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Weekend projects

Weekend challenge – Turn off your camera‘s view screen

This weekend I’ll be shooting without the aid of my camera’s view screen, and I encourage you to do the same.

One of the big advantages of digital photography is that we can see exactly what we’ve shot the moment we shoot it. If it’s too bright, too dark, out-of-focus, badly composed or your subject has blinked, then we know about it there and then – no nasty surprises when the roll of film is processed. So why on Earth would you want to change this? Continue Reading

Ramblings

Background first, subject later

I recently interviewed travel photographer Piet Van den Eynde for Fujifilm X Magazine, and was reminded of a great street photography technique. As Piet himself put it: “Get the background right, and let the subject come to you.”

This is something I find myself doing lots when I’m snapping around in urban locations, though I’ve never put it quite such eloquent terms. I like finding a great bit of graffiti or an old doorway, then waiting for someone interesting to come along and walk through it. As Piet said, “It’s a lot easier than following someone interesting about until they happen to walk in front of something good.” Continue Reading

Film photography

Interview: Alex Grymanis

You may wonder why any photographer would still shoot film in this digital age. Just 36 exposures on a roll, no instant feedback of what has been shot, and labour-intense processing and printing in order to see your images. Film doesn’t let you change ISO or white balance mid roll, or offer the ability to swap between black & white and colour. It’s not as good as digital in low light either. But for many photographers, these drawbacks that are the very reasons that they still shoot on film. Continue Reading