Flickr, Facebook and Other Terrible Tales

4 Dec 2014

This week photographers have been up in arms. It doesn't generally take much to get photographers up in arms and most weeks something, whether it be digital manipulation or an art critic claiming photography isn't art, has photographers up in arms. On this occasion the issue is copyright theft… or rather it isn't copyright theft but people are up in arms over copyright theft anyway. The photo sharing site, Flickr, has drawn the ire of many of its members by selling prints of member's photographers, for profit, with no money being paid to the photographer who took it. click to load the rest of this article...

The Golden Recipe To Better Photographs

26 Nov 2014

There is a time of day that photographers love more than any other, they call it golden hour. It is not just golden in terms of colour, though the light does have an attractive golden hue, but it is also valuable and highly prized. As well as a gentle warmth in the colour of the light at this time of day, the lower angle of the sun can lead to more interesting pattern of light and shade, both in the sky and across the landscape. The angle of the sun also makes polarising filters more effective at darkening the sky close to the horizon (whch is the part of the sky you're most likely to see in your photos), and portraits are less likely to have unflattering shadows from a high light-source and squinting subjects. click to load the rest of this article...

Can A Photograph Ever Be Art?

16 Nov 2014

Oh no, not this old debate again! I too thought this argument had run its course, we've had photographs appearing alongside paintings (and other forms of art) in galleries for decades now. Surely no serious art critic still wants to peddle the hoity-toity notion that photography is not art. Then I read this article from the Guardian's chief art critic Jonathan Jones. click to load the rest of this article...

Going Out In The Rain

5 Nov 2014

As we get into November, you may look out of the window, and seeing the terrible weather, decide that you won't be going out with your camera for some weeks. Rain is pretty miserable, but that doesn't mean that any photographs taken on rainy days will be bad ones. You just have to think of the rain the way you would think about any other object in the scene. It's impossible to ignore it, it makes it harder to use your camera, and as a subject it is less 'traditionally' pretty than sunshine, but it has a certain photogenic quality of its own. click to load the rest of this article...

Astrophotography (Part 1)

26 Oct 2014

With the clocks going back and darker nights upon us, many photographers will start thinking about taking photographs of the night sky. It can seem like a daunting subject, perhaps because it requires settings that mean switching your camera into full manual mode; but in truth the sky is a simple subject. click to load the rest of this article...

My Blog Is Now Self-hosted

15 Sep 2014

After deciding that API links to content on other sites required far too much maintenance to keep them all up to date, and failing to find a way to integrate my WordPress blog to my own website without simply using an iframe, I've decided to just host my blog myself. The CMS behind the site doesn't have the bells and whistles of WordPress, is clunky and requires me to write posts from within my host's admin system rather than a nice WordPress iPad app, but I have the peace of mind of knowing that it won't go down because they updated the API or because the iframe stopped working for whatever reason, and of knowing that Google isn't going to punish me for what it sees as duplicating content.

There's still a bit of work to do on it fixing some layout issues and trying to make it like an actual blog... I'd like to have comments at the very least, but at the moment it looks as though I have only one comments section for the whole blog rather that a comments list for each post.
Blog Self Portrait
Articles about photography, tips and tricks, insights into the world of commercial photography and the marketing industry from a photographer's perspective, and the occasional humorous rant. Brought to you by Will McAllister, a commercial photographer based in God's own county of Cumbria.