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RESOURCES

Welcome

Hi there and welcome to our Resources page… I hope you are enjoying your 7 tips - 7 days mini course. Thank you again for subscribing. Here you will find links, recommendations and lists to help you along the way. Do please keep popping in as I will be updating it as things come up.

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The Ideas lab

On day one, I promised you a very basic list of ideas to set you off on a very simple project. You may like to gather your very first collection together and have it printed out and framed as one. This will be a reminder of how much you achieve with your camera.

Here goes… Simply choose a colour, shoot a collection of interesting/different doors, windows, shoot a found alphabet, shoot from a bus window every day for a month. The list is endless…

Some recommendation for kit

My kit…

• I use Canon digital cameras and lenses. For my film work I use a really wide range of old cameras and lenses. If you are interested in this side, please contact me and I can direct you. My go to lenses are 50mm and 100mm macro lenses by Canon.

I can also recommend you look into diopters of varying strengths if you want to get even closer for abstract work. These are basically magnifying glasses that screw on the front of your lens and come in varying strengths. Be warned though - you will need to check the size of the front end of your lens. This can generally be found on the reverse side of your lens cap or on the lens itself. You will find them on sites like Amazon. I use them for my film cameras and particularly like the Polaroid range.

•I use Manfrotto tripods. They have never let me down. I use their 055XProB tripod with their 410 head. This combination is sturdy and never find it spongey. There is an arm for doing bird’s eye view - or flat lays as they are now called. When I use this I counterbalance my camera with an old French shopping back holding a 7lb weight from some old kitchen scales! All high tech here :) Joking aside, I have mentioned this so that you can see how basic some kit can be. Save your money for lenses.

The Library

In Praise of Shadows - by Junichiro Tanizaki. A hugely evocative book to focus your mind on contrast in still life photographs.

•Georgia O'Keeffe: The Poetry of Things - another all time favourite of mine. I love to get inspiration from the worlds of art and design rather than stick to simply photographic research.

•It seems appropriate too now to mention A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney. Another one that doesn’t stay on the bookshelf for very long.

Other stuff

When I work with students in classes or on 1:1, I always recommend two sheets of black and the same of white foam board. 5mm is a good thickness and buy as large a sheet as you can afford or have room for. These make for great backdrops and grounds or reflectors or dampers. The blackness can be used to channel the light as barn doors do on studio lighting. You can cut them up into smaller pieces for even more control. Any good quality art suppliers will sell them. You prop them up with anything to hand really - piles of books, weights, tins… anything as long as they are heavy enough to make your boards stable.

A good selection of household pegs is a good thing to have in your studio - for pegging coloured card or fabrics to your foam board.

I like to keep my small bits and pieces to hand in an old tool box - in there I have fuse wire, pin bases for flowers, tape, tweezers, cotton wool, cotton wool buds, flower scissors and secateurs and a whole lot more. Tiny graters for grating nutmeg, measuring spoons, syringes…. the list goes on.