Monthly Archives: October 2012

Published Work

My photograph –  “Harry, seven, with his dog ‘Shumie'”


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Gypsy Inspiration

Book and Exhibition – “The New Gypsies” by Iain McKell has given me a good insight into the travelling community and given me confidence in what to look for whilst I am there. His shots of the open fields and horses is of particular relevance to me (what with it being a horse fair) and will help me when taking my establishing shot. The girl in front of the wagon also stood out to me from his book, the simplicity of it contrasts enormously with how I imagined their wagons to look (after various episodes of my big fat gypsy wedding!) and I feel sheds a good light on their community. However, a more stereotypical depiction of a gypsy community is represented by “North West Wedding Photography” who truly capture the travelling community at their best…

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Also a point of interest:

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Location Lighting Exercise

Exercise 1

“Produce a quality portrait using natural light. Make use of reflectors to alter the quality of the light; these can be hand held reflectors or ‘found’ ones such as walls, water etc”

Exercise 2

“Make an image of a person using a combination of speed light (hand held flash) and ambient light. The person can be posed or un-posed, in action, still – etc. Experiment with different flash / natural light ratios to get the effect you want”

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Photo Skills

Some photographs showing various basic techniques, nothing portfolio worthy!

Freeze Movement

Freezing is a very common technique. Given a scene with an object that moves at a certain speed, the photographer can capture it with a high shutter speed and freeze the action. This is an extremely basic example of this style of photography.


Blurred Movement

Motion blur is the apparent streaking of rapidly moving objects in a still image. It results when the image being recorded changes during the recording of a single frame, either due to rapid movement or long exposure. I have purposefully over sharpened these images to highlight the motion.





Panning is a photography technique performed through capturing an object in motion while moving the camera in parallel to the object. By moving the camera together with the object, the object remains sharp and the background becomes blurred. My first two examples are fairly unsuccessful due to my positioning road side. I was too close to the object (in this case a van) going past so did not have enough time or space to capture the motion in one swift movement- it filled my viewfinder. The best place for capturing this style of photo is in the curve/bend of a track where you are an equal distance from the vehicle at all times, thus maintaing the focus at all times.


Shallow depth of field

Depth of field (D.O.F) is the amount of distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear in acceptably sharp focus in the photograph. A shallow depth of field simply means that one specific area of your photo is impecibly sharp while other elements remain blurred.

White Balance

White balance is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light. Our eyes are very good at judging what is white under different light sources, but digital cameras often have great difficulty with auto white balance and can create unsightly blue, orange, or even green color casts.

Auto White Balance

Fluorescent White Balance

Shade White Balance

White Balance Preset


Exposure is the amount of light collected by the sensor (how much it allows in) in your camera during a single picture.  If the shot is exposed too long the photograph will be washed out.  If the shot is exposed too short the photograph will appear too dark, as demonstrated below.

0.0 Exposure

-2.0 Exposure

+2.0 Exposure

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Inspiration Without Ethics

“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph” – Bruce Gilden

Well worth a watch.

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Charcoal Drawing

Check out more of Darcy’s work here:

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Pictures Lie: F-off

Who’d have thought the taboo topic of the elderly swearing would be uttered from such a “sweet” persons mouth.

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