5 Accessories Under $30 That’ll Up Your Photography Game

Monopod
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Great for mixing up the angles and getting to those hard to reach places.  

Colour Filters 

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A brilliant way to make landscape photography more interesting and a bit of fun to use. You can use in front of the lens of flash, a great technique to try when shooting double exposures.

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Camera 

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I got this second hand Sony camera off ebay for £19.80. The viewfinder is broken but unlike my Sony A7RII I can throw this camera around and experiment without having to worry about breaking it.

Remote Shutter 
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Nowadays these come in different forms. You can get manual/digital shutters and even apps. If you’re shooting self portraits this is a great way to have more control in when and how many images you shoot. And if you’re into moving image, remote shutters provide another option to create stop motion or time lapses without having to keep your finger on the shutter.

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Mirror 

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If you enjoy shooting portraits in or out the studio a mirror can be a useful tool and make the viewer look twice. If your in a creative rut a mirror can provide a great way to start approaching your images differently.

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Snapshots of a Robot Camera

For me, having fun with photography is what it’s all about, and this robot camera provides it in bucket loads.

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It’s super light, fits in your pocket and has 3 lenses. The viewfinder is non-existent as is the ability to frame a shot. But this camera is more about capturing moments with the hope that one of the 3 images is usable.

I got given this camera as a birthday present a couple of years ago. As I’m often working on commercial or personal projects this camera isn’t a viable option. But after so long collecting dust on my camera shelf surrounded by my beloved Olympus MJU II and Pentax 1000 I decided to take it with me everywhere I went for a week…

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Before I Leave London..

Before I Leave London I am going to spend all my time photographing the people and sights which make up this crazy city. As this time next week I will be packing up my room here in Shoreditch in preparation for moving to Bangladesh. I can’t wait for my adventures in Bangladesh but until then I want to make the most of living in one of the most famous capital cities in the world.

I took all these photos in the last week in the abnormally sunny city..

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It’s fair to say wi-fi will be a bit ‘hit and miss’ in Banglasdesh but I will be aiming to post a weekly diary every week along with a few photographs I have snapped. As always you can follow me on instagram @madisonbeachphotos where I will post photos from my adventures. 

 

How to use the background in Street Photography

I have recently been posting a lot of street photography to this blog and social media. It used to be a personal passion but since posting it to my blog I have received some great feedback and lots of brilliant questions.  Many of the questions centre around how to improve when it comes to street photography. Unfortunately the phrase ‘street photography is 99% failure’ is correct. Some days I have spent hours trying to find that perfect shot, other days it had taken minutes. But there are some tips and tricks that can really help focus your eye when it comes to shooting street photography.

On this post I am going to talk about how the background effect your photographs using examples I shot yesterday. The photos aren’t going to make it into a photo book anytime soon but they do demonstrate how important the background is. You don’t want it detracting attention from the main subject you need it to enhance the image.

 

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Advertising is always a good starting point. Here I waited for a women to walk into the frame; creating a symmetry between the two faces with similar expressions.

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Here again advertising provided the backdrop for the image. The contrast is created by the two portraits, both women look similar but one is a model and the other a Londoner on her lunch break.

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The light really makes this image. I was shooting in bright midday sun before work so getting the dark back ground and bright light on his face makes it look like he’s coming out of the shadows.

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An unflattering image of this tourist but it shows how central composition and matching colours really draws your eye in. By capturing this women in a blue top surrounded by blue scaffolding it keeps the image together and succinct.

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By using this window it is both the foreground and background. The colours captured in the shop and reflections all come together to create a bright, busy atmosphere which sums up the feeling of Oxford Street.

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Oxford Street is a constant movement of people so seeing someone stood still is a rarity. To photograph this man I took a step back so passers-by entered the frame to give some context and sense of location. To emphasise his stillness even more I could’ve used a slower shutter speed.

If you’ve never tried street photography before I would highly recommend giving it a go. It’s a great way to stay motivated and get the creative juices flowing.

You can also find me over on instagram @madisonbeachphotos  where I will be posting lots of images from newly developed 35mm films.

 

 

Shooting Street Photography in London

London is one of my favourite cities in the world for street photography. It’s buzzing with people everyday-night and day.  Here are some street snaps from the past week in the best people watching (capturing) locations. These photographs include tourists, DIY instruments and of course, hiding from the British rain.

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Outside Tate Modern

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Regent Street

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Soho

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Outside the Photographers Gallery

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Outside the Photographers Gallery

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Oxford Street

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My favourite shot of the day, Oxford Street.

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Tottenham Court Road

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Visiting the Saatchi Gallery

Living in London I am often spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a gallery for a weekend visit. A couple of weekends ago me and school friend/ japan travel buddy Juna headed to the Saatchi gallery to check out the Selfie exhibition. Having never taken a selfie myself I was skeptical of a whole gallery filled with ‘selfies’. But within minutes of entering I knew I was at one of the best exhibitions of the year.

The gallery has covered all bases from the ironic comical selfie to the impact of social media and cctv. I captured my visit with a Pentax K1000 and Ilford black and white film.

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To see more of my images you can find me over on instagram @madisonbeachphotos

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY in the Golden Hour

I recently created a blog post focusing on the 10 photography rules you should know. One of those rules is utilising the golden hour. I took all these shots during a sunny London evening last week between 7-9pm. The photos are in chronological order so you can see how the sun affects the colour palette and contrast of the images.

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9pm

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You can see how effective using the light of the golden hour can be but also how short the window is. The golden hour is a great (and free) tool to add to your photography skill set.

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