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#702 When there is “a picture within a picture”

#702 When there is “a picture within a picture”

Taking great pics is what we’re all about, isn’t it? Well, not quite, ’cause in this world of digital photography, a picture isn’t necessarily a great picture before it is taken to the cleaners. Meaning undergoing a sequence of post-processing….:-) So post-processing skills are part and parcel of what is

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#699. Travel and Street Photography in Kuala Lumpur: be polite

#699. Travel and Street Photography in Kuala Lumpur: be polite

Regular readers of Dear Susan may have seen previous articles I’ve written about Singapore and Penang, and finding inspiration in some of Singapore’s modern architecture. I’ve travelled in South East Asia for over a decade, and particularly enjoy visiting Asian cities for their culture clash of western modernity, Asian street

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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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