Beginners guide to photography composition

Beginners Guide to Photography Composition

Photo Techniques, Photography

Photography composition effects our reaction to the mages we see daily. It is not a complicated process that needs to be learnt by rote. To improve the composition of your photographs you merely need to be aware of compositional elements.

Erotica: Not nude?

Photography, Thinking About Photography

The Beauty of the Erotic in a Facebook World

Erotica but not nude? A seductively clothed model can be much more erotically attractive than the completely naked figure. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to combine the erotic with the aesthetic.

Why do you take photographs?

Articles, Photography, Thinking About Photography
Take better photos to sell

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 can be surprising and for many people there can be multiple reasons.  Why you take photographs or what you want to photograph effects the techniques you need to learn and the equipment you might need to buy.

The Nude in Photography

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What is real and what is fake? Are models just seen as shop dummies? Black and white nude from film original

The nude female form elicits a number of, sometimes conflicting, potential responses from the viewer of an artwork. It can be seen as the depiction of a human being as a sex object, an anonymous manifestation of beauty or the nudity can be used to foreground aspects or themes within the picture. The most common criticism levelled at photography is that it simply imitates another art form.

Composing Photos That Sell

Articles, Photo Techniques, Photography, Writing and Photography

Where do I want to sell my pictures?

Always a sensible question to ask yourself when taking a photograph. Composing photos that sell is not always easy. Photographic Composition covers the basics but this article looks at composing for specific uses and markets.

Wing Walker

Writing Illustrated Articles

Articles, Photo Techniques, Photography, Writing and Photography

Grab your reader’s attention

How many times have you sat in the dentist’s waiting room, opened a magazine, read the first paragraph of an article and flicked over to the next page? Now think about the times that first paragraph or maybe the heading photograph caught your attention and you carried on reading. When writing illustrated articles you have seconds to grab your readers attention. Here’s how.

Is My Camera Any Good?

Articles, Photo Techniques, Photography, Photography, Tuition
Black & white nude with camera. Art print from digital original.

What lens have you got on that?

I hate talking about gear when I am using it. As a long suffering wedding photographer I used to dread the approach of the serious looking old gentleman with a scuffed brown leather cased, 50’s vintage, camera round his neck. Usually he had just been fiddling with for at least ten minutes to take one photograph of his rather overweight, and definitely bored, wife in her best hat. I knew the inevitable question was coming.
‘What sort of lens have you got on that?’

‘That’ was usually a 6×4.5 Bronica film camera. We used to use medium format cameras because no one believed you were a pro with a 35mm SLR
My reply was often a completely genuine, ‘I don’t know.’
I could see him debating as to whether to rush off and exclaim to the bride that she had booked a complete idiot to take her wedding pictures, or whether to tell me not to be such a sarcastic bugger.