The Un-Holi Color Festival

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‘April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain’  TS Eliot’s Wasteland Fun and love – those cynical marketing buzzwords. Where they appear, so too does the profit-fed machine, huffing up dreams into a miasma of purple haze.  Those engulfed are happy, and comfortable, nestled in the artificial-fur-covered …

Godox AD360 & PB960 Battery Pack Flash Review

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Finally, a great value location flash: The Godox AD360 Witstro Review – Ben Evans I’ve been reviewing the Godox AD360 flash with its PB960 Battery pack and a whole range of modifiers for the past month. You may not have heard of it yet but it’s been rebranded by companies such as Calumet, Lencarta and Neewer. In short; I love …

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 …

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 …

Photography: Craft and Art

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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 photographers believe …

The Four Keys Method

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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 Details – Photograph …

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’.

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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 …