• 52 Photo Tips

52 Photo Tips #25: f/8 and be there

  There’s a lot more to the photojournalist’s maxim “f8 and be there” than first...

52 Photo Tips #24: Find a favourite film

  When you first start shooting film, the choices can be a little daunting. Even...

52 Photo Tips #23: Silhouettes

  Camera meters can be easily fooled. Place a subject in front of a much...

52 Photo Tips #22: Learn to see in black and white

Black and white photography is a lot more complicated than colour. Without the colour, you...

52 Photo Tips #21: Shoot your neighbourhood

  Look back through old family albums, and you often see photos taken in one...

52 Photo Tips #20: Shoot lots

  Film itself is expensive. You can spend a fortune as a beginner with no...

52 Photo Tips #19: Use a Polariser in Sunny Weather

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52 Photo Tips #18: Use a handheld light meter

One of the big stumbling blocks that prevents people trying film – especially with older...

52 Photo Tips #17: Use leading lines

  Photography draws much from the rules of painting. One of the most important is...

52 Photo Tips #16: Frames within Frames

The frame within a frame is one of the simplest tricks in the photographic armoury....

52 Photo Tips #15: Don’t put film in hold luggage

There is one surefire way to ruin your film. You don’t even have to go...

52 Photo Tips #14: Experiment with expired film

  Film’s not dead, but in recent years its ranks have been dramatically thinned. Yet...

52 Photo Tips #13: Choosing a Medium Format Camera

Jumping from 35mm to 120 can at first be a bit daunting. Larger negatives mean...

52 Photo Tips #12: Keep film cool

Some films will degrade sooner than others; pro-level film, made to much stricter requirements, is...

52 Photo Tips # 11: Forget Your Flash

  Electronic flash can be a lifesaver. Every smartphone, compact camera and entry level DSLR...

52 Photo Tips #10: Buy new film

I try and take photos every weekend. Even when the weather is grey and dull,...

52 Photo Tips #9: Use morning and evening light

Most photographers end up shooting the majority of their pics in bright sunlight. No great...

52 Photo Tips #8 – Learn the Sunny 16 rule

Spare a thought for the film photographers from decades past, learning their way without all...

52 Photo Tips #7: Try Cross-Processing

Cross-processing is one of the easiest film experiments you can try. What it involves is taking...

52 Photo Tips #6: Pushing film – Stephen Dowling

Push processing is one of the film photographer’s secret weapons. It’s a useful trick when...

52 Photo Tips – #5: Don’t get Frustrated – Stephen Dowling

There’s no getting away from it – shooting film can be frustrating and an exciting...

52 Photo Tips – #4: Always Carry a Notebook – Stephen Dowling

There’s two bits of kit that are vital when you’re starting out in film photography....

52 Photo Tips – #3: Always carry black and white – Stephen Dowling

  Going from colour to black and white is a cinch for digital photographers –...

52 Photo Tips – #2: One Lens – Stephen Dowling

Zoom with your feet. It’s probably the best single piece of photographic advice you’ll ever...

52 Photo Tips – #1: Don’t spend too much – Stephen Dowling

Photography is all about trial and error, making mistakes and learning from them. But when...

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