Snow in Orvieto

Italy is undergoing the coldest, snowiest winter since 1985. I have been out and about in and around Orvieto doing landscapes and snapping my eight year old daughter playing in the snow with her pals. While I was photographing the sunset from the roof of the Land Rover she was out  playing with her friend…

Why Photography is Good for your Health……

………and lengthens your life. Photography, as a cultural activity, could be one of the causes of cheating your genes  for the better and leading a healthier and longer life than your genes have programmed you for. Ever heard of Lars Olov Bygren? Probably not and what’s more he’s got absolutely nothing to do with photography….

Smoke

Want to add a bit of atmosphere to your pictures? Then you could add a bit of smoke. One way is to hire a smoke machine but a more economical way is a simple bee-gun that bee-keepers use to get into their hives. This burns hessian rags or better still in my opinion, incense, which…

Filters

Filters in the digital age. Filters are still useful. Although the effects of filters can be duplicated in Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture etc there is a strong case for creating the effect during the shoot. I use the following: Soft, neutral grey gradual, polariser, neutral density. Soft focus filter. A soft focus filter will push the…

Film?

Noblex Oblige (or is it worth using film?) Here is a short film from Blurb, the online book publishers, about a young photographer who prefers to use 35mm film. Watch. If you want my opinion I think 35mm film is a waste of time, but as I used to teach film and old processes until…

Panoramic Heads

Panoramic tripod heads In these days of miraculous stitching software is it worth investing in a geared panoramic head? Well I think so. I use a Manfrotto 438 ( €55/ £50/$75) levelling base, and a 410 geared head(€200)- plus the indispensable hot shoe spirit level (about €5 from eBay) The levelling base allows you to start and finish your…