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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in PHOTO TIPS

Photographic Tips and techniques

Photographic Tips and techniques

Tips and techniques in photography can be important, but what is even more important than that, is the message behind the picture.  A Photographer is like a miner and sometimes the reward for a miner’s hard work and effort can be gold. But for the photographer, that gold is a perfect shot. To achieve it, first of all you need to understand what it is that you want to capture. Equally important is to know your gear well enough to use it without thinking. There is lots of tutorial links in the internet world – here are some of our favourites: Hints & Tips for Composing a Perfect Photo http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/composition-articles/hints-tips-for-composing-a-perfect-photo/ A point of view tutorial http://photography.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/photo-tips/creative-point-of-views-richardson/ Photographing people and pets (and many more similar tutorials on the bottom of the page ) http://photography.nationalgeographic.co.uk/photography/photo-tips/people-pets-photos/#/sisters-jumping-california_40420_600x450.jpg Top tips for great pictures _ where do you start? 1. Look your subject in the eye Direct eye contact can be as engaging in a picture as it is in real life. When taking a...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in ARTICLES

Camden – The home of alternative London

Camden – The home of alternative London

Far from the splendour of the Royal palaces and the exclusive shopping streets, Camden Town should be the first point of call for anyone wanting to experience the alternative side of London. Parts of old Camden are indeed charming, but the contemporary feel of Camden is raw, rugged, raunchy and dangerous. But always exciting! Since the 1980s Camden Town, has become a magnet for every kind of London subculture. Be it Punk, Goth, Hippie, Trans or Emo, it can all be found here.  By day, Camden is best known as home to several large labyrinthine open-air markets (weekends) comprising of independent stallholders, selling whacky, wild and unusual products with everything ranging from Artichokes to a zebra print onesie. A great place to spot new young designers selling gifts, vintage clothing, handmade and secondhand furniture, futuristic, cyberpunk, gothic, burlesque and fetish ware- it’s all available here. The market is also renowned for its delicious street food. There’s a global cuisine on offer here – choose from vegetarian specialities to hearty...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in ARTICLES

Tower Bridge at Dusk

Tower Bridge at Dusk

Of all London’s landmarks, surely Tower Bridge is one of the most internationally recognisable? Opened for business in 1894 after eight years of construction(1886–1894). Originally the bridge had two walkways linking the top of each tower which were open to the public. However, in 1910 they were closed to stop them being used by prostitutes and petty criminals.  They were reopened in 1982 and now only tourists can be found there. Because of the light in this image, taken by photographer Laina Watt, I am reminded of classic film noirs of the 1940s and 50s and wouldn’t be too surprised to see Humphrey Bogart to walk into view any second with his trademark hat and mac. As this is a black and white shot, you could say that it reflects London and its history. The greyness may remind viewers of a grim and feared past, when London was rife with poverty and disease. The industrial revolution had plagued the capital with a thick smog which turned everything a nasty...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in ARTICLES

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

At Leadenhall Market we have a classic example of Victorian architecture. For me this place is especially heart-warming as I am a keen fan of “Steampunk” art. For those of you who don’t know what I mean, Steampunk is a contemporary art subculture based entirely in anachronistic Victorian science fiction and fantasy, which is founded on aesthetics from that period. Fashion, music, film and literature make up the Steampunk repertoire, and beautiful architecture like Leadenhall is amongst the best accomplice for such a movement. The wide variety of colours and the gothic fonts used in the signs at Leadenhall give a true image of the past, that make you feel as if you’ve stepped back into the nineteenth century.  As one of the oldest markets in Britain, Leadenhall righjtfully deserves its position as a place where contemporary society can embrace the past in London’s ever changing environment. One thing I really like in this image, is the light reflected on the cobbled ground. This image was taken after a...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in ARTICLES

Iconic London Underground: A History

Iconic London Underground: A History

This year the London Underground celebrates it’s 150th birthday. Here at Photographer London we wanted to share some of the iconic images we adore. Originally touted nobly as a way to relieve the slums of their impoverished and cramped inhabitants. The plan was to make commuter living a reality for the poor. Nobody cared! Then after a few years the plan was re-touted as an essential tool to keep London prosperous. Bingo! With the backers in place the first line was built barely below the street surface. Steam trains ran frequently and the project was deemed a great success.As public demand grew, more enterprising investors clubbed together to set up rival lines all over the city. The network was born.   The famous London Underground map and the iconic logo appeared respectively in 1931 and 1933. The logo officially known as a Roundel had been around since 1905 and had gradually evolved in design and importance. Now it is an internationally recognised symbol for the city. The map was designed by Harry...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in ARTICLES

London Images: London History In Video

London Images: London History In Video

  At Photographer London we love everything about our city, especially when we learn something new about the place we call home.  We also love our London images served up in multimedia format, including video. In the following videos focusing on the history of London you can discover how the metropolis has been shaped by disease and specifically cholera as well as pick up all kinds of esoteric information on the area known as the City of London. In the first of our two videos, one of the TED London salon talks, author Steven Johnson takes us on a “10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.” Here’s what some people thought of his lecture along with more links to historical and contemporary facts about London: “A very informative and inspirational story about disease, science & urbanism, but it is one that also has a deep impact on human growth. Its...

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