Category Archives: How to

A collection of posts on How to do something or How I do or did something.

How to plan a public transport trip in Phuket

People often ask me how the public transport works in Phuket and why the buses drive so slowly. It’s not always easy to explain but I think this true story as told to me and recounted, almost verbatim, should give anyone a fairly good insight. It’s a lovely story and I can vouch for its authenticity. Continue reading How to plan a public transport trip in Phuket

How to teach a bird to fly!!!

It seems inconceivable that a mere earthbound creature can teach a budding aeronautical genius to fly. But that is one of the tasks allotted to me following a chance encounter with a stranded fledgling Common Myna bird.

A shoulder to cry on

Storm damage

In our need to protect ourselves from the damage storms can inflict it is easy to overlook the plight of helpless wildlife that lives with us in our daily lives. Trees provide refuge and homes for many creatures and like our own homes they are subjected to the ravages of wind and rain which can tear them limb from limb. This is, of course, all a part of the natural world and unless you accidentally come across a stranded creature, as I did, you will likely be unaware of the loss of wildlife in a big storm. Continue reading How to teach a bird to fly!!!

How to live life one day at a time.

I have been experiencing a little too much stress recently and so I wrote some notes to remind myself that while I have long been a proponent of mindfulness I have never found it easy to achieve. So once again it was time for me to put my money where my mouth is.

I then thought that maybe I should share my, far from comprehensive, notes and thoughts on the subject and write a short blog post.

So here goes.

Continue reading How to live life one day at a time.

Difficulty upgrading to Lightroom 6 in SE Asia? – Try this.

Lightroom 6 – SE Asia

Adobe’s launch of the latest version of Lightroom seems to be causing problems for many users of the software around the world. In particular for those of us amateur photographers who do not want to be part of ‘Creative Cloud’ but prefer to buy software outright rather than tying ourselves into a subscription plan.

So for those of you who live in South East Asia, like I do, and are struggling to UPGRADE from older versions of Adobe Lightroom to the new Lightroom 6 then here’s a solution I found from, fellow Englishman, John Beardsworth whose blog – Lightroom Solutions – is very helpful.

John searched Adobe.com for Thailand and got to their SE Asia page covering Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It looks as though a few countries like Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar are excluded and I have no information there I’m afraid.

Anyway, believe it or not, if you are careful following the instructions you will be able to pay for and download the UPGRADE immediately from (Digital River Ireland Ltd. 98 Boulevard Du Prince, L-1724 Luxembourg) via the link.

It cost me THB2326.

Here’s my simple no frills walk you through the process guide.

  • Go to – Adobe Store South East Asia 
  • Select your currency in the red box (right hand side)
  • Go to bottom of Page 1 – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 – Click on BUY
  • At the top of the next page – Software Quick Links – Select from drop box ‘Adobe Lightroom 6 upgrade’
  • Choose your options – Select – Version – Platform – Language
  • Make sure Qty is 1 and ADD TO CART
  • Check the details in the Cart are correct and go to CHECKOUT
  • Sign in with your Adobe ID and follow the payment instructions.

The rest should be straightforward. If you have a problem check John’s post or contact me and I will see if I can help.

How to paint beautiful wall-art with your camera

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

The fascinating technique of ICM or blurring images in camera before post processing is gradually becoming an accepted genre of photography. It is practised by a few very accomplished professionals such as Michael Orton, Chris Friel and Doug Chinnery.

One of the most exciting aspects of the process is that it is in its infancy and therefore the possibilities haven’t yet been fully explored. Nature provides the canvas in the form of the landscape and you provide the brush, in the form of a camera, as an extension of yourself and your imagination.

Another very encouraging aspect, for the inexperienced photographer, is that the playing field at this juncture is still pretty level. By that I mean that for professional and experienced amateur photographers who are trying it out it is also a learning curve. As we all experiment nobody really knows yet where it will lead and how it may be applied in the future. Continue reading How to paint beautiful wall-art with your camera