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Elliott Erwitt : Observer

‘To me, photography is an art of observation.’ Elliott Erwitt For a long time Elliott Erwitt has been one of my heroes. And while he’s best known for his humorous dog pictures, the range of his photography is much broader than that. Mr Erwitt likes his pictures (or snaps as he sometimes

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Model releases : the basics

Imagine – you’ve hit the photographic jackpot. You’ve just sold a candid portrait, taken on Brighton beach, for an advertising campaign. It’s a generous fee, so now you can afford that new lens. If only life was that simple. Without the written permission of your subject, you can’t go selling pictures of

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The KISS principle in photography

Don’t worry – I’m not preaching free love. Today I’m more interested in photo composition. KISS – an acronym for ‘Keep it simple, stupid’ – gained widespread currency in the 1960s. And more recently the phrase has inspired an entire series of books. If you want to learn fashion design in a

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The horse with a hump

“A camel is a horse designed by a committee.”  Sir Alec Issigonis (1906-1988)

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Town dogs : the long wait

Ask a married man what he does at weekends and I bet his list will include at least one of the three Ws – washing the car, walking the dog and waiting for his wife. When I met this man in a south London park, he’d already taken the Poodles for a

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The charcoal carrier

It’s springtime in Zambia and the weather’s getting hotter. So when I can, I get up early to enjoy the cool mornings. As a bonus, the light is perfect for photography until about 8 o’clock. Last week I went out looking for charcoal carriers to photograph. For me, the sight of a

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The Art of the Calotype

‘Making a Calotype is as much a craft as it is a science’ according to my friend Rob Douglas. Having met Rob some years ago, I’ve enjoyed following his photographic journey. Starting with a digital camera, Rob happily admits that the journey has been unconventional. Nowadays he prefers to capture his images

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Photography : drawing with light

That’s what photography means – drawing with light. Whether you aim your camera at the scene of a tragedy or a sunset, you’re drawing with light. Since being named, photography has grown up a lot and been used in so many ways : to tell stories, to express wonder, to share emotions.

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The art of watching

“You can observe a lot by watching.”  Yogi Berra (1925 – 2015)

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Black and white digital workflow : some brief thoughts

When living in the UK, I only used film cameras and shot almost exclusively in black and white. I still love traditional ‘wet prints’ made in a darkroom, but for practical reasons I went digital in 2016. Here in Zambia, photo chemicals and papers have to be specially imported and I don’t