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A Photographer’s Pet Peeve

I ought to precede this piece with the disclaimer that it is meant as “photographer humour” and must be taken as tongue-in-cheek. That said, my tongue is so furiously pressed against the inside of my cheek I’ve developed ulcers.

You see, it’s usually an innocuous comment from a well-meaning aunt or relative. Well, I say well-meaning, but there’s a sense in which the innocence in her comments is merely a thin veil to cover something more barbed. From whichever source and whatever the motive, upon enjoying a photograph you have created a comment comes in one of two forms; the first is a dagger straight to the face: “You must have a good camera!” The second is a fluffier alternative; like a purring cat waiting for you to tickle her belly so she can promptly remove your eyes: “Which camera do you use?”

Why is this a pet peeve of us photographers, both hobbyist and professional alike? Well, the story can have a plethora of beginnings, but allow me to tell the more obvious three of which I have direct experience… [Continue reading on Fstoppers]

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Eight Portrait Photography Rules You Should Try Breaking

There are two characters that sit atop adjacent shoulders either side of my head and squabble over portraiture. One takes the form of my Gran and she sits there quietly knitting and ensuring me that rules are there for a reason and without them there would be chaos; she’s the voice of tranquillity, reason and over-feeding. Then, annexed on my opposite shoulder is James Dean wearing a leather jacket. He mocks my conformity assuredly and between drags of a cigar, James states that “what is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly” and “rules are there to be broken.”

Well, sorry Gran, but anarchy sometimes prevails and I’m going to have to side with James on this one. I will take that cup of tea when you’re ready though…

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Seven Things About Being a Photographer I Wish I’d Known Earlier

The real kicker about knowledge is that most of the time, you don’t know what you don’t know. You run around, casting a net and trying to catch information, but often, you miss important stuff — sometimes, more than once. I cast my net all over the shop when I started photography; I watched videos, read articles, listened to lectures, watched documentaries, practiced daily, and took feedback as if divinely delivered. Nevertheless, my net caught some information later than I’d have liked. Here are seven things about being a photographer I wish I’d known earlier…[Continue Reading on Fstoppers]

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Interview: Dani Diamond (Photographer)

Mirrors, Pits and Models

It appears as if some people, when location hunting, don’t share the same sort of limitations that most of us do. When you see a chalk pit, they see an open top studio waiting to be built.

Stefan Schlumpf in this video for Phase One hoists huge mirrors, studio lighting and a small army of stylists, MUAs, hairdressers and assistants in to a pit one hundred feet deep if not more. Well, they do say you need to stand out in this industry…

A Late Letter of Light Lamentation