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mrswoolybill's Blog

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18/01/2015 - 11:04 AM

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 were there, the viewer wasn't. This is often at t...

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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 subject on one of the intersections, your horizon ...

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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) 'Concentrate on getting technique right, you can thin...

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14/01/2015 - 8:31 AM

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, prosaic, boring, and by blocking the middle of th...

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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 read estimates that 95% of all photographs are tak...


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 options open. Use the colour channels ...

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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 light, it depends on light. Light creates the image. ...

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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 to be crowned their 2014 champion next week. Her ...

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08/01/2015 - 2:43 PM

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 with me, this is relevant... Just before Chris...

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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 same problems repeated time and time again. They are ...

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