Oxford School of Photography

insights into photography

Monthly Archives: June 2013

55+ Great Photography Tutorials

From Tripwire a host of tutorials covering a vast array of different photography subject areas

By following detailed photography tutorials you can learn new techniques and be inspired by experienced photographers.

Photography is a great passion for many people and the possibilities for creating stunning shots are endless with the right equipment and skills. Some photographers are exceptional at capturing time and situations forever. While a bit of luck and good timing is required, many technical elements need to be just right. In many cases it requires patience, planning and a good sense for details to capture the best photo. In addition, many photographers today use after processing in tools like Photoshop. I personally think that learning some image enhancement techniques is useful as well.

Since we have been presenting various showcases of photography styles over time, I thought it would be a great idea to share some useful tips, tricks and tutorials. The availability of free material online for learning various techniques of photography is impressive but it takes time to filter out the useful stuff. I made an attempt by collecting more than 55 great photography tutorials.

Catch all 55 tutorials here

APTOPIX Germany Polar Bear Cub

Chloe Dewe Mathews’s best photograph – Uzbek migrant workers

The Guardian has a best shot feature and now it is showing this beautiful picture by Chloe Dewe Mathews

Uzbek migrant workers in Kazakhstan

Photograph: Chloe Dewe Mathews

Chloe is currently  the artist-in-residence at St John’s College, Oxford University.

So very big thumbs up to St John’s

Here is the start of the article about this picture as found in the Guardian

In 2010, I hitch-hiked from China all the way back to Britain. At one point, I found myself near Aktau, on the Caspian coast of Kazakhstan, after thumbing a lift with a Dutch oil worker. I glanced out of the window and saw an almost celestial group of figures, dressed from head to toe in white, moving silently between great columns of chalk. It was quite blinding and I wondered what was going on. We whizzed past, but the scene just played on in my mind. I thought: “I’ve got to return to this place and find out what it is.”…..READ MORE

Natural Light Portraits

We run a course on Portrait photography that teaches how to use natural light rather than having to rely upon flash. This is a popular course because most people would like to take better portraits of their family and friends but find the process daunting. We approach every aspect of this, first the technical, how to manage light, how to use the camera and what accessories you might need to get the best results. Then we look at what you must do as a photographer to get the best out of your subjects. Some of this is covered in this article on Lightstalking

For some photos, nothing beats the natural beauty of ambient light. When used correctly natural light can create soft portraits that bring out great looking skin tones and display a seemingly perfect balance between shadows and highlights. As limiting as it may initially seem, shooting with natural light can offer a pretty diverse range of lighting styles.

How to Find The Perfect Window Lighting

There can be a learning curve to using natural light effectively, especially when shooting indoors where your options may be more limited in regards to finding usable light. It goes without saying you should locate a room in your indoor space that is home to a window…..MORE

Here are a couple of images from our current course.

Portraits-Tony-3©Tony Haupt

IMG_2441

© Anna Indrzejczyk

 

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

An exhibition of images from the fashion world as seen at Conde Nast. The thing that is so wonderful about this exhibition is the amazing photographers who have contributed to the magazine over the years and the truly exceptional images they created.

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Erwin Blumenfeld, American Vogue, March 1945

Erwin Blumenfeld, American Vogue, March 1945Photograph: Erwin Blumenfeld/Condé Nas

A new exhibition in Edinburgh gathers the work of over 80 notable fashion photographers, including Edward Steichen, Norman Parkinson, Albert Watson and Sølve Sundsbø, to showcase their work for the publishing house.
Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast is at City Art Centre, Edinburgh until 8 September

Fashion photography – glamorous, provocative, beautiful, accomplished, and magical – has been associated with some of the most famous names in the history of the medium since the early years of the 20th century.

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Who is this for? – All
Dates: 15 June 2013 – 8 September 2013
Cost: £5; Concessions £3.50; £2.50 for children aged 5 to 16 inclusive; £11 for a family ticket for two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Other ticketing options are available; please ask at the venue.

The great American photographer Edward Steichen took what were probably the first fashion photographs in 1911. Since then it has become a unique platform for experimentation, balanced between commerce and creativity, recording the Zeitgeist and capturing individual dreams and desires.

The legendary publisher Condé Nast recognised this very early on and created a distinctive style for his magazines, elevating haute couture and turning fashion photography into an art form. With his keen sense for discovering new talents, he found the best photographers and promoted their careers, a tradition continued by subsequent editors and art directors at Condé Nast.

The exhibition shows early work by such luminaries as Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld, Helmut Newton, David Bailey, Guy Bourdin, Corinne Day, Mario Testino and Sølve Sundsbø as it appeared in the pages of Vogue, Glamour and other Condé Nast publications.

With unprecedented access to the Condé Nast archives in New York, Paris, London and Milan, the curator Nathalie Herschdorfer has gathered original prints, as well as pages from the actual magazines. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see the work of over eighty photographers right at the outset of their careers.

This exhibition has been organised by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with City Art Centre, Edinburgh.

Edward Steichen, American Vogue, December 1923

Edward Steichen, American Vogue, December 1923Photograph: Edward Steichen/Condé Nast

Clifford Coffin, American Vogue, June 1949

Clifford Coffin, American Vogue, June 1949Photograph: Clifford Coffin/Condé Nast

Norman Parkinson, Glamour, October 1949

Norman Parkinson, Glamour, October 1949Photograph: Norman Parkinson/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

John Rawlings, American Vogue, March 1943

John Rawlings, American Vogue, March 1943Photograph: John Rawlings/Condé Nast

VI00209D0000_000004ALDRID

Image: Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia, September 2002

See more images on The Guardian pages here

Vogue Magazine article
Glamour Magazine article

The electrification of Los Angeles: a photographic history

The title of this piece gives little hint as the wealth of images held in the archive of the Edison Electrical Company. Los Angeles’ chief electrical supplier, Edison, commissioned photographers to document the electrification of the city. The result is an extraordinary archive of 70,000-plus images – some of them reproduced here – that form an evocative social portrait. This is an exceptional example of how industry used photography as a means of documenting their work but also showing the grand sweep of social history. It is a huge shame that industry, business, governments no longer consider the photographic image as important.

HOMEPAGE 1 FINAL

South Pasadena Recreation Center

South Pasadena recreation centerPhotograph: Doug White/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

 

People Living in all Electric Home, 1955.

People living in an “all electric home”, 1955Photograph: Joseph Fadler/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Wilco Gas & Sieberling Tire Store, 1954.

Wilco Gas & Sieberling Tire Store, 1954Photograph: Joseph Fadler/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Pokey's Restaurant, Beverly Drive at Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 1955.

Pokey’s restaurant, Beverly Drive at Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 1955Photograph: Joseph Fadler/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Shopping Bag Market, Los Angeles

Pokey’s restaurant, Beverly Drive at Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 1955Photograph: Joseph Fadler/The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

See more of this collection here

Thanks to The Guardian and   for alerting us to this

 

 

Ageing and creative decline in photography

“Photographers never want to talk about the fact that they may well be in decline. It’s the greatest taboo subject of all,” says Martin Parr in our special issue devoted to ageing, available now on newsstands, on the iPad and the iPhone. We spoke to photographers aged 19 to 100 about their career highs and how they keep their work fresh in the face of creative decline. ….

How do photographers keep their work fresh in the face of what Martin Parr describes as “probably the greatest taboo subject of all” – creative decline? In the June edition of BJP, we spoke to photographers aged 19 to 100 and asked them when they think they were at their peak. Do photographers hit their stride in their thirties, or is that merely a myth?

 The June issue of BJP, which centres around the issue of age, is available from today at newsstands in the UK, and on the iPad and iPhone worldwide.

It features exclusive interviews with Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Alec Soth, Saul Leiter, David Goldblatt, Duane Michals, Brian Griffin, Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Wolf Suschitzky, Olivia Bee, Max Pinckers, Anna Orlowska, Anouk Kruithof and Lorenzo Vitturi.

Below, some of our highlights: see the article here

Olivia Bee, 19
“I don’t like to be known only by my age, but I know that because I’m 19 my age is a ‘thing’. It has always been a thing. I would prefer to be known as a photographer or an artist, rather than as a 19-year-old photographer.”

olivia-bee

Image © Olivia Bee

Duane Michals, 81
“I was a late bloomer. I didn’t become a photographer until I was 28, and I didn’t go to photography school. In many ways, I’ve been a wolf in the hen house, dancing around what photography does rather than showing the world as it is. A photograph shows nothing.”

duane-michalsMolly Bloom, 2012. Image © Duane Michals, courtesy of DC Moore Gallery

Read our highlights

Frontline Freelance Register created to help freelance war reporters

Frontline Club’s Vaughan Smith has launched the Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body created to help freelance war journalists and photographers…….

vaughansmith

Vaughan Smith – Image courtesy of Frontline Club
The Frontline Freelance Register is a new representative body for freelance conflict photographers and journalists, created to “address the current gaps in the media landscape and [for freelancers] to take responsibility for their own safety and security,” says Vaughan Smith of the Frontline Club in London.

 “I think this is all linked to the coverage of the Syrian conflict, which is increasingly being conducted by freelancers,” he tells BJP in a phone interview, hours before news emerged that two journalists, including photographer Edouard Elias, had been abducted on their way to Aleppo in Syria. “The dangers are obviously great. In fact, I think it’s hard to find anything else in the past two decades that has been as dangerous for journalists as Syria has become.”…

 

Ian Parry Scholarship calls for entries

Young photographers aged 24 and under, as well as photography students of any age, have until 01 August to enter this year’s Ian Parry Scholarship, worth £3500…..

Created by Aidan Sullivan, the Ian Parry Scholarship is dedicated to 24-year-old photojournalist Ian Parry, who died while on assignment for The Sunday Times during the Romanian revolution in 1989.

 The Scholarship is a £3500 cash prize that goes toward the cost of a chosen assignment, which will then be published in The Sunday Times Magazine. In addition, World Press Photo automatically accepts the winner onto its final list of nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. Highly commended and commended entrants will also receive £500 each……
For more details, and to enter, visit www.ianparry.org.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show

For many people the reason to get a camera out is to photograph flowers. Flower shows such as Chelsea or Hampton Court provide wonderful opportunities but often crowds too. A flower show closer to home might be the perfect answer and this weekend at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock there is a flower show  We can’t promise fine weather but there will be fine flowers

BlenheimHeader

The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show: Win tickets and a stay at The Lensbury hotel

Portraits of women – by the men who loved them

 writes in The Guardian about a new exhibition in Madrid.

Some of the greatest photos ever taken were by men whose muses were their own wives, as two breathtaking shows at PhotoEspaña 2013 prove

emmetgowinbp

Edith, 1963 by Emmet Gowin

The Azca gallery is tucked at the back of a shopping mall opposite Real Madrid’s towering Bernabeu Stadium. It’s the unlikely setting for one of the most interesting shows in this year’s PhotoEspaña festival: the first European retrospective of the American photographer Emmet Gowin. The show includes his later landscapes, the most dramatic of which capture the volcano Mount St Helens in Washington, US, just after it erupted in 1980. But it is his images of home and family that remain his most evocative……Gowin studied under the great Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design, another photographer who made his wife his enduring subject. Callahan’s work is paired with that of Edward Weston in an exhibition at PhotoEspaña entitled……

edward westonEdward Weston, Untitled. Photograph: Edward Weston / Center for Creative Photography

It is a study in contrasts, with Weston’s formal approach turning every nude female into a study of light, shade and shape, while Callahan’s images of his wife, Eleanor seem more intimate and less rigorously posed……..

Read the full article here

If you are going to Spain then you might like to check out this exhibition

b_ad69f37c765ecb2f86b9ba8a39c7a5ab0982eb93

International Festival
of photography and visual arts