'Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is . . . the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own.' Richard Avedon
Village Bathtime, near Bundi, Rajasthan, India
Photography is such an intriguing art and craft and no serious photographer stops learning. The ambitions of this ‘tutorial’ section are modest and are more to help distil my own ideas and practise than to hand down ‘expert’ advice. Hopefully it will serve some useful general purposes especially to those involved in my courses and expeditions and to members of Exeter Camera Club.
First, I’ve found some really good sources of information in my own quest for improvement and some of the photographers who have spent a lifetime in the travel and documentary field are usually extremely generous with their knowledge, I’ve included sites I have found interesting and often inspiring. These range from individual photographers, to sites providing information and advice on products and equipment to ones discussing theoretical and technical matters.
Second, I spent my first career teaching Politics and Government and, as with photography, understanding the particular instance or example helps build a more comprehensive and ‘reflective’ knowledge. Sometimes it’s best to start with theory, sometimes best to start with the practical. In designing the short illustrative articles in this tutorial section, I’ve centred on specific images to illustrate broader principles.
For the full text of the Introduction, navigate below the index of articles below.