Robots for Product Photography

Is this the future? Will robots help us with product photography in our studios before too long? Perhaps even with other kinds of photography too. Maybe eventually we’ll have robotic studio assistants who do a multitude of different tasks for us. I’ve never got that excited about the prospect of robots before. I mean I know that robots help out in huge industrial settings, but I never really gave a thought about smaller-scale robotic help. It always seemed like it would just be so cost-prohibitive so it never crossed my mind. But more recently things have started to change. The …

Choosing Photography Spaces for Good Mental Health

I don’t know about you, but I feel that as a photographer light is really important to me. It’s so important to me that when we rented our house one of the first things that we considered. We had to have great light in as many rooms as possible. We ended up renting a beautiful Victorian townhouse with polychromatic brickwork. Most importantly it has big bay windows in two of the rooms. In the mornings these east-facing windows invite in the most incredible light. It has a quality beyond anything that we expected. I regularly photograph in my studio space. …

The 5 Best Gifts for Photographers

It’s coming up to Christmas now so I’ve got no doubt that many of you will start to think about either buying gifts for the photographers in your life, or making wishlists for other people to buy you things! Now, I’ll let you into a little secret. No photographer wants a mug that looks like a lens. Honestly, we really don’t. Well, I guess some people might. Those people are definitely in a minority. Instead, let me tell you about the things that I think you can’t go wrong with if you buy them as a gift – no matter …

Photography Competition Mailing List

After a few people requested it, I’m opening up a mailing list to keep photographers in the loop when it comes to photography competitions and prizes. There are loads of opportunities out there for photographers, you just need to know about them in order to take them! It’s my goal to send out an interesting and diverse list of competitions and prizes each month, from big to small, and include a few tips and tricks along the way. So if you want to join in and perhaps dip your toe into the competition and prize world with your photographs, drop …

Behind the Image #14 – Automotive Photography

Cars have always been one of my favourite things to photograph. I don’t really know where my love for cars came from. I guess probably from the fact I used to watch the F1 with my Dad as a child. We also had a friend who would exhibit his classic cars at shows and my Dad and I would head along to see them. I do love motorsport. I will block out entire weekends just to watch the Formula 1. It’s no problem to stay up through the night to watch practice 3 in the early hours followed by qualifying …

Behind The Image #13 – Still Life with Lens & Film

I needed to shoot a header image for an upcoming article that I’ve written for Digital Photography School. It’s an article about gear – which is unusual for me – but don’t judge by a book by its cover because I promise it’s not a techie one! So anyway, I shot this little scene with one of the beautifully engineered Fuji lenses for my little digital camera alongside some old film that my Grandfather shot. Since this series is called behind the image I thought I’d give you a real genuine “behind the image” experience… First off I want to …

Behind The Image #12 – Cotswold Street Photography

This year I’ve been dedicating more time to exploring the Cotswolds. I don’t really know why it took me so long to do this considering I have been living in Banbury for five years now, but anyway I’m having a great time getting out and about to all the beautiful little villages. I’ve also liked the idea of street photography for a while now. I’ve got a few friends who are pretty good at it, and following their feeds has been really inspirational. Something I’ve come to realise is that not all street photography looks the same. I know it …

What’s In A Photography Degree?

I often hear it said (mostly in photography forums, but occasionally to my face) that photography degrees are not worth the money and you would be better to either just buy some gear and practice, or do a business degree. Now I’ll confess up front that I didn’t do a Photography BA. I couldn’t find one that included the things I wanted to study and so a History of Art BA was a better match for me (I am more interested in history and theory). I was fortunate to be able to study some different genres and theories of photography …

Behind The Image #11 – Tulip Portrait

I don’t often shoot black and white images, but I’ve been more interested in them recently. I tend to go through phases with the way I post-process photographs and at the moment I think I’m chasing a “fine art” aesthetic inspired by the still life images I saw at the end of the Don McCullin exhibition. I’ve always wanted to shoot beautiful flower portraits. The idea of a flower “portrait” really fascinates me. To me, for an image of a flower to be a portrait it has to describe a characteristic of the flower. It has to go beyond being …

How I Make Time For Photography

I always wish I had more time to do the things I love, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. It can be easy as a hobbyist to suddenly realise that you’ve not picked up your camera for a few weeks, let alone shot anything you love. To be honest sometimes this happens to me too – being primarily an academic and a journalist means that sometimes I let my photography slip. This always makes me unhappy. I know that if I’m feeling a bit down it’s probably because I’ve not exercised my photographic creative muscles recently enough. So I …