#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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#583. The Monday Post. Is photography like harvesting truffles, or like growing grapes for wine? (17 April 2017)

#583. The Monday Post. Is photography like harvesting truffles, or like growing grapes for wine? (17 April 2017)

  On Easter Monday, it might have been a good idea to talk about Easter eggs rather than truffles, but eggs are sought by innocent children, while finding the buried truffles is a hog’s job. So, as we are talking about me, it has to be truffles…:-)     This

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#483. Skulls and bones (Paris Catacombs)

#483. Skulls and bones (Paris Catacombs)

Sometimes photographers get lucky with the weather, and sometimes they don’t. For the first round of Ze Workshop, weather was really outstanding. But that doesn’t mean that Pascal and I didn’t have any plans in case that wasn’t so. And preparing for Ze Workshop – le Retour (Ze Workshop is

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#473. ZeFinalDay. Montmartre, Marais & Munching (again)

#473. ZeFinalDay. Montmartre, Marais & Munching (again)

C’est beau, une ville la nuit. The title of that 1989 Richard Bohringer book fits our experience of early morning Montmartre just as well as it’s self-inflicted description: “A ride, eye and the mind wide open to the spirit of the city and the right to life, a road of

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#472. Ze Workshop day 3. Let biogons be biogons (plus Sony G-Master 85/1.4 preview)

#472. Ze Workshop day 3. Let biogons be biogons (plus Sony G-Master 85/1.4 preview)

Day 3, already. And what a day. As I write these few words, disorienting amounts of Gamay-tasting Shiraz molecules are disrupting my nervous system, making each keyboard stroke as easy as juggling in space. We have just left legendary restaurant Bouillon Chartier to conclude a very unusual day of photography

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#471. Paris Workshop Day 2. La Défense, posh pooches and le tragique camera accident!

#471. Paris Workshop Day 2. La Défense, posh pooches and le tragique camera accident!

On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne. That’s French for “don’t mess with something that ain’t broke”. So, since yesterday was such a hoot and the weather promised to hold, we followed the same plan of an early start … … coffee at our local joint … … metro

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#470. ZeWorkshop Day 1. Kinda semi-live coverage from Paris.

#470. ZeWorkshop Day 1. Kinda semi-live coverage from Paris.

Recipe for fun is simple. Take a bunch of guys (where are the gals in photography, I ask ???) who spend an indecent amount of time talking about photography. Take a rather nice-looking city in unusually kind weather, wake up early, walk all day, feed at regular intervals. Paris is

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#450. Spring in Paris. A Photo Workshop for Introverts Also!

#450. Spring in Paris. A Photo Workshop for Introverts Also!

You know what’s wrong with most photo workshops? Even those being held in Paris? They’re often designed exclusively for extroverts. Not that the louder voice or larger camera always wins, but group dynamics are organised with extroverts in mind. Much like all of our business world and education system. You

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#449. Giants of steel and glass. But it depends how you shoot them! (3)

#449. Giants of steel and glass. But it depends how you shoot them! (3)

In the first 2 instalments of my exploration of the business center called La Défense (abstract buildings & abstract artworks), I prioritized a 135mm lens, simply because I just had it, simply because I could, and conventional logic be damned. It is not because you are shooting a vast place

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#444. Ze “Paris in Spring” Workshop. Will you join us for 2 days or 4?

#444. Ze “Paris in Spring” Workshop. Will you join us for 2 days or 4?

Do you want to walk through one of the world’s most beautiful cities for 4 days with other photography-lovers and no outside interruptions? Do you want to visit the most interesting locations in that city and the lesser known gems in between? Do you want two consulting experts slash experienced

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