I have written before about the photographic opportunities that there are in Thailand with beaches, temples, nightlife and beautiful ladies in abundance. Blue skies, blue waters and amazing islands can be found in any tourist magazine, but do these shots represent the ‘real’ Thailand? The Thailand that you and I live in.
I must buy a new car - or even a ‘newer’ car that does not leak. At this time of year in the wet season, the inside of my car would make a wonderful breeding ground for a family of turtles and the odd goldfish.
Well, it all depends upon which risk do you mean? Risk of self igniting is not very high; however, risk of injury through falling is very high. Take for example, who hasn’t fallen over in the past 12 months? If you didn’t, then you are lucky. The statistics puts it about every 10 months.
Have you ever stopped to ponder on just what a photo is - or better, just what it represents. In actual fact, a standard photograph is merely one moment in time, 1/60th second frozen for eternity. The famous French photographer Lartigue (1894 - 1986), was particularly good at this. So was Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 - 2004), who coined the phrase “the decisive moment,” showing photography can give an air of longevity perhaps?
We have been discussing modern cameras recently, all bristling with settings, modes, applications and operating systems. However, despite all the electronic trickery, there are some basic (non-electronic) items needed to make a good photograph. Let me assure you that “apps” do not have the photographer’s eye. You do!
In recent columns I have been comparing smartphone cameras between themselves, and also against point and shooter compacts. This week I thought I should go back to basics and show why smartphones can only take ‘record’ shots, but DSLR’s can take works of art! Take my word for it, DSLR’s are better!
A few years ago, I never thought I would be writing about the various merits (or otherwise) of the images produced by mobile phones. I am old enough to remember the first mobile phones, which came in a medium-sized suitcase and one had to be a body builder to be strong enough to carry it! And it certainly did not take photos.
Everyone who embarks on the study of photography meets a definition of photography as “painting with light”. Whilst you certainly need light to be able to record an image, lighting is not the be all and end all of photography. In fact, too much lighting is detrimental for any outstanding image.
A friend of mine is doing a photography course by correspondence, and the latest test is portraits. A very important subject, since portraits of people represent around 90 percent of all photographs. With portraits, names like Irving Penn and Richard Avedon come immediately to mind. Many portraitists, especially as photo technology improved, have produced spectacular portraits with dramatic flash strobe lighting, or have used amazing props to give the photo just that little something extra, but was that really needed? I would suggest No!
Photographers develop their skills. The photographic eye is not something you are born with. However, that skill can be learned, and there is no age limit either. In fact, it is probably easier to acquire the photographic eye as you get older, as you will generally have more time to devote to learning.