Information, favourite websites and generally useful stuff (July 2016 Update)
Here is an update of list of websites I have found useful or interesting or simply inspiring. I've decided to update it, as it was looking a little out of date and there was so much more I wanted to include.
My own working style has really changed over the past few years. I used to focus exclusively on street and travel, but I find I am increasingly working on Projects. I find that this provides a greater opportunity to explore, revisit and interpret. Most projects are long running, some now over 3 years.
Someone once told me it was worth investing in more photo books than in new photo gear. How right they were!! So many ideas (and so much cheaper)!
Here are some on-line sources I use:
Other favourite haunts:
It would be really hard to compile a list without feeling I'd missed someone out. But as a starter, here are some inspirations, in no particular order: Alex Webb, Alex Soth, Trent Parke, Stephen Shore, Peter Mitchell, Walker Evans, Robert Doisneau, Seamus Murphy, Don McCullin, Josef Koudelka, Garry Winogrand, HCB, Daido Moriyama, William Klein, Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, Joel Meyerowitz and ....closer to home- Dougie Wallace, Matt Stuart and Stuart Freedman... and I could add more..... (and will do in due course).
Places to go:
I tend to do most of my photography in London, but really enjoy photographic in any city and when travelling, but I have to highlight add Arles. Rencontres d'Arles is 'an experience' and provides plenty of ideas (https://www.rencontres-arles.com/Home). There is also the "fringe' event (http://voies-off.com/index.php/en/). I'm hoping to get to VISA soon (http://www.visapourlimage.com/).
Most of my post-processing is minimal. I tend to use Lightroom CC and Silver Efex 2 (for mono).
A useful tool is Lightroom Sharpening Presets for Fuji: http://blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/02/updated-x-trans-sharpening-presets-lightroom. I know Adobe have recently upgraded their Fuji raw processing, so will experiment over the next few weeks.
I do most of my printing myself using an Epson 3880. I mainly print on Permajet papers - Oyster and FB Distinction.
But for commercial printing I'd recommend theprintspace in Kingsland Road. Excellent quality and fast turnaround. They also hold regular and interesting exhibitions and their First Tuesdays events are worth checking out.
Equipment and Kit Bag: (for those interested)
These days, more often than not, I shoot with a Fuji. For street photography I usually use a Fuji XE-2 with a manual lens (currently an Elmarit 28 / f2.8 on an X-mount converter). For more general urban photography and travel, I'll also take an XT-1 with a 16-55/f2.8. All in a small discrete black Billingham.
On occasions, and when I'm feeling in the mood, I'll take out an old Nikon F3HP with a 50/f1.4 and also give an old Nikon rangefinder an airing. I have also taken to using an old Hasselblad 503CW, it provides a completely different look and feel, and completely slows you down....film is invariably Kodak 400TMax or Fuji Pro 400H.
My kit bag used to be exclusively Nikon. I still use a Nikon D800, but mainly for studio or shoots where I don't mind going out with a backpack and am probably going to use a tripod too.
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