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VE Day Remembered: I Witness, 20 Years On

VE Day Remembered: I Witness, 20 Years On

Len Heath – British Expeditionary Force 1939-40, D-Day Veteran This week sees the VE Day 75th anniversary and celebrations are planned to mark the end of fighting in Europe (the war continued in the Pacific for another 3 months). This has led me to look again about a project that undertook 20 years ago, exhibited ...

Photography in Lockdown: Photographing Birds

Photography in Lockdown: Photographing Birds

Like many a frustrated photographer I have been looking for ways to exercise my creative urges whilst observing the very important guidelines to stay at home and maintain social distancing. In my previous post ‘Photography In Lockdown: Motivations & Limitations’ I suggested that one possible outlet might be to attempt photographing the birds that  come ...

Photography in Lockdown:  Motivations & Limitations

Photography in Lockdown: Motivations & Limitations

What extraordinary times we find ourselves in. The the threat from the global covid-19 pandemic is a serious concern for all of us and it doesn’t look like the ‘lockdown’ is going to be lifted for some time. The photography business like many areas of the economy is effectively on on indefinite hold and teaching ...

(Leica) M is for Motorsport

(Leica) M is for Motorsport

However desirable and functional the Leica M might be, it is perhaps not the first choice of camera for a motorsport assignment. As both an avid M shooter and a devotee of motorsport, especially classic/historic events, I thought I might offer some insight into my experiences of shooting with an M at the track, and ...

Working with Starburst Arts

Working with Starburst Arts

I recently completed a series of workshops for ‘Starburst Arts’, a group of artists with learning difficulties based at the Wrenford Centre in Chichester. This was the second workshop series that I have hosted for the group, the first was over the summer of 2016 in which we explored a number of experimental photographic techniques. ...

Sarah – Artificial Insemination Technician

Sarah – Artificial Insemination Technician

Sarah is an artificial insemination technician. An unlikely profession perhaps for someone living in the suburbs of a large costal city, which might make you wonder how this came to be. First off, this is not Sarah’s only link with agriculture. In fact she has extensive experience of working with dairy cattle having  spent many ...

Less is More – Leica M & Leica Q

Less is More – Leica M & Leica Q

Leica is not like other brands. Most manufacturers boast about the sophistication of their technology and the latest features that help you take pictures with greater proficiency. Bragging rights come from more autofocus points, the number of frames per second, the sophistication of the in-camera processing. Not Leica. Here the emphasis is on simplicity and ...

Assessing Auto ISO

Assessing Auto ISO

Whenever asked about Auto ISO I have always dismissed it out of hand. My stock response has invariably been “I never use it”, but more recently I have noticed that many photographers do, often as a default setting.  This seems especially true of documentary and ‘street’ photographers and I have been wondering why.  This has ...

How to Buy a Camera

How to Buy a Camera

This time of year (January/February) often sees the launch of new products from the leading  brands and 2016 is no exception. We have already seen models released by Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Fuji and Leica offering ever more sophisticated features and improvements in technology, tempting us into thinking that somehow our existing cameras, which at the ...

Soth and Cameron at the Science Museum

Soth and Cameron at the Science Museum

Earlier this month I visited the Science Museum, London, primarily to see the Alec Soth (pronounced as in ‘both’, I believe) exhibition, ‘Gathered Leaves’. This is the award winning American photographer’s first major UK show and brings together a decade of work covering four projects. The exhibition opens with ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’, a series ...

Keystrokes: Work Faster, Work Smarter

Keystrokes: Work Faster, Work Smarter

A few years back I read  (I cannot recall where)  that one of the most effective ways to get more speed out of your computer was to learn to type.  Sound advice which in spite of my best intentions I have yet to follow with any real resolve and my typing speed remains fairly unimpressive ...

The Case for Adobe Creative Cloud

The Case for Adobe Creative Cloud

  Traditionally, the way I would acquire my software was to purchase it outright, usually as shiny disc in a big box, as a tangible, quantifiable product. This is certainly the way I prefer to shop in general, by which I mean buy something and have it – no strings attached. ...

‘The Salt of The Earth’

‘The Salt of The Earth’

In April 2013 I took the opportunity to see Sebastiao Salgado’s project ‘Genesis’, at the Natural History Museum, London. Already familiar with some of his earlier work such as the famous images of famine in Ethiopia, and his series on ‘The Other Americans’, the Genesis project was intriguing as Salgado was not previously noted for ...

And I Quote…

And I Quote…

Back in November I found myself at Tate Britain, looking at the work of the soon to be Turner Prize winning artist Duncan Campbell. This work was introduced by a reference to the philosopher and playwright Samuel Beckett and I was particularly struck by the quote “To find a form that accommodates the mess….” ...

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 1: Introduction

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 1: Introduction

3D imaging has made a bit of a splash in recent years through high definition cinema such as the IMAX system and through the development of 3D TV. It may surprise you to learn that this is by no means a new phenomena and whilst recent technological innovations have improved the convenience and quality of ...

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 2: Shooting for 3D

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 2: Shooting for 3D

Although as discussed in part 1 there are a number of different ways of generating a 3D simulation, they all require the same source image material. Consequently we can shoot for 3D in the same way regardless of our chosen realisation method. Essentially we need two images, one to to represent the viewpoint of the ...

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 3: Stereographs

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 3: Stereographs

The concept behind a stereograph is not complex, it is simply a matter of creating two images to represent left and right eye viewpoints (as described in part 2), placing them adjacent to one another and then viewing them up close, preferably with a dedicated viewing device, so that each eye sees only one image; ...

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 4: Anaglyphs

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 4: Anaglyphs

Whilst the principle behind the anaglyph is perhaps more complex and challenging than that of the stereograph, the procedure required to make one is much quicker and surprisingly simple. Before we get to that stage however, we need to obtain some special 3D anaglyph glasses, or better still, make some. ...

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 5: ‘Wobble Gifs’

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Photography – Part 5: ‘Wobble Gifs’

The third technique involves the creation of a looping gif animation which is in effect oscillating between the two images (left and right) rapidly. This will give an impression of looking into a 3D space, although arguably it is not as pronounced as the previous methods. ...

Musicians as Photographers –  Two Exhibitions At Somerset House

Musicians as Photographers – Two Exhibitions At Somerset House

On a recent trip to London, I took the opportunity to visit Somerset House and take in a couple of exhibitions, both of which featured work by artists better known (to me at least) as musicians than as photographers. The shows in question present the work of Chris Stein, founder member of the punk band ‘Blondie’, and ...

To Tape or Not to Tape, That is the Question…

To Tape or Not to Tape, That is the Question…

You may have noticed that some photographers ‘tape’ their cameras. Odd that. Why, having spent often a considerable quantity of your hard earned on a lovely new DSLR, why would you then stick scrappy little bits of black tape all over it? There must be a reason; I have some theories to offer… ...

Vive la Résolution!

Vive la Résolution!

There is a commonly held misconception concerning image resolution that I frequently encounter. By way of example, for a recently advertised student photographic competition, entrants were requested to submit files at no less than ‘300 dpi’. This is a fallacy and suggests to me a certain lack of understanding of resolution on the part of the ...

And Now, In Colour…

And Now, In Colour…

For the much of my career I have exercised a marked preference for working in monochrome, certainly for non commercial ‘independent’ work. There have been a number of reasons for this, including expense and convenience of workflow, but I believe the primary factor to be that of control. Colour film I found to be restrictive, transparencies ...

Film? What’s that all about?

Film? What’s that all about?

Without doubt film photography is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at present, and this might seem a little odd given that shooting and processing film is both more expensive and less convenient than working digitally. Now let’s be clear,  this is not another article speculating as to which technology is ‘better’, film or digital. I ...

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