Blog – Studying photography
I like to learn about photography, whether it’s by reading books, going to exhibitions, viewing online gallleries or following a formal study.
Geoff Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment is a fascinating, interesting and fun overview of important photographers and themes in American photography, focusing mainly on their pre-colour photography. A good read that will form the basis for further exploration of many of the individuals discussed.
While being away with the caravan I thoroughly enjoyed two very different photography books: Photographing Shadow and Light by Joey L. and Studio Anywhere by Nick Fancher
Feedback from my tutor for my TAOP Assignment 3.
In this exercise I’m looking at how the colour temperature of sunlight changes between mid-day and sunset.
There is nothing wrong with Exploring Color Photography, and there is a lot of things right about it. It just feels like Robert Hirsch has taken a general photography manual and added the word color [sic] to every other heading, just like a house-owner looking to make a quick sale will get the decorator in to give all the walls a quick lick of magnolia. On the plus side, the book is lavishly illustrated with a large selection of beautiful (color) photographs.
This assignment is all about colour. Harmonious, contrasting, complementary, accents, design, filtering, adding and subtracting, etc. I sometimes describe myself as a bit of a colour-holic, and here present 16 colourful pictures with commentaries on composition, balance and movement.
In this exercise, I look at black and white conversions of a colour photograph, and how to change the tones in the picture.
From Goethe via Union Jack to autumn colours at the local crematorium. It’s about contrasts and harmonies; a lot about colours but no mentioning of Faust.
I was asked to photograph scenes representing the three primary and the three secondary colours. What better place to look for colours than at the green grocer?
Thoughts about the Miles Aldridge exhibition I Only Want You To Love me at Somerset House in London. In a single word: Wow! i love it!
After a 7 months hiatus, I’m finally back at the study again. The first exercise is a gentle start with 20 pictures of dry paint 😉
The main lesson I took away from the wonderful Ansel Adams exhibition was not about individual photographs, but about the old master’s mastery of the print. Truly amazing!
Thoughts from my visit to The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of 150 original Man Ray portraits.
Feedback from my tutor for my TAOP Assignment 2.
10 pictures of foodstuff arranged to match a pre-defined set of compositional design elements. It was a fun exercise that I learnt a lot from.
Thoughts and notes about the exhibition Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour.
In my learning log for TAOP exercise 2-9 I look at repetition, patterns and rhythms in pictures, and manages to get myself somewhat confused.
In this exercise, I investigated “real” and “implied” triangles as a compositional device.
A picture of the flooded river Ouse in North Yorkshire reminded me of one of the conclusions from the press photographer 2012 exhibition: Pictures of natural disasters have more impact if there is a human context.
Exercise 2.7 is about implied lines – lines that aren’t really visible lines in the picture, but which the brain recognises as such. The typical examples are eye-lines, lines “made up of” points, and movement-lines.