How to Use the New Guided Upright Tool and Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom CC

Lightroom Upright Guide tool

Last week Adobe rolled out the latest updates to Lightroom. Lightroom 6 users will see little change apart from bug fixes and new camera support lens profiles (this Adobe article has the full details).

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What is a Candid Portrait?

A candid portrait taken in Beijing, China.

A candid portrait is one where the subject is unaware that a photo has been taken. Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered a master of this, and his photos were reproduced regularly in articles about candid portraiture in the photography magazines I read when I started out in photography.

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How Finding a Rich Environment Improves Your Street Photography

Street photography in China

One of the ideas I wrote about in The Candid Portrait is finding a rich environment for travel and street photography. This came about because I realised that the setting in a street photo is just as an important part of the story as the people.

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The Candid Portrait

The Candid Portrait photography ebook

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My newest ebook is published today.

The Candid Portrait: A Photographer’s Guide to Candid Street & Travel Photography is written for everybody who wants to learn how to create better portraits in the street.

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Composition Tips From Pro Photographer Bob Holmes


Any search for advice on photographic composition results in a lot nonsensical information. The rule of thirds (which Michael Freeman describes as “probably the worst piece of compositional advice I can imagine”) is bad enough, but I doubt that any decent photographer is thinking about the golden mean, fibonacci spirals or armatures when creating photos.

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How to Speed Up Your Lightroom Workflow with Photo Mechanic

Photo Mechanic

Last week I looked at various ways in which you can speed up the Lightroom import process. All of them have something in common – no matter which method you use, you still have to wait for Lightroom to build 1:1 previews of your images before you can both view and zoom into them. Even then, Lightroom is not as fast as it could be for viewing your photos.

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How to Save Time When Importing Photos Into Lightroom

How to speed up Lightroom import process

Perhaps one of the biggest frustrations Lightroom users face is the initial process of importing photos from your camera’s memory card. The more photos you need to import, the longer it takes, which can be more than a little annoying when you just want to get on with viewing the photos.

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The One Skill You Need to Succeed at Street & Travel Photography

Street photography, Shanghai, China

Note: This is an extract from my forthcoming ebook, The Candid Portrait. Join my newsletter to be the first to know when it is published (the sign up box is at the top of the column on the right).

In street photography a lot of things are outside your control. When the street is your studio, you have very little say over what is happening in front of your camera. Regardless, the principles of good photography still apply. Strong photos require an interesting subject, beautiful lighting and strong composition.

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Why the Greatest Photographers Pursue Projects

Blacksmith, Spalding

Yesterday I came across a copy of Robert Doisneau’s Portraits of the Artists. It’s a beautiful book, displaying photos from a personal project spanning many decades. The oldest are over 70 years old. Not only do they capture the likeness of the various artists (some well known, like Picasso and Hockney, and others who have been forgotten by all except a few), they show the environments they lived and worked in. Several artists were pictured in various states of squalor in tiny Paris apartments, and it shows just how much living standards have improved in the intervening decades. But this aside, there are a few other things I thought about as I looked through the photos.

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Why I Converted my X-Pro 1 Camera to Infrared

Black and white infrared landscape photo

Twenty months ago I bought a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera. I was so impressed by it that I also bought an X-T1. Since then I’ve hardly used the X-Pro 1, which was relegated to the status of backup camera / second body.

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