Good article by my friend joncherry on How to Photograph Strangers
BIG CAMERAS ARE BETTER
Taking time over portraits is something I am keen to do. I use a Hasselblad on a tripod most of the time. This allows the subject to relax and often look more natural when I’m shooting. I understand that this isn’t always possible and photographers will always have differences when it comes to equipment. Having read countless interviews with photographers who use 4×5 or 8×10 cameras, it seems that having that time to set up and focus is key when it comes to getting the most out of photographing strangers.
It’s important to ask politely for someone’s portrait and then explain that it will take a few minutes to set up the shot, etc. Do not feel like you need to rush at this point. Almost make a point of taking a little bit of time to get things right. Use your light meter, ask them to move into a space where you see the shot looking strong and then focus and SNAP away. By creating a clear and calm atmosphere you will get good results out of your subject. In the complete opposite nature you could photograph strangers like this.
Read the full article here.
10:06 am • 24 April 2014 • 17 notes
collecting #wood at ‘la vie’ with @timlovell
9:43 am • 27 March 2014
Woke up this morning. Yas Island.
6:41 am • 14 March 2014
View from workshop. Dusk. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
2:34 pm • 13 March 2014 • 1 note
'Good things come to those who crate.' Curb-side coffee with @katealizadeh_ @bentanton
2:19 pm • 9 March 2014 • 1 note
My photo is this month’s liveforothers iPhone wallpaper. #YEH
4:09 pm • 4 March 2014 • 11 notes
Kate Alizadeh did a RAD forest print on the wall of the main house at Bethanie. It’s super cool. I took some photos of the potato print process. Take a look. And see the finished wall here.
4:06 pm • 4 March 2014 • 363 notes
Texture from Heurtevent, Fr.
5:42 pm • 3 March 2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel. Un film de Wes Anderson. (at Cinema Lux)
6:16 pm • 27 February 2014 • 2 notes
we are getting some wicked light at the moment. this is bethanie where i live / work. message me to find out more about what i’m up to in europe with @blessnetwork
10:52 am • 21 February 2014 • 1 note
yesterday my #feb5 was on liveforothers:
when i’m in england i spend a lot of time travelling by foot, train, bus and underground. i now love to journey. so here are my…
tips for travelling
1. SIT OR STAND
Don’t get lazy and sit out of habit, sometimes standing is the best way to travel. This is especially so when travelling on the underground; stand near the door to allow for a quick exit at your designated stop. That said, if you are going to sit down on a long journey, window seats are best (but always be willing to give up your seat for others).
2. MUSIC MARKERS
Mark each stage of the journey [waiting for the train, sitting on the train, getting off the train..] with a music change. For example, as i get off the train I play ‘Home’ by Talking Heads, which gives me an extra bounce to my walk ahead.
3. FREE HAND
I travel with one rucksack and one suitcase, which means that my other hand is free to put the ticket through the reader, etc. This is a time saver, and makes all the difference when you’re rushing to catch the next train.
4. DRINK WELL
Carry a BPA free bottle of water everywhere. Also, a takeaway coffee is a nice travelling treat, but monitor drink intake to avoid resorting to public loos. [And when it comes to food, save your cash and always say yes to a packed lunch from your Mom!]
5. SPARE SOCKS
Take a spare pair of socks on a winter journey, so if it rains your feet can always be warm and dry. [spare socks + passport = you can go anywhere.]
- Laura Amy Liderth
8:10 am • 21 February 2014 • 14 notes