Snap Shots

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…

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…
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