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How To: Outside light

Kristina asked if I would write a blog post on my technique for achieving the glowing outdoor window light in the photo from my last blog post. So here it is.

Missed Opportunities

I wrote a while back on how it’s a good idea to wait a while before deciding on your final image from a shoot. You’d think I’d take my own advice occasionally. I thought I’d take a LEGO photo for Valentine’s day this year; it’s always a good excuse as I’m a sucker for Stormtroopers …

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Idea Debt

Last week I read a wonderful post by Jessica Abel about a concept called “Idea Debt”. It resonated with me because it’s something that I am very much guilty of doing, and I have a feeling it gets worse the more I learn about photography.

Describability

I was thinking the other day about how a lot of the photos I like can be described in only a few words. To take a few examples from hearing my own work described: “The men on the girder” (Lunch Atop a Skyscraper), “Stormtrooper looking out of a window” (Autumnal), “Vader and fire” (Inferno). I …

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Design in Photography

I haven’t taken many photographs over the Christmas period, instead I’ve taken Shelly’s suggestion and started looking into Lynda.com training videos. It’s a path I can highly recommend. I haven’t been watching the tutorials you might expect, I’ve not watched many of the photography videos at all. Training videos that focus on photographic composition and …

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The Night Before

’Twas the night before Christmas, the shopping complete, gifts under the tree looking shiny and neat. But the presents were not what the children desired, for the parents had plans for the gifts they’d acquired.

New Book Arrivals

Our postman is always busy this time of year; letters, cards and parcel deliveries arrive frequently. Most of these are presents for friends and family mind you, I don’t want you to get the impression that I receive an avalanche of Christmas gifts from a huge network of super-generous friends. No, it’s mostly stuff I …

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Music

Shelly’s post on “The Trouble With Chima” last week got me thinking about the relationship between the photographer and the viewer of a photograph, and how messages and stories are passed between the two. Something clicked in my brain this morning: isn’t this a problem that songwriters have to solve every day?

Waiting

It’s never been easier to share photographs. The time from pressing the shutter to ending up on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter can be seconds, this power brought to our fingertips by the progress of technology. As you can probably guess, I’m going to argue that this isn’t always a good thing.

Storytelling

We like to throw around the idea that we’re “telling stories” with our toy photographs, at least that’s what I’ve been telling people when they ask why I take photographs. However, analysing that statement critically, it doesn’t really make sense.

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