Annie Leibovitz video

•April 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment

This is the video that I started the portrait class with.

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ – “Documentary” from Homestead on Vimeo.


Portraiture project

•April 5, 2016 • Leave a Comment
George Galloway MP

George Galloway MP ©Nigel Goldsmith 2010

Next project, choose from one of the options below.

Final images will be presented in the last session 

  1. Recreating another photographer’s style

Look at portraits taken by three  photographers and try to recreate them using subjects, props, locations and lighting. You could start by looking at the work of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Arnold Newman, Erwin Blumenfeld, Platon, and David Bailey

The aim of this assignment is to encourage you to identify the process you think was used to take a picture from initial planning and selection of subject and location through to final execution. The images do not need to be exact duplicates of the originals but should attempt to use a similar technical and aesthetic approach.

  1. Portrait Series

Produce three portraits that have something that links them together. The approach you choose is entirely up to you but it is important to identify the overall theme before you start taking pictures. A series will normally have a theme, which links all images in the collection. Some examples of themes within portrait photography include Rineke Dijkstra’s photographs of matadors, Avedon’s ‘In the American West’ or Nicholas Nixon’s Brown Sisters series.

Bath Photomarathon 2016

•March 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

If you like a challenge the Bath Photomarathon takes place on the 30th April. TYou must take twenty pictures in order on 20 themes within 10 hours. The themes are are given to the entrants on the day. For more information click here.

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The amazing Vivian Maier

•March 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I thought I should try to get more female photographers up on the blog and Vivian Maier was one of the very best street, documentary and self portrait photographers. Maier was a nanny and took most of the pictures while out walking the children.

Nobody saw her amazing collection of many thousands of pictures until after she died.

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The Genius of Photography

•February 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

In last night’s class Adelle asked if I could recommend further reading or viewing for the course. I still recomend  John Ingledew’s book, mentioned in an earlier post but there is also the BBC ‘The Genius of Photography’ series produced a few years ago. To support the series they published a book and a full set of DVDs.

GeniusYou may be able to find some of the videos online, just do a Google video search for ‘Genius of Photography’.  I managed to find a few full episodes though the links may not last. Here is one
Watch Genius of photography – 2 in Entertainment  |  View More Free Videos Online at
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An interesting article on composition

•February 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The Rule of Thirds is widely used as guide for composition in art and photography but there are alternatives. This article questions the dominance of the rule and looks at alternative approaches to composition.

10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds

History of photography in 5 minutes

•February 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment