June 18, 2013 § Leave a Comment
My website is 2 years old today. And as a wee present, I will give you a sneak peak at a darker project I am working on.
Thank you for the views, follows and comments over the past 2 years. It is appreciated.
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Always carry your camera with you!!
June 15, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Glasgow Mela in on this weekend (Sat&Sun) 12-8pm at Kelvingrove Park. Apart from watching this cool culture event. As a photographer who may be scared of capturing portraits of strangers; as in approaching the subject and asking for permission. This could be an introduction to practice your craft. At any festivals / gatherings. People are more socially open, so you should improve your confidence, communication and technique at these kind of events before taking stranger portraits on the streets. Just a tip!
Here are some photos I had taken last year.
Approach the people whom you find interesting. Introduce yourself, tell them what you find amazing about them. Talk to them about their image, interest, hobby / profession. Ask to take their portrait. If they so “no”, that is the worst that can happen. If they say “yes” you capture them, and thank them. Smile! Be relaxed and be yourself, if you are nervous they may sense it. If you love, love photography! Then you should be relaxed and happy.
Another good tip especially if you are like me, and always shoot manual; is to have your camera setting ready to shoot. So you are not fumbling about with the buttons/dials when photographing a person, taking up a lot of their time.
After you have captured their Portrait. It is entirely up to you, if you want to show them the photo on the LCD screen (if digital), ask for their email to post them the photo you taken, and if photography is your business, then perhaps give them a business card.
Once you become comfortable in your technical skills, then you should try and be creative. Direct your subject to look in to the lens or look away from the camera. Choice of shot full body, 3/4 or headshot. Ask them to pose a certain way. The list goes on and on.
Remember there are people who say you can’t and people who say you can, both are right! No excuses, get out there and capture the photos.
February 21, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Below is a Street photography photo, that I captured this week…
October 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Here are some photos from a darker project I am working on, titled “Breakdown in Poetry”
September 26, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Sometimes it is good to walk on the line, where light and shadow meet.
August 2, 2012 § 1 Comment
This was another one of those strong gut feeling projects I felt compelled to do. So I drove 3 hours down to Blackpool, England. To just shoot street photography and head back home to Glasgow that evening.
All I can say, it lived up to my expectation and pre-visualizations, and I love Blackpool for the high amount of characters young and mature, just amazing!
Music plays a big part in my pre-visualization, where I listen to music that relates to a given project and I day dream, of scenarios, ideas and possible types of people. And once I arrive, I pop on the earphones and play my MP3 playlist of music to help me get into the zone while capturing photos. I even passed through the Blackpool Ballroom, and shot in my usual street style. It had to be done as I was listening to a lot of the late Reginald Dixon on the iPod.
Below is some of the Blackpool flavour I managed to photograph.
I also decided to capture the sounds as well as the sights.
July 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
It has to be done!!!
I often say to friends on Flickr, it is very healthy to tidy up your gallery and get rid of photos, that just do not make the mark. I also do this in a Street photography I run Global Street Photography (GSP), where posted photos from my groups members have their photos removed, if they just don’t have enough substance, creativeness, emotion, magic, cleverness, or story to tell.
The main reason, and I practice what I preach is to keep your body of work strong. It is about being honest to yourself and listen to positive criticism too!
So I have reduced my Flickr Gallery from 743 down to 150, and I may reduce this further.
So here is my tip, remove the dead weight photos that clutter your on-line gallery, and it will strengthen your body of work.