Yearly Archives: 2013

Who needs flash?

There’s a common misconception that you need lots of light and lots of lighting to take great portraits.  Well, that’s not the case.  Modern cameras have excellent high ISO performance (ISO in photography is a measure of sensitivity to light), so the amount of light you need to get a practical exposure is reduced.  The […]

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Only 2 days to go!

There’s now only 2 days to go to the start of SOS (Swindon Open Studios 2013).  Today I’m doing the finishing touches such as direction signage and info labels.  All the images are ready, and I’ll finish hanging them tomorrow. Do come along, to 7 Eagle Lane, Watchfield, SN6 8TF, if you can.  I’m open […]

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SOS is coming up!

I’m now in the middle of setting up my 1-man show which is part of Swindon Open Studios (SOS).  SOS is Swindon’s own Visual Arts Festival, and if you’ve spotted that I’m actually in leafy South Oxfordshire rather than Swindon, SOS is for artists living or working within 15 miles of Swindon, so that’s OK.  […]

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Photographs with a certain flare.

According to Wikipedia, “lens flare” is, “the light scattered in lens systems through generally unwanted image formation mechanisms, such as internal reflection and scattering from material inhomogeneities in the lens.”  This definition implies that it’s unwanted all the time, and that’s not true in photography.  Flare can be used to add drama, to introduce a […]

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