Black and White or Colour?
Venice 2013

Black and White or Colour?

So which is best? Monochrome or colour? And can you simply desaturate a colour image to produce a wonderful black and white picture? When I spotted this woman in the streets of Venice, I knew the picture had to be in black and white. It would never work properly in colour. The child's brightly-coloured hat and trousers pulled the eye right away from the main subject. Photograph by Philip Dunn Well, as a photographer who served an apprenticeship on local newspapers when glass plate cameras were the norm, I have a deep affection for black…

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Photography Tuition

It's been a busy time for me with lots of one-to-one photography tuition, and last week I did an Evening Photography Walk in the beautiful old town of Ludlow. A gentle form of photography tuition Six photographers on a Photography Walk in Ludlow, Shropshire. Photograph by Philip Dunn I take only six photographers on the photography walks and they are almost always over-subscribed, which is a great compliment. Certainly, judging by the number of repeat bookings and the responses I get, all the photographers seem to enjoy this gentle and enjoyable form of photography tuition.…

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Photographing older people

Photographing older people can be a joy for many reasons. To start with, a lived-in face is usually more interesting than that of a callow youth. Also, older people are usually more generous with their time. So here are some tips of photographing older people.   I life story in every portrait It’s said that a person has the face he deserves by the age of forty. Maybe these days sixty would be more appropriate. Certainly as far as photography is concerned, the older a person gets the more of their life story will be…

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ISO Settings

With shooting modes, apertures, ISO settings, shutter speeds and white balance, it's not surprising novice photographers get confused - even before they point the camera. So what's the first thing to set on your camera before you go out and take pictures? Which camera setting to set first? I teach a great many novice photographers. Without exception they all get confused by the sheer number of settings on their camera. Nearly all ask the same question - which should I set first? The Aperture or the Shutter Speed? ISO settings Well, before you set either of…

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Photographing in fog
photographing in fog - colour saturation and shadows are drastically reduced

Photographing in fog

Foggy conditions can tranform almost any setting into a beautiful, mysterious or ominous scene. Photographing in fog can be hugely rewarding if you get it just right. However, there are some adjustments needed to your photo technique if your finished pictures are to capture what you actually saw with your own eyes.   Why is photographing in fog so difficult? On a foggy day, the air fills with tiny water particles. These scatter and redirect the light rays. This means that there are no hard shadows and the light appears flat. Subjects lose the '3D'…

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10% Discount on Photography Courses
Regular students can learn the art of street photography with Philip Dunn AND get a 10% loyalty discount

10% Discount on Photography Courses

Thank you to all those regular photography students Here a great start to the New Year. I'm offering a 10% discount on photography courses and tuition if you have been on any of my one-to-one photography courses, photography workshops or holidays before. This offer is open until the end of February 2019. It applies to all students who have been to me before and is available on any of the tuition I offer. This is my way of saying thank you and rewarding some of the thousands of loyal photographers who have been to me…

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Photographing sunsets
Even a poor Balinese fisherman gathering supper for his family will stop to appreciate the beauty of a sunset over the sea. Don’t be afraid to point your camera straight into the light in these situations. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Photograph by Philip Dunn

Photographing sunsets

There’s more to photographing sunsets than just capturing the colour. Philip Dunn reveals how you can inject more visual appeal, drama and romance into your sunset pictures.   Composition and good camera craft Sunsets have always attracted photographers and artists, and so they should. But there’s more to capturing a photograph that demands attention than just pointing a camera at a colourful sky. It is unlikely that you will need to improve on the colour of a really good sunset, either with filters or in Photoshop. However, if you want to capture the romance and…

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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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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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