Oh Joy Oh Bliss, I wonder where the model is? (First published in 2014)
I recently decided that I needed to shoot some pictures for a website with some new models: as if I hadn’t already lost enough hair. Now the internet is a wonderful place as long as you remember that 90% of it is made up by people who have no idea what they are talking about whilst only about 10% is actually useful. (Oh and since you wondered only 4% is porn *). At this point you should be saying ‘How does he know this? Actually I don’t; I just made up the first two statistics based on my personal experience and bias. The third statistic actually comes from a reasonably creditable source and if you follow the * to the bottom of the page you will find a link to where this came from. Continue reading →
Composition This link will open a free downloadable illustrated PDF on composition.
Please note: All images and text are copyright Simon Pocklington. The PDF is free to download but no distribution or reproduction is allowed for commercial gain or via any website run for profit. If in doubt and to avoid a large claim for damages contact the author prior to distribution via the contact page on this site, www.viewfinders.org.uk or www.viewfinders.zenfolio.com
A lot of people feel that they are missing something if they do not know about the technical aspects of photography. They worry what all those f’s and hundredths mean; is there some black art to which they have not been initiated? What you should be worrying about is composition.
When I type on this computer keyboard words appear on the screen. I know very little about the technical process that makes this happen and it has very little effect on the quality of my writing. If this is rubbish it is because I typed rubbish (no comments please). If the computer has enough capacity to do the task, I have the right programs installed and I know which buttons to press, that is all I need to know.
Modern digital cameras have brought photography to the same level. Automatic exposure and focusing systems have freed even professional photographers from a lot of the technical aspects of picture taking; letting us concentrate even more on the picture.
Yes, I know there are times when human intervention into the automatic controls is required – more on that in another post.
The biggest single factor in producing a ‘good’ picture is not technical expertise, it is not even the subject, it is how you place that subject in the picture – the composition.
Composition This link will open a free downloadable illustrated PDF on composition. Please note: All images and text are copyright Simon Pocklington. The PDF is free to download but no distribution or reproduction is allowed for commercial gain or via any website run for profit. If in doubt and to avoid a large claim for damages contact the author prior to distribution via the contact page on this site, www.viewfinders.org.uk or www.viewfinders.zenfolio.com
Why do you take photographs? This is a question of often ask students and occasionally ask myself. It seems a bit of an odd question when first asked but I find that the answer is different for many people and there can be multiple reasons. The answer also effects the techniques you need to learn and more importantly the equipment you might need to buy. Continue reading →
Frost shivers in cold misty air and drips from the trees
The sun peers round heavy grey clouds.
In their homes people lie as if dead; stuffed with turkey and booze.
We walk, my dog and I, through a suspended world.
The bark of distant guns recall memories of the Somme
and Verdun. You could hear the sound in London you know.
But this time it is only Pheasant and Partridge
to the slaughter. And they taste good.
If they’d eaten the dead in war
would the slaughter have been less senseless?
The Owl floats on velvet wings
Drifting over the frosted grass
skirting the naked grey brown spikes
Seeking small furry rustlings in deserted hedgerows
Whilst their comrades die
Two proud cocks are fighting
Hard erect their heads puffed
until one collapses and flies to the next battlefield.
If the Generals had fought like the Pheasants
Would so many men have to die
The Mail Run (Runner Up Let’s Talk Magazine Short Story Competition 2015)
There is a muffled whirring sound like a bee stuck in a glass and the left hand propeller of the American Mitchell bomber jerks a quarter of a turn, stops, and then jerks another quarter. The bomber grunts like a prize fighter before bellowing into life. Continue reading →