Fantasy Fashion + 4-step guide

Tabitha Boydell’s magical fairy tale portraits fuse mysterious locations with sumptuous outfits to shape a mythical new world.

Tabitha’s 4-step guide to better creative portraits
– Are you going anywhere nice?
Chat to your model to make them feel more at ease. Sometimes I might be working with a model I’ve never met with before and making them feel more relaxed will lead to more natural photos. You don’t have to get too personal – asking about holidays is always a good one.

– Watch your colours
Think about your styling, even if you’re not shooting with experienced models. Make sure what your subject is wearing goes with the background or location. For family or child portraits, the shots will look a million times better if all the colours work together.

– Get hands on
Have a go at crafting your own props. I’m always making headdresses and embellishing things. There are lots of great tutorials online that will help you do this. I bought a glue gun, which changed my photography as it meant I could make all sorts of fancy headdresses and other fun props.

– Get peer reviewed
Don’t be afraid to ask for other people’s opinions on your work. Constructive critique from your peers is worth its weight in gold, as they will be able to notice and point out what you can’t see yourself. Even if it’s just that stray hair you missed, or a crease in a dress, it will make all the difference to improving your images.

Tabitha Boydell is a fine art and fashion photographer and stylist based in the North West. She works part-time for a travel company while studying for a Masters degree in digital marketing communications. Tabitha lives with her husband, three cats and a huge collection of vintage ballgowns.

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Fantasy Fashion by Tabitha Boydell
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Inspire / Plan / Discover / Experience

Discover Japan with this essential travel guide, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you to this fascinating country before you’ve even packed your case – catch the buzz of futuristic Tokyo, step back in time in Kyoto, hike in mountainous Hokkaido or snorkel in Okinawa’s clear waters. The DK Eyewitness Guide to Japan covers the must-see sights and the hidden backstreets, so you won’t miss a thing.

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Japan

more at dk.com

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Quel objectif pour le portrait?

Un portrait ? Avant de choisir un objectif, il est d’abord important de définir ce qu’on entend par portrait (en dehors du sujet lui même — on photographie bien évidemment une ou plusieurs personnes !). Il faut en effet définir comment le personnage sera cadré.

On distingue généralement cinq types de cadrages pour le portrait : le cadrage “en pied” (la personne est photographiée en entier, de la tête aux pieds, ce qui est parfois le cas en photo de mode), en “plan américain” (le modèle est coupé approximativement à mi-cuisse), en “plan taille” (le bas de l’image correspond aux hanches du sujet), en “plan buste” (tête et buste) et en “plan serré” (le visage uniquement).

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Quel objectif pour le portrait?
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Ultimate Wild White Horses

Innovating and evolving your photography
Serge Krouglikoff of Create Away shows how you can be inspired by others to create something completely new.

Photographer: Serge Krouglikoff
via Create Away
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Wildlife & Landscapes Photography Workshops, Tours & Holidays
“ The choice of the passionate photographer ”
No.1 specialist for Camargue photography
Create Away is the only photo tour company actually based in the Camargue, so we bring you exclusive and unique workshops, unavailable to everyone else. We also run photo tours in other regions of France, such as Provence, the Luberon and the Cote d’Azur
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more in “Photography Holidays & Courses Ultimate Guide 2019”
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The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity

There is a lot more to photography than simply picking up a camera, pointing it toward something, and tripping the shutter. Achieving a great photograph requires thought and preparation, an understanding of the photographic process, and a firm grasp of how light and composition affect a photo. There must be personal involvement and personal expression. There must be experimentation, with the recognition that only a small percentage of experiments end successfully.

In this book, best-selling author and world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum explores these seldom-discussed issues by drawing upon his personal experiences and observations from more than 40 years of photographing and teaching. In addition to photographs, Bruce also uses painting, music, and writing, as well as the sciences and even business, to provide pertinent examples of creative thinking. These examples serve as stepping-stones that will lead you to your own heightened ability to see and be creative.

Creativity is a topic that is almost wholly ignored in formal education because most instructors think that it cannot be taught or learned. To the contrary, Bruce has proven that photographic seeing and creativity can be taught, learned, and improved. This book expands on the ideas that are central to Bruce’s method of teaching photography, which he has used in workshops for the past 41 years.

The book is richly illustrated with over 90 photographs taken by Bruce as well as other photographers.Seeing and creativity are difficult to teach, but not impossible. This very different, perhaps groundbreaking book is sure to inspire photographers of all skill levels-from beginners to seasoned professionals-to think deeply about the issues involved in creating successful photographs.
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The Essence of Photography: Seeing and Creativity
by Bruce Barnbaum

Teach Yourself Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography is one of the most difficult genres to define. Everyone has their own interpretation and that is what makes it an incredibly exciting genre. It all begins with a concept. Fine art photography is a way of expressing a message or emotion. It is a way of pushing boundaries and creating more than just a photograph, and a way of creating a piece of art that would not look out of place on the wall of a gallery.

Teach Yourself Fine Art Photography introduces you to the idea of fine art photography and explains how to go from concept to execution. Discover how to refine your compositions, shoot stunningly striking black and white imagery, impactful portraits and tasteful nudes. Learn from the informative features and follow the in-depth shooting and editing tutorials that will help you to produce high-quality professional looking captures. If that wasn’t enough, hear from four experienced photographers about why they got into the genre and how they develop and produce a successful body of work.

The Photographer’s Mind Remastered: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos

You’ve done your research. You’ve bought your camera. You’ve learnt how to use it. Now what?

The secret behind a good photograph is not your camera. It’s not even the scene viewed through the viewfinder. It’s the mind of the photographer which turns an average photograph into an exceptional one.

In The Photographer’s Mind, professional photographer and author Michael Freeman unravels the mystery behind the creation of a photograph and reveals how to capture photos that really make you feel something.

The aim of this book is to answer what makes a photograph great, and explore the ways that top photographers achieve this goal time and time again.

The Photographer’s Mind will provide you with invaluable knowledge on:
· Avoiding cliché
· The recurring nature of trends
· Style and composition
· Capturing light
· How to handle the unexpected

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The Photographer’s Mind Remastered: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos
by Michael Freeman