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Practical Philosophies


The art of photography is not about the camera, it's about what you do with it. Change your attitude to change your photography.

Priorities

Priorities

In the space of a fortnight I've had the same story told to me by two different people, both of whom are very talented with a camera. They went to a workshop to learn new skills and came away with less control over their camera and creativity. They were forced to shoot fully manual and ended up moving away from their best creativity instead of towards it.


The Photographic Paradox

The Photographic Paradox

Each photograph is a stepping stone on a journey. We think of photography as freezing time and capturing the moment. But what are we really holding onto and where do all those pixels end their journey?


Why We Ask First

Why We Ask First

Asking permission before taking photos of a stranger is not just a matter of respect, it’s also the path to better portraits and a more rewarding experience for you and your subject.


Don't Jump

Don't Jump

A friend of mine was thinking of jumping ship recently, sending overboard his dreams of professional photography in favour of other challenges and loves. His experience gave me pause to consider why we take photos at all, and what can better motivate our creative work.


More Than The Photo

More Than The Photo

So much of what I see in competition photography is directed inwards to the photo itself. The analysis, the scoring and judging. It’s about the photo. What’s missing in the bigger picture, when all we consider is the picture itself?


Dark and Moody Food Photography

Dark and Moody Food Photography

Mastering the art of Dark and Moody food photography, and going beyond the basics of 'black box' styling. Dip into the velvet shadows and embrace your darker moods. Warning - this article may contain traces of very delicious dark chocolate.


Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

The gap that exists between the image you take and image you want to take.


What is Creativity

What is Creativity

One of the greatest struggles we have as photographers is building our creative skills. For many of us it's hard to even define what creativity is. This feature is an attempt to give you a foundation to tackle creativity and some inspiration to build your own path.


Go Slow

Go Slow

As travellers we have a decision to make, whether we want to take the time to immerse ourselves in new experiences or just tick destinations off a list. Photography is no different.


Love is a Lens

Love is a Lens

Can you truly love your photography if you don't love your camera? It's the lenses I truly love however, that's where the character comes from.


Stillness of the Mind

Stillness of the Mind

Stillness of mind is not merely about focusing your attention to the task at hand, it's about allowing your creative energy to flow unimpeded and to allow your life to be experienced in full. This moment right here is all that exists, now is all we have.


Introverted and Inspired

Introverted and Inspired

There are three kinds of people in the world. Introverts, extroverts and photographers. How does your personality impact on your exploration of the world through a camera?