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Showing posts from February, 2014

Photographs that connect with the viewer

What does in take to produce images that connect with the viewer on a deeper level. There are plenty of technically good photographs and we look at them and say, "Yes, that's nice." But to produce an image that stops the viewer in their tracks and really makes them look and ask questions is a much greater challenge. One of my favourite photographers, Joe McNally, interviewed by Scott Kelby for The Grid, shares his insights, knowledge and experience gained over many years working for magazines including Life and National Geographic. I found this interview really interesting because it addresses key issues about understanding your subjects, building a relationship with them and focusing on telling the story. Too many photographers are obsessed with the technical aspects. Digital makes it easy to walk in, get some superficially attractive images and walk out again, missing the essence of the subject. Without further ado, over to Joe and Scott in one of the best intervi

What motivates this group of the world's best photographers?

I highly recommend viewing this video,  Women of Vision, with 11 of the top National Geographic photographers discussing their work and what motivates them. Before this interview several of them had never met. They're always off somewhere in the world on assignment so to get them all together in one place must have been a challenge. PHOTOGRAPHERS: Lynsey Addario Kitra Cahana Jodi Cobb Diane Cook Carolyn Drake Lynn Johnson Beverly Joubert Erika Larsen Stephanie Sinclair Maggie Steber Amy Toensing MODERATOR: Ann Curry Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. Till soon, Paul

Capturing Those Moments

National Geographic photographer, William Albert Allard, talks about the role that passion, caring about the subject matter and serendipity have played in his photography. You can't think about every detail when you're in the moment, you have to react intuitively. This is the type of photography that I love too. Of course you have ideas of what you'd like to do, but when you arrive in a situation, you need to be open to what's happening and react. As Allard says, the difference between an average picture and great image can be a matter of inches; I'd say millimetres. Hope you enjoy this clip as much as I did. Thanks for reading and watching. Till soon, Paul