Capturing the action
Precise timing has caught the exact moment when this beach tumbler's fingers have touch the sand. It's a photographer's skill that does not need 'continuous' shooting mode

Capturing the action

There’s more to capturing the action than simply freezing the movement by using a fast shutter speed and shooting at 10 frames per second. Philip Dunn explains that good action photography starts with anticipation and an understanding of your subject. It is far more important to capture the right moment than freeze the wrong one No motor-drives, or multiple-shooting modes were used when capturing the action in the picture above. It was taken on a basic Nikon F2 many years ago in the West Indies. I captured the action simply by pressing the shutter at…

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Photographing craftsmen and women
William was keen to show me the sailmaker’s palm used by his grandfather and still in use today. This was the ideal opportunity to take a close-up of his strong-work-calloused hands. I preferred this in black and white. Photography by Philip Dunn

Photographing craftsmen and women

Photographing craftsmen and women is, for me, always a joy. Call them artisans, makers, or skilled workers, these are the capable people who can create things with their hands. Practical, dexterous and accomplished, they are almost always worth photographing, and they often work in photogenic places. The sailmaker Everything about the sailmaker’s loft was purpose-built to inspire a photographer. That included William Leitch himself. He is the sailmaker and owner. A big, gentle, bear of a man with a great bushy beard and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. William is the third generation of…

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Nervous of photographing people in the street
The chap didn'r see me photographing him groping about in the water, but when he grabbed a fish in his bare hands, spotted the camera and showed off his catch with a great big smile on his face

Nervous of photographing people in the street

Too nervous for Street Photography? Are you nervous of photographing people in the street? Frightened they may see you pointing a camera at them? Just what's the first thing to do if your subject spots you taking that candid shot? It's easier than you think Here, Philip Dunn offers advice from his long experience covering Travel and Street Photography for The Sunday Times and other major newspapers and magazines. Many photographers share this dread of being caught red-handed taking a candid picture; they feel embarrassed, exposed and vulnerable. Positively the first thing to do is…

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NEW Street Photography Workshop date
A fun candid shot of a butcher chatting on the phone in Shrewsbury's wonderful indoor market hall. It was taken during one of our Street Photography Workshops. Photograph by Philip Dunn.

NEW Street Photography Workshop date

Here's a NEW date for the next Photography Workshop with Philip Dunn Street Photography Workshops in Shrewsbury  - the next workshop will be on Saturday 26th January 2019. From 9.30am to 12.30am. So something special to look forward to in the New Year. New approach to your photography The tricks and photo techniques you learn on these workshops could be the starting point of a whole new way of approaching your photography. Street Photography has been the mainstay of my career since I left The Daily Express way back in 1986 and turned my back…

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Hand-held flash – a student’s question
Irene's shot of Venice. It's a great attempt, but Irene's has not quite pulled it off - just a bit too dark. Why?....

Hand-held flash – a student’s question

Hand-held flash - get the balance right with available light I was taking about hand-held flash in my previous post. A long-time student of mine, Irene Dunton, commented that on her recent trip to Venice she had tried the technique of using a time exposure with flash. Her results proved a little disappointing, so she asked me what went wrong. 20 second exposure and flash Irene wrote: "I had a bash at this technique just last week in Venice. I did a long exposure of San Georgio Maggiore (20 secs) and towards the end fired…

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