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May 10

It’s good to be square

5:4, 6:4, 7:5, 16:9. I’ve tried, I have, but there’s something about 1:1, the square format, that speaks to my heart when it comes to creating images. With its sides of equal length, the dependable square appeals to my sense of order, balance and harmony. Perhaps, as this blog’s title suggests, it’s also a little conventional […]

July 27

In good company

I returned recently from a photography tour to the Li River in China led by Ocean Capture owner, Jonathan Chritchley, but if I’d listen to the comments of another photographer, I might never have gone. With specialist photography holidays more popular than ever, it pays to choose not by destination but by photographer.

May 08

The Artful Dodger

Effective dodging and burning – the terms used to describe the technique of adjusting the exposure of selective areas of an image to either lighten (dodge) them or darken (burn) them – can make the different between creating a good image and a great image.

April 21

Cloud painting

Do you know Luke Howard’s contribution to science? I confess, I hadn’t heard of him until recently. He was the man who, in 1802, devised the naming convention for clouds that we still use today: cirrus, cumulus and stratus, as well as their subtypes – cirrocumulus, cirrostratus, stratocumulus and cumulo-cirro-stratus (or nimbus) (three more have […]

April 06

Making not taking

“Can you take a photo of me?” So often than not, we refer to photography as the act of ‘taking’, a simple process of pointing a lens and pressing a button, of turning up and capturing the scene that presents itself. But how many shots are there ‘for the taking’?

February 22

Doing togs a disservice?

“Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gismos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.” (Peter Adams)

February 20

6 things I’ve learnt

As I unwrapped my new Gitzo tripod, it occurred to me that in the 3 years since I took up photography, I’ve replaced every single piece of my original kit: camera body, lenses, filter system, tripod head and tripod. So it seemed a good time to reflect on a few of the things I’ve learnt during those 3 years.