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There's an exhibition of photographs of Captain Scott's ill fated Antarctic expedition running at the Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery in London.

Taken by Scott's expedition camera artist - Herbert Ponting - it's a collection of some 60 breathtaking photographs. This is well worth a visit if you're in London, and even if you're not, you can still grab a look on the gallery website.


 

Forrest Tanaka has produced an excellent video about astrophotography. So if this is an area of photography you'd like to learn more about, it's a great idea to go through his videos first.

This is the first video in a series which covers telescopes particularly suitable ones to go for. so I'm guessing Forrest will be adding a number of further videos which cover the other aspects of astrophotography.


 
The annual landscape photographer of the year competition is now open and they're calling for entries to be submitted. The top prize is an impressive £10,000 and they're asking for photos submitted that fit into any of the following categories: Classic View, Living the View, Your View and Urban View
 
The Royal Photographic Society in the UK are offering bursaries for photography projects which promote environmental awareness. Each bursary can be up-to &3000 and can cover photographic equipment, travel costs, and other related expenses. This seems like a great opportunity and one not to be missed.
 

Now, how do you get to take photos of a Lion without getting eaten or by using a massive 800mm super telephoto zoom lens? You use a remote control car with a camera attached of course, cutely named Beetlecam.

Will Burrard-Lucas and his brother Matt came up with this great idea and have undertaken several trips to Africa to take photos of Lions, elephants, buffalos, you name it!


 
The Art of Photography have produced an interesting video providing an overview of abstract photography, concentrating on a number of the main photographers from the past 100 years or so. It's an interesting watch, and worth having a look if you'd like to find out a bit more about various abstract photography techniques.
 
To be able to photograph the Northern Lights, a bit of planning is required. In fact, the Northern Lights are only visible in the "Auroral Oval" at high latitudes around the Polar Circles, and where there is no light pollution, far from the big cities. Some well known areas for photographing the Northern Lights include Lapland and the north of Scandinavia, Alaska and Iceland. It's more difficult to find a good spot in the Southern hemisphere around the Antarctic Circle. In the Southern hemisphere the Southern Lights are called the Aurora Australis.
 
Light painting is not difficult to learn, doesn't require much experience and is a lot of fun! The idea behind this technique is really simple: while shooting a long exposure photo, move a source of light around, this gets recorded onto the sensor of the camera as an abstract drawing or 'light painting'.