When does a portrait represent the facts and when is it porn?

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One of the pleasures of travel has always been to dive into new places where others are compelled to live and being able to come out unharmed to tell the stories of how great the trip was. However, if we are not careful we might crush the fabric of cultures that we come in touch with

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How, and do we represent the interests of those we photograph

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Readers are quick to react when they feel a photographer has crossed the line and intruded into a subject’s personal life. This is especially visible when victims of violence and their families are suddenly thrust into the harsh light of public scrutiny, their private life suddenly the subject of front-page pictures and articles.

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Not a question of IF but a question of WHEN!

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Today I want to talk about storage and back up of digital images. I’m sure you all back up your pictures on a regular basis, but how? Do you still use a simple external hard drive or back up to DVD and think you are safe? If indeed than you should get your act together […]

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Choose a 35mm prime lens to improve your photography

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How often do you stop and think which lens you are going to take with you on the next assignment? If you had to make a choice for only one lens, which one would it be? Ever since the digital AF-S lenses and my deteriorating eye sight (I’ve been making jokes that very soon I […]

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Good images don’t just fall off the tree

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It was said by a photographer (and thanks for John Stanmeyer for reminding) that showing contact sheets is like showing someone your underwear. An interesting way to put it but surely there is a great interest in the contact sheet that shows the ¬†photographer’s thinking process behind the shot. The Contact Sheet I was in […]

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10 Great Books On Photography Every Photographer Should Read

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While there are thousands of photography books in the market it is not such an easy task to make a list of ten books on the subject of photography. I could think of four or five off the top of my head but the rest were a problem. Starting with the books I’ve already read I asked friends and colleagues about their own favorites.

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Finding your Style and Identity as a Photogrpaher

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You must strive to find your own identity as a photographer in order to create your own visual style. Your style will be a reflection of who you are as a person and will certainly be unique.

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Where does Influence End and Creativity Begins?

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My recent post about the question of originality ‘What is an original photograph? Do you create original work?‘ showed a couple of examples of similar images shot by different photographers raising the question of influence and intent. The comment thread on this post brought up some new angles and questions about originality and creativity that […]

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What is an original photograph? Do you create original work?

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I have just read an interesting post called ‘How Not To Be Taken Seriously’ on a blog owned by @GuyTalPhoto that I came by on twitter. Guy tells a story about creating “art” that is a little too much inspired by another artist. The post gives a nice story about a musician who came for […]

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Top 10 tips for Going Pro as a Photographer

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Not long ago I wrote a post called ‘The Photo Nazi’ with some advice for a new photographer. This post generated a lot of traffic and comments, not all of it so positive. Some people thought I was a arrogant and had no tact. I have no problem with being controversial from time to time, […]

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Photography is about WHY not HOW

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Photography is not at all about the technique but about the reason. My friend Seshu had just published a blog post about how to make your photos sing. it is a good post but many photographers don’t even know how to make their photos talk. A few days ago I went to the Delhi FCC […]

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Food Photography should make you Hungry

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The way i see it, food photography should make you hungry. Anything else is simply not good enough! More than that, food photography is all about the food itself and not about styling. Think about it for a second and you’ll see how photographing food can suddenly become very simple. What I look at when […]

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Painting with Light: How to find a boring image and make it beautiful

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Painting with light is something that I used to do in the time when I had my studio and was shooting still life in large format, but it is as easy to do with hand held flash and a DSLR. You have to have an image of what you want to do of course, but […]

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10 photographers who have influenced me over the years

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Who are the most influential photographers of our time, and what makes a photographer influential? The other day someone asked photographers¬†on Twitter to name 1 or 2 top of the classic photographers that they think one must get to know. My immediate reply was to ask why only 1 or 2, and then I thought […]

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Two simple maternity shots, and how I did it

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My wife, Shefi, is in the last stages of pregnancy with our twins and is due any day now. We are of course super excited! Knowing that this is the last chance to take some pregnancy shots, I was planning to go out to the nature but the great outdoors is not so easy to […]

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Ten photo tips that can change the way you shoot

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Now, more that ever, digital cameras have reduced the technical limits to producing high-quality images. Almost everyone who has a camera and a small amount of training can make satisfactory photographs. Yet, despite the ever-growing popularity of the medium, and the billions of photographs created all over the world on a daily basis, very few […]

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Shooting an Italian recipe book in Delhi in one day

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If you go into a book store in India looking for a recipe book, you will find many books about the Indian kitchen and a few imported ones on foreign cuisine. An Indian made Italian recipe book is something a little out of the ordinary. Italian Khana, Ritu Dalmia’s ‘desi Italian cook book with a […]

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Ten Movies Every Photographer Should See

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There are three sources of knowledge that are available to us in this world; perception, inference, and what is referred to in India as Vedas – the sacred texts. Perception, or first-hand experiences, are of course the best teachers. You put your hand in the fire and it is most likely that you will never […]

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