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The modern way to isolate subjects is to shoot at f1.2. No movement or thought required. It occurred to me recently how using 'slow' lenses forces you to think about the background. Have 'fast' lenses become a crutch for some people?
Night time note pads are no good. Cassette recorders are the thing. Ask Keef.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2020 on An Evening Walk at The Online Photographer
I'm baffled. While I do think photographs should be printed I don't get the 'fine print' thing. Give me a photocopy of a great photograph over a fine print of a crap one every time. I've seen original prints of some of my favourite 'famous' photographs and some have obviously been carefully made, others have been machine prints. The only remarkable thing about them compared to reproductions I've seen on-line or in books and magazines has been their size. It's all about the pictures for me, and the fact that photographs are pretty much infinitely reproducible rather than unique objects like paintings. [Well, what's the problem? If you don't care about prints, then you don't. That's okay. Nothing more to say. --Mike]
Toggle Commented May 25, 2020 on Print Crit: The 'SPS' at The Online Photographer
Border Collies were bred as working dogs. Fetching sheep is in their DNA and they can work out of sight of a shepherd using instinct. I prefer to watch them doing proper sheep work than demos or trials but I'd rather see this than agility.
All the above seems to me to assume the hunt is for single pictures. Ones I have seen described as 'wall worthy'. There is at least one alternative: to look to build a body of work in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2020 on Picturehunting at The Online Photographer
Brian Eno and Mark E Smith.
If you aren't precious about prints there's this video.
Goldilocks chose...
Toggle Commented May 30, 2019 on A Very Interesting... at The Online Photographer
S'funny. I find photography fun regardless of what camera I use. As for camera complexity. Turn the dial to 'A' and have done with it if you don't like complicated.
Taking photos has got easier with every technical advance. Making good pictures with photography will always be difficult. It might even get more difficult. I read this the other day which may be pertinent -
I dug out my copy of the Szarkowski book to see what the fuss is about. Seems to me the Erwitt pic clearly falls into Szarkowski's 'humorist' category. Especially given Erwitt's penchant for lighthearted photographs - jumping dogs for example. I guess some folk can't see the joke. Or maybe they take photographs too seriously?
Dim light doesn't bother me. Not being able to see the print because of reflections in the glass it's behind does.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2019 on Museum Tricks at The Online Photographer
If you don't want to see the crusty mascara use a camera without IBIS.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2018 on Best Comment Ever at The Online Photographer
Pocket billiards? [See what I mean? Ruined. Damned English! --Mike]
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2018 on Your Shot of the Day (OT) at The Online Photographer
Coincidentally I am currently in the process of scanning the 'best' pictures from my black and white film years (1977-1982) in order to put them into a book using an online printing service. I try to make at least one such book of my digital pictures each year. Hard copies not only have a chance of outliving me, they're much easier to show to people than digital files.
Toggle Commented May 4, 2018 on Preserve Your Photos! at The Online Photographer
British photographer Sophie Green has used pairs in a number of projects. e.g. I've done it myself a time or two. I also like to make longer sequences and grids of pictures. Somewhere, Martin Parr said, "I never think of photographs as being individual. Always as a group." All too often photographers think only in terms if single images. What might be called 'iconic images' these days. When in reality the pictures which photographers are remembered for are often taken from a body of work.
There are people out there trying to get photo stories seen. e.g.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2017 on Saying Something at The Online Photographer
"Up my street", surely? Mind you, we don't have alleys round here we have ginnels.
I would say my 'mini-collection' is actually my main collection with the other stuff (the influential, 'important', or seminal books) floating around the edges. Perhaps because my first photo book purchase was 'The English' by Ian Berry I concentrate on books of photographs about Britain, preferably contemporary work by British photographers. However, with the current interest in publishing works previously unavailable in book form I do make exceptions - such as for the zine-like books from Café Royal. The one rule I have is to buy only books I like, rather than those I think I should have. Martin Parr has photographed a few pairs of sandals worn with socks. So, when he gave a talk to a camera club the other week I asked him if I could photograph his sandals. He agreed.
"No matter what type of shooting you do, taking care of your gear should be number one, and being organized is the first step towards creating the versatility you may need. Oops... I store my lenses in one bag. And use another when out and about. Things like this still happen.
I've been considering buying The Documentary Impulse for a while. The above revue has convinced me to purchase it (via your Amazon UK link). Thanks.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2016 on Four Photography Books at The Online Photographer
Daniel Meadows revisited people from his 1970s Free Photographic Omnibus photographs.
It is like fishing. You don't catch fish by sitting at home, and the more you fish, the more you catch. But... Fishing isn't all luck. The right hour in the right place is better than all day in the wrong place. Besides, you can make them bite. The more you think, the more you catch.
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2016 on Get the Heck Out! at The Online Photographer