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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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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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Want better photos? Be a bit more like IKEA

Be a bit more like IKEA?  What is he talking about, you’re saying to yourself. Well, if I say to you ‘Ikea’ what springs to mind?  Flat pack furniture, funny names, meatballs, getting lost in the car park ……. and maybe blue and yellow.  Which are the colours of the Swedish flag; and seeing as…
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Smartphone photography | Three easy tips for better photos

Smartphone photography has simplified a practice that used to be quite complicated – taking a great photo.  Years ago, you needed a serious knowledge of the rules of photography, and be able to find your way round a set of camera dials and buttons, to make a photo.  Now, you can just pull your phone…
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