Shooting Bees In 360 Video For Virtual Reality (Golden Company, Hackney)

October 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Safe to say, when you get a text informing you that you'll be shooting "bees in 360" the afternoon before the gig, you can't help but be intrigued. Arriving on site the next morning producer Alex Watson informed me we were shooting footage inside a beehive. Soon after, the genius that is Philip Bloom arrived with the 360 gear, and things started to...
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FEATURE OF THE WEEK: "Aan Het Front Van Sirte" by Jeroen Oerlemans (RIP)

October 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
This week's feature is the bearer of sad news. On 2 October, Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was covering the fighting in the Libyan city of Sirte between UN-backed government forces and Daesh (IS) militants when he was shot three times in the chest by a Daesh sniper. Despite being rushed to hospital, the doctors were unable to revive Jeroen...
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ONE FROM THE COLLECTION: "Monochrome In Sierra Leone"

October 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
When people talk about monochrome, better know as Black and White, photography, you get a lot of clichés. Legendary Canadian photographer Ted Grant famously said "When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and White, you photograph their souls!” There is something in his quote, but equ...
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NEW THIS WEEK: DJI Announces The "Mavic Pro" Drone

September 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
There were literally loads of stories I considered running for New This Week. Very excitingly, Sandisk announced the first ever 1TB SD card, which, when released, is going to mean that stills photographers are going to be able to fit a lot of RAW files onto a single card, and cinematographers will stand more of a chance using internal 4K recording...
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ONE FROM THE COLLECTION: "Original Speed"

September 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Speed can be a difficult thing to convey on film, let alone capture with any quality in a still. But there are ways to do it. My favourite is the "tracking shot". This is useful to convey the speed of the moving object but juxtaposing it against the static-ness of the surroundings. By using a medium shutter-speed (~80-100/1), which you can learn m...
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BACK TO BASICS: Understanding Exposure

September 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
In this newly launched segment, Back To Basics, I am going to be taking you through some of the simple things you can learn about and do that will enable you to take the pictures you want. If you own a DSLR, a Compact camera, or even an iPhone, you've bought an expensive piece of equipment that can provide you with high quality images. Cameras do...
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FEATURE OF THE WEEK: "On The Shore" by Fernando del Berro

September 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
This week's feature is by the superb Spanish photographer and film-maker, Fernando del Berro, from his collection entitled "On The Shore" (©Fernando del Berro), which deals with the heartbreaking subject of the European migrant crisis. It is important as a photographer to be able to select your subjects, and the more emotive a subject, the more li...
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ONE FROM THE COLLECTION: "Painted Green"

September 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Street photography can feel daunting, especially when there is so much going on. Digital photography has lessened this problem, as you're less constrained as to how many shots you take, but it can still seem really easy to miss things. It feels especially so when you're in a festival/carnival-like atmosphere, with thousands of people all around. J...
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NEW THIS WEEK: GoPro Announce the HERO 5 + "Karma" Drone

September 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
GoPro stole the show at Photokina this week by annoucing their shiny new flagship camera, the GoPro HERO 5, alongside their own drone design, the "Karma". In what is now a saturated market of small extreme-condition cameras and drones, and with competitors like DJI gaining ground, how do GoPro's new products shape up? GoPro HERO 5 I was gleeful...
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FEATURE OF THE WEEK: "Changing Lights"

September 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
For a photographer, there is nothing more important than light. Light informs everything a photographer does. A photo, if you will, is a recording of light over a period of time (that period being the shutter-speed the picture was taken at). Every differing detail about that light will change the meaning and emotive content of a photo. Change the l...
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