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I make no great claims for my photography. But I do try very hard not to be boring.
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  • Litter - the community can fight back...

    Discussion on a recent upload reminded me yet again that if there is one non-photographic subject guaranteed to get people agitated here it is litter. It's a problem that is constantly evolving but never improving. We live in a throw-away culture...0


    28 Jan 2017 5:31PM  |  Read


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  • Community Photography

    Bear with me for a bit, I'll come to the point eventually... Some years ago, a Newcastle businessman called John Moreels, last in line in the old family firm of Ward Philipson Printers, was in the process of retiring and selling up the business prem...0

    17 Jan 2016 11:24AM  |  Read


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  • Long-sightedness and a steep learning curve

    A New Year, a new toy. I have been thinking for a long time about getting a compact camera, something neat and convenient, to fit in my handbag. I've seen Bill with his Emergency Lumix, and how he gets pictures that I miss out on. The D7000 is ser...0

    1 Jan 2016 9:23AM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts – addenda...

    What seems like an age ago, but was actually less than a fortnight, I listed some of the things that we find ourselves typing on a regular basis in the Critique Gallery. I managed to omit quite a lot. Here are a few more, in random order: You we...0

    18 Jan 2015 11:04AM  |  Read


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  • 7 ½ – The Notorious Rule of Thirds....

    Photography has its Rules. Do a Google search and you will find lists... The most frequently quoted is The Rule of Thirds, which says - Divide the frame up into nine equal rectangles using two horizontal and two vertical lines, and aim to place your ...0

    16 Jan 2015 3:30PM  |  Read


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  • 7 –Composition isn't just arty-farty pretension...

    Along with light, composition is my big interest in the Critique Gallery. It matters. It's about how we involve viewers, get them sufficiently interested to look at pictures, to explore them. I get very annoyed when I hear (as I do sometimes) 'Co...0

    15 Jan 2015 2:34PM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts 6 – Placement

    Something else that we say a lot in the Critique Gallery – Think about where you put your subject in the frame. Don't just plonk it in the middle. Central placement can give a sense of strength, stability, power. It is also liable to look static,...0

    14 Jan 2015 8:31AM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts 5 – Landscape, portrait, square crop

    More things that we say frequently in the Critique Gallery. This is the first of three closely related items, and I'm moving into an area that I am passionately interested in. Composition in its broadest sense – how we construct an image. I've ...0

    12 Jan 2015 1:21PM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts 4 – Black & white

    My list of the things that we write regularly in the Critique Gallery included a few points regarding b&w conversions: Better to avoid in-camera b&w – convert later, bearing in mind all the possibilities that your software allows. That keeps your...0

    11 Jan 2015 2:13PM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts 3 – Light is everything...

    Continuing my exploration of things that get repeated week on week in the Critique Gallery. This entry will be a bit shorter because the message is simple and clear-cut. The word *photography means drawing with light. Photography is all about lig...0

    10 Jan 2015 1:00PM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts 2 – Shutter speed

    Continuing my trawl through the things that I've spent a lot of time repeating in the Critique Gallery... A couple of years ago we were at the Sage Gateshead with a photographer friend. She's the leading light of a local camera club, expected ...0

    9 Jan 2015 12:30PM  |  Read


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  • Idle thoughts 1 - Take control

    Yesterday's post was my first ever blog. Yes, Folks, I Was A Blog Virgin... Anyway I listed some of the things that we say most frequently in the Critique Gallery. Now I'm going to look at them individually. I'm starting in the kitchen. Bear...0

    8 Jan 2015 2:43PM  |  Read


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  • Idle observations from inside the Critique Team

    I've been on the Critique Team nearly two years now, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It's wonderful seeing people's enthusiasm blossom as they gain greater confidence and ability – particularly new-comers to photography. We do see a lot of the sam...0

    7 Jan 2015 11:39AM  |  Read


    Views : 570