Design heroes: Dorothea Lange

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Migrant Mother is one of the most iconic photos of the twentieth century. It has come to symbolise the troubles and trauma faced by farming families in the US during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It’s creator, Dorothea Lange, started her career shooting portraits of the well-to-do in a studio in San Fransisco but ended […]

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018 photography – My Family and Other Animals

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“Never work with children or animals”, or so the saying goes. But every year, our team of photographers covering the Farmers Weekly Awards finalists ignore this advice and bravely go out to the far corners of the UK to photograph the farmers at work, which often involves their animals and their families. While we’re only approaching the […]

Find your originality

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With so many people with cameras, computers and social media – is there such thing as an original idea? This video from Oliver Kmia shows just how visually repetitive our travel photos have become. It is worth reading this article from Kmia about how he came up for the idea for the article (ironically it was […]

Photoshop training video library

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Here is a selection of videos from youtube with some Photoshop skills: Basic cut-out Cut out hair/fur – brush tool Colour correction Reducing harsh shadows Unsharp mask (sharpens soft images) Remove reflection or glare from glasses using the clone tool Remove Red eye/ Green eye Using masks Text on a photo Select and change colours using […]

Design heroes: Andreas Gursky

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This weekend, I spent a thought-provoking afternoon on London’s Southbank at the recently re-opened Hayward Gallery. The exhibition was a retrospective of one of my favourite art photographers – Andreas Gursky. Gurksy is a German photographer closely associated with Dusseldorf where he studied with the iconic conceptual artists Bernd and Hilla Becher and where he continues to live […]

What does a picture editor do?

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  Despite being a keen photographer, I had never heard of the role of picture researcher or photo editor until I was in my first job as a journalist. Our small title did not have a picture editor but designer and the news editor had both worked on bigger publications in the past and it […]

Predicting the future

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The future of people’s tastes and personal preferences might be hard to predict but it doesn’t stop various bodies giving it a go. While fortunetellers may have used crystal balls and tea leaves in the past, these days it’s all about combing search data on websites. Here are links to a few Top Trends for 2018 […]

Photographing the Northern Lights

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On a recent trip to Iceland, I saw the Northern Lights. Like all low-light photography, taking a picture involves patience, even in the freezing midnight cold. There are plenty of online guides for photographing the Northern Lights and I think much of their advice is transferable to photographing other night scenes like cityscapes. Here is how I […]

The Eiffel Tower at night – a copyright quirk

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  Copyright is a sticky issue. One of the most famous quirks of the copyright laws in France means that photographs of the Eiffel Tower at night (but not during the day) are in breach of the copyright of the designers of the light show on the tower. There is an EU law which said that photos […]

Farmers in Focus – FW Awards 2017 photography

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Organising forty-five portrait shoots all over the UK using seven different photographers can be quite challenging but also very rewarding. Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 is my third year in charge of this project and has proved a success again. The aim of the Awards is to showcase the best of British Farming so my brief is […]

Comparing Illustrator to Photoshop

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There are advantages to both Illustrator and Photoshop, but are you sure which one is best for your next project? Design shop Desket has put together this article detailing the pros and cons of each application and which is suited to different projects. Here’s their cheat sheet comparing the two applications:

A combination art of Chinese and Swiss

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Some harvests of Shanghai creative garden                

Using negative space to create shapes in photography

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I love this ad campaign for an animal adoptive charity in India. It is unusual to see this imaginative use of negative space in photography. The eye-catching campaign was created by McCann Worldgroup India, Mumbai for World For All.  

How to use color more effectively in your photos

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In the span of human and cultural evolution, the human brain not only evolved with the need to recognize and differentiate color, it formed an emotional symbolism with regards to the concept of color. Throughout history, people have used color to illustrate and symbolize moods and traditions. As a species, we’re not only drawn to […]

A poetic plant magazine : BLAD

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BLAD journal is a magazine about plants and nature which was created by two  Denmark girl Louise Jacobsen and Liv Caroline Hotvedt Lausen. WallPaper* credited this magazine is a plants poetry. I was touched when i first saw this magazine. I felt so familiar about these plants images, cause i used to catch those leaves, flowers […]

Changing faces, changing places

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I recently wrote a post here about how fleeting street photography is – people caught in a moment that quickly passes, but the photos endure. Starting forty years ago, photographer Chris Porz photographed many people on the streets of Peterborough, England. In more recent years, he has tracked down some of those people featured in his […]

Superb photos of Hong Kong in the 1950s captured by a teenager

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These stunning photographs of Hong Kong in the 1950s are captured beautifully by a teenager, Ho Fan, who arrived from Shanghai in 1949. The streets, filled with vendors, coolies and rickshaw drivers, fascinated Ho. Taking pictures in a studio was the norm then, but Ho was more interested in random, candid shots of strangers.

Drone photography

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In recent years, small drones have come down in price and photographers have taken advantage of this cheap option to capture photographs from an extremely high vantage point. This article looks at the work of 12 accomplished drone photographers based around the world. Some of them create bright, busy and fun pictures while others give us a […]

Photography plus timing

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There is a saying that Comedy is Tragedy plus Timing. Street photographer Bryan Stokely has nailed this concept, making the most of New York’s colourful characters along with the equally colourful graffiti and advertising to capture moments of humour and poignancy.

Thinking outside the box and off the page

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I’ve notice an interesting trend recently of combining 3D models and photography to create original artworks for print. Madrid-based Irma Gruenholz  creates models that are then photographed and Photoshopped into magical and eye-catching illustrations (see above). The Wellcome Collection in London is a gallery space that looks at the relationship between health and culture. For their latest exhibition is […]

Time-lapse basics

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Vimeo’s guide to the producing the best time-lapse video Task for all – lets see some of our attemps? Post them on here…

2 Second Technique To Whiten Teeth In Photoshop | Plus A Free Action

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Whitening teeth in Photoshop is one of those things that all portrait photographers will all have to do at some point. Here’s a quick and simple way of doing this without overdoing it that they look un-natural

Drone photography meets art and environmentalism

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I have been a fan of Edward Burtynsky and his use of high point-of-view and scale to look at human impacts on the landscape since I saw his mind-bending series on Australian mines. His latest show is at on Flowers Gallery in London which shows his latest work on Salt Pans in India where he […]

Quirky corporate portraits

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I recently commissioned a new set of studio headshots of some of Farmers Weekly writers and editors. Needless to say the results were straightforward and a little boring. Ars Thanea is an award-winning CGI studio so a shoot for corporate headshots was always going to be creative and dynamic. They chose to use a dark […]

10 photography magazines worth reading

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Source: StackMagazines Accent magazine (London) Starting out as an online quarterly in 2013, Accent magazine is ‘A global celebration of life lived outside the ordinary’ that went into print earlier this year. Although Accent doesn’t call itself a photography magazine (“the written stories are as important as the photography”), the high quality documentary photography plays a major part in the stories they […]

Image manipulation – older than you might think

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THE COMPLETE SELF-INSTRUCTING LIBRARY OF PRACTICAL PHOTOGRAPHY // PUBLIC DOMAIN With all the current debate about the responsible use of image manipulation in magazines and advertising, you might think that subtly changing photographs to suit beauty ideals is only as old as PhotoShop. Even those considered among the most beautiful women in the world (examples […]

The importance of focal length

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Ever wonder how some photos make your nose look bigger or you look fat? Well it’s probably has something to do with the focal length of the lens on the camera. The photo above and the gif below are from the blog of skilled Czech photographer Dan Vojtěch. It takes us from a very wide angle lens (20mm) which […]

Photographing history

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President Barack Obama is coming to the end of his eight years in office. His term has seen changes and conflicts and documenting these times has been Pete Souza – the Official White House Photographer. Perhaps reflecting the digital revolution that have characterised Obama’s presidency, Souza’s photography is prolific covering everything from state events to pivotal historical moments to […]

Deutsche Börse photography prize 2016

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The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is an annual competition which many consider represents the height of contemporary art photography. The shortlisted works come from works exhibited or published in Europe. This year’s winner is Trevor Paglan, a geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley. He won for his work […]

A clear picture on Image File Formats

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I receive digital images in many different file formats and I do my best to make the most of the materials I am supplied with. But explaining to someone why a lo-res PNG file they have taken from a website (with permission) is not suitable for print can be challenging. In these cases I usually […]

Shortcuts in PhotoShop

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How many keyboard shortcuts do you use? Learning just a few can really streamline your workflow so I would recommend taking a look at this useful diagram of Photoshop shortcuts to see if you can pick up a few more. You can also set up your own shortcuts using Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (or  alt+Shift+cmd+K) to […]

Text and Hero Images

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A common request I’ve been receiving lately from the Farmers Weekly Web Development team is for “Hero Images”. These large striking images are used in bold digital designs to create depth and interest. This article from Creative Market explores the next step on designing with Hero Images – making the text layered on top work […]

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Texture and colour in farming images

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With impressive machinery and shimmering fields, it can be difficult to get away from farming  photography that deals with large size. This article from iStock via Getty website gives some good ideas for using more close up and abstract farming images by focusing on natural colour, texture and “authenticity”.

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US farming magazine goes glam

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A few years ago the established US farming magazine Dairy Today underwent a rebrand by leading design consultancy Pentagram. The result? A fresh clean design that makes the cows the cover stars. But if you think it’s easy getting animals to pose for the camera, think again… Save Save

Urban photography

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Andy Yeung is a Hong Kong-based photographer. He says: “They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look around and you’ll see.”

Video: Looking back at Adobe Photoshop 1.0

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Adobe Photoshop is 25 years old now.  It’s moved on quite a bit.

Shot on iPhone 6 campaign

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77 iPhone photographers will be featured in a campaign promoting the camera capabilities on the iPhone 6. While I wouldn’t put the DSLR camera down yet, these images do illustrate what a powerful tool the iPhone 6 can be.

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Free photoshop brushes

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Some of these are great, some ok and some not so good, but worth pulling having a few of them

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Fat or fiction

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CURIOUS ABOUT CALORIES? SERIOUS ABOUT SUGARS? FLUMMOXED BY FAT? Collaborative infotography project by Christina Winkless, Anna Brooks and David Rosser shows an interesting take on infographic visuals.

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How small screens have impacted photo journalism

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Quite an interesting article on how the growing use of mobile browsing is effect photo journalism, along with a few tips on how to adapt your content for it.

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Looping Video Portraits

[vimeoa id=”77710860″ mode=”normal” aspect_ratio=”15:21″ parameters=”html5=1 title=0 byline=0 portrait=0 loop=1″] Jean-Yves Lemoigne is a French photographer who’s pushing the boundaries of what photography. Using a Red EPIC Camera he’s created these intriguing photoloops which feel like an evolution of Andy Warhol’s screen tests. Because of the expert styling and lighting these definitely feel like works of […]

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Interview Portfolio

Steve McCurry and the last roll of Kodachrome

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An interesting feature on Steve McCurry shooting the last roll of Kodachrome.

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True Detective Title Sequence – Double Exposure Compositing

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“We were visually inspired by the look and feel of double exposure and the work of photographer Richard Misrach,” said Patrick. “I really admire how the filmmakers cleverly used the setting to reflect the lives of the protagonists. Incomplete shots and broken portraits illustrate the internal struggle within each character. We made sure that these elements were central themes of the opening titles.

Previously, Elastic has worked on adverts for Nike, Honda and Lexus, and also created the Emmy Award winning title sequence for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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