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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…

Is it time to go back to square 1?

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Harry Flashman
The digital evolution has progressed to the digital revolution, and with each new “app” (how I dislike that contraction), the art of photography is being murdered. You can now get…

Bad Hair Days

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Harry Flashman
One of my correspondents overseas brought an app to me attention. (Actually I dislike the very word “app” - what was wrong with “application”?) Now I realize that “change” is…

Second hand: bargain or bummer

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Harry Flashman
A good camera is an expensive investment. However, like many expensive purchases you can save a bundle if you look at second hand, rather than brand new. But is it…

There are three dimensions - not two!

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Harry Flashman
If you ever see a secondhand book on photography - buy it!  Sure it will have chapters on color photography as something ‘new’ and also home developing B&W pix in…

Where did we put the instruction manual?

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Harry Flashman
Taking photographs is so easy these days that you don’t need an instruction manual any more.  That is correct for 95 percent of the time, but not 100 percent of…

Better Digital Photography

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Harry Flashman
There is an unfortunate concept that today’s electronic digital cameras will always provide you with great images.  And the more pixels, the better.  Unfortunate, because it just isn’t so!

How to take better group photographs

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Harry Flashman
Along with the advent of “selfies”, we also have the group photos at some event or other with a row of people all holding their thumbs up.  No longer does…

Simple rules that will have you shooting like a pro

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Harry Flashman
If you read this column, then it goes to say that you want to improve your photography and get better pictures.  While there are plenty of photography books for sale…

Equipment?

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Harry Flashman
There is a trend in photographers to become technocrats and want the very latest DSLR, with all the bits and pieces that goes with it.  Whilst all the paraphernalia might…

Digitally polarized

Friday, 04 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By Harry Flashman
Weekend photographers who used polarizing filters in the days of film (remember waiting anxiously outside the one hour D&P shop for your prints?) have strangely seemed to avoid this filter…

Give your photographs some gold

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Harry Flashman
If you take a look at professional photographs of people outdoors, you will see photographs of people positively ‘glowing’ with health and vitality and have you ever wondered whether people…

Kids can take photos too

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Harry Flashman
There is an unfortunate tendency to think that children cannot take good photographs.  This is wrong.  Children can, and do, take good shots. With every child and the neighbor’s dog…

The sky’s the limit

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Harry Flashman
There is a tendency to put the camera away when thinking about taking photographs at night.  It all seems a little hard, and the built-in flash on the camera is…
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