Category: learning

Broadsands, Devon, 2021

Street Photography 101: Be a fisherman

I’ve never really seen the point of fishing as a hobby. It seems to involve lots of standing around waiting, often in ‘variable’ weather conditions (i.e. p***ing down with rain) and with the only reward at the end of the day a story about ‘the one that got away’. Never

Babbacombe, Devon,2021

Street Photography 101: What’s in a name?

Should you add a name or title to your photograph or should you leave it to the viewer to interpret what your image is about and come to their own conclusions? I’ve always had a bit of a haphazard approach to naming my images. Sometimes I do it; most times

Birmingham, England, 2021

Street Photography 101: Use the right gear

How can I write a post about what the ‘right’ gear is for street photography when there is obviously so much gear out there that it is impossible to have used anything but a fraction of it (unless you’re Ken Rockwell that is)? The short answer is, I can’t, and

Birmingham, England, 2021

Street Photography 101: Preset your camera

When you are walking the streets, all the while looking for an image making opportunity, the last thing you want to do is have to fiddle around setting exposure, focus, ISO etc when the image of a lifetime unfolds before you! For this reason, I always make sure I have

X-100T XF23mm 1/125 @ f4.5

Street Photography 101: Always have a camera with you

In his book Think Like a Street Photographer Matt Stuart makes this observation: “If you don’t have a camera on you at all times, you’re not really a photographer; you’re just someone who saw some stuff and told people about what you saw.“ Think Like a Street Photographer – Matt

Dorridge, England, 2021

Street Photography 101: Use juxtaposition

I am relatively new to street photography by which I mean, I have been ‘dabbling’ for a few years but never really taken it seriously. Indeed, as I’ve written before, I never really saw the point of it. Recently however, I’ve begun to change my mind about street photography. Having

Five Contemporary Women Photographers

Today is International Women’s Day and therefore a good day to highlight five contemporary women photographers whose work I love and to follow. Click on their name to go straight to their website. Kristine Varaksina I discovered Kristine just yesterday from the talk she gave at The Photography Show Spring

Creating a Triptych in Photoshop

Traditionally a triptych was a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures or carvings. Nowadays a triptych refers to a set of three images, often related in some way (as in variations on a theme or different views of the same subject). There are numerous ways of creating

Home Shoot with Elinchrom Deep Umbrella

Setting up a makeshift ‘studio’ when visiting clients can be problematic. You never know how much space you’re going to get, what the ambient light will be or how much gear you should take to cover all eventualities. For portrait shoots I think I have settled on the ideal combination

What I Learnt from Ansel Adams

Not, unfortunately, from seeing and hearing the great American landscape photographer personally but from his autobiography published just a few years before his death in 1984.  The book, as well as being a an enjoyable and captivating story of the life of a working photographer at the start of the

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