The Camera Doesn’t Matter Until It Does

In Cameras, Photography, Techniques, Words by Ben

Does my camera matter? No, the camera doesn’t matter. Well, not as much as it might. Photographers are paid either as camera operators or as artists. The vision is important, and the camera will only change how that vision presents itself. The more you practice, the better you get, and creating photographs is the best way to do so. Instead …

Fuji XE-1 vs X-Pro1 Review & Comparison

In Cameras, Reviews, Words by Ben

[x_video_embed no_container=”true”][/x_video_embed] I enjoyed testing, and comparing the Fujifilm X-E1 and X-Pro1 cameras for a hands-on comparison. Opting for a mix of street photography in Barcelona, some landscapes and plenty of portraits, I enjoyed putting the two cameras through their paces. You’re busy; so I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that the Fuji X-E1 gives you the same …

Sigma DP3 Merrill Sample Images

In Blog, Cameras, Reviews, Words by Ben

The DP Merrill series give the best value in photography for discerning photographers. They all share identical bodies with the stunningly sharp X3 Foveon ‘Merrill’ sensor. It’s APSc sized in a compact body. The only thing that differs between the three cameras is the lens. The DP1m has a 19mm lens, equivalent to ~28mm on a full-frame camera. The DP2m …

What is self-portraiture? Judging a genre.

In Blog, Competition, Photography, Words by Ben

I recently had the honour to judge a photography competition held by thePrintSpace, the best printing company in London. The theme was ‘Self-Portraits’. Having lost more photography competitions than I’ve won, it was interesting to be on the other side of the table. I felt a responsibility to look as objectively as I could at each entry, weighing its merits …

January’s Barcelona PhotoWalk

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Every month my friend Harry Marshall, CEO of myFIVEby and I organise a PhotoWalk in Barcelona for our Photography in Barcelona group. January was great fun, and a good turn out! See the photos from the photographers here;

Photography: Craft and Art

In Art, Articles, Philosophy, Photography, Videos, Words by Ben

[x_video_embed no_container=”true”][/x_video_embed] Photography is both a Craft and an Art. It has its genesis in chemistry laboratories and the private sheds of curious alchemists who sought to preserve the passing moment. It’s now caught up with Instagram on iPhones and hipsters with Lomo ‘cameras’; image trumps technique. As ever, the successful marriage meets halfway between craft and art. Most new …

The Four Keys Method

In Articles, Photography, Videos, Words by Ben

[x_video_embed no_container=”true”][/x_video_embed] The Four Keys SOP (Standard Operating Procedure)  A professional photographer has to be consistent; he can’t have ‘off days’. To make sure that I am always able to create interesting photographs, I’ve developed the Four Keys Method for better photography. Preserve the Scene – Photograph the whole scene as though capturing a record that will later be drawn. Focus on …

Benefit From How You See The World

In Articles, Holistic Photography, Photography, Psychology, Words by Ben

My latest article introduces a link I recently made between the psychology of the Recticular Activating System (RAS) and the artistic ‘eye’. It turns out that most of what our eyes see never makes it to our conscious awareness; it is filtered out by the RAS. This happens in three ways; Generalising: Because the world is complicated, we simplify it. We …

Focal Length – Why your Zoom lens isn’t just to ‘Spy on Things’ or ‘Get More In’.

In Articles, Photography, Words by Ben

Most cameras now come with a zoom lens. This gives the photographer the ability to smoothly change the focal length. But this doesn’t just change the framing, it alters the perception. Wide-angle lenses typically magnify the foreground and shrink the background. This increases the apparent depth of an image. They also distort images and can make them seem unnatural or …

When the Camera Does Matter

In Articles, Words by Ben

I hear a lot of photographers talking first about how many megapixels their camera has, and the length of their lens. When this loses its attraction, they start talking about how the camera doesn’t matter. They’ll resort to using a single dSLR or rangefinder and one prime lens, charmed by its limitations. What’s the truth? Well, let’s use use that …