Category: Blog,Photography

Capturing Thai Culture in Photography

If you’ve so much as glanced at a copy of National Geographic at any time in the last few decades, you will know that the publication’s most astounding feature is its photography. There are some good articles, but the words are largely inconsequential because it is the pictures which really speak volumes. If Thai culture photography has ever intrigued you, you’ll enjoy this post with an on the ground perspective. The question is this: what makes a … Read More

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Shooting the Sunset

Natural Fireworks Sunsets are stunning, aren’t they? No matter where you are in the world, the cascade of colours in the sky from the brilliant blue of the afternoon to the black of night (via yellow, orange, red, pink and purple) is like an all-natural fireworks display every evening. Even in Bangkok, where the horizon is concealed behind seemingly endless tower blocks, it is a picturesque time of the day, ideal for photography. No wonder sunset photography is … Read More

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Lighting for Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography Lighting – Seeing the Light Photography is all about light. This might sound ridiculously obvious, what with ‘photo’ being latin for ‘light’, but it is a point which does seem to be noticeably overlooked by the majority of amateurs, particularly when it comes to portraiture. If you are taking portrait photography to the next level – beyond simple selfies and holiday snaps – then portrait photography lighting is something you will have to put a lot … Read More

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Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography – Painting With Light In my ‘balancing light’ article, I mentioned that in long exposure photography, slowing down your shutter speed will create motion blur in fast-moving objects, even at the fairly high shutter speeds that a bright and sunny day will allow you to use. This is the primary reason why nighttime photography is such a challenging (and frequently bungled) endeavour; there is so little ambient light available that you are forced to … Read More

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Secrets on Photographing Temples

Walk a Mile in My Shoes A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed a busman’s holiday. Photography for work can get exceptionally tiresome when you are expected to stick to the same style and parameters, taking pictures of the same boring stuff over and over again, without the freedom to really artistically express yourself. At the end of the day, photography is an art, making that freedom of expression an important part of what makes … Read More

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Making a Photo: Part II – Advanced Photo Composition

Old Dogs and New Tricks Way back in the first of these articles (this being the tenth), I introduced the essentials of photo composition, including the rule of thirds, lead-in lines and filling the frame. While the rules are simple, they are staggeringly effective at turning a pleasant scene into a great picture. One problem with these rules, however, is that they depend on the scene being impressive to begin with. Such a scene is easy to spot … Read More

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Professional Photography Tips and Tricks

Professional Photography Tips Taking a photography course in Bangkok is, without a doubt, the best way to radically improve your skills, taking you from absolute or semi-competent amateur up to at least the level of technical competency required to turn pro. Extensive reading around the subject will push you further still, but sheer practise is often the most significant factor. As the saying goes, with practise comes perfection. Partially through my own practise and partially through talking with … Read More

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How to Take the Perfect Selfie

Selfie Culture Regardless of where the selfie originated, its cultural home is undoubtedly Asia. The reason for this was illustrated by something a Taiwanese guy once said to my dad: that if you take a picture of a great scene or attraction and you are not in the photo yourself, it does not count as proof that you were there. And thus: selfie culture was born. Normally, this means that you need someone there to take your … Read More

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Food Photography in Bangkok Tutorial for Beginners

The Perks and Pitfalls of Restaurant Reviews For the last few weeks, my blog here has been a bit heavy on theory and light on practical photography advice. It was essential to cover things like aperture and shutter speed to enable me to use those kinds of technical terms in future posts without the fear of leaving people behind, but I can never teach you that stuff here in the sort of detail you would get from … Read More

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Light Settings in Photography

A long time ago, I visited Khao Kheow Open Zoo outside Bangkok and I took a picture which changed the course of my life and career. I was using a very basic point-and-shoot camera and I lined up a shot of an emu behind a chainlink fence. Once I’d had the film developed, I discovered that I’d taken a fantastic photo…of the fence. I began to realize how important it was to get the photography light settings … Read More

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