Here are some questions that may help you to think about your work. All of the answers below are the right answers to someone.
If you had taken this photograph would you have cloned out the arm on the right?
The basic minimum equipment for a good landscape photograph is:
- A DSLR with at least 36MP, a 14 mm lens or other wide angle weighing at least a kilogram and a graduated or 10-stop ND filter?
- A 10×8 technical camera, tripod (preferably a solid wooden one) and a team of sherpas to carry it?
- At least one eye and a camera?
The photographer you would most like to emulate is:
- Martin Parr?
- Chris Killip?
- John Blakemore?
The greatest decade for photography is:
- The 1970s?
- The next ten years?
The subject of a portrait is:
- The ‘image’ the sitter’s publicist has paid you to portray?
- The personality and appearance and perhaps occupation of the sitter?
- Your relationship with the sitter?
Which of the following is next to godliness?
- Accurate colour?
- Rule of thirds?
A good photograph is:
- One made using analogue equipment and preferably an obsolete technical process?
- One printed on cotton rag paper using archival inks, conservation mounts and exhibiting a full range of tones?
- One that a club judge likes?
- One that somebody steals or buys from you?
- One that makes at least one person laugh or cry?
- A photograph of a cat that people don’t laugh at?
- A photograph of a spiral staircase or a jetty that isn’t a cliché?
- One that somebody looks at for more than a minute in a gallery?
- One you like and continue to like after discussing it with your peers?
- One that stops a war?
The subject of a photograph is:
- The principal object in the frame?
- The entire frame?
- The idea, person, place or event that you are trying to describe?
- Your internal psychological state?
The technique you would most like to master is:
- High dynamic range?
- Star trails?
- Milk splashes?
Your favourite shop is:
- London Camera Exchange?
- Grays of Westminster?
- The cake shop at the V&A / Tate?