World Press Photo Awards

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Check out this if you want to see what the best photographers with the best equipment can do.  The word ‘pro’ is bandied about pretty loosely in photography but these photographers are tight! Personally I would find most of this stuff hard to take a photograph of on moral grounds – could you take photos of such suffering and death? But for the people who do have the stomach to do it – they are bringing back messages and stories for all of us to look at and feel about. I note that the trend of enhancement with software applies …

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Get it Straight

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One thing that can bother you about photos is where the upright or horizontal lines are slightly (or more) out. For instance buildings can make the whole photo look out of true, and horizon lines in landscapes or seascapes can look even worse. Here are a few tips on how to make your photos straighter. Here is a photo that is slightly out of true (ahem – done just as an example) the building is slightly out of the vertical. A few points: First it may not bother you. Second in many photos where you may have a lot of …

ron smithGet it Straight

Flowing Water Examples – Long Exposures

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Here are a couple of example photos of flowing water in a stream taken at 2 different speeds to show the varying effects you can get. A tripod is preferred for slow shots like these but just experiment if you dont have one. Note that the photos look very similar in layout so it can look as if the blurred one might have been done in software from the first photo. No, they were two separate photos. They have the same position because I used a tripod and wanted to have the same view for comparison. The fact that the …

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In Conversation with William Klein

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 William Klein, Photographer, Film Maker and Painter An interesting short video, which accompanied Klein’s London exhibition at the Tate Gallery.  Always interesting to look back and listen to a great Master in Conversation. William Klein is an extraordinary individual, his creative practice encompasses Film Making, Photography and Painting.  Klein originally trained as a painter under Fernand Leger and found early success with his work.  He soon moved on to photography and had an extremely successful career as a fashion photographer with Vogue.  Iconic imagery is what Klein creates, whether he is on the street photographing as he sees it or photographing fashion models …

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Beginner Photography Course

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Beginner Photography Course gets off to a great start in January 2015.   Our first beginners’ photography course of the year and the sun is shining.  Waking up to London after all that Christmas cheer it is always hard to get moving again after the festive break!  Our beginners clearly had set a New Year Resolution to learn their brand new cameras fast.  It was great to find our first beginners group in such good form and totally motivated.  The course attendees arrived dressed for the weather conditions on the day, and had their digital camera batteries fully charged.   …

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