Why Limitations Are Essential to Creativity

It’s probably taken me far too long to have this epiphany, but it has finally happened. In photography, and to be truthful in many aspects of life, less is not just more but all. The limitations of having less mean you have to be more imaginative if you want to

In Praise of Hyperion Camera Straps

Street photography requires minimal, discreet equipment which is not too flashy and certainly not noticeable. For this reason I tend not to go with the manufacturers own camera strap as I don’t like the fact that they come emblazoned with their branding and can be quite long and wide. I

Street Photography 101: Always review your images

Street photography requires a great deal of patience and resilience. You can easily spend a whole day tramping the streets and come back home with precisely nothing, zero, zilch – no ‘keeper’ images whatsoever. It’s one of the downsides of the genre and something you’ll have to get used to

Images to be Grateful For

Following on from my previous post extolling the virtues of ordinary photographs here are a few recent images from some ramblings near where I sometimes reside in Devon, England. Myself and my wife frequently take long walks along parts of the beautiful South Devon Coastal Footpath with its small, inaccessible

In Praise of Ordinary Photographs

As the world seemingly stumbles from one existential crisis to another I believe we need photography, and photographers, more than ever. Not just to record the chaos, the destruction and the fighting back against the calamities we seem to be inflicting on ourselves but also as a reminder that there

Birmingham Graffiti 2022

It’s been quite some time since I have taken a walk around Digbeth in Birmingham to photograph its thriving and ever changing street art scene. For those not in the know, Digbeth is a short walk from Birmingham Moor Street Station and styles itself as the “creative quarter” of the

Street Photography 101: Dealing with the one that got away

Street photography is often a game of waiting. You find somewhere or something that looks promising but instinctively know it is missing some element. Maybe a person or a vehicle needs to enter the frame or maybe it’s the light that is not quite right. Whichever it is you know

Looking Ahead to 2022

For my final blog entry of 2021 I thought I’d reflect on a few posts from my blog from the past 9 years. More philosophical posts than gear related on how you can love your photography in 2022. Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept – Our obsession with ever higher resolution

21 for ’21

Rather than doing a traditional year end review I thought that this year I would highlight 21 of my favourite things from 2021. Books I have discovered, YouTubers I’ve come to love, other photographers as well as a few of my own images. Here goes… ONE Camera Having decided this

Lightroom and Photoshop – Creating a Portrait Composite

Inspired by this image by Australian photographer Forough Yavari which won the 2021 International Portrait Photographer of the year award I thought I would have a go at creating my own version based on this concept. Here is the final image… …and here’s how I created it using Lightroom and

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