Shropshire One-to-One Photography
Landscape Photography in the Shropshire Hills. Brian Pierce on his Shropshire one-to-one photography course. The weather closed in soon after this picture was taken - but not before we had managed to get some good photographs of this wonderful scenery

Shropshire One-to-One Photography

It's been a busy time with the Shropshire one-to-one photography courses this last few weeks, and I've certainly had to cover a wide range of interests and needs from the photographers On my Shropshire One-to-One photography courses I seem to have entertained just about everyone. From keen landscape photographers to students who wanted to get to grips with the mysteries of Street Photography. There have even been several photographers who preferred not to go out taking pictures at all - what they really wanted was to sit and talk about camera techniques and how to…

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One-to-one photography course in Ludlow

One-to-one photography course in Ludlow I had a most enjoyable one-to-one photography course in Ludlow the other day. But then, it's always great to work with a real photography enthusiast who is keen and eager to learn. My student for the day, Amanda, lives in Shropshire, so she did not have far to travel. She took up photography seriously just six months ago when she bought her Canon 760D and a couple of very nice Sigma lenses. I realised very quickly that Amanda is not a lady to do things by halves. She came with…

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First Photography Workshops in Shrewsbury
The joys of Street Photography in Shrewsbury. My student Joe Banin shows his picture to his willing subject during our morning photography session

First Photography Workshops in Shrewsbury

A great start for the first Photography Workshops in Shrewsbury What a great day we had for the first Photography Workshops in Shrewsbury. The sun shone for our Street Photography session, so there were lots of people about to photograph. Even the threatened rain failed to arrive for our Mixed Light Photography Workshop in the evening.   The people of Shrewsbury exceded all my expectations. Yes, I knew Shrewsbury was a friendly town, but this really has to be the most welcoming place in England. People were actually stopping us in the street and suggesting…

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Night Photography in Shrewsbury
Mixed light photograph of the English Bridge in Shrewsbury. A 5 sec exposure has given a pleasant silky look to the flowing water of The River Severn

Night Photography in Shrewsbury

Night Photography Shrewsbury I've been meaning to do some night photography in Shrewsbury for weeks, and last night I got my chance. I had nothing special in mind, just a gentle stroll around the town with my camera and tripod. My aim was to enjoy myself. Which camera? I took my trusty little Fuji X-Pro 1 rangefinder camera and my folding Gitzo Traveller tripod. Not forgetting an old-fashioned cable release. That's because, sensibly, the shutter button on the X-Pro 1 has a real screw fitting on top. So no remotes needing batteries, no electronics to…

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Press Photography Career
Ron Burton's classic press photograph of the Red Arrows. This picture had a profound influence of my press photography career

Press Photography Career

Press photography career There can be no doubt that pictures can our change lives. One photograph in particular certainly had a profound effect on me and my press photographer career. When I first saw this picture, by Fleet Street photographer Ron Burton, it cemented my determination to work one day for a national daily newspaper. I was going to go to Fleet Street myself.   World’s first modern-day selfie? Ron's great image also just happened to be one of the world's first selfies. When I looked at a newspaper, it was rarely the newspaper articles…

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Street Photography Techniques
Naval officer in cape, Riva, Ca Di Dio, Venice, Italy

Street Photography Techniques

Street Photography techniques Let's take a look at two very different Street Photography techniques needed for capturing great photographs in the street. One of these methods involves a degree of premeditation and planning. The other technique puts to use the most basic requirements for any street photographer - awareness and quick responses. Both the photographs below were taken in Venice during one of the photography holidays I organised there until quite recently. Each situation required a very different approach in photo technique. I reckon Venice is among the best places in the world for a…

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Street Photography – myth and fact
Pure Street Photography - there was no contact with the subjects in this Venice street. If the children knew I was there, they ignored me - I was just another tourist with a camera. The success of this type of photograph depends entirely on the photographer's positioning, framing and timing

Street Photography – myth and fact

Street Photography - myth and fact How do we unravel all this Street Photography myth and fact? Well, for a start, my personal definition of Street Photography is a very loose one. Beach, market place, pub, back yard, farmyard or open street, it's all the same to me. The fact is that If I can find visually interesting people to photograph, I'm quite content. What is common to my street photography is a lack of pre-arrangement. So it follows that in almost all cases, I have never met my subjects previously. Therefore, each photograph is…

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Good Picture Composition – improve your image framing
Picture B By raising the camera position a little and pointing the lens angle down slightly, the telegraph pole has gone, and so has that distracting sky

Good Picture Composition – improve your image framing

Good Picture Composition – improve your image framing If you want to improve your image framing there are some very simple steps you can take. The first step is to bear in mind that even small adjustments in the positioning of your camera can have a dramatic effect on the framing of your photographs. Camera angle and position The slightest re-positioning of your camera, up, down, to the left or right, forward or back can improve instantly your image framing. Consequently, it can make a tremendous difference to good picture composition and the atmosphere of…

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Good Picture Composition
PICTURE A Where does your eye go when you first look at this picture? There are clear triangle within this composition

Good Picture Composition

HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE YOUR PICTURE COMPOSITION? How to achieve good picture composition – the first thing to realise is that good picture composition does not have to be confined to landscape photography. All pictures, whether they are photographs of people in the street, animals, portraits or still-life, will have the power to attract your viewer’s eye – and hold it within the picture - if the composition is based on sound principles. So how do you improve picture composition? Answers vary according to the subject. For this reason, hard rules, despite what some photographers…

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Street Photography 1
One of Philip Dunn's earliest street photography images. A dirty, barefoot boy eats a biscuit while standing on the doorstep of his home with his mongrel dog. This picture was taken in the north of England in the 1970s with an Pentax camera - using film, of course

Street Photography 1

COULD YOU BE A STREET PHOTOGRAPHER? Could you master the art of street photography? Or are you self-conscious about pointing your camera at strangers? Nervous about carrying your gear around in public? Philip Dunn offers guidance on how to relax while taking pictures and build your confidence to become an effective street photographer. The most easily accessible location for photography is right outside your own front door – in the street if you happen to live in town. Out there people are coming and going about there daily lives, and the houses, buildings and surroundings…

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