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 …

Fresh Faces 2014 World Final Modelling Competition, Barcelona

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For lots of behind-the-scenes photos, check out the English Photographer Facebook Page Recently enjoyed the honour of photographing the famous Fresh Faces World Final here in Barcelona. For those who don’t know, it’s a huge annual modelling competition that attracts aspiring models from across the globe hoping to supercharge their career in that competitive industry. Conceived by Andreas von Estorff, …

We Now Have 1000+ Photographers!

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed][blockquote type=”left”]We now have 1000+ photographers in our Barcelona Photography Meetup group – making us the largest English-speaking community of photography in Southern Europe![/blockquote][x_video_embed type=”16:9″][/x_video_embed][text_output]Join us at ![/text_output][text_output]Thanks to Hiroshi from for the videos![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Camera Doesn’t Matter Until It Does

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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 …

The Four Keys Method

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[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

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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 …

Artistic Photography Quotation

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“I believe that each artist, like everyone else, has strong views about the world: what it is, what it should be, and how it could be improved. As such, I think that most artists are not so much searching for the truth, but searching for a proper method of expressing the truth as they see it.” Bruce Barnbaum, “The Art …