A Different Angle Will Catch The Eye

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I am always on the look out for a different angle while taking pictures. A different angle will help the image stand out from the page, or in this case, a submission to a television channel.
I simply pre-focused, lay my camera on the floor pointing upwards to the sky to get this unusual photograph of flowers in the sunshine.
The picture was selected and used to illustrate a news story on the weather.

Always Look for the Unusual

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Always look for an unusual picture to accompany a story.
An image was needed to accompany an article used to promote an exhibition. People and paintings are so hard to make interesting in a photograph. Luckily on this occasion I was ‘rescued’ due to this work of art and the willingness of the subject to trust me to make the image different.

A Variety of Pictures Makes a Good Spread

Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK. A miniature steam engine is over taken by an old Austin Seven as it makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK.
A miniature steam engine is over taken by an old Austin Seven as it makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK A vintage 'Thams Trader'  Hedley Simcock coal lorry goes up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK
A vintage ‘Thams Trader’ Hedley Simcock coal lorry goes up Kington High Street.

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Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK. A line up of miniature steam engine's makes their way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK.
A line up of miniature steam engine’s makes their way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK. A 1931 Fowler Steam Roller owned by Ian, Lewis and Tracey Mason from Hereford makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016 Parade, Kington, Herefordshire, UK.
A 1931 Fowler Steam Roller owned by Ian, Lewis and Tracey Mason from Hereford makes its way up Kington High Street.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK Spectators watch the parade in the main ring.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK
Spectators watch the parade in the main ring.

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Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK David Boxall and his dog Dargo in front of the display of military land rovers.
Kington Vintage Rally 2016. Kington, Herefordshire, UK
David Boxall and his dog Dargo in front of the display of military land rovers.

When shooting a spread of pictures I look for a variety of images that are completely different yet will compliment each other on the page.
I first figure out the most important news angle, which should be the biggest/best place image on the page.
Next I look at other areas of the event which I think should also be featured. For this I shoot pictures of varying shapes to give the editor/sub editor a little freedom while placing images in a template.
I also shoot upright and landscape of most images just to give the editor/sub editor a choice of images to use.
I also look to vary the amount of people in the pictures.

Don’t be Afraid to Break the Rules

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Some rules are made for breaking-photography is no exception.
Photographs have to stand out to be noticed. This image graced the front page on a daily newspaper because of its unusual eye catching nature.
The image was used to promote a kaleidoscope display which I was warned would be virtually impossible to photograph.
I love a good challenge and after a certain amount of head scratching decided to shoot this image using a person’s silhouette.
Obviously I shoot the expected but also look for more interesting dynamic images that will stop the reader turning the page over.
Mostly the media prefers to see the faces of the people in images but this exception successfully broke the rules.

Prepare for Surprises-Expect the Unexpected

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Expecting the unexpected is one of the many reasons I love photojournalism. While covering the a wheelbarrow race in my hometown of Kington in Herefordshire a bride and groom were enjoying their wedding reception at the nearby Burton Hotel.
The fun loving couple decided to ‘borrow a barrow’ and put an impromptu show on for the spectators who were waiting for the race to start.
What I love about this picture are the happy faces all caught up in this moment which was completely unexpected and nearly caught me out.
A quick run down a hill (luckily it wasn’t uphill!) and I managed to capture this image with a 200mm lens.