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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The Single Most Important Setting in the Lightroom Develop Module

Dongtai Road Antiques Market, Shanghai, China

Now that I have used Lightroom for many years, processing photos from two different camera systems (Canon EOS and Fujifilm X-series), I have realised that the most important setting in the Develop module is Profile in the Camera Calibration panel.

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Should You Use a Prime Lens or a Zoom for Street Photography?

Punta Arenas, China


It may be difficult to know what lens to take on a street photography shoot, especially if you only have a vague idea of what you are going to take photos of. Quite often you are waiting for your subject to present itself to you, especially if you are new to a place and have little idea of what to expect from it.

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5DayDeal Complete Business Bundle 2016

Complete Photography Business Bundle

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How to Use a Wide-Angle Lens for Street and Travel Photography

Street photography in Mexico

Out of all the lenses it is possible to use for street and travel photography wide-angle lenses are the ones I struggle with the most.

Even if you get close to your subject with a wide-angle lens you will always end up including the background in the frame. Considering that wide-angles also give more depth-of-field than longer focal lengths (when camera to subject distance and aperture are equal) it becomes harder to select a wide aperture to defocus the background. The end result is that wide-angles naturally include the setting as well as the person you are taking a photo of.

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