British Academy of Photography Blog

Working with pets
19 Jun 2017

Working with pets

by Noel Phelan (Course Tutor)

Pet photography is the ultimate test of a photographer’s patience and professionalism. The main reason for this is that animals have an inability to take directions from a photographer. Even the most well-trained animal cannot be completely relied upon to remain still or look in a certain direction.

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Balancing the demands of personal and commercial photography
02 Jun 2017

Balancing the demands of personal and commercial photography

by Emma-Jane Lewis (Course Tutor)

As a photographer, it can be hard to make the transition from building a portfolio to working in the commercial world. We all want to make a living from photography, but there are times when it can feel like we are abandoning our creativity for the needs of our clients. I believe this can be viewed in a number of ways and that it is possible to balance your own creative process with the more structured demands of the industry.

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Environmental Portraiture
20 Apr 2017

Environmental Portraiture

by Robert Irving (Course Tutor)

The essence of environmental portraiture is to capture the subject in the context of their surroundings. The best portraits are achieved when the photographer and subject exist within a common space, completely aware of each other’s existence. The photograph then becomes a reflection of this relationship. In this post, I will tell you about the process I used in a recent portrait shoot to capture some wonderful images.

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Making a Lens From Any Old Optic
06 Apr 2017

Making a Lens From Any Old Optic

by Robert Irving (Course Tutor)

When it comes to kit, photography is first and foremost about the lens. Sure, the digital sensor in the camera has an influence on the quality of the image, but not to the same extent that the lens does. Personally, I always think that any available budget should be spent on the optics rather than the camera body. Or better still, create your own.

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