Monthly Archives: November 2012

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November 28, 2012 · 3:49 pm

Candid Shooting

Here are some more photos from the boarding house. Any comments/favourites/hated pictures please let me know as I need to make a final edit to submit! Thank you.

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Paris

My favourite photo of mine that I took in Paris over the weekend.

On friday 16th November I went to Photo Paris, it was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated to historical and contemporary photography, it takes place annually at the Grand Palais (which was spectacular). I felt very small and insignificant surrounded by so many incredible photos and photographers, would be a dream come true to ever get any of my work in there! The work of a South African photographer called Mikhael Subotzky really captured my attention, his images were mesmerising, I could have bought all of them (if I’d had several hundred thousand euros on me). On some of his frames he would smash the glass (which apparently took hours and hours to do as he had to be extremely careful not to smash completely through the glass, merely crack it so it formed exquisite markings) which to me represented fragmented South Africa post apartheid. I wish I’d bought his book whilst I was there, definitely a Christmas list item.

Admirers of Mikhael Subotzky exhibition

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Flashgun Example

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Classroom demonstration.

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November 13, 2012 · 3:48 pm

Out of the ‘comfort zone’

Comfort Zone:  a situation or position in which a person feels secure, comfortable, or in control.

As stated in my “A Source of Inspiration” post, I felt that my shots were ‘too safe’ and that I needed to try techniques that I haven’t before. Things such as shooting off the hip, candid shots and using the light more etc and so that is what I tried to do with my most recent shoot at Cheltenham Collage. I tried to go down to the children’s level and communicate more by not having the camera in their face but taking random photos here and there as I interacted with them, ignoring the view finder. Through this I feel that I have broken some hidden fear of sticking to what I know and am now much more comfortable in myself as a photographer. The kids at the collage are forgiving client’s so I’m ready to get back there with my new found confidence and just take pictures, lots and lots of pictures.

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The evening’s clouds over Chelt’

These photos were taken on my phone so are very poor quality, however I love the shape that the clouds have formed. In my opinion they look like a Hiroshima attack over Cheltenham…

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November 5th on the 10th

Tonight is Cheltenham Collages bonfire night/firework display. I am heading up to shoot my two subjects interacting with the other pupils on such an occasion. I have never shot fireworks before so have found a few helpful tips by Darren Rowsen (editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals) titled “How to Photograph Firework Displays“. Even though I am mainly going to focus on the children it will be beneficial for me to know this information. The key points I have noted are:

  • Apertures in the mid to small range tend to work reasonably well and would usually shoot somewhere between f/8 to f/16.
  • Shoot in ‘bulb’ mode, this is a mode that allows you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter.
  • Shooting at a low ISO is preferable to ensure the cleanest shots possible. Stick to ISO 100 and you should be fine.

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