Category: Composition

March 22, 2012 / / Architecture

Near Leeds Morley is a large town in the shadow of near-by Leeds, yet had it’s day as a wealthy wool town in the past. This is illustrated by The Town Hall, it is very impressive, similar to Leeds Town Hall in style; it steals the lime light away from the rest of the centre. In 2012, pound shops, charity shops and empty buildings line the main shopping street, making it a place I rarely frequent. Rediscovery…. However, yesterday was a sunny day, so decided to “Discover” Morley again –…

March 20, 2012 / / Blog

Leeds Model in Leeds Woods We’re always on the look out for new locations for both training and shoots with models, families and business people. So on this rekke shoot Rocco and I took to some woods in Leeds, armed with 2 flashes and a mix of lenses – and got some shots using the surroundings to create atmosphere and background interest. So this shot uses the winter trees, without their leaves, to create a veil over his head This was the last shot from the shoot, it was mainly…

March 4, 2012 / / Architecture

Photography, when roughly translated from the original Greek, means “writing with light”. You may have known that already, but when you think about it, it doesn’t really mention “subject” or “composition”, or anything technical about the camera. It’s just the recording of “light”. One of the points we make on the “Discover” workshops is to look for interesting “light” – on Friday afternoon I was in Headingley, a suburb of Leeds, which isn’t traditionally photogenic. But as the low, winter sun set, the light bounced off the long terraces creating…

November 29, 2011 / / Architecture

Don’t put your camera away in the dark! Too many people put their cameras away for the winter – night photography is one of the most creative forms there is. Amaze your friends with long exposures, light trails, wierd shapes etc. Here are 5 Photography ideas to do at night which would be impossible during the day – all in a city near you. 1 – Light Trail Photography As traffic passes, they leave lines across your photos 2 – Tripod zoom burst Photography If you zoom whilst taking a…

August 31, 2011 / / Architecture

Photography in bright sun is a bad thing…. right ? Well it can be – it’s not ideal for landscapes,  can make a wedding dress impossible to shoot without blinding your self and creates really harsh shadows. But like any light, it has its uses – so here are a series of shots from a few weeks back in Leeds. It was the day of the Manchester Riots oddly enough. So first off… look for light and shadow – the top shot here is all about the light bricks and the dark…

August 28, 2011 / / Blog

  I’m not sure where my fascination with cooling towers came from – maybe the few around Padiham when I was a kid caught my eye? They’re just so incredibly huge and un-natural looking that I’m quite drawn to them. So when I got to Leeds and started discovering the county of West Yorkshire (andy beyond), I’d end up photographing these things whilst my peers were on the piers at Whitby and Saltburn, or in the dales. Ferrybridge, Eggborough and Drax are the big ones in Yorkshire, and they’re surrounded…

July 31, 2011 / / Blog

Perspective and Lines….     I’ve always liked vanishing points and perspective, not only photography but in art, and just in life when you’re wandering around the countryside. You can find them in arable fields, where the farmers leave long rows of potatoes or lines in the wheat. If you have an old Roman road near you, that’s probably long and straight too. The above is a road on the moors near Scammonden which is effectively straight for 4 miles, with just a mild undulation here and there. So when…

April 12, 2011 / / Blog

When you start getting interested in photography and look to improve, there are a few “rules” which help – things like the Rule Of Thirds or ensuring you’ve got a Single Focal Point/Subject in shot are very useful. The rule I like best is “lead lines” – these are what they say on the tin really, lines that lead the viewer through the shot. They’re like “pointers” which we use to guide out viewers across the image. They can be subtle, like the imagined line of a couple looking into each others…

March 22, 2011 / / Blog

Out of your comfort zone Unless you are a model, you are completely out of your comfort zone. No one has a camera pointing at them, like a sniper, in normal life. You will be uncomfortable. So the photographers adds in all the lights flashing, other unfamiliar gizmos like reflectors, snoots and softboxes, and then puts you in odd positions; you really are in unfamiliar territory. Then if you’re on location, there will be people walking past and looking at you… that’s weird – they’ll be looking to see if you are famous! Relax…