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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.

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.

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…

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’?

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)

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.

Venice unmasked

I returned from my annual pilgrimage to Venice on 18 January. With Easter falling early this year, it felt as if I was getting out in the nick of time, since the municipality was starting to erect staging in the Piazza San Marco ready for Carnevale.

Irish spuds and sour grapes

What do Brooklyn Beckham and a photograph of a potato have in common? They confirm, if we didn’t know it by now, that people buy photographers as much as they buy photographs.

Mind the gap

An exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery started me thinking about why women are so under-represented in the arts, and why it should matter to men as well as women.

Power to the people

If it was legal, the power stations of the Trent valley make interesting studies for the long exposure photographer”. I was taken aback to read this comment made a few years ago by a highly-respected landscape photographer.*