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#559. Are ballet dancers better photographers?

#559. Are ballet dancers better photographers?

For many weeks, my condition prevented me from any interaction with the outside world. During that dark time, Pascal sent me almost every day a “picture of the day”, complete with questions/reflections/musings on what is photography. Beyond the extraordinary friendship and generosity that this shows (what else is new, for

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#557. pano(D)rama

#557. pano(D)rama

This is a first reaction to our #555. Force for Positive Change call for reader engagement. Is it a guest post by Oliver, describing his trials and tribulations in creating wide-angle shots and panoramas. It is important for 2 reasons :   (1) Stitching is a greatly underrated technique that

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#548. Photo Composition: the Importance of Frame Aspect Ratio

#548. Photo Composition: the Importance of Frame Aspect Ratio

Regular readers will have found their fair share of rants against the 3:2 photographic aspect ratio on this blog. It’s no secret that the club of photographers finding this frame aspect ratio at the same time too narrow and too wide counts me as a vocal member … So, to continue with

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#545. The Rule of Thirds, Revisited

#545. The Rule of Thirds, Revisited

Composition makes 80% of a photograph, in my very biased book. So does lighting. Because the two are so intimately related, that only adds to 100%. Leaving very little room for gear and other useless stuff. So, here goes the usual argument promoting the Rule of Thirds to the masses:

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#524. Why your high-end camera also loves your Smartphone

#524. Why your high-end camera also loves your Smartphone

During my recent vacation in and around London, and in order to stop pestering my friends and readers with enthusiastic updates of my Smartphone photography life, without a solid foundation for them, I conducted this simple experiment: use only my Smartphone for photography, unless the scene intuitively felt like it

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#511 Getting ready for a long one

#511 Getting ready for a long one

I’m sure I’ve grumbled before about the difficulties of travelling as a photographer. Damn, it’s bad enough to just get on a plane to go from a to b. With bag of kit – now including lithium ion batteries in your carry-on, or pockets – it’s just a PITA.  

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#509. Mona Lisa photography? (because a more descriptive title would include the word “arum”, which rhymes with “scarum”)

#509. Mona Lisa photography? (because a more descriptive title would include the word “arum”, which rhymes with “scarum”)

It is said that Leonardo da Vinci never really considered that he’d “finished” his painting known as the Mona Lisa. That he continually studied it, and, at times, perfected it. You’re thinking: he’s gone off the deep end. Comparing himself to a photographic Leonardo. What is he going to do

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  • #499. SoFoBoMo 2016 – done

#499. SoFoBoMo 2016 – done

It’s done and posted. The book records a five day road trip on the now (increasingly popular) North Coast 500 – a traverse of Scotland northernmost roads and geography.   It’s here: North Coast 500   How are your entries coming along?

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#494. Fighting Photographic Uninspiration? Go Abstract and Multiply!

#494. Fighting Photographic Uninspiration? Go Abstract and Multiply!

We’ve all been there. Stuck back home when pals are exploring. On a low in between reviews or trips. Simply out of realistic ideas for the next project. Wha’ever … Just feeling uninspired and blue, like the world is being so mean to you and so fun to others. Feels

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#481. A 5-step methodology for choosing photo gear (webinar with Ming Thein)

#481. A 5-step methodology for choosing photo gear (webinar with Ming Thein)

<tl;dr>At the end of next week, Ming Thein and I are presenting a webinar focusing on gear choices that you’ll probably find interesting. You can register at the bottom of this page.</td;dr> Long version below inaugural fireworks! So, tell me! Have you ever: felt frustration when viewing an ad for,

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