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The 7 Deadly Photo Mistakes

Not sure why deadly, and that there are only 7 but the cheeky chaps over at photoformula.com have put together a free downloadable pdf that has seven essential points you need to think about as a photographer.

It’s a work of love to an extent.  Here are just a few of the things you can learn from it:

  1. What 4CS is!  (This is a little technique, that when I tell you, you won’t believe how simple it is).  But honestly, when I was told about it, I had a HUGE “ah ha” moment.  From that moment on, I haven’t looked through a camera viewfinder the same way
  2. How to make every portrait pop and look BEAUTIFUL!  This again is so simple, but hardly anyone does it (can anyone say webcam photos).
  3. How to get “tack sharp” images and how to forget about noisy images
  4. The proper settings you should be using on your camera (it’s not what you might think)
  5. How a 2 second photoshop correction can make sure your photo is NEVER passed over.
  6. How not to be a complete fool like me, and make sure you never leave the house without a memory card (I’ve seriously done this numerous occasions)
  7. …and many more tips, instructions, settings and all around goodness!!!

Whilst there getting your free download have a look at his images, great looking photo-journalism and street shots plus lots of sports including David Beckham playing “soccer” in the US

The link again for the pdf is here

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

Wonderful wildlife pictures here

Mammals category, winner: Lords of the Arctic by Florian Schulz. (Three bull muskox heading towards the setting sun during a blizzard in north-western Alaska) Photograph: Florian Schulz/GDT
Mammals category, runner-up: Sleeping Whales by Magnus Lundgren Photograph: Magnus Lundgren /GDT

Cuba In Focus from the Denver Post

“HAVANA – When Cuba legalizes buying and selling real estate by the end of the year – as the government promised again this week – many expect a cascade of changes: higher prices, mass relocation, property taxes and a flood of money from Cubans in the United States and around the world.

Private property is the nucleus of capitalism, of course, so the plan to legitimize it here in a country of slogans like “socialism or death” strikes many Cubans as jaw-dropping.

Indeed, most people expect onerous regulations and, already, the plan outlined by the state media would suppress the market by limiting Cubans to one home or apartment and requiring full-time residency. Yet even with some state control, experts say, property sales could transform Cuba more than any of the economic reforms announced by President Raul Castro’s government.”

These pictures are great…more from the excellent P Blog on the Denver Post

A worn staircase in an old house that has been subdivided and is in use by several families, known as a “solar,” in Old Havana, July 28, 2011. Experts say that even with some state controls, property sales, announced recently by the government that some would be permitted, could transform Cuba more than any other economic reform announced by President Raul Castro’s government. (The New York Times) #

A man gets a haircut in Central Havana, July 26, 2011. The area is one of the most heavily populated of the Cuban capital since many of these old buildings have been subdivided to house multiple families. (The New York Times)

A mother and son sleep in the livingroom of their house in Central Havana, July 27, 2011. Other family members sleep in a room known as “barbacoa (the barbecue),” a windowless floor added atop their current dwelling for added space. (The New York Times)

Photographing the Great Depression, then and now – Dorothea Lange

writing in the Guardian makes valid and pertinent points using Lange’s image as a start to assess the current world financial crisis.

Dorothea Lange‘s stark portraits of poverty-stricken Americans in the 1930s seem terrifyingly contemporary…………When Lange took her photograph, times were terrible. But there were powerful voices of optimism and rationality, from Roosevelt to John Maynard Keynes, and these voices would win through in the end. In 2011 American politics seems headed in the opposite direction to the forward-looking road it took in the 1930s, while everywhere primitive gloom is in the ascendant. In this sense the situation does not resemble the 1930s. It is potentially far worse.”

Read the whole article here

Florence Owens Thompson, a migrant worker and mother of seven children. Photograph: Dorothea Lange/Getty Images

Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best – Exhibition – International Centre for Photography NYC

This major retrospective showcases the career of photographer and filmmaker Elliott Erwitt, the recipient of this year’s ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement. Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara, as well as astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit, and special sense of humor. Details of where, when etc here

Light Painting in Houston by Andy Hemingway

These photos were taken at an abandoned parking garage in downtown Houston.…more

All the World is a Stage: Costa’s Boston

Magnum, the world renowned picture agency also run workshops, here are details of one planned for Boston in September.

Learn or perfect urban street photography in Boston with world-renowned Magnum photographer Constantine Manos. The city of Boston is your stage to explore, but let the master critique your creative images. Manos will conduct this five-day workshop exclusively for the PRC September 8-12, 2011.….more info

Portrait Photography Course Oxford

We are working on our next schedule of courses and one that is always popular is our Portrait Photography Course. We teach about light, natural light and how to manipulate it to suit your  needs, how to get it to create the atmosphere you want. We also teach about posing, subject empathy and a host of other areas related to portrait photography. If you would like to receive our next course schedule send us an email.

If you can’t wait for our next Portrait Photography Course then this post on the ever useful Digital Photography School blog by Heather Bettison will give you some very good ideas.

“Has buying the right studio lighting setup stopped you from taking your portrait photography seriously? It shouldn’t. You can take great portraits with natural light.

Photography is about light. Learning how to see light is essential to developing your photographic eye. When taking pictures, being able to determine the intensity, color and direction of the light will help you know how to position your subject and which camera settings to use.”….more

NatGeo Traveler Photo Contest Winners 2011

National Geographic Traveler magazine has announced the winners of their 2011 photo contest! First place went to the photo shown here, taken by Ben Canales at Crater Lake National Park. Read the story behind the picture, and see ten other amazing winning photos at NatGeo here….

Photo and caption by Ben Canales

Here on my first time visit to Crater Lake National Park, I wanted to leave with an image that I could look back on and remember the experience. I was with a friend taking pictures also, and before I took the picture, I called over to him and said, “Hey man, watch this!” With a laugh, I spread my arms out and fell backwards into the snow. A second later, the camera timer clicked the shutter and the long exposure began. After the shutter clicked back closed, I stayed on the ground for a good while staring up mesmerized by all the sparkling stars overhead.

Photo and caption by Holly Baker

While visiting the WAGGGS World Centre Sangam, located in Pune, India, I had the privilege of attending the Bharat Scouts and Guides Thinking Day celebrations. These young ladies were demonstrating a game they were teaching us and I had just enough time to snap this photo before dropping the camera (literally) and joining in!
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Diane Arbus: humanist or voyeur?

This interesting article by at guardian.co.uk, is, as usual from O’Hagen, an intelligent and well thought out piece, here is an excerpt

“When we look at an Arbus photograph, we cannot help feeling that we are intruders or voyeurs, even though her subjects are tied to a time and place that has all but vanished. A sense of complicity – hers and ours – lies at the very heart of her power. Her images hold us in their sway even when our better instincts tell us to look away. Perhaps her greatest gift is that she understood that conflict instinctively, and did more than anyone to exploit it artistically.”…….more

Camera obscura … Diane Arbus poses for a portrait in New York c 1968 Photograph: Roz Kelly/Getty Images

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