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Nine things to love about photography

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I love that photography gives lets me opportunity to indulge more than one passion at once. I love birds of prey and I love photography, the two passions are complementary.

There is so much in photography…

We all appreciate the variety of the photographic craft. The interest and experience differs for all of us – except we share the passion. Here are nine other things photographers can share.

The power to move

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Image taken by Jeff Widener of the Associated Press, from a sixth floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel. The Tiananmen Square protest was an iconic photograph that moved a generation.


There are so many things in modern life that grab our attention that it is easy to forget the most meaningful things. Photography has an exquisite power. It can both crystalise a story in an instant and move the world. The very existence of some modern photographs has moved people and created extraordinary outcomes. Photography has that power on a world scale, and a family scale. Photographers can use the power of photography to raise the emotional pitch, bring tears or move a generation.

Communication

If a picture is better than a thousand words, the power of photography to pass a message is absolute. It is amazing that I can say, “I love you!”, with a carefully thought out click of a button. With just the same determination I can express my anguish or make make someone’s heart ache at the beauty of nature. Each time I click the button I like to think about what I am trying to say. If my image tells a story, communicates some meaning, then it succeeds. Photographers are communicators and we all share that responsibility and privilege.

Bring people together

Even the simplest family snapshot is precious. Some of the most important events of my life have been preserved through photographs or because I held a camera and made an image. It is in those moments in which we feel so close to others that photography expresses itself most intimately. Family, friends, co-workers and correspondents across the world share an intimate connection through their presence on a photograph or the act of sharing a photograph. Photography has the power to knit people together.

Remind us

Photography has an awesome power to remind us of the good, the bad and the ugly events and times in our world. An individual photograph can be manipulated to create fiction. However, the collective memory of horrors like the Nazi atrocities in the Second World War are kept alive by the wide spread of stark images and horrific documentation from diverse sources. We are reminded of the past in very real ways by our photography. Any one of us photographers could, at any moment, make the picture of the century. Take your camera with you everywhere. It may be a picture you make now. For your grandchildren it may be history.

The story of a moment, and much more

When the button is pushed a story is made in the instant of a second it takes for the exposure to form. So much can be captured in that moment. The story of an instant is somehow more powerful than an hour-long documentary. It sums up so much about the situation, the people and the detail.

Dad and Harold Wilson

• Dad and Harold Wilson •
My father (right hand side) after a meeting, pictured with Harold Wilson (centre) shortly before Wilson became Prime Minister. One shot, in an instant, tells both a family story and a national event.

The moment of creation in a photograph is both unique and a shared experience. That instant will never happen again, yet we all recognise at least some of the imperatives in that capture. As photographers we share the power to see and tell stories through our pictures.

Sharing

So much of the photographic history of the world is about sharing. Collective experiences are seen in the most iconic photographs where historic memories are captured, right through to the humble wedding of your neighbour. At all levels in our society and in all aspects of our cultures we share our experiences with our friends, loved ones and comrades. Since the time of cave paintings humans have recorded collective events that draw the community together. Today our photographs continue help us to form communities and provide a focus for them. There is no better example than online photographic communities – great communities where a love of photography is shared with a passion.

Breaking barriers

Seldom do we think of the author when we see a photograph. We are focussed on the subject and the meaning we see in that image. Photography is a medium where the outcome matters more than who made the image. Despite race, religion, gender, colour, sexuality or legal status your picture can compete on a level with all the others. Photography is truly an open and classless pursuit. I love that we can be all equal and have our own point to make. Photographers the world over share an equality that surpasses many other aspects of our societies in an unequal world. I celebrate diversity, welcome it, and rejoice in the fact that I am part of a community of photographers worldwide with whom I can share a common interest.

The expression of love

There is nothing more special than love expressed between people. Photography shares with other visual arts the ability to help us express our love. But the immediacy of photography can bring alive the imperatives of a loving relationship with graphic explicitness. Weddings, the kiss, love pictures and even the boudoir are just a few of the myriads of ways we can express the joy of love through photography. If there is one thing we photographers should share and spread around it is love.

Memory

Of all the things we will gain from photography, keeping alive personal memories must be one of the most important. As we get older the fleeting moments of our youth, which seemed to pass so quickly, become very precious. As photographers we have a wonderful opportunity to preserve our memorable moments for ourselves, our loved ones and descendants. We should not spoil the moment just to be behind the camera. But, we should enjoy the moments we take to capture the memories so that in the future we may recapture our lives all the more vividly and share them once again with others. Take every opportunity to capture images of those you love and who mean a lot to you. Blurred or ill-conceived, harsh or badly exposed, you will treasure every one in the future.

These are just a few things…

Photographers can share and give so much to the world. If you have some others to add to my list please leave some comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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14 easy ways to put the romance back into your your relationship using photography

Sometimes photographers forget…

We want to be following our passion so much we forget about the other special passion in our lives. It’s no surprise our spouse’ gets fed up with photography. They probably feel pushed aside by our hobby.

If you want your spouse or partner to accept your photography you have to find ways to include them and make them feel special too. Help them enjoy the fruits of your photography. Here are some ideas to turn your photography into togetherness…

A gift of choice

• Let your spouse choose a subject, framing and place for a photo. They will be flattered that you want to do that for them. Actually it will be fun. They get your attention on what they like. You show off your skills. You both get something you will treasure.

A lasting bond

• Build a lasting bond – share an interest. Find out about your partners main interest – cooking, a pet, reading, fast cars – a sport maybe. Whatever they love is something you can photograph. Get interested in their passion – it has photographic potential to draw you together.

A gift…

• Look up ways to make photographic gifts. There are lots of craft sites around the web. Make a gift for your spouse. Finish it is beautifully so it will be treasured. Surprise them.

The little things mean so much

• Buy your partner a small but meaningful gift they will love – flowers, special chocolates, a tie – something you would not normally buy. Hide a photo that says, “I love you” in with the surprise gift.

• Express your love in a photo. Frame it. Present it to them when they least expect it and tell them how much you love them. The photograph will be a reminder of a special moment.

Heart in hand

Heart in hand • By Damon Guy


• Take a photo that says “I love you” in some way. Leave it for your partner to find when you are not there. Write a special message on the back – help them feel the photograph is special.

• Take great photographs of your children. Caption them… “I am so proud of you for being such a great mum/dad” Frame the photos and present them to your spouse as a surprise.

• Make a romantic photograph. Put a caption on it that agrees with the mood of the shot. Leave it where they’ll find it later (car seat, under a pillow, in their shoes… in a letter. Make it special and unexpected.

A big gesture

Nothing says “I love you” more than a true commitment…

• Tell your spouse you will do something they choose this weekend. Spend the time with them, take your camera. Your spouse will enjoy it, you get to photograph something different. By dedicating time to them you are saying I love you… and you’ll have photos as proof!

• Book a table at your spouse’ favourite restaurant. Tell them to dress up in their best party outfit, or buy a new one. Tell them you want to do this because they are the special person you want to photograph. Tell them you love them. After the portrait, have a great evening together. Give your partner the photo as a reminder.

• Take your partner away for the weekend. Visit places you can enjoy together and record it photographically. Make an album of the things you did together. Put a loving message on the front page.

• Tell your partner that they can choose the holiday destination this year. Let them have the holiday they want. You will be there to do the photography. Make a great photo-album to commemorate the holiday where they did what they wanted.

Bring back the romance…

Sometimes romantic moments are so far apart we need a reminder…

• Make a picture that your spouse will find sexy, romantic, exciting… whatever best emphasises the right mood. Frame and wrap it. Present it in a sexy, romantic, exciting way as the mood of the photo suggests. Follow up with the promise contained in the photograph.

• Take some candid, every day, photographs of your spouse. Look for those moments when they are doing the things you love to see… smiling, chatting, when those cute dimples appear. When you have about 10 shots of those things that you find attractive about them, make up a little album. Write a romantic message on page one that tells your spouse this is why you love them…

Love is…

These things help us stay close to our partners. A little love and some frequent gestures keep things vibrant. Your partner will appreciate your photography if those little pictures say “I love you”.

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By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

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Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photographers.
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Two great gift ideas for photographers

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Gift Bonanza


 

Love and friendship is about giving!

The lead up to any major festival is always a bit frenetic. So you can use these ideas to take the pressure off. See what you think. I can recommend these things from my own personal use. I think you will find they will make great gifts.

 

 

 

 

Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (Voices That Matter)
David DuChemin is not only a great photographer he is also a visionary. In this book he speaks about his vision and how it relates to his photography. It is much more than a personal journey however.

DuChemin is a talented and sensitive photographer who has a compelling vision passionately expressed in every photograph. His book is aimed at helping the reader to understand what photographic vision is and how it relates to the photograph. He looks carefully at the way each of his images is created and provides some excellent photographic tips and his professional advice too.

The essence of the book is aimed at helping the reader get past the purely technical aspects of photography. His main point is that any photographer can learn to visualise great images and then go on to create them. DuChemin is giving away a gift in this book – how to see your photograph with a passion and create it with a passion and vision of your own.

The book is a pleasure to read and is filled with many of his wonderful images. His emphasis on street and travel photography makes the book all the more colourful. The current interest in street photography also helps make the book a relevant buy.

The book was published in 2009 and it has already become a classic. He has written a number of other books which follow on from this one. All are worth reading. The book provides a great grounding for beginner and expert alike. Great tips, great photographs and wonderful insights make this book the perfect gift for a photographer. Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (Voices That Matter)

Rogue large Flashbender
I just love this great flash diffuser. If you have an off-camera flash this is the best. It is the most adaptable diffuser I have ever used. You attach it to the flash with a wrap around grip. The big diffuser stands up above the lens of the flash.

The white fabric diffusion surface is used to reflect the light where you want it to go. It is really controllable. The fabric is reinforced with very versatile but highly bendable backbones. These can be bent to give any shape of deflection so you can point your diffused light almost anywhere. It will allow you to point the deflection up, down or to either side. More to the point you can control the light intensity because you can wrap the sides in a bit to control how much light can get out of the gap. You can even roll it up and make it a snoot, a really directional focus for your flash.

While this diffuser is only of use for off-camera flash, it is very simple to use. It is a great way to prevent those nasty highlights that spoil flash shots. It is also a daylight matched colour so the diffused light will not have any colour cast.

I have used this in many different types of portrait and group shots. I have also used it in studio and still life situations. The material is very robust and resistant to damage. The white diffusion surface can be wiped clean and is very durable too. The whole thing is extremely light and I keep it rolled up in my camera bag ready for any time I need it. I would not be without this diffuser now. Another great gift for a photographer. Rogue large Flashbender

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

Damon Guy - Netkonnexion

Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photographers.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.
See also: Profile on Google+.