Photography

Is Photoshopping really tantamount to cheating?

by Dave Stevenson on 13 January 2011 in Photography
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I was asked an interesting question the other week. This happens to me sporadically in my professional life, among the slightly duller requests for tips on which camera to buy or which printer to use. I was sitting in front of a selection of my work, mounted and framed in the hope that someone might see it and decide to fill a space on their wall with it in return for a small handful of money.

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Animal magic: make sure you don’t get stuck in a rut

by Dave Stevenson on 22 December 2010 in Photography
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So there we were, me and a photographer colleague, perched underneath a tree in Richmond Park, pelted by the rain. In front of us, a fallow deer relentlessly attempted to mate with whichever doe would stand still long enough. ‘He’s not having much luck, is he?’ remarked David.

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Falling out of love with Flickr

by Dave Stevenson on 2 December 2010 in Photography
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This month, I said goodbye to a companion that’s been by my side since I started taking digital photographs. It was there through thick and thin, and despite its nominal status as a service for amateurs, I continued to use it well after I started to get paid for photography. It hosted my images when I wrote a blog about travelling the world, and, at last glance, more than 10,000 of my beloved images were there. Its name is Flickr, and I’ll never use it again.

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Don’t let your photos gather dust

by Dave Stevenson on 20 November 2010 in Photography
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The advent – and eventual victory – of digital over film has improved life for most photographers. Apart from a few curmudgeonly film-only stalwarts, digital is faster, more reliable, more affordable and, generally, better quality. All of which I’ve covered here before, but there’s one thing that routinely makes me wish I’d stuck with 35mm. [...]

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The great photography competition swindle

by Dave Stevenson on 2 November 2010 in Photography
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I can report with some authority that there’s nothing like seeing your work in print. Whether it’s words, pictures or, in a few lucky cases, both, seeing your own work deemed good enough for widespread reproduction and sale is not something that diminishes with time. Nor, in fact, does the unbridled delight of hearing strangers [...]

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The best way to stay sharp is to keep focused

by Dave Stevenson on 20 October 2010 in Photography
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Sharpening tools can go some way to correcting images, but the only way to ensure spot-on photos is to take a decent shot in the first place. If there’s one thing photographers are likely to be obsessed by it’s image sharpness. Most defects with an image – missed exposures, dodgy composition, even unwanted objects and [...]

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