Living Life Through The Lens

October is officially the month of photography.  That’s according to The Royal Photographic Society whose PHOTOBLOCK 2016 Festival opens on 13th October and runs until 25th October in East London’s Old Truman Brewery, alongside a packed programme of events.

PHOTOBLOCK, according to the organisers,  is an exciting mix of photographic shows “reflecting both contemporary and traditional forms of practice,” offering photographers, agents, editors and producers the opportunity to showcase their work.  Works will include inspiring new talent from recent MA Photography Graduates and Students from UK universities including Goldsmiths, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, UCA Rochester, Leeds University, Kingston, Anglia Ruskin, Newport and UEL.

Feeling inspired?  Want to embrace the stunning autumnal scenery but need some pointers?  Leading landscape photographer Charlie Waite offers five top tips to get you started:

  • Light:  Light is everything. Have a love affair with light.  A photographer must be acutely aware of the nature and quality of light, and how the light is falling on the subject.  See the way it is reflected and absorbed by various surfaces
  • Sky:  If the sky is too bland or too blue, try leaving it out.  If the sky is good, let it have its say.  Try devoting three quarters of the image to the sky if it is remarkable.  Include whole clouds if possible
  • Engage:  See your photograph as a production not just a photograph.  Consider all the component parts
  • Emotion:  Try and pre-visualise how you want your photograph to appear.  Omit the elements you feel to be irrelevant.  Try and convey your emotional response to the scene before you so that the viewer will receive a high percentage of what you felt at the time of ‘making’ your image
  • Timing:  Try not to photograph in the middle of the day

Futon Company says:  Here at Futon Company we’re big fans of art and design in all their different guises, and photography is no exception.  Happy snapping!