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Don't copy everyone else

Don't copy everyone else - Sam Furlong explains why finding your own angle can make a great picture.

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Sam Furlong

Sam Furlong is a photojournalist working out of the South West of England for the UK's national press. If you read any of the UK national newspapers you probably see Sam's work on a daily basis without realising it.

See www.sfotos.co.uk for more information.

Here's why Sam thinks getting your own angle can pay off:

"You don't always have to slavishly do what all the other photographers at an event are doing. Sure, do that as well but look for your own angle, preferably something that no one else is doing.

Recently, at the Weston beach race I did all the close in wide angle action with all the other photographers as the bikes raced across the dunes but noticed that almost no one was getting anything as the bikes raced across the flat part of the course near the waters edge. Fed up with getting covered in sand and choked by fumes I went and fetched an 800mm out of the car and shot a rather more serene image straight into the light as the bikes approached the end of the long straight at the end of the beach. It's probably my favourite shot of the day."

Weston beach race
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