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Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell Guangzhou’s main Square, China Andrew McConnell (b. 1977, Ireland) began his photographic career in Belfast, working as a press photographer during the closing stages of “The Troubles” in the north of Ireland and the transition to peace. Since then he has worked on stories worldwide including the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, e-waste in Ghana, surfing in the Gaza Strip and the ongoing occupation of Western Sahara. McConnell is a double World Press Photo Award winner and a recipient of the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Best of Show Award, his images have appeared in the...

Getting Started at Candid Photography

Getting Started at Candid Photography Smile, you’re on candid camera! Remember that TV show? One of the most exciting forms of photography is candid photography. Taking pictures of people in public situations doing natural acts has always been fun. Candid photography was largely taken in the streets and now it’s indoor at places like malls, night clubs and everywhere that people reside. “Fruitseller” captured by Thomas Jeppesen (Click Image to See More From Thomas Jeppesen) When you’re engaged in candid photography, you’re not looking for people to pose for you, you’re looking for people doing natural...

Microstock Photography Selling Tips

Microstock Photography Selling Tips Digital photography created an easy way for almost any type of photographer to create images for use as microstock photos. The biggest agencies are humming with business—Shutterstock, Dreamstime, fotolia and iStockphoto. Microstock companies have caused the price of images to drop precipitously sometimes to less than a dollar. It might not seem like it’s worth it to get involved with something that pays so little and is so time consuming. I’ve found if you keep at it, you can have some success. At Dreamstime, when an image sells, it goes up in price so you earn more. You can start...

Night Time Photography Tips

Night Time Photography Tips Many digital photography beginners I know stick rigidly to daytime shots, apprehensive about their rate of success at night. If you’ve delayed taking that next step, or find you just don’t seem to take many night time photographs, here are a few common sense tips that will quickly help you on your way. “Music colors” captured by Ævar Guðmundsson (Click Image to See More From Ævar Guðmundsson) Ideally you will have access to a tripod – a decent make and sturdy model makes a big difference. Absolute stillness is required to get the best of the slow shutter speeds...

How to Photography Tattoos: Model Tattoo Photography

How to Photography Tattoos: Model Tattoo Photography In my last post I covered the most common type of tattoo photography, Macro Tattoo Photography, which is used to display individual tattoos. While Macro is typically the best for displaying new or interesting tattoos, Model Tattoo Photography is the most memorable type of tattoo photography. Model Tattoo photography is the concept of focusing on not a single tattoo or a model, but rather the painting that a model’s tattoos create on there skin. A common example of this type of photography is that of modern pin-up models. Model Tattoo Photography is not complicated, but many photographers...

A View of a World Protected from Photography

A View of a World Protected from Photography My Dec. 15 posting here – “Fearmongers are Giving Photographers a Bad Name” — invited some interesting comments. Although many readers sympathize with the perils of street photography, there are a number who consider it rude and offensive to photograph a subject when they are unaware and without permission.   I get the impression that some readers think photographers are a crass lot, incapable of any feelings toward their subjects. A few suggest that they would never stoop so low as to photograph strangers. I even get the impression that they would like laws passed to enforce...

Interior Composition in Architecture Photography

Taking eye-catching photographs of interiors is more difficult than simply pointing and shooting. To compose an effective image, it takes some forethought and careful consideration of your surroundings. To improve our understanding of photographic composition, professional photographer Scott Hargis provides this very helpful insider look into the art of interior photography: Shooting as wide as your camera will allow is not always the best choice. Many times, photographs taken from wide angles will feel cluttered and may distort objects, distracting viewers from the photograph as a whole. To...

How to Use an Umbrella in Photography

How to Use an Umbrella in Photography Umbrellas serve an important purpose to people. Apart from protecting them from the heat of the sun, they also keep them dry when it rains. But not many people are aware that the umbrella also serves photographers well. This tool helps them in the lighting aspect of photography particularly when shooting indoors. “Umbrellla Sunset” captured by Keith Willette (Click Image to See More From Keith Willette) Using this sun and rain protection tool is a great help for those serious in their photography hobby. In particular, it assists photographers in achieving professional...

[Video] A Comprehensive Look at Working with Models

[Video] A Comprehensive Look at Working with Models Mark Wallace hits us with a video full of tips and etiquette when it comes to working with models. This video covers a lot of ground so if you have limited experience with shooting models give it a peek. Be sure to watch all the way to the end of the video to catch Mark’s “Stand this way and twist this way and move this way and shot shot.” Trust me, at 12:47 it will make sense to you. Or it won’t. :/ via [iso1200] [PetaPixel] Mark Wallace hits us with a video full of tips and etiquette when it comes to working with models. This video covers a lot of ground so if you have limited...

Common Mistakes a Photographer Should Avoid When Working with a Model

Common Mistakes a Photographer Should Avoid When Working with a Model A week ago I was invited to take part in a workshop titled, Lights and Shadows. Demo models were available and various photographers were shooting in a temporary set photographic studio. I could not help but notice impractical mistakes done repeatedly by some of the photographers present. This led me to write this article, in order to pin point three basic mistakes that you should avoid when shooting a model, in particular a female model. “Christina” captured by Rino (Click Image to See More From Rino) Discretion at All Times Before you start shooting a model, it is a very...

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