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Get Organised

I already talked about taking control and this is what this second phase is all about for me. I mentioned that it was important to get some control even in situations where you are mostly reacting to your environment or subject. We also of course have many situations where we have complete control. I will […]

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Manipulating the Light

Manipulating the Light

Shoot it like you’d paint it 2 Manipulating the light. The classic painters studied the light and often painted their subjects reflecting that knowledge of light. They created a duplication of realistic light fall and that made the world of difference to their works. They moved on from painting everything on what appeared to be […]

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“Shoot it like you’d paint it”

Shoot it like you'd paint it

  Shoot it like you’d paint it … Says it all really.  Take control. Here I am talking about the thought process before making the picture, trying to be involved in the organization of all the elements that come together to make a wonderful image, hence shoot it like you’d paint it. As a Painter […]

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Seeing the Light

Seeing the Light … Now, this is most important. Do I have your full attention? Photography derived from the Greek photos- for “light” and -graphos for “drawing” is the art, science, and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, […]

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Ways of Seeing

Where were we?  Ah, Ways of seeing. In the last post we used the analogy of a Landscape image to start thinking about how we look and then decide what our image will contain. But we don’t always shoot pretty post cards. Whatever the genre the same applies regards the content of the image, it […]

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Learn to see differently

  Hi ! Now we are to begin to discuss Composition aren’t we? Before we start, I’m going to make a statement… Now I believe, in fact I know, I can even prove, that at one time in your life all of you were ‘Masters’ of composition. I mean it, and I will prove it. […]

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Probably the coolest Photography class ever … starts here!

Well, Hello. This is my first post here at Lightism and I guess I should introduce myself. Why? Well, I am going to be around a lot and hopefully help you along your ways. So, my name is Martin and it will come as no surprise that while I am a photographer, I am also […]

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Creativity, Not Gear!

I’m here to tell you that you can shoot professional, even commercial photography with little or no kit at home on the dinning table. Sure, we’d all love the latest kit, but the reality is that with some thought and resourcefulness…you don’t really need it. I shot above picture for a one of my food […]

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What’s in Your Bag?

I love to see things from a different angle and so was delighted to discover a new FREE web site where people can showcase their camera gear and their photography.   It’s designed for everyone with categories for DSLR, Lighting, Film, GoPro and Phone based photography. More importantly for me, their is a minimalist kit section […]

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Lightism in Popular Photography Magazine

America’s biggest photography magazine; Popular Photography; recently approached me having read two of the Lightism DIY lighting articles online and has now included them in this months issue…YAY!! Below is the online version of the article which has a bunch of great ideas (including 2 of mine http://www.popphoto.com/DIYLighting   If you enjoyed this and other articles….subscribe […]

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