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“Essentials” for your camera bag

Friday, 23 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 4 By Harry Flashman
If you are keen on photography as a hobby, then as well as a decent camera (generally a DSLR with a range of lenses) you will have a decent camera…

Is there a cure for Thai disease?

Friday, 23 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 4 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
We learn from history that we learn nothing from history. - George Bernard Shaw Dutch disease Dutch disease is a term coined by The Economist in the late 1970s.1 It…

175 Years of Photography

Friday, 16 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 3 By Harry Flashman
Very soon we will be coming up to 200 years of photography. Everything about photography has changed remarkably in the past 175 years since Louis Daguerre went on to develop…

Where is the instruction manual?

Friday, 09 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 2 By Harry Flashman
“When all else fails - read the instruction manual” is always some very good advice, and the answer to many photographic problems can be found in it. However, this does…

Teaching children how to use a camera

Friday, 02 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 1 By Harry Flashman
I have kept thousands of photographs I should have thrown away - however, they do have a value. They teach me what I did wrong, several times over! Looking over…

Improving your shots with a photo project

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Harry Flashman
There should be almost as much work in thinking about a photograph as there is in taking it. Great shots do not just ‘happen’, great shots are designed and planned…

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.…
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