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#652. So, what is photographic composition, after all ?

#652. So, what is photographic composition, after all ?

“The art of placing the various points of interest of a photograph in a way that is conducive to storytelling”. That’s my definition. I promised something more useful than ranting, a few days ago, this is my attempt.     You’ll find plenty of others in other articles, and whole

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#650. Are the rule of thirds and golden hour ruining your photography ?

#650. Are the rule of thirds and golden hour ruining your photography ?

TLDR. Yes. If you let them overrule your conscious thinking. === First, a distinction : A rule is meant to be obeyed. A recipe is a set of steps to be followed to obtain a result that falls within acceptable distance of ideal. Armies follow rules. Chefs adapt recipes. It’s

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#626. Street Portraits: Don’t be Afraid to Ask

#626. Street Portraits: Don’t be Afraid to Ask

Hello! I’m Adam and this is my first article on this site. If you’d like to know a little more about me, then you can read this interview that DearSusan conducted with me by clicking here.   For 2017 I set myself the challenge of street portraits. I’d been shooting

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#624. Work In Progress : Cars in their setting

#624. Work In Progress : Cars in their setting

Following-up with Steffen Kamprath’s interesting idea of showing off portfolios of ongoing projects, here’s a mainly image-based contribution of mine : cars that look right in their surroundings.     I’ve been photographing cars like this for some time now, but the idea formalised when watching Top Gear, some years

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#622. Photographic composition in theory and practice : what’s your story?

#622. Photographic composition in theory and practice : what’s your story?

You know the saying : “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach !”     Being a former uni teacher, the son of two teachers, the nephew of a teacher and having built my marketing career on educational content strategies, I’d naturally have to disagree and strongly believe that

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#604. Photography as a chain of events and decisions

#604. Photography as a chain of events and decisions

This could have been an “every story tells a picture” post describing the photograph below : it would have explained how, during a week-end with the family, I stumbled upon these huge agave lying uprooted on the ground, still too large and heavy to be wheelbarrowed away, still very much

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#598. To create you best photographs, you must exhaust your subject

#598. To create you best photographs, you must exhaust your subject

When you think it’s over, there’s usually a lot more to find.   The secret to great photographs is the same as the secret to any great achievement. In Albert Einstein’s words, 1% inspiration 99% perspiration.   The difference between the low impact snap and the striking gallery image is

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#587. What does your photography stand for ?

#587. What does your photography stand for ?

One thing we can learn from the first round of the French presidential election is a complete rejection of traditional parties. The results have been called an anti-system landslide, much like President Trump’s. Let’s not get bogged down by the irony of calling a ENA / IGF / City-poster-child investment

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#573. Of chess, judo and beginner’s luck in Provence…

#573. Of chess, judo and beginner’s luck in Provence…

After having poked fun at Pascal in my Monday Un-post, it was my turn to be on the receiving end. I went down to Provence for a couple of days with the man I’d so copiously derided. We worked, but we still managed to fit a couple of shooting sessions

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#564. Welcome to the beach

#564. Welcome to the beach

Is the beach a better opportunity for street photography than the street itself? Reader Steffen Kamprath provides a compelling answer, following our call to contributions : A Force for Positive Change. Beyond the great photographs, I love the arguments and references. Thanks Steffen.   Hello fellow photo enthusiast, my name

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