Posts from the category Technique

Inspiration vs. reason

A friend asked me over the Christmas break how I manage to retain my drive for taking photos. I gave it some thought over the past few days and thought that my answer might be useful or interesting to other photographers or artists and so here it is.

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iPhone and AirTunes

How I’ve hooked up my iPhone, laptop and stereo system to have a 50Gb wireless audio system at home.

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Why opening new browser windows for external links is pointless

Don’t you just hate it when you’ve been using the internet for a little while and you have a mass of browser windows to battle with? Where the hell did that website go, that you were looking at earlier? Both of these annoyances are entirely unnecessary, and this article explains why.

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Niels and the Showgirl

An unplanned shot, taken of volunteer Niels for the One Frame Movie set of photographs I was working on a few weeks back.

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Au Voleur*

The next in my series of theatrical photographs, featuring fellow photographer Tilman Jentzsch.

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Lessons in lighting

A photograph from a session in Zurich, and the lessons in lighting and technique which make it one of the more successful session shots of the past few months.

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Getting good prints from a lab – part 1

Having bought a Mamiya 645 a few months ago, I wanted to make a return to the traditional chemical processing techniques which I used for many years until switching to a digital workflow in 2004. I’m interested in the difference in print quality – in terms of sharpness and colour reproduction – between traditional printing and the scanned negative printed via digital means.

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Hacer in blue

A shot from the Lausanne Strobist day, using in-camera colour balance to create a special effect.

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Running Scared

Continuing on the theme of photographic ideas, here’s another image from a photo session in Zürich a couple of weeks ago, in which lighting played a key part in the shoot. The idea was born when I came across the unusual road markings in the middle of a four-way junction.

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It’s the idea that counts

The most inspirational photographs are often those where the lighting plan doesn’t play a major role; those where the idea and aim of the picture takes the lead.

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Photography in the Swiss railway network

Written confirmation from the media relations team of the SBB/CFF/FFS that photography for private use in their railway stations is allowed and does not require a permit.

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Subtle lighting

A new colleague joined our team at the day job this week, so as usual, I was called into service to take portrait shots for our team’s blog and website.

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“Kelbification”

After seeing a few shots around the internet in a certain darkened, de-saturated style, I asked around to see if anyone was familiar with the post-processing technique which is used to create it.

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Modelling tip number one: don’t hide

If you want to take a photo of someone else that they’ll be happy with, or if you’re being photographed, then here are the most important non-technical tips to remember.

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Stay away from the “Delete” button

By whittling down pictures while you are still shooting, or when you are trying to assess their merits on a tiny little screen, you always run the risk of deleting a shot which later turns out to be one you really like.

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Light in the darkness

With the arrival of warmer weather and longer, sunnier evenings, I am able to begin using a technique which works in many places with dark, deep shadows and small patches of bright sunlight. Here are a few examples and a description of how to achieve this kind of shot. The shots in this article are […]

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Alien abduction

That was the idea, anyway. I’ve been inspired by Nick Turpin’s street shots, using high, undiffused strobes, and have been experimenting on and off with the technique. This is a shot from this evening in the woods near my home, which uses a single flashgun on a 3 metre stand out of shot to the […]

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Marzili funicular, Bern, Switzerland

I’ve been wandering the streets of Bern at lunchtime all week, taking photos of buildings, views and scenes: most of which have been series of individual pictures to bring home and stitch together on the computer. This is one of my more successful results, which is a stitch of 12 pictures to show the panoramic […]

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