British Academy of Photography Blog

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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Shooting in Fog
24 Mar 2017

Shooting in Fog

by Noel Phelan (Course Tutor)

Photographing foggy scenes can result in some wonderfully moody and atmospheric images, and as a photographer, I love the feeling of packing up my gear in preparation for an early morning shoot when I know there will be fog. However, without using certain photographic techniques, you can end up with dull, washed-out images.

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Why Shoot in Film?
16 Mar 2017

Why Shoot in Film?

by Robert Irving (Course Tutor)

Shooting film is exceptionally rewarding. Without the obvious ability to "review" what we’ve shot, we tend to put more thought and consideration into each and every image that we capture; not least because there’s a financial factor to be considered. If you find photography a mindful exercise, just try shooting in film, it’ll greatly intensify this most wonderful of aspects.

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