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Welcome

Welcome to my photoblog, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Concentrating on black and white photography, the blog aims to entertain and inspire. Like many photographers, I’ve been through barren spells when nothing has seemed to work – which is why I share tips and ideas about keeping your photography fresh and creative.

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What makes a good travel photo? Part 2

In October I asked you what makes a good travel photo. And whilst it was great to receive feedback, it wasn’t what I wanted to hear. Why? Because the overwhelming response was that people like colour in a travel photo and most of my pictures are black and white. For me, a

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Dan Quayle : political sage

“A zebra cannot change its spots.”  Dan Quayle, former US Vice President

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Available light portraits

Looking through our family albums, a lot of the photos are spoilt by harsh lighting. The built-in flash has gone off, lighting faces but creating unwanted shadows. So let me make a plea for turning off the flash and using available light. You don’t need a studio to take good portraits. The

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Rosa of Bookmongers

This is how I first saw Rosa – watching the world go by from Bookmongers in Brixton, south London. I wanted to take her picture, but the light was all wrong, with the shop window full of distracting reflections. So I went inside, to browse through the secondhand books. Photography would have

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Village School by Bryn Campbell

If your house was on fire what would you try and save, apart from family and pets? I’d want to rescue my secondhand copy of Village School, which completely changed the way I thought about photography projects. It made me realise that I could embark on my own projects, if I put

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What makes a good travel photo?

Ask ten people what makes a good travel photo and you’ll probably get ten different answers. Most people would agree that a sense of place is important, but after that it gets harder to reach agreement. How do you achieve a sense of place? As a beginner, I’m still groping around for

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Hurrying home

Trafalgar Square in London is a great place for people watching – and for candid photography. With the National Gallery on one side, it’s always busy and visitors are relaxed. Out with my camera one summer evening, I saw this man on stilts, posing for photos with tourists. In his Union Jack

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Dynamic range for photographers

Have you ever enjoyed the buzz of taking photos, only to find your highlights bleached out, with the subtle dark tones all gone muddy? Sadly I have. What’s the problem? Digital sensors and film emulsions often can’t cope with the dynamic range of the scene in front of you – the contrast

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Tired of shopping

Deptford market in south east London is one of my favourite haunts. Visiting one Saturday, I spotted this Bull Terrier being led from stall to stall on a lead. Following at a distance I watched, hoping a picture would develop. And as the owner browsed, the dog looked more and more bored.