The Photograph a Powerful Reminder

1-Untitled-1For the month of November, also known as Movember I grew a moustache to promote men’s health, and along the way photographed the progress.

Photography is a powerful tool in recording history and events, for everyday photographers it can be used to document life, to show friends and family , as photographs can be looked back on anytime to remind of those times or events.

Photography is an option for most people in the modern world with access to cameras so wide spread; sometimes it’s great to record something you enjoy so you can relive the experience over and over again.

Printing your photos makes them real, something you can touch and feel and others can see as well, with removable products like Blu-tack makes it easy to display and move around.

Our days are filled with many events, so go document your life and your family’s life use your camera print your photos and share with family and friends.

To keep you motivated start a personal photographic project, you choose  a theme some people do a 365 Project taking one photo a day of an aspect of their life, or each day take a photo of the sky or anything .

Once you got a collection of photos combine into a video timelapse to share them , hope this has got you thinking about a doing a project with your camera , I like the hash tag  “Capturelife”

Have fun capturing life with your camera

Regards Stephen

Black and White {Monochrome} Alive and Well

Is there still a place in the world for black and white photography, in a world of high definition and ultra-high definition , retina displays and so on why does black and white still exist.

Black and white adds a powerful element to an image that is hard to get with colour image as well as evoking an emotional response from the viewer. Black and white can convey a sense of age, class and history in an image something harder to convey in colour.

In portrait photography a black and white capture works well to record the subject and be the key element of the image, so the backgrounds with confusing colours are contained in the gray scale and become less of a draw on the eye to the viewer.

Black and white is really grayscale, which is a range of shades of gray the darkest shade is black, which is the total absence of light. The lightest possible shade is white, the total transmission or reflection of light at all visible wavelength’s.

Photography was born black and white, and continues to feature in photographer’s works; styles like high key over exposing the image blowing out harsh shadows, low key under exposing producing strong shadows make for powerful images.

So black and white will do well into the future so next time you’re out with your camera, try shooting in black and white, try using coloured filters this can add to the image, most cameras have these features, have fun experimenting.

Long live monochrome

Regards Stephen1-1-IMG_7627bw