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What makes a good photo? It’s ALWAYS about the light

What makes a good photo?  There are lots of factors, some technical and some aesthetic.  There are rules about composition, about getting a pleasing expression on a person’s face, about getting good detail, getting close enough to the subject, or far enough back to get everything in.  There are technical things like not cutting a…
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A quick tip for taking better phone pictures

Every time we upgrade our contract and get a nice new shiny smartphone, the technology has leapt ahead.  Essentially, all the software is trying to make things easier for us by doing a lot of the hard work i.e. decision making, for us.  But that’s not necessarily a good thing.  Here’s an example of what…
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The key to great portraits – work quickly

Over the past ten years I seem to have spent a fair chunk of my working life in warehouses.  I mention that as this particular job, shooting PR shots of the three brothers that run this tile retail company, have possibly the cleanest warehouse I’ve ever set foot in! But I digress. Sometimes you know…
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Professional photographer – what does it really mean?

For the past 17 years people have been telling me professional photography is dead.  Why?  Because technology has made it easier to take good photos.  Why hire me when they can take decent photos themselves, even on their phones?  Well, what I’ve come to realise over that time is that taking good photos is only…
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Taking great photos isn’t about having a good camera

It’s a running joke among professional photographers.  “That’s a great photo, you must have a good camera.” No, actually that’s a great photo because I’m a good photographer.  The camera has (next to) nothing to do with it.  If I had a pound for the number of times I’ve heard people say “when I get…
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