Snap Shots

Recording the New Year fireworks

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Harry Flashman
I was reminded of the tricks in shooting fireworks when we had the fireworks extravaganza a couple of weekends ago. I should have written this then, but better late than…

Shapes, patterns and contrasts are eye-catchers

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Harry Flashman
How do you get eye-catching photographs? Even in camera clubs there are more dull photographs than eye-catchers. So what is the secret? Amazingly, sometimes the commonest or simplest items can…

The times they are a changin’

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Harry Flashman
Remember Bob Dylan’s ode to change?  The last verse went: “The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the…

Not so ‘smart’ phones

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Harry Flashman
To be honest, I think that ‘smartphone’ photography is reaching down into the bottom of the barrel. Creativity, which is why I take photographs, has not really been possible with…

Upgrading cameras

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Harry Flashman
Replacing one’s camera is almost as difficult as upgrading your car. However, cameras are much cheaper than cars! A couple of weeks back I received a very nice letter from…

Wounded camera syndrome

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Harry Flashman
There is much similarity these days between mobile phones and digital cameras. I was reminded of this the other day when my daughter managed to drown her (reputedly waterproof) phone.…

B&W without the dip and dunk

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Harry Flashman
In the days gone by (pre-digital) it was almost an apprenticeship for all budding photographers to go through developing and printing their own black and white photographs, known as D&P.

Time for a time capsule?

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Harry Flashman
According to the Associated Press, a time capsule was opened this month in Boston in the US. “A Boston time capsule dating to 1901 contained letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, political…

Kirlian cameras and Electrography

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Harry Flashman
The subject of Kirlian photography has come up again. This I found interesting as while Kirlian photography was a fad a few years ago I thought it had since died.…

The recurrent ‘selfie’ - a threat to photography?

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Harry Flashman
We have become a nation of narcissistic voyeurs. Ever since we realized that we could hold the smartphone up to a mirror and capture our own likeness, there has been…

A bag full of lenses

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Harry Flashman
Pro photographers do not rely on one zoom lens, even if it could cover 18-800 with one flick.  Pro photographers will have many lenses, but there will be enough prime…

Are your photos sharp or soft?

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Harry Flashman
Two common words in photography are ‘sharp’ and ‘soft’, and photographically speaking there is an enormous difference between them.  Those terms are the ones reserved for describing whether the final…

The impossible Andy Warhol

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Harry Flashman
Last week I covered the amazing Weegee. A photographer who never flinched taking shots of people who had been shot. Weegee was photographing the end result of people’s misfortune. He…

The photojournalists’ creed

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Harry Flashman
It has been said for many years that the photojournalists’ creed is “f 8 and be there!” Interestingly, nobody knows who first uttered those words and applied them to journalism,…

Find a hero

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Harry Flashman
Last week I used the photo I am using again this week, because it is such a good example of making your subject the “hero”.  This shot was taken by…
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