Oxford School of Photography

insights into photography

Monthly Archives: March 2014

Pictures of the Week: February 21, 2014

From The Denver Post

This week was marked by protests around the world. Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union.

Thai farmers battle with soldiers as they protest the government’s repeatedly delayed payments for rice submitted to the pledging scheme at the government’s temporary office in Bangkok on February 17, 2014. Thai opposition demonstrators besieged government offices on February 17, including a compound that has been used as a temporary headquarters by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in defiance of authorities who have vowed to reclaim key state buildings.

TOPSHOTS-OLY-2014-SKI-ALPINE-SUPERG-MEN

Volunteers smooth the piste during the Men’s Alpine Skiing Super-G at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014. PETER PARKSPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

APTOPIX Philippines Fire

Filipino firemen take a rest after controlling a fire in Manila, Philippines on Sunday Feb. 16, 2014. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that gutted a bank and several establishments in Manila’s Ermita district. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

***BESTPIX*** Violence Escalates As Kiev Protests Continue

Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

APTOPIX Afghanistan Daily Life

An Afghan internally displaced girl looks through a window made of a broken car windshield at their home in a poor neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

See more here

Charlie White exhibition

There is a new exhibition featured on the RPS website by Charlie White, this is what the site says about his new work

In Self Portrait Charlie White continues his investigation of portraiture in a series of figure studies that collapse the classical nude and the contemporary naked self-shot, and he also introduces his first series of still-life photographs: cornucopia-like compositions which operate as corollary to the naked figures. Self Portrait addresses the dominance of the “self” in popular photographic forms, relating these shared vanities to the temporal operations of sexualized self-shots trafficked across platforms such as Craigslist, Backpage, and, 4chan. Naked figures employing the lens as a communication tool and solicitation device are paired with grabbing hands pilfering tabletops of Flemish-inspired abundance, offering a reassessment of the images of self-commodification and survival in our current moment…..READ MORE HERE

Image

© Charlie White / Naked Girl Reclining, Looking Towards Camera, 2014Within these new works, White continues his use of gridded spaces and planes based on the bottommost layer found “under” the image in digital software—a structure itself derived from the Cartesian system used in Renaissance painting. White’s gridded planes—which have functioned as a sort of measuring tool for his subjects—here become a dimensional space, mapping the x-y coordinates of his subjects and still lifes. This “nowhere space,” without skin or surface, provides a blank plane for analysis and critique.

Image

Self Portrait will open at Loock Galerie on March 14, 7–9pm and runs from 15 March 15–26 April 2014

Loock Galerie, Potsdamer Straße 63, 10785 Berlin

– See more here

Best camera 2013: the top DSLRs and CSCs of the past year

We did a round up of camera recommendations at the end of last year but if you missed those this post will tell you everything you need to know about the best cameras from each type to buy from Digital Camera World

What a vintage year for good cameras! There has never been a bigger choice of quality models available at such great prices, so finding the best camera of 2013 is a real challenge.

Nevertheless, in this seasonal guide we reveal our favourite DSLRs and system cameras, hand-picked by our expert testing team.

All of the cameras featured in this Best Camera 2013 guide will deliver great results, and that is guaranteed.

Best_camera_2013_DCM146.budget_CSCs.main_Read the full report here

 

Luigi Ghirri Photographer

I came across this photographer when watching a video on the Art of Photography series on colour theory . I had never heard of Ghirri before and so was interested to track down some of his images which remind me in some way of Eggleston and Leiter and maybe Nadav Kander. My tracking brought me to Dazed, a site not my state of being where there are images and a biog, have a look.

ImageImageImageImage

 

Revered for its bright colours and naturally high contrast, Eastman Kodak’s iconic Kodachromefilm remained a favourite amongst professional and amateur photographers alike for decades after its introduction in 1935. As Steve McCurry said of the now-discontinued film after shooting the last roll to come of the assembly line a few years ago: “Kodachrome had more poetry in it, a softness, an elegance.” 

Perhaps it was that soft elegance that inspired the legendary Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri’sunique style when he first began taking pictures of his surroundings in the early 1970s. Born in Scandiano in the northeastern part of Italy in 1942, Ghirri moved to the city of Modena in his twenties, where he put on his first exhibitions and developed a deep passion for the medium. He would spend the rest of his life on a quest to analyse his environments through the complex language of the camera, pioneering Italian colour photography in the process.  READ MORE FROM DAZED

The 55 best photographers of all time. In the history of the world. Ever. Definitely.

This is just the sort of list to have you fuming or nodding, I had never heard of no. 55 and I will not give away the surprises included so go an look for your self

The best photographers of all time? Surely there can be no definitive list! We’re not afraid of courting controversy here at Digital Camera World. OK, maybe we are a little bit, which is why we thought it was time to be bold for once! Over the years we’ve interviewed a number of famous photographers and been inspired by each of them, but one thing we often hear from readers, social media followers and others is… “who are the best photographers of all time?”

It’s a good question! We put on our thinking caps and took a stab it. From Digital Camera World

final_pins3_6

Bill Gekas Photographer

You may have seen some of the portraits Bill Gekas makes of his daughter, if not I am sure you will be entertained by those here and I recommend you visit his site because there are many more to enjoy.

Born and residing in Melbourne Australia, Bill Gekas is a multi awarded and published fine art portrait photographer. Self taught and by learning the intricacies of photography since the mid 90’s, his admiration and respect for the works by the old master painters has influenced his stylistic approach to the craft.  Practicing the art of photography and constantly refining his style.

Here is a description of the work on Lightstalking 

Artists around the world have long been inspired by the works of Old Masters like Rembrandt, Raphael and Vermeer. Emulating their style has never been easy, especially in photography. When Australian photographer Bill Gekas wanted to recreate the style through his photographs, he chose to feature his five-year-old daughter as the subject.

These images of his daughter, named Athena, take you a couple of centuries back in time. Careful planning goes into each photograph with utmost attention to the details like costume, props, and the lighting so as to remain faithful to the style and the era. Bill deserves appreciation not just for the idea and its flawless execution but also for the excellent post processing work that creates magical artwork. Athena deserves as much appreciation for being an adorable subject who poses beautifully in each of the images.

Here is an interesting interview with Bill on dps

Bill-Gekas-1

Bill-Gekas-7

Bill-Gekas-21

Bill-Gekas-24

Bill-Gekas-2

Bill-Gekas-23

Bill-Gekas-11

Bill-Gekas-5

Bill-Gekas-6

Bill-Gekas-8

Bill-Gekas-3

Bill-Gekas-14

10 things Nikon should do next

From N Photo via Digital Camera World we find this fascinating article

Recently our friends at N-Photo sat down for one of their usual afternoon summits. Only this time, rather than musing on the next issue of the magazine, the team produced a series of ground-breaking ideas for future Nikon DSLRs!

Their only criteria in plotting Nikon’s future was that their idea has to be technically possible, genuinely useful or jaw-droppingly clever.

Prepare to be amazed as we reveal their vision for the future…

Nikon-DX-format-DSLR-cameras 

1. Electronic level information embedded in EXIF data

Many Nikon DSLRs already have electronic levels, and it surely wouldn’t be difficult to encode the tilt of the camera at the time the shot was taken into the image’s EXIF data. Your software could then correct any tilt automatically!
Angela Nicholson, Head of Testing

2. Touch-screen displays

Not for taking control of the camera completely, but for quickly selecting menu options, or for zooming in on image in playback mode. It would save lots of boring button-pressing. The on-screen interface on the D3000/D5000 series is crying out for touch-screen control!

Sony World Photography Awards 2014: official shortlists revealed

The shortlist for the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 has been announced by the World Photography Organisation, and below we have published a gallery of highlights from both the Professional and Open Competition shortlists.

The WPO reports a record number of entries int he Sony World Photography Awards 2014 contest – 139,554 images from photographers in 166 countries.

All of the images on the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 shortlist will feature at London’s Somerset House from 1-18 May as part of the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 Exhibition, and the winning and finalist images will also be published in the Sony World Photography Awards 2014 book.

Winners of the Open and Youth Competition categories will be announced on 18 March 2014, and Professional category winners will be revealed at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 30 April, when the overall L’Iris D’Or winner will be named.

Muddy Smile

Zeybeks

Homebound

What are you staring at !?See more here

 

Melting Glaciers, Joe Raedle’s photographs from Greenland

“Climate change is here. We can deny it or we can study it and try to work on ways to understand it,” Getty photographer Joe Raedle explains.

Normally, Raedle can be found working in the center of conflicts like the 2011 revolution in Libya where he was captured and imprisoned for 4 days shortly before fellow photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed there. However, Raedle was struck by the destruction caused by a different kind of disaster in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern U.S. coast. In the wake of the flooding and large-scale devastation caused by the storm, Raedle decided to pitch a story on climate change.

“One reason I pitched it was because it wasn’t something I was normally doing. It was very exciting. I didn’t know what to expect,” Raedle notes.

In July 2013, Raedle traveled to Greenland for three and a half weeks to photograph the melting glaciers and the environmental research going on in the ice-covered country. With help from the National Science Foundation, Raedle spent ten days with researchers photographing everything from remote research camps and underground pits to frozen lakes and vast snow canyons.

“It was a beautiful moment to be in that environment where people are trying to understand what is going on and really appreciate the land we walk on.”

Raedle spent the remainder of his time with locals in Greenland, even taking a boat ride over two hours long to attend a wedding in a remote village. Adapting to change is nothing new for native Greenlanders and the melting glaciers have actually brought new resources and opportunities to the area, Raedle discovered. “I thought I was just going to this giant glacier, but there is a whole vibrant country there. It was much more lively and modern than I expected.”    Katie Wood, kwood@denverpost.com

Greenland:  A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming

GLACIAL ICE SHEET, GREENLAND – JULY 17:  Water is seen on part of the glacial ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of the country is seen on July 17, 2013 on the Glacial Ice Sheet, Greenland.  As the sea levels around the globe rise, researchers affilitated with the National Science Foundation and other organizations are studying the phenomena of the melting glaciers and its long-term ramifications. The warmer temperatures that have had an effect on the glaciers in Greenland also have altered the ways in which the local populace farm, fish, hunt and even travel across land.  In recent years, sea level rise in places such as Miami Beach has led to increased street flooding and prompted leaders such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to propose a $19.5 billion plan to boost the citys capacity to withstand future extreme weather events by, among other things, devising mechanisms to withstand flooding.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Greenland:  A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming

QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND – JULY 30:  Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Boats are a crucial mode of transportation in the country that has few roads. As cities like Miami, New York and other vulnerable spots around the world strategize about how to respond to climate change, many Greenlanders simply do what theyve always done: adapt.  “Were used to change, said Greenlander Pilu Neilsen. “We learn to adapt to whatever comes. If all the glaciers melt, well just get more land.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Greenland:  A Laboratory For The Symptoms Of Global Warming

Sarah Das from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution looks at a canyon created by a meltwater stream on July 16, 2013 on the Glacial Ice Sheet, Greenland. She is part of a team of scientists that is using Global Positioning System sensors to closely monitor the evolution of the surface lakes and the motion of the surrounding ice sheet. As the sea levels around the globe rise researchers affiliated with the National Science Foundation and other organizations are studying the melting glaciers and the long-term ramifications. In recent years, sea level rise in places such as Miami Beach has led to increased street flooding and prompted leaders such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to propose a $19.5 billion plan to boost the city’s capacity to withstand future extreme weather events by, among other things, devising mechanisms to withstand flooding.   (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

See all of the images here

10 wedding photography mistakes every beginner will make (and how to get better)

From Digital Camera World

Shooting a wedding is one of the toughest assignments that a photographer can take on, there are lots of potential issues and the stakes are incredibly high. To help out, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, has compiled a list of the most common wedding photography mistakes that photographers make when starting out shooting weddings, along with some of her best wedding photography tips for how to avoid them. 

bad-wedding-photos13-1296904033

Beginner Wedding Photography Mistakes: 01 Inexperience

If your family and friends know that you own a DSLR or advanced compact system camera, the chances are pretty high that at some point you will be asked to photograph a wedding.

It’s important to be realistic about your capabilities and experience before you commit to shooting a wedding – especially if you are to be paid to do so.

Be honest with the couple about your experience and don’t allow anyone to bully you into taking on the job to save money if you are not confident.