Black and White Photography

The Language of Light in Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Dramatic Contrasts of Shadows Fall on the Tree

London has bathed in amazing sunshine over the last few days as we head into Spring, leaving Winter far behind.  This light is great for black and white photography as everything is fully illuminated and contrasts are strong.  I prefer Continue reading “Black and White Photography” »

Crisp is the Frost on the Land

Landscape Photography

Crisp is the Frost in the Forest

Another chilly December day and I head out to capture the crisp frost on the land.  Another early rise and the sun has not melted the frost, it is eerily quiet and I listen for the sound of life.  The frost on the land is silent; I hear no sound, no footsteps, only my breath as I breathe in an out.  Continue reading “Crisp is the Frost on the Land” »

Solitude in the Land

A gentle dusting of frost covers the land at the end of December. Just before Christmas and London receives zero nightime temperatures so that on waking up early, white is in the colouration of the land.  Hmm…this is the time for a morning walk with my camera. Continue reading “Solitude in the Land” »

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

Looking back at some of the highlights of 2014 one which stands out is the amazing installation of the Poppies at the Tower of London. The last couple of weeks of this installation were a frenzy of visitors, both tourists and Brits. Everyone wanting to see it for either the last time or first time.

Poppies at the Tower of London

People stand in silence in front of the Poppies at the Tower of London

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Steet Photography during Chinese New Year

Street Photography during the Chinese New Year in London

Feeling the squeeze in a busy street scene during the Chinese New Year in London.  The Chinese New Year is a great event, attracting thousands of visitors and revellers to London’s Chinatown to celebrate the New Year.  Street photography is at its best during this festive event.  Feel the squeeze and really get into the scene. Continue reading “Steet Photography during Chinese New Year” »

Street Photography – What Makes a Photo Great

Street Photography – What Makes a Great Photo

Always on the lookout for a great street photography shot.  What makes a photo stand out from the rest?  In street photography this is about timing and framing.  You can be in the busiest location and suddenly you look and you see your subject.  They are there…not moving…just perfectly positioned for you to come in and get the shot.  This is all about anticipation and you are drawn towards the subject as you can already see the composition forming as Continue reading “Street Photography – What Makes a Photo Great” »

Street Portait with Lou Smith

In this Street Portrait the subject is absolutely stunning. She is a model, arranging her make up and accessory bag. She is part of an outdoor London fashion shoot. Too good to resist!

While the photographers on the shoot debate the lighting and the pose, I decided to shoot a candid street portrait, Continue reading “Street Portait with Lou Smith” »

Beginners Photography Course

This week’s Beginners Photography Course was great. The number of attendees was small, with four participants attending. The rain earlier in the week slowed down the course enrolments, but you know the London weather – we had warm sunshine all the way. Continue reading “Beginners Photography Course” »

Poppies At Tower of London

The poppies at the Tower of London are part of an art installation in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper.  The installation commemorates the centenary of the First World War.  The exhibition opened 5th August 2014 and runs until 11th November 2014.  The red moat of poppies is an incredible sight.  As we near the end of the exhibition, thousands of visitors  Continue reading “Poppies At Tower of London” »

Architectural Photography Tips

A Guide to Architectural Photography

Architectural Photography Tips
London Architctural Photography by Lou Smith Fine Art

Living in a great city like London one is surrounded by amazing architecture.  The London landscape just bursts with modern buildings and historic architecture.  The London skyline is filled with architectural shapes, colours and textures.  I’m often asked how to photograph London architecture.  Here is a Guide to Photographing Architecture and how to get great shots using a few of my best tips.  Enjoy… Continue reading “Architectural Photography Tips” »