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Judging Images in Competitions

Earlier this year, I was invited to a photography club as a guest judge to judge the club's open photography competition — a type of competition in which there is no set subject or theme.  Apart from the honour of being invited to judge a competition's images, it is also a challenging and interesting experience [ continue reading ]

The 50mm Focal Length: Boring

For years I have held a strong distain for the 50mm focal length.  Inexplicably, I hitherto had never ranted about it here.  To me, 50mm is an utterly useless and boring focal length, and I do not quite understand why so many people bother with it.  On the 35mm camera system, 50mm is considered a 'standard [ continue reading ]

Images Are Not Free, People!

Over the years, I have received numerous requests to use my images in publications.  This morning I received another.  As usual, the person wanted the image for zero cost, offering only to provide credit if I waived my fee.  Naturally, I declined.  I really wish the general public would divorce itself of the notion that [ continue reading ]

Photographic Mojo MIA

I have come to the realisation that my photographic mojo is missing in action.  During the past six to eight months, I have not spent a lot of time in the field.  The notable exception was our huge African trip last October, where wildlife photography — quite a deviation from my usual subject matter [ continue reading ]


Many photographers would have heard of 500px, a relatively new image hosting site, which focuses on high-quality work.  The site has existed since 2009, but has only become very popular in the last year or two.  The idea of 500px is that photographers upload their best work rather than use it as a generic dumping [ continue reading ]

Time Changes Perspective

Often when reviewing images upon my return from a photography session, I have a clear idea of which images are the winners that will be processed and published, and which will be skipped.  However, I have found — especially after one recent photoshoot — that some time away from one's images can change one's perspective [ continue reading ]