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Digital photography – what happens next? The future is here

The digital camera continues to revolutionise our photographic lives. The complicated and expensive days of film are now long gone. But recent years have seen camera technology begin to stagnate. Have we hit a megapixel plateau? Is facial recognition as far as the point and shoot can go? Or is there an exciting future in store for the camera?...more

Everything in focus

Meet the Lytro light-field camera. While still in the early stages of development, hence the lack of images of the camera hardware itself, it is shaping up to change photography in a big way. The new technology allows you to create a one-stop shop photograph that can be selectively focused after the picture has been taken....more on Geeko blog

Auto airbrush

One thing the Lytro can’t fix though is an unforgiving portrait or awkward family photo. There are however some compact cameras currently on the market that say otherwise. Enter the make-up applying point and shoot, which intelligently airbrushes shots to make the subject look better....more

360 degree shooting

Digital cameras are also set to change the way we approach and view photos altogether. Traditionally in order to take a snap you need to have the lens pointed at the subject. Only the widest of wide-angles can pack in about 180 degrees of what you see in front of you. Imagine a camera that can snap absolutely everything around, creating a single snapshot of a scene in its entirety...more

All-purpose bridge

So what direction should camera design be taking? The traditional viewfinder approach to things still seems to be the best way to take photographs. Ergonomics have barely changed since the advent of the SLR and rangefinder years ago. There is, however, one concept from Canon which could drastically change the way we approach a camera. The idea is the ultimate bridge camera with all encompassing wide angle to 500mm zoom. This means the end of heavy camera bags, switching lenses and expensive camera kits.…more


How many of these ideas will get beyond concept is something only time will reveal

Photography Course Dates Oxford May/June

Here is the list of course for which we still have places during our summer term. Full details on our web site

Understanding Your Digital SLR: start dates  – 4th May;  21st May;  9th June
Understanding Your Digital Compact Camera -Due to the many Bank Holidays in May we are unable to run this course but it will be back in the autumn
Introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – starts 4th May
Composition In Photography – Seeing Pictures – starts 5th May
Portrait Photography – starts 9th May
Intermediate Photography – starts 3rd May
Black and White Digital Photography – starts 13th June
Travel Photography starts 9th June
One Day Understanding Your DSLR – 7th May; 19th June; 10th July; 6th August
Garden & Plant Photography 12th June

To book a place please send an email and we will make a reservation for you and ask you to call with payment details so that we can confirm your place. Payment will not be taken until a week before the course starts.

15 Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras Used By Pro Photographers

This is an interesting article where the author has asked a number of photographers which point and shoot (compact) camera they use. Mine by the way is a Canon G10

“Do professional photographers really use point-and-shoot cameras? Surprisingly, yes.

Using Facebook and Twitter, I just completed a little of my own unscientific research. I wanted to find out which digital point-and-shoot is the camera-of-choice among professional photographers. Just over 50 professional photographers responded, and most of them are included here.

Some well-known photographers responded to my call, including: Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers David Hume Kennerly and Brian Smith; “StrobistDavid Hobby; Washington DC photojournalist David Burnett; Outdoor/Adventure photographer Corey Rich; and Lifestyle/Advertising photographer Tom Hussey.

I asked each photographer the same questions: What camera do you use; what gadgets and add-on accessories do you use; do you have any pro-level advice for others using this camera; and I asked them to supply a picture they shot with the camera.”

If you want to see what is shot by who read on

Although not asked to contribute I would say I like my G10, I bought it because I wanted a compact camera with an optical viewfinder and with aperture priority controls and exposure compensation. Here is my picture

How to make your photographers better, to stand out from the crowd

“Digital cameras have completely revolutionized the photography industry. With more convenient, cheaper and higher quality cameras now available on the market, it seems everyone owns a point and shoot or DSLR. More recently, social media brought this growth explosion to the next level, encouraging many people around the world to share their work online. Popular social media sites like Facebook host over 15-billion unique images and with its current rate of growth, users are expected to upload 30 billion more images this year alone. These sites, whether primarily built for photographers or not, are growing rapidly. In such a huge network how can you differentiate your visual artistry from the rest of the pack? Here are some tips to make sure your photographs don’t get lost in the crowd.” writes Chase Guttman in this interesting article found here on the Lightstalking blog

What he has to say is the basis of our teaching at The Oxford School of Photography. Our courses teach technique but more importantly, that your pictures are better because of how you see rather than the value of your equipment. Learning how to use your DSLR is vitally important because without control of  your camera you are at the mercy of it’s automatic functions, but beyond that it is about how you see and respond to the subjects before you, we address these areas in our Composition course and in the new Travel Photography course which starts on June 9th. We also explore deeper into the motivations of photographers to understand why we take take pictures and how we can infuse them with more meaning and purpose on our Intermediate Course.

Chase also has a blog site that covers similar ground to that which we aim to highlight and you might like to have a look at his Photography Tip World you cannot get too much of a good thing and we try to bring you the best. As our family motto goes, “Too much is not enough”

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Photography Courses for January – April

We run our courses 3 times a year pretty much in line with school terms. This term we have a full range of courses and the dates are here

Understanding Your Digital SLR: 4 start dates – 25.1.11; 7.3.11; 12.3.11; 17.3.11

Understanding Your Digital Compact Camera – 8.3.11

Introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – 7.3.11

Composition In Photography – Seeing Pictures – 3.3.11

Portrait Photography: – 27.1.11

Intermediate Photography – Summer term 2011, this cannot run this term because it is too dark in the evenings to undertake the class practical sessions

Black and White Digital Photography – 26.1.11

One Day Understanding Your DSLR – 4 different dates 29.1.11; 13.2.11; 5.3.11; 3.4.11