What happens to us when we are at one with our camera? Why does it sometimes feel like it has got in the way of our creativity?Read More
Once you step off the beginner plateau, photography workshop leaders and career coaches often advise you that you need to find your style before you can make meaningful progress with your camera. In this post I’d like to make the case for not actually needing to find your style.Read More
Be happier, make progress faster and generally be a nicer person by making just one incredibly simple mindset change as you set out on your photography journey.Read More
Many will start AYWMC. What is different about the people who will finish?Read More
If you’re going to leave whatever photography plateau you are currently living on, you will have to step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. Once you’ve left, you can expect to be more creative, more confident, more adaptable and more interesting. You’ll have new stories to tell, a billion new ideas for photos to take, and you really will stop caring what people think (mainly because you’ll realise no one is paying any attention anyway)Read More
You’ve planned a great day out on a group photo walk, and when the morning dawns you are faced with a steady drizzle, a grey sky and a depressing outlook. Do you call it off? Go and leave early? Carry on but moan about the weather? Having just been on a very successful photo meetup in the pouring rain, I can offer you some tips to make the whole day a joy.Read More
Mindful photography is: the process of directing your attention first to your thoughts, and then to your environment.
Mindfulness has an undeserved reputation for being a passive activity, where you clear your mind and allow things to happen to you. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim is not to empty your mind of thoughts (it’s not possible); the aim is to be actively aware of your thoughts, and by extension, your surroundings. And once you are properly aware of your surroundings, you can start to interpret them with your camera.Read More
Mindful photography (sometimes called contemplative photography, or slow photography) is the opposite of mainstream competitive photography. There's no aggression, no oneupmanship, no discussion about kit, no condescension, and most of all, no rush.Read More
You arrive at a beautiful sunset destination. You have thought about which settings you might use. You have planned your composition. The conditions are perfect. Yet you stay in the car, don't get your camera out, and leave with just a phone shot taken through the car window.
What happened?Read More