Snap Shots

Stick it on the wall

Friday, 28 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 35 By Harry Flashman
Anyone who reads a photography column has a hidden agenda. He or she wants to take better pictures. Forgive me for being repetitious, but great images do not just “happen”…

Selfie and then food

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Harry Flashman
The advent of the smartphone has not done much for the art of photography. Having a phone that can take and store pictures has not developed any latent artistic abilities…

Take the camera off “Auto” and use A and S!

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Harry Flashman
We are in the ‘automatic’ era. We drive automatic cars. We have automatic gate openers and remote controls on our television sets, so we don’t even have to get out…

The perfect portrait

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Harry Flashman
Some of the most common photographs taken by the amateur photographer are portraits. By ‘portraits’, I am ignoring the abomination called ‘selfies’, using hand-held phone cameras and in my view,…

Does GoPro make you a Pro as well?

Friday, 31 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 31 By Harry Flashman
The big mover in cameras has to be the GoPro series.  Motorcycle riders have started to sprout these strange appendages on the top of their helmets, and no even semi-serious…

Autography – the way of the future?

Friday, 24 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 30 By Harry Flashman
When digital photography first became affordable for the average photographer, I was not convinced that it would be the success that it has become. I am not a technophobe, but…

The sky’s the limit

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Harry Flashman
For some reason I woke early last week. The time was 5.45 and I staggered to the bedroom window and looked out, in time to be greeted by a brilliant…

Just a touch of dampness

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Harry Flashman
If you haven’t noticed, we have had some particularly inclement weather recently. However, rather than sitting down in front of the goggle box, it is actually time to rush out…

Lighting is everything

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Harry Flashman
With the sophistication in cameras these days, the casual photographer can be excused for thinking that there is nothing to getting good shots. Set the camera’s mode to G for…

Man Ray and Kiki, photography’s existentialists

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Harry Flashman
When you say a city is ‘raunchy’ is your first thought Pattaya? Many countries have found themselves with the title of “raunchy”, and in fact, Pattaya gets its fair swag…

Which lens? For what? And why.

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Harry Flashman
Look! There goes a ‘real’ photographer! Any pro shooter, or even a serious amateur, can be recognized with their photographer’s jacket pockets stuffed with lenses. Fish eye, wide angle, “normal”,…

Playing around and it’s not golf!

Friday, 12 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 24 By Harry Flashman
Last week I mentioned that I came across a case full of filters which I had presumed lost. The treasure trove included Neutral Density filters (ND1-4), red and green filters…

Do you really need ALL that stuff?

Friday, 05 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 23 By Harry Flashman
I have to admit I stumbled across an alloy box the other day, which I hadn’t seen (or missed) for many years. It was one of those items you lug…

Make your photos ‘different’

Friday, 29 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 22 By Harry Flashman
How can you make your photographs stand out from everyone else’s? It’s not all that difficult, but you have to start to cultivate what I call the photographic eye.

Dimming vision and the photographic eye

Friday, 22 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 21 By Harry Flashman
As one gets older, physical activity is important - just getting out of the house or condo can be an enjoyment in itself. This is where photography is so good…

How good is Auto-Focus

Friday, 15 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 20 By Harry Flashman
Today’s young photographers have grown up with Auto-Focus (AF), so they will be unaware of the first AF cameras with ‘whizz’ ‘whizz’ ‘whizz’ as the camera tried to focus, especially…

And a bottle of dark paint

Friday, 08 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 19 By Harry Flashman
My first photography studio was painted white. Not externally, but internally. My next studio was painted black internally, and was a much better studio. Why? It all came back to…

Fooling the diners

Friday, 01 May 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 18 By Harry Flashman
Now that ‘selfies’ seem to be the most important photographs that anyone can take, have you noticed that straight after the posted selfie comes pix of what the person ate?…

Low budget and black velvet

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Harry Flashman
One item required by all pro photographers is a large roll of black velvet. This initially ‘strange’ item has many uses, including what I like to call “low budget special…

Looking at (and through) lenses

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Harry Flashman
I met a young chap who has a keen interest in photography and had a lens on his DSLR, the like of which I had never seen before. It was…
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