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January 2021

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Colour Combinations

Most landscape photographers use colours instinctively and to a large extent we are restricted in that we can't really choose colours - we have to shoot what's in front of is. However, there is some room for manoeuvre, in that we are able to frame compositions selectively and can seek out particular colour combinations. It's therefore worth getting to grips with basic colour theory before embarking on this assignment....

No Finder Day

American photographer Mark Cohen adopted a 'no-finder' approach to street photography, where he would shoot instinctively, without looking through the viewfinder. As Cohen shot at very close range this often cut off heads and limbs and usually resulted in pictures with a sense of chaos and urgency....

Frame Work

A useful device in creating a harmonious image is using a 'frame within a frame', where you use a natural frame such as overhanging branches or an archway, to emphasise the focal point of your image. This technique keeps compositions tight, naturally directs attention toward the subject and can help enhance depth in the image by separating the foreground and background. ...

Rules? What Rules?

As street photographers we are the anarchists of the art, the rebels, the rule-breakers. Our art is often an immediate, passionate and creative pursuit that reflects a sense of urgency; there is little time to think about the rules, never mind apply them....

Lead-in Lines

Our eyes are designed to locate and follow lines, whether they are natural or artificial, leading us instinctively to explore the scene in an image. A lead-in line is a simple visual trick that takes advantage of this to draw and direct the viewer's gaze into the frame....

Apocalypse Now

Imagine that you are in a dystopian sci-fi world and that the town you live in will not exist this time next week - pretty easy to do when you are in the middle of a global Coronavirus pandemic. If it wasn't a viral outbreak it could be an invasion from space or a zombie apocalypse, but I had just seven days to record the essence of where I live in a set of 12 images so that future generations can see what life was like in the 21st century, before disaster struck....

To the Fore

The essence of composition is to select elements from the scene in front of you and organise them in the image frame in a harmonious way. It is important to direct the attention of the viewer of your image into the frame and towards the main subject, or, with a landscape image (which may not have a 'subject' as such) to the focal point of the composition....

Sign of the Times

In every town and city we are surrounded by signs; street signs, posters, banners, store windows, advertising on buses, public information notices, and so on. And it's all great material for street photographers....