Alleyways and Street Vendors

The Importance of a great shot list… Making a shot list is a good way to ensure you get more from a photo shoot. It helps give your work a theme and people begin to expect certain things from your photos. Here is a list I keep in my head when I go out shooting.

10 Best Sites for Photographers

Ok, these are the ones I like best, or at least have noticed that others like the best. Check some out and find a home that you like to visit, they will all help, or, inform your photography.   Dpreview is the mothership of all digital camera websites. It has reviews, articles, forums and regular challenges. Eric Kim. This guy gives away so much stuff…

10 Tips for Candid Street Photography

Yes it sounds like photography dipped in sugar, and it does produce sweet results.

Hongzhen Lu

This weekend I went back to my favourite haunting ground for shooting documentary/ street photography. Another block is being knocked down and there will soon be nothing left of this, once vibrant community. Out of all my photos taken in China, these are my favourite. The people are (generally) warm kind and generous in revealing glimpses of their lives to the camera, and ultimately…

Using Film

Finally received my film back from the new (old) camera. This was using a roll of Fujifilm stock (and yes I chose colour). Would I recommend trying film? Hell yes. It slows you down and really makes you think about pressing the button, knowing it is going to cost you 20p to develop it. What is ultra cool is that you get them back…

Nikon F80, first impressions review.

 An ongoing review…. I have just bought a Full-Frame camera for $60. This is a stark contrast to models like the Sony A7rii, at over $3000 without a lens (and yes I want one). The catch, it’s a film camera. Why shoot film? You get consistency if you use the same stock, at the moment I am trying Fujicolor Print, 400ISO colour. Lets see…

Photoshop…

Photoshop is an integral part of most photographers workflow. However, it is often used as a dirty word outside photography and shots are criticised if they have been ‘Photoshopped’. Street photography is one area where photoshop receives a lot of criticism, and shots are often disqualified from competitions if anything has been added or erased. Personally I want to create great pictures, so I…

Colour v B&W

Sometimes colour works well and sometimes pics look great in B&W. Check out the picture below. Which version do you prefer, and, can you explain why? Personally I like the colour version. In the shot the colours compliment each other. The red spirals around from the table to the door, on the way it passes the ladies contrasting blue apron. Let me know your…

Cheap Camera Challenge

I recently purchased a camera for 40RMB (about $8). It was a small Olympus film camera. I loaded it up with some B+W film and carried around with me for a couple of weeks. I am posting my best 3 photos here. Using film was an interesting experience. You definitely shoot less when you have to pay to develop the film. Also this camera…

Luban Lu

I took this shot on the way to the Luban Lu camera mall, an amazing place and I will post a blog about it soon. On the way out of the Metro station I encountered this performing dog. The crowds parted just enough to make an interesting frame around the edge of the shot.