Ewen's Shortlist


Selected features from the blog.







Ewen's Shortlist

   

Writing is my other passion, and it's one reason I keep this website updated with new ideas and reflections. Mostly I write about things I care about, such as wonderful experiences when out shooting. Sometimes I write about gear that I think is useful. Always I write from my personal point of view. This set of articles are features that I feel reflect a little of who I am.

The full list of articles on my blog can be found here:

The Photography Blog






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.


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Practical Philosophies





Learning To See

Capturing in B+W is not merely about getting a better handle on light and dark. Given a chance it can drag you much deeper into the entire point of photography as an art form.

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Practical Philosophies

Punakha Sunrise

A rare opportunity to welcome the morning rays of sunshine as they break across Bhutan. Here’s your guide to one of the most beautiful photographic experiences in the land of the Thunder Dragon. Sunrise over Punakha in the Himalayan winter.

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Photographic Field Guides

Stars Over Uluru

I've written a few articles on the basics of star trails, but the finer details on making your trails look as lovely as possible are often where photographers struggle the most. This article explores the finer points from my annual visit to Uluru to chase the stars.

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Photographic Field Guides

What Is A Photographer

When so much of our lives exist in the digital landscape, what does it mean to be a photographer these days and does it matter if your work is never finding its way into a physically printed form?

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Practical Philosophies

Creatively Valued

Most of the time our clients are wonderful people to work with, because we're helping each other to get where we need to be. But sometimes you end up with a client who actually doesn't value your work at all, and that's a problem in more ways than you might imagine.


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Careers and Ideas




Soft Focus and Fine

Shallow depth of field is a powerful technique to have in your creative tool kit. It’s not just about funky portraits either, it’s good for almost every genre of photography.


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Practical Philosophies





Aurora Photography Guide

Your guide to chasing the Aurora Borealis and capturing the moment on film. She is an elusive mistress, one that tempts you out into the freezing cold and darkest nights. She or gorgeous though, a mere glimpse worth travelling across the globe.

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Photographic Field Guides

Sharing the moment with Tim

I want to share a few words of appreciation for a fellow traveller, just one of many lovely people who help to make these journeys a little bit more special.

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Inspiring Journeys

Slow It Down

Walking with a macro is nice, but only works if you adjust your pace to suit the task. Macro photography is process of exploration. Slow it down. Slow. It. Down.

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Practical Philosophies

Photography is My Family

Someone recently commented to me, “I don’t know how you do it all!” Which seemed kind of funny because most of the time I feel like I’m not doing nearly enough. I’m also aware how lucky I am to have the luxury of dedicating myself to my photography in a way that not everyone can. It’s not that I don’t have time for friends and family, it's just that photography IS my family.

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Careers and Ideas

In Review In Paris

Every year a handful of festivals coordinate some of the leading institutions and publications around the world to meet with photographers and review their work. It costs serious money to participate in these sessions, and the level of critique can range from belligerent to brutal.


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Photographic Field Guides





Why Competitions Suck

There are two things in the world of photography I really hate. Weddings and competitions. At least with a wedding shoot you might get paid at the end of it, which therefore makes competitions the most evil thing in the world.

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Practical Philosophies

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.

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Practical Philosophies

Fiona and Sharon in Norway

The best thing about getting feedback from my travellers is the way it lets me re-live the moments from a journey. The 2020 Arctic Norway trip was really special because we had such a lovely group of people and so many great experiences. The weather was some of the least helpful we've ever had on a tour, and yet we still got exactly what we came for. The Aurora Borealis.

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Photography Tours

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?

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Practical Philosophies


Ewen's Photography Book



"ReIMAGINE" is now available to order online.
It's a very big and very generous book that will help you to reconnect with your creative side.


ReIMAGINE









   



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Take a look at why we're so excited to be heading back to the Himalayas in 2023. "The Pilgrims Trail" takes a detailed look at just one part of the Nepal Photo Tour. Sound ON!






Two weeks in The Australian Outback in a private plane to explore some of our very best photographic experiences. Captured in 2022 on the LUMIX GH6 with no gimbals; just a wide angle zoom plus a telephoto for wildlife.






That infamous trip to Norway in 2018 when we photographed auroras for 19 out of 21 nights. Also had some amazing company with Shellie and Ian, and that magic winter light that only Arctic Norway can deliver.