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A very varied bunch of pictures this month – partly caused by new mentorees sending in pictures that are historical rather than theme related. It was interesting to know how people saw this theme – some people feeling the stress of modern life, some people  noticing direct and straightforward bodging!

This month’s picture of the month is one of three taken by Rob – I wanted to talk about why I chose the one picture I did. As you know we always push for maximum impact and drama whilst not losing sight of the need to be a picture that is natural looking. I think this picture gives us the theme, as well as nice exposure, nice three-dimensional shape, and a slightly elusive quality.   In this second picture, Rob has done a good job of  representing a three-dimensional shape in a two-dimensional image, not giving us too much text to read (which is just confusing),  but giving us enough drama to hold our interest. You will see the slightly lesser versions in the following two pictures.

Sometimes catching the attention is slightly magical – it can feel a bit random which picture “works,” but in reality it will be the one that has enough drama and interest to hold our attention, while not so much that it becomes abstract or artificial looking.

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Most photographers hate having their pictures taken (good excuse to hide behind the camera), and true to form very few pictures this month featured actual recognisable faces.

Picture of the month this month was telling the story with objects – Sally-Anne tells us quite a bit about herself with a few choice objects – note how some are lovingly worn. It’s a portrait rather than a landscape, so low f number, watch the white balance and try to get it lined up without looking too obvious.

I’ve cropped it in for more drama (hopefully) without losing the essential information.

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From the tiny to the huge, the slow to the fast, we had a great range of subjects this month, although heavy on the bees and traffic! Picture of the Month – to our mind Dave’s shot gets both the reality of busy travel and the opposite relaxed pose of the subject. He has judged […]

Comments Off on Selection of pictures from the Photography Mentoring Service for March – the theme was “Peace”

This month’s theme was particularly loose, and gave people lots of opportunities, which we’d intended. March can be a miserable month, and it’s hard to get out at the best of times! Dave’s picture we think has a nice bit of foreground interest. Foreground interest was all the rage about 20 years ago, when no […]

Comments Off on Selection of pictures from the Photography Mentoring Service for February – the theme was Rush

A very varied selection of pictures from this month’s theme. Lots of traffic including this rather good first shot from Dave, which follows all the rules for getting a good headlight/traffic shot: Firstly and most importantly it’s a long shutter speed – here, it’s 15 seconds. You will not be able to hold […]

Comments Off on Selection of pictures from the Photography Mentoring Service for January – the theme was Ablaze

With a theme like “Ablaze” I thought we would see a lot of fire pictures, surprisingly there weren’t that many – just as many pictures of illuminated retail outlets as fire, shows how much we know! This striking picture was taken by Toby at the 2012 Olympics – he has cunningly increased his ISO to […]


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