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Nowadays everyone has a camera, think back before the camera phone and before digital photography and taking photos was a hassle. Firstly camera’s didn’t have a handy LCD screen on the back so there was no way of knowing if your photo was blurred or too dark, and to make it trickier you could only take 24/36 photos per film so you couldn’t just click away and take the same shot 10 times and hope 1 would be ok. Then when you had finished your film you had to send it away to be developed. It is so much simpler now, just point and click as many times as you like, your photos are automatically stored on a cloud so you can access them anywhere anytime, from a PC, tablet or smart phone. With modern sensor and lens technology on the latest phones you can easily create panorama’s stitched together in the phone, with sports mode you can take burst of shots to get action shots and you can even edit your shots in photoshop on your phone. So is there still a market for Professional Photographers?

I don’t suppose too many people will be surprised to know that as a professional photographer my answer to that is yes! But I will explain why. Firstly all the technological advances we have seen have made it very easy for everyone to take photos and made it easy and cheap for people to take up photography as a hobby, I include myself in that, I take photos on my mobile phone and have the photoshop app among others. Contrary to popular belief I don’t carry a DSLR with me everywhere I go, but I always carry my mobile phone so there are occasions I see a shot and have to use my phone. There are disadvantages with using a mobile that maybe in the future technology will be able to overcome but I doubt it. Two of the issues are the small sensor and lens quality on mobile phones, while they are improving all the time and will continue to with advances I technology the same is true with the DSLR market.

While technology is important it’s a very small part of the reason there will always be a market for professional photography, by far the biggest reason is knowledge. I can buy the best football boots, shin pads and football in the world but I still won’t be as good as Messi! The same can be applied to photography, the camera is a tool to take the photo that you create, the photo is made by the photography correctly composing, focusing, lighting and exposing the image, the tool could be an iPhone or a Canon 1D if the image has not been created well by the photographer the result will be a bad photo and vice versa.

Technology will always advance, mobile phone camera’s with come with more and more megapixels, very soon interchangeable lenses with be common place and that will really move mobile photography on and I am sure there will be many more advances in the near future and they will all make photography more and more accessible to everyone, but they will not make people better photographers, they will not make any of the rules of photography, the skills we use and the knowledge we have obsolete.  I think we can be confident our industry is safe for many years to come.


Darren Hanks


Studio Photography

Posted: January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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This week I have managed to spend some time in the studio, although mainly taking product shots for customers I did manage to get some time to take photos of a few old Camera’s, I love the old Kodak cameras, the build quality is fantastic and unfortunately not replicated in modern cameras.

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The photo below shows just how important light is, I took a shot of this tree and was about to walk away, as I did the sun came through the clouds and hit the tree, I managed to get this shot, within a few seconds the light was gone.  Photography really is about chasing light!

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Plenty of Snow forecast in Kent this weekend so hopefully will get some nice shots!

When starting out in photography there is a lot to learn, not only about how to take shots, composition, exposure, aperture, ISO, shutter speed plus many more factors. You also have the daunting task of knowing what equipment you need, what lenses to buy and what make to go for.

When it comes down to it, photography and taking photos is simple, there a few things you need to know and everything else can be learnt at your own pace as you go along.

1. What camera?

I often get asked which camera is better (for example) Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 6.  The simple answer is whichever you prefer, go to a shop, pickup and hold each camera, see how it feels, look through the menu system and find the camera that feels best and you like the best.  The differences in the spec between a similar priced Canon, Nikon, Pentax & Sony is going to be minimal and its really down to which feels best for you.

2. What equipment?

What equipment do you need to take good photos?

A DSLR – Clearly you can take photos with a point & click camera and your mobile phone, but if you are serious about your photography you do need a DSLR and know how to use it in Manual or Aperture Priority mode.

Tripod – If you are going to take landscape or night/low light photos a tripod is a must.

UV filter – I have listed 3 filters here, the UV filter is a must on each lens, just for protection, if you drop your lens and damage it, the cost of replacing it could be hundreds of pounds, where a UV filter cost approx £20.

Polorizing Filter – This is great for removing reflections from glass and glare from water, it will also help saturate a blue sky.

Neutral Density Filter – This is a must for Landscape photography, this can be replicated in Lightroom or Photoshop but you can never beat doing it in camera.  A Graduated ND filter can help reduce the exposure to a sky so the detail in the foreground is kept.

3. Taking a Photo.

There are a few rules I use when taking a photo.  Firstly do everything you can in camera, never take a photo thinking how you can make corrections in Photoshop, ALWAYS take a photo with the aim to not do anything in Photoshop at all, this is your goal.

Learn the rules of composition and then break them, they arent there to stick to, they are there so you know how and when to break them.

Be original, when you look at a subject, think of how you can shoot it that has never been done before, ‘Make it your own’.

I hope this helps in keeping it simple.  Remember YOU will take a good photo not your equipment, a good photographer with a £50 point and shoot camera will take better photos than a bad photographer with £10,000 worth of equipment.

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