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One of the best film photography tips I've read is to shoot red, as it nearly always looks good. I wrote more about this a couple of years back, with a sample of some of my own favourite red shots. With digital, just as powerful a tip in my experience is DON'T shoot red. Most… Continue reading Don’t Shoot Red!
I admit that I'm a sucker for making photographs with an isolated subject, and shallow depth of field that accentuates the sharp focus of the object even more, and many, probably most, of my photographs fit this profile. However, I only like sharpness up to a point. When it starts too look too clinical, too… Continue reading Focus Is Overrated
Since stumbling across my first Helios - a dusty 1973 44-2 sadly neglected at the bottom of a box of random accessories at a camera fair, that I paid a mere £7 for nine years ago - perhaps 25 more have passed through my hands. My original c1973 Helios 44-2 Over half of these have… Continue reading Heavenly Helios
Our recent conversation around how hard photography should be, reminded me how much I enjoy certain manual aspects of photography. One of those is manual focusing a lens. With a digital compact I'm quite happy to let the Auto Focus (AF) do the work. But with a DSLR, the pace and the motives are different.… Continue reading Why I Prefer Manual Focus (Even With An Auto Focus Lens)