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Daily Archives: July 16, 2013

Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Self-Portraits So They Stand Out

I’m not sure self portraits are ever easy but there are some good tips here and if you feel like doing more than a “selfie” this would be a good place to start looking. The article by Jason Little is a photographer (shooting macros, portraits, candids, and the occasional landscape), part time writer, and full time lover of music. You can see Jason’s photography on his photography blog or on Flickr. is on Lightstalking

Most people, especially when starting out in photography, find self-portraits to be a nerve-wracking venture; and some, to be sure, never really get over the disquieting dread that accompanies having to get in front of the camera when they’re so accustomed to being behind it.

It’s normal, I guess. We could probably engage in a lengthy and ultimately convoluted discussion about self-esteem, body image, and a whole host of other psychological implications related to why some people don’t like looking at themselves, but that’s not going to fix anyone is it? I doubt it. There are plenty of websites you could visit to try and work all that stuff out, but before you go, allow me to run a few ideas by you; ideas that might ease you into making self-portraits or, if you are already making them, some ideas on how to improve them. You never know, it could be the creative spark you need to help you overcome your fear of self-inflicted photographs.….MORE


Telepathy by Daniela Vladimirova, on Flickr


Wendy Aldiss and Square Magazine

Wendy, who has been on a number of courses at The Oxford School of Photography has recently been published in Square Magazine. This is a new and photographically vibrant magazine showing work of an unusual but still accessible nature. If you are fed up with photography magazines full of obvious landscapes, dull portraits, wildlife you would just like to kill and eat before you die of boredom then this magazine is probably for you. I don’t know about how you submit for publication but I can think of a few people (Jane, Scott, Gunilla – you know who you are) who should find out how and do so. Anyway here are some of Wendy’s pictures and the accompanying text. Well done Wendy

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All images ©Wendy Aldiss

To see all of the portfolios in the magazine go here

The dos (and don’t) of summer photography

 on The Guardian Photography pages has hints and tips that he could have stolen from us at OSP Towers, as he didn’t and he has written them up with such clear prose we recommend you head over there and find out how to do it

The sun is out which means it’s time to get snap-happy. With a bit of know how and some advice from the pros, you too can take striking images……Summer’s here! At least it was when this guide went to press, though anything could have happened in the few days since. Still, the holiday season is definitely upon us, so here are a few dos (and one don’t) to help you take better photographs, whether you’re using a £1,000 SLR, a £100 point-and-shoot, or the camera built into your smartphone…..Read the article here


kids taking summer photos in Italy

Photograph: Martin Parr/Magnum Photos