Photograph like a thief!

by Helen Hooker March. 22, 2017 2040 views

One of the talks I attended at the Photography Show this week was given by Glyn Dewis, talking about his new book, "Photograph like a thief".  He spoke about photographers whose styles had inspired him and how he found himself reverse engineering their images so he could imitate them, and eventually find his own style.  He did a live shoot, creating a portrait and editing it in front of us to show us his techniques.  After a day stuck at home with an injured foot (that's what walking sixteen miles at the Photography Show does for you!) editing music I got to ten o'clock this evening and realised I hadn't taken a single photo.  Inspired by Glyn's talk I pulled out my gear and roped Stanley in to be my model.  One of Glyn's other suggestions was to build up a collection of texture photos to use as backgrounds.  Unfortunately I didn't have anything suitable so I raided the internet for something I liked (brown paper in this case) and blended it in behind Stanley in Photoshop. 

22 March 2017    

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Quatisha Williams 2 years, 5 months ago

Photograph like a thief! I wish I could have heard him speak and demonstrate. I sometimes feel bad because some of the work I do seems like a copy of someone else. But when you think about it... its not copying...its inspiration as you mentioned. So many people are taking photographs these days that someones work is bonded to look similar. But when you develop your own style, thats when the changes are noticed and then more inspiration is created from one single inspirational piece that you thought you were mimicking!!!

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Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 6 months ago

That's one cute bear! And a really cute hairdo.

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Shimna M 2 years, 6 months ago

Stanley is really a cutie...
Get well soon :)

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Kay Hooker 2 years, 6 months ago

Definately a bad hair day for Stanley. Great shot though.

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

#1 He has very nice eye contact! Nice lighting!
Hoping for a speedy & complete recuperation.
Impaired mobility is no fun......argh!

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Ram Ya 2 years, 6 months ago

Reminds me of a quote from Isaac Newton. Sometimes you have to stand on the shoulders of giants to invent something new. Very appropriate for photography as well.

I hope the foot get better soon, Helen.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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