to decide which IR wavelength to have fixed to the sensor. The camera will now be only sensitive to this one IR wavelength but you will not need additional front-of-lens IR filters.

Most photographers either convert an older camera they no longer use or purchase a new or used camera that is pre-converted. Both DSLR and mirrorless cameras can be converted.  There are costs, advantages and disadvantages to both camera type and conversion type. Several UK companies offer advice and perform the conversion.

I have no experience of IR photography and cannot suggest any recommendations. If any BCC members have some experience, good or bad, they would like to share please let me know.

Lens Advice

  • Lenses – Zoom or Prime? How to read lens charts – Lens Rentals
  • Protect front lens element with a filter – worthwhile? Lens Rental
  • Understanding focal length, aperture, ISO and noise when applied to sensor size (full frame, APS-C, MFT) by Tony Northrup and other videos

Film Photography

Gear Repair

Gear Repair

In addition to the original equipment manufacturer and photographic shops…


Alternative Flashguns

Normally the camera manufacturer’s own branded top-of-the range flashguns are the way to go for features, compatibility and reliability. But these can be a lot more expensive than 3rd party alternative models. NB models and links quickly become outdated, you might need to search online for the latest models, details and competitive prices.

Phottix Mitros around £200

Sigma EF 610 DG Super around £150 [sg_popup id=”1″ event=”click”]More Info[/sg_popup]

Metz 64 AF-1 Digital around £300

Cactus RF60 around £130

YongNuo YN-568EX II around £73

Pixel X800C/N Pro – £78 Emulates top-of-the-range Canon and Nikon flashguns [sg_popup id=”2″ event=”click”]More Info[/sg_popup]

Godox Compatibles for Canon/Nikon and Fuji, £70 upwards, Consider the TT685F for Fuji



Power PC (Kempston, Bedford)

Paper, Printing, Inks, Mounting, Photo Books


Example prices, Dec 2017, A=12″x8″, B=14″x11″, C=Std Postage. Prices inc VAT.  Remember to include the print’s white borders in your image, eg 12″ x 8″ with 0.5″ white border all round means your image will be 11″ x 7″ in the centre of the page. Each printer offers many sizes, paper variations, courier delivery at varying prices. Prices may change, always check with the printer first

Mounting and Framing

  • Wallace Brown, 10a Duke Street, Bedford 01234 360237 (Wally has no web site)
  • The Picture Gallery High Street, Bedford and London Road, Bedford
  • The Art Centre Howard Street, Bedford

Mountboards (for those who prefer DIY mounting)

Typically these are bought in A1 sheets (841mm x 594mm) and cut to size, e.g. two 500 x 400 boards., using kit like this Cutting your own mounts gives the satisfaction of doing-it-yourself and means more work but no trips to shop or waiting Video tutorials: Cutting  T-mounting



  • 42 Ltd (Permajet paper)
  • The Imaging Warehouse (Paper and accessories, Stratford Upon Avon)
  • Fotospeed (own brand and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Papers, Kaiser Photographic equipment, Herma Adhesives and Canson Infinity Papers)
  • St Cuthberts Mill  (possibly the only UK manufacturer of inkjet paper, specialists in fine art paper for artists and inkjets, A4/A3 prices competitive, virtually handmade)
  • Marrutt – Various types including continuous rolls

Photo Books

Books are a great way of presenting your images. Many of the printers listed above also print books, the companies below are best known for their book printing


  • Marrutt – Refillable cartridges and continuous inks for “upper range” Epson and Canon printers
  • 42 Ltd (Permajet inks, for Epsons)
  • The Imaging Warehouse (Permajet inks for Epsons, Stratford Upon Avon)
  • StinkyInk (compatible inkjet cartridges)


Darkroom – Monochrome

  • The Darkroom School – Based near Olney, Bedfordshire. Tuition.  Has darkroom space for around 3 people working together
Print Boxes

Print Boxes

Heavy duty boxes for storing and transporting multiple mounted prints 50x40cms


Photographic Studios for Hire

When booking a studio don’t forget to ask if the use of lights, fans, kitchen etc are included or extra and if help available if you are not familiar with how to use the equipment

Kempston Studio – Based in Kempston, Bedford. Several set rooms, £20/hr inclusive of lighting. Opened Oct 2020, help available, contact Andy Aston for bookings. Facebook

Focus 5 Babraham Road, Sawston, Cambridgeshire CB22 3JH (around £25/hr)

Saracen House Studio Milton Keynes (from around £20 to £30/hr)

Unique Capture Stacey Bushes, Milton Keynes, MK12 6HP (from £30 / hour)

Reeve Photography, Pampisford, Cambridge, CB22 3EN (large studio)

Studio One, Ailsworth, Peterborough PE5 7AH (shed style studio £20/hr)

Calvert Studios Leighton Buzzard (very large, suitable for automotive photography, probably expensive

Studio 6 Letchworth

BJP Photographic Studio Letchworth

Clayfield Images & Studio – New Bradwell MK13 0DA (eg 2hrs £55)

The following appear to have closed for business…

The Globe Leather Works Northampton

Book A Studio – Studio search and booking site

Mastroe Kempston, Bedford (small, inexpensive studio with small strobe and continuous lights, around £18/hr)

Fenland Studio, Coates, Peterborough PE7 2BJ (Glamour specialist, £20/hr)

The Works Studio, Milton, Cambridge (Audio and video)

James Thorpe, Northampton (small studio)

Creativus, Hitchin (large studio, example: 1hr £50, 4Hrs £100 – plus 50% for each additional photographer!)


Strobox (create lighting diagrams online)

Lighting Diagram Creator (download Photoshop files)

Web Galleries

Create Your Own Web Based Image Gallery

Create “web sites” where you can upload and display your images. Prices below may change. Many offer a discount on first year fees or search for a discount coupon code. Always check if they claim copyrights on your uploaded work and, if using it as a backup, whether you can download the original image files. Always have another backup strategy in case one service ceases without warning.

Flickr free, the BCC has a Flickr  group – Flickr is limited to 1,000 images for free from 2019 else pay for Pro upgrade $50/yr

500px free is limited but good for showing off your best images, else $60+/yr unlimited

Blogger free, blog/image web sites, easy to create – another Google service

Tumblr free, blog/image web sites, easy to create

Deviant Art free, for displaying and selling photos

JAlbum £50+ / yr

PhotoBucket  £50+ / yr

Irista A Canon product but not restricted to Canon images, free is limited else £24+/yr. Helps to share images with other social media sites Closing Jan 31st, 2020

Smugmug from around £45+ / year

Zenfolio from around £65+ / year

Photoshelter $8 per month for 4Gb

Adobe MyPortfolio – Included free with Adobe CC subscriptions (both Photography or Full plan) – easy to use, modern, a few customisable page styles. Requires you to continue your Adobe subscription.

Format – Display and sell images $6 – $15 / month for 100 to 1,000 images

SquareSpace – Display and sell images $12 – $26 / month

1X – A curated gallery, considered an option to have selected images, free to join, “Pro” upgrade option, good for critiques, image sales option

Exposure – Large image and text stories. Impressive presentation. 3 stories for free, $5 / month unlimited stories, $9 Pro and to $59 / month business plans

PBase – Image galleries, example cost: $23US per year for 2,000MB of space

The Image File – Create a web site to sell downloads and prints. From £5/mth for 500 images. Partners with several printers, eg DSCL, Photobox, Loxley

Shoebox – Dated, restrictions for free, else $5/mth

Instagram – free, owned by Facebook, square images presented in uploaded sequence, most recent first, easy to use from Mobile phones, can be used from Lightroom and browser. Useful to showcase your most recent images, comments allowed. Not too difficult to download image at around 900 x 900px, no EXIF or Metadata thus downloaded copies are orphaned and then open for anyone to use. Encourages linking and sharing.

Facebook – Free, social web site, images may be compressed and not full quality. Not very good for image portfolios. Be aware of their T&C claiming copyright over everything uploaded to FB. Comments allowed. Anyone can download or link to your images. FB removes EXIF and Metadata from files, thus downloaded copies are orphaned and open for anyone to use.

Slickpic – From $60 / year for 50GB

Selling and Securing Images

Selling and Securing Images

You can promote your work in galleries or ask a local pub, restaurant or cafe if they have the space to display them. For a wider audience promote your work online; use either your own web site (DIY – if you are able – is cheap), a specialised gallery web site (you pay them a monthly fee and possibly a small commission on sales) or a stock image web site (probably no charge but they will normally deduct a much larger commission)

Gallery Web Site

These hosts make it easy to create your own personal and impressive web site and they handle image sales. Features, fees and commission rates vary. It is rarely as simple as just uploading and waiting for the sales to roll in, you usually need to do your own marketing to find interested purchasers to view your website. I suggest adding your web address to every document/email signature and regularly contribute to relevant social media site discussions.

It is very helpful if you specialise in a particular, and unusual, genre, eg windmills or world war one objects, anything where people looking for a particular subject know where to come. Also ideal for those who shoot commissions, eg weddings and events.

It helps if they are able to offer a print lab in the client’s local country, eg UK and USA. It is useful if they offer “proof delay” and “final edits” before shipping (eg no need to dust spot remove until an image is bought, especially useful when uploading a thousand images from one event.)

Photoshelter ($8 – $50 / month)

Zenfolio (£16-£25 / month)

Smugmug ($12.50-$25 / month)

Photium ($5 – $35 / month)

1X – A curated gallery, considered an option to have selected images, free to join, “Pro” upgrade option, good for critiques, image sales option

Shootproof (various plans £8-£380/month for 1500 – unlimited images) 

Stock Images

Stock Image web sites do not offer you your own web site. They either market your images for you or have many regular clients who search for and buy images. Usually they do not charge you a fee for uploading an image but the commission earned per sale can be much lower and photographers often complain about the conditions attached to their account. The more serious agencies review samples of work before they will accept you. You need to extensively “tag” every image (i.e. attach many relevant keywords so they can be found in searches.) Often they only pay once your account reaches a minimum balance.

Picfair – Easy to submit to. London based. Set your own prices. I quite like this company and have sold images through them, see note #2 below

fotoLIBRA – UK based, seems to be one of the friendlier stock agencies, see note #1 below

Getty – one of the world’s biggest, includes iStock and freeimages. To submit to Getty see WorkWithUs. Expect around 25% commission of selling price, perhaps much less

Alamy – one of the world’s biggest

Shutterstock – pays from $0.25/image sold, see here.

Fotolia – Fotolia and Adobe Stock, commission from 20% of selling price

Can Stock Photo – Canadian, micro-stock agency, typically sells at low prices, pays from $0.25/image and only when minimum total reached, e.g. $50. Good FAQ

Photo Crowd – Upload into photo competitions, sometimes with prizes, add keywords and optionally sell them, free or improved services for £2.50 to £10 / month

Stocksy – Canadian based photographers’ cooperative. Curated selections, 25% to 50% commission. Requires image and video exclusivity

Giving them Away

If you like the idea of giving away some of your images in the hope that someone likes one enough to want to buy more from you then a number of “free stock” sites have sprung up. You will need to keyword them and follow their T&Cs. Most photographers say, despite their images having been downloaded thousands of times and presumably used, they have never had anyone ask to buy more from them. However one photographer suggests his experience is different. Your decision. I suggest, if you wish to try this route, you don’t upload all of your images but just one sample from each collection, that way you will have more to show and sell if you do get a bite. And don’t forget, you are still responsible for copyright infringements, model and property releases which, if not in place, could leave you with a large law suit and expensive recompense.

Unsplash – also see Zach Arias rants part 1 and 2



 Of the few big agencies that I have looked at they are only worth considering if you are a professional stock or journalistic photographer. They are choosy who they take on their books.

#1 If you have a large and varied back catalogue consider fotoLIBRA; they regularly email lists of particular photos they are seeking, e.g. “an African boy staring out of a school window”.

#2 Picfair accepts almost any pictures, reviews and highlights better images, lets you set your own price onto which they will add their commission (this feels more comfortable than subtracting a large fee) and you receive what you consider the image is worth should it sell. For free you can have a link to your own images on Picfair. For £5 / month you can set up your own gallery web site, information pages, white labelled, own domain name etc.

Stock images that sell well are clean, general images that can be used for many purposes (e.g. a white background with an office worker pointing to a graph or a blank blackboard to which the purchaser can add their own message) or are of a specialised subject (e.g. English churches, African elephants) 

Publishers may look for an image which has some negative space (e.g. blue sky), over which they can place their text, such as a book title, see examples of now Maigret book covers were  selected from the original photographs here

Don’t forget, you may need signed model and/or property releases. Stock libraries may not like images containing copyrighted objects, eg a Coca C0la bottle label

Read the T&Cs – Look out for these “gotchas” when submitting images for sale or competitions 

Reverse Image Search

Upload an image (or enter an image URL) and search for web sites that are using it. Useful to find web sites using your “appropriated”  images. These do not search every web site and you may get several false positives. Maybe you can get paid for their use of your image; some good advice from Doug McKinlay, like “pick your battles”.

Tin Eye

Google Image (see help here)

Pixsy (optionally Pixsy will also chase for payment, taking a commission for their work)

Securing Images

Imatag – Adds a hidden watermark to your uploaded images. Images can then be shared and (it is claimed) tracked. Limited 1GB free account, 100GB for €10/mth

American Copyright protection aid – The US Library of Congress allows images to be uploaded to help prove you own the copyright, see this article

Copyright – see our Copyright section here


How to make money from your photography – Spotlight, Affinity

Selling prints online, tips – Spotlight, Affinity



RPS (Annual membership, distinctions, magazine, workshops)

PAGB (Distinctions, register for email news)

EAF (Promotes East Anglian photo clubs, events, print boxes, linked to PAGB)

BPE British Photographic Exhibitions (BPE1 to BPE5 awarded after a number of images have been selected for associated exhibitions)

SWPP (Professional wedding and portrait photographers)

The Disabled Photographers Society (established 1968)

The Photographer Academy (awards, training videos, workshops and support from Mark Cleghorn and company)




1X (Online gallery each image curated before being added to the site, try exploring the critique pages, some free tuition and upgrade for more)

The Open Photographic Society (information on all aspects of photography and excellent images)

500px (As well as a good place to display your images it is also a good web site to find other great images)

Also see our Photographers and Inspire Me web pages



Cambridge in Colour (excellent in-depth technical information)

The Open Photographic Society (information on all aspects of photography and excellent images)

Talk Photography (discussion forum)

McCordall (Online tutorials)

Northlight Images (Keith Cooper’s comprehensive web site including printing, colour management and B&W equipment reviews and articles)

Snugg (photography and camera history)

Genres and Professions Links to various genres and professions in the photographic industry (link suggested by SFE)

Alison – Free online courses in many subjects including Photoshop, Digital Photography and business diplomas, some may be a few years old

The Art of Photography – Ted Forbes, You Tube videos on various topics, e.g. Colour Palettes

B&H Event Space – Many good photographic videos. Talks and training. Free and often between 1 and 2 hours, e.g. Learn the Language of Photography Through Critique

ZY Productions – YouTube videos explaining how camera aspects work, eg Phase detection focusing, Circular polarising filter, what is ISO

Nikon Learn & Explore – Multiple articles of interest for Nikon users and anyone else USA site  and UK site

New York City School of Visual Arts – (SVA NYC) Video lectures from the Masters graduate course in Digital Photography

Open Culture – an amazing resource of free cultural resources and links, including art and photography. Examples: Courses, Photography 1, 2, Presentations, Images

UK Club Photography Group – online registry of Zoom educators and speakers – find a speaker or rate the talk you attended

Computational Photography

Computational Photography

From Selfies to Black Holes – An overview on all things in computational photography (emphasis on mobile phone technology) as of 2019 (link by Jim Boud)

Pixel 4 Camera – Overview of the computational photography used in the Pixel 4 mobile phone’s camera (C|Net Oct 2019)



Adobe First Steps in Photoshop and Lightroom videos

Adobe Photoshop Tutorials videos

Glyn Dewis (Photoshop and composites, free videos)

Adobe TV (many free videos on Adobe products)

Adorama TV  (Adorama is a New York located photographic retailer) free video tutorials, normally 3 to 15 minutes in length, good quality and interesting)

B&H (B& H is a New York located photographic retailer) free video tutorials, often 1 hour+ in length, good category breakdown, good quality and interesting

Gavin Hoey (free videos, more recent ones [as at April 2015] are also on Adorama TV)

Kelby One (some free videos, e.g. Grid,  Lightroom Tips, otherwise subscription tutorials)

Lynda (subscription tutorials, was purchased by LinkedIn, April 2015)

Skill Share (online, subscription, video lessons from many teachers, Photography and many other genres)

Udemy (online, video lessons from many teachers, individually priced, some free, some good and some not-so)

The Photographer Academy (awards, training videos, workshops and support from Mark Cleghorn and company)

PHLEARN – Online Photoshop tutorials by Aaron Nace, 21 hour structured tutorial $130 and hundreds of free videos. Good tuition

The Slanted Lens (free videos from professional Jay P Morgan. Entertaining, fast paced and very good. Mostly on lighting. Try the “Laws of Light” series starting Oct 2016)

Creative Live (video tutorials, often 1 to 3 days in length, free to watch when broadcast live or the following day, after that they charge)

Tip Squirrel (short, free video tips using Photoshop)

Photoshop Training Channel videos (also see here)

Julieanne Kost’s Photoshop videos

Adobe Lightroom Training videos (also see here)

Julieanne Kost’s Lightroom videos

SPTV Watch live “Edutainmant” webinars free or pay $10/mth subscription to access archived videos, run by Sandy Puc. Business oriented

Cheat Sheets (it is debatable which section Cheat Sheets should go in so I have chosen Tutorials) – PhotoshopLightroom (suggested by Tony Randall)

Tasty Tuts – free YouTube courses on Photoshop (33 lessons 10-25 mins each with CC 2014), Illustrator, Graphic Design etc (most videos created around 2014-15)

Joe Brady – YouTube videos usually covering his sponsored products of (a) flash and (b) ColorChecker Passport in the studio and outdoors in landscapes

School of Photography – Some 1 and 2 hour free video tutorials in studio photography, once a month, watch live or past recorded lessons

Pixel Imperfect – Over 350 free Photoshop YouTube tutorial videos, also some Lightroom and Premiere but mostly Photoshop, by Unmesh Dinda

Jeff Rojas – YouTube videos on Studio lighting and camera techniques

Jeff Rojas –  – YouTube videos on Studio lighting and camera techniques

Learn With Experts – Photography – Top instructors, video lessons, for an additional fee get feedback from the instructor

Fuji USA – YouTube channel with various playlists  useful for all brand users. See their Create Forever playlist, Glossary playlist, Making of a Photo playlist

Muench Workshops – California based but free downloads Resources, PDF Tutorials, E-books, Webinars

Karl Taylor Education – Free Introduction to Photography, subscription £14/mth to video tutorial library and live demos. Guernsey based workshops. Mainly studio and product.

Creative CameraFree tutorials, workshop, remote courses

She Clicks – Youtube series of interesting photographic talks (usually 1 to 2 hours) for both novice and experienced photographers. All-female presenters.

Also see our Tuition web page


Workshops and Shoots

Workshops and Shoots

Organised workshops and shoots (some arranged with and without tuition)

Jen Brook – Model and advanced shoots, fashion shoots called Walter’s Wardrobe, 3/year, models, MUA, designers, stunning locations. Instagram




William Henry Fox TalbotBBC  – Bodleian Library Images

Victorian PhotographyNM ScotlandV&A

Photographic ProcessesV&A

General HistoryV&A



Online Magazines

Periodic, complete magazines, not available from newsagents, that can usually be downloaded and read off-line

f11 – Monthly, free. Interviews and inspiring images (Aug 2017: after 6 years publication suspended, costs outstripped income, it may return)

Xposure – Lee Filters photographic magazine (free)

Photography News – Will Cheung’s monthly newspaper (free)

Chasing The Light – David Noton’s landscape magazine, monthly (£39/year, free access to back issues, confusingly also called f11)

1X – Infrequent online magazines, many inspiring photos and interviews with the photographers (free)

Shutter – Behind the Shutter, free online monthly magazine. American. Technical articles and marketing for weddings, studio etc

PAGB E-News – Magazine, published every 2 or 3 weeks, free to read online. Sign up for an email reminder and link as each edition is published

The Big Photo Ezine –  The Photographer Academy monthly magazine (free, PDF download or online reading)

Really Right Stuff – Light & Shadow, a free PDF periodic magazine from this reputable tripod manufacturer

Don’t Take Pictures – (“don’t take pictures, make pictures”) The print editions ceased in September 2021, but PDF’s of the magazine are being put online


Print/Online Magazines

National Geographic – A great resource of stunning editorial photography, usually available for £15/year posted to your door or less for the online only version. Many of the articles and images can be viewed on their web site with free access

Digital Camera World – a large collection of short tutorials

Amateur Photographer – A weekly magazine established in 1884, available in print or with an online subscription

British Journal of Photography – Excellent quality printing and articles, sometimes on the arty side of life. Available in print or online, not cheap but more of it can be read online for free now


N.B. Bedford and mid-Beds residents can join their library and sign up for free online access to several printed photographic (and many other) magazines




Personally I prefer a good photographic book to magazines where one typically has to wait for a subject to be covered on a month-by-month part-work basis. Magazines are read, discarded and quickly forgotten. Books provide so much more and are read again and again. Books, like magazines, need to have a style that suits your taste. Different styles and content appeal to different people. The best books do not rely on having the latest equipment but are timeless in their approach.

These are a few of my suggestions. These are not recipe books on what f/stop and exposure to use (although that often gets mentioned) but are books that cover the wider world of why we take photos and how to approach and compose the subject.

The Moment It Clicks – Joe McNally. Essential reading from one of the top 10 most influential photographers of today. Read this for inspiration and encouragement. Chatty, light-hearted style by a master storyteller. Published 2008 but still a top seller. If you enjoy this then anything else by Joe McNally, eg The Hot Shoe Diaries and Sketching Light,  are worth reading even though he often revisits the same images; they are much like reading a beautifully illustrated novel.

The Art of the Photograph – Art Wolfe Excellent advice and compositional techniques from a master of the landscape and wildlife.

The Art of Flower & Garden Photography – Clive Nichols From the RHS, Clive is probably the very best UK garden photographer, from 2007 but still up-to-date

The Photographer’s Eye – Michael Freeman – Composition and design, published 2007. Also see his The Photographer’s Mind which continues with more advanced techniques

Waiting for the Light – David Noton – Brilliant UK Landscape photographer

Joe Cornish – Any book by the top UK landscape photographer Joe Cornish is worth drooling over, often more stunning photographs than text, try A Photographer at Work or Coast and Countryside (NT)


If you have a favourite book that deserves a mention here please let me know

Security and Emergency

Security and Emergency


  • Register your camera serial number (and lenses, computers etc) with Immobilise, aids insurance claims and theft recovery, recommended by Bedfordshire Police
  • Check your email address Have your details ever been stolen? A database of more than 223 million accounts that were stolen in a variety of hacks over the last few years


Image Libraries

Europeana – Explore the history of photography in over 2 million images from European collections

Miscellaneous and Other Lists

Miscellaneous and Other Lists

Lists from other web sites of photographic related links

Any Software Tools – Essential Software for Photographers – Good resource, also see their home page for more technical links 

Photographers’ Resource – UK locations and events of interest to photographers – dig into their links, lots to be found (link found by Steve Newman)

Forensic Image Analysis – Upload (or link to) an image and select one of 6 analysis tools (forensic tutorials here)

Digital Photography Resource Guide   A mix of interesting links to educational and other photographic sites albeit with an American bias

Syl Arena, an interesting educator, his student resources have been removed but kept here as he is still worth keeping an eye on his website to see where he goes next

LensLab UK – Hire and sell s/h equipment, lists camera clubs, events and meetups/competitions/workshops

Photo Start Sheet – Hundreds of organised links to web sites and services of photographic interest from John Lewell

The Best Photographic Books and Magazines – The Observer (UK) is the #1 UK newspaper supporting photography, their list, October 2018

The Best UK Photography Galleries – The Observer (UK) is the #1 UK newspaper supporting photography, their list, October 2018

The Best Int’l Photography Galleries – The Observer (UK) is the #1 UK newspaper supporting photography, their list, October 2018