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Ed Verosky – blog and newsletter

Morning, or afternoon or even evening depending on when you receive/read this….  I get the regular email newsletters from Ed Verosky who has an excellent blog site with tips and tutorials predominately about portraiture. Aimed at the professional or aspiring professional, the blog has many great ideas. I like what Ed has to say, he often makes sense, here is a sample from his last newsletter which I completely agree with …

“I think it’s true that you can accomplish so much more, in general, by shooting creatively, trying to make each shot count, and trying to get things right “in the camera,” as they like to say. Going for good exposures that only require fast, standard batch processing through your Lightroom or Aperture software is usually the best approach. When dealing with high-volume situations, like weddings and portraiture sets, it’s necessary. Can you imagine trying to “fix” individual images when you have several hundred to work with? I realize it’s easier said than done, but strive for an ideal of no fixing in post. Enhancing is another story, and great to do if you have time.”

In the courses we run at The Oxford School of Photography we always recommend getting it right in the camera, we teach that the attitude of ‘it’ll do, I can fix it in Photoshopis a mistake.

Have a look at Ed’s various sites, newsletter and blogs I am sure you will find it useful and interesting, here is a picture he discusses in his latest newsletter

That “headshot” look

“I’ve always wondered how headshot photographers got that headshot look. Well, I’ve been playing around and I think I have a handle on how they get “the look”. It’s not even that I especially like the look, but it’s almost expected from modeling agencies, as far as I can tell. This manipulation that I’m about to show you won’t make up for bad lighting, but it will make your “normal” looking images look more like model and actor headshots.” Full tutorial here…

Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

Long Exposure Photography is something that can take your breath away when you get it right. Here are some shots to get you inspired (plus some tips below the pics on these techniques).

New Year’s resolutions for photographers – it’s not too late

Instead of making the same ho-hum New Year’s resolutions you break every year, consider these resolutions specifically for photographers. It’s easy to fall into photography ruts. This year, make it a point to try new things, break old habits, and push your gear and talent to new limits.

Tom Dinnings Blog

I enjoy reading photography blogs that are more than just technical, I like the fact that photographers are engaged, interested, visual, aware people who look to see. Tom Dinning’s blog explores subject matter beyond the obvious and raises issues that are thought provoking. In this post he posits that using a camera in auto mode releases the photographer to see better.  I am not sure I completely agree with this but I do agree with Tom that it is vitally important that people interested in photography learn to see. Read this post and see if you think he has a point. Here is a brief sample of the post

“My original attempts at teaching photography revolved around the technical stuff and darkroom processing. That was because I was young and believed in the power of ‘how’ and not ‘why’ we take photographs. Many years have passes and I am a better person for it.
As my grandson would say: ‘I’m over cameras’. Sure, I can afford the best but I find myself looking more through the lens than at it. I think my images have improved as a result. So, now when I teach I talk about concepts and composition instead of aperture and focal length. Most of the time I tell my students to set their camera’s on ‘auto’ and concentrate on what they want to see in the viewfinder.”

Tom Dinning