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#691. In the style of (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)

#691. In the style of (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)

Welcome to another DS collective blog post. This time, we are each paying homage to a master of the craft we admire by sending in pictures in which we imitate that person’s style, in one way or another. Copying has long been a method of learning certain techniques and, while

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#677. London in B&W

#677. London in B&W

Before we start :     There will always be two camps on any topic. If recent history has shown us something, it’s that not acting to defend progress has always let greed and distrust rule the day. There’s not much we can do from Europe but if you’re in

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#669. London in colour

#669. London in colour

You’d expect someone who’s visited London over 50 times and regularly rants about unimaginative tourist shots to serve up something better than the Eye playing darts in the sunset, right? But no, that’s exactly what you’re getting with this post. That, and more of the same …     Have

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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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