Category: General

Digital Gallery Headers

Digital Gallery Headers

A few years ago I started creating digital backgrounds and selling them via Etsy.

Last year I expanded on that and created some digital frame galleries. These are Website or Social Media Header images that look like picture galleries.

They are supplied as transparent pngs, so look walls with frames that have holes in them. In effect, they are!

This example shows a colour fabric style wall with wood frames.

Using a photo edit package, you can scale and position your photos under the frame layer. Then crop to the required size for your header.

To ultimately create a fully header image for use on your website, or social media platform.

You can then get creative. In this example I’ve extended the sides and added text in the brick areas.

I’ve used some on my website. Here is a banner used in my maternity section.

Here is one used on my blog

Because they are not supplied in a narrow ratio, but 6 x 4 and a big 6000 x 4000 pixels, they can also be used as a computer desktop wallpaper.

And I’ve even used one in the link below. Please visit that page to see all my textures and frame and access my Etsy shop LeoPhotography.

Does my Blog Work?

Does my Blog Work?

As I mentioned in my last post, I haven’t posted in my blog since May! Now, I’ve been blogging for many years and tried to keep a steady flow of posts coming to the blog. However over the last year or so these have been dramatically reducing. Partially to being busy but partially to wondering if blogs, or at least my blog actually brings benefit to my website and business.

In the past I’ve believed it creates footfall to the site. The text gets indexed, then found in the Search engines and people arrive to read it and view my site.

More recently I have began to rethink this. The stats definitely show a lot of hits, but that doesn’t equate to anything. What it does do is create a lot of spam! So much so that I’ve actually turned off comments to the blog. If genuine people want to contact me, then I’m just a click away if needed.

So that’s a little explanation on my lack of posts. I have however been busy with quite a few things that I want to share, so will, I promise, blog about these and share them with you!

Blog Absence

Blog Absence

I realised the other day that I have ben blog absent for quite a while, in fact, since May! That my longest blog absence ever, and it not good.

However, I have done quite a few things in that time and worked on some new ideas and projects, so I’m going to make it priority to getting blogging on these in the next few days and get some new posts out!

New Camo & Spring Bird Photography

New Camo & Spring Bird Photography

In lockdown earlier this year, I spent some time taking photos in the garden. I’d set up some netting and was shooting from underneath it to capture some great photos.

As spring has now arrived, I wanted to try and get a different angle on the birds and set up some ground feeding areas beneath my blossoming apple. Now, to get close I had to rethink my camouflage and decided to start creating my own gear for my lens, camera and eventually tripod.

So having made my first couple of pieces, I started putting it to the test.

Wearing a green fleece, I blended in too. The birds were quite happy to land a few metres in front of my on the lawn.


It wasn’t long before they also started landing in the tree.


I’m not saying my new covers are magic, but they seem to work well enough for the birds to be comfortable with the camera being disguised enough to come down and feed.

I need to finish making the camera cover, then I plan to create a tripod cover.


I think I need to make a ground cushion/kneeling cushion as its quite uncomfortable sitting on the ground for hours.


It will be very similar to the bean bag support I’ve made.

I am hoping to make these to sell them. When I’ve done this I’ll give an update and how you can buy them.

Old Photo Restoration

Old Photo Restoration

I’ve been doing a lot of photo editing recently. Changing and blurring background in Portraits as well as some creative edits. I’ll post some examples soon, however I wanted to talk about old photos.

Everyone has old photos, just sitting in a box. I have, I’m sure you have somewhere. When you look at these photos, they contain great past memories, but they just sit in the box, or out on display fading. A lot of these photos are also showing their age with scratches and marks.

I can help bring these photos back to their original state.

Here is an example of a photo that I have restored.

Contact me for more information on how you can get your photos restored.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 14 – Abstract

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 14 – Abstract

How is everyone getting on the my CV Photo Challenges during lockdown? Please do post them to Social Media using the hashtag below, I enjoy seeing them and reply to every post.

Right, week 14 is… Abstract.

Lets get creative and make some abstract photos, then show me what you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 13 – Toys

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 13 – Toys

This week I’m ahead of the game. I chose a new topic last night. Toys. Then photographed a sample image this morning for you! (If you wanted to know, it took 3 hours to create!)

So raid the attic search your kids toy boxes, build a lego set and get ready for the toy challenge!


Then show me all your creations and toy photos you’ve taken via the challenge tag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 9 – Light

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 9 – Light

Where do the weeks go?… Another week, another challenge.

This time it’s all about light. Show me what you can do with light. Get creative, get inspired, let’s see some interesting ideas on using light in your photos.

You could create some patterns.

Add some flare

Or some colour.

Have fun and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge in any social media platform.

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 8 – Patterns

LOP CV Photo Challenge Wk 8 – Patterns

Week 8! Are we ready!?

This week is going to be about patterns. These can be man or womanmade patterns, or patterns in nature. Let’s see what sort of patterns we can find.

I don’t have any examples except this one, which I happened to take this week during the ‘In the Garden’ challenge. Planned? I don’t think so!

I’m really looking forward to see what patterns can be found, both indoors and outdoor (within the rules of lockdown of course!)

Happy shooting and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge in any social media platform.

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 5 – Macro

LOP CV Photo Challenge Week 5 – Macro

This week I’ve gone for something a little more out of my comfort zone. Macro.

Although I have shoot Macro, I have a Love Hate relationship with it. I find myself getting mixed results, so normally don’t do too much of it.

However, I know you can get great images and very creative ones too!

So, try shooting everyday items that you might use, or raid the kitchen, there are lots of interesting item there!

Hopefully the sunny weather will be back and we can get in the garden,

and start chasing insects again, and getting 100s of blurred photos! But hopefully, get the odd Wow shot too!

Let’s see your creativity and I hope to just improve some of my macro work.

Happy shooting and remember to use the hashtag #lopcvphotochallenge

Past challenges and results can be viewed here.