Lighting The Head Shot

June 19, 2010


"If God had intended photographers to use more than one light, he would have given us more suns..."

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New Website!

July 3, 2014


New Website

I now have a new website at John Hooton. This new website has full screen gallery slideshows of several categories, some new reviews, many recipes, news of my books, and of course this blog! There is masses of new content, interaction, and the design is top notch. Check it out! Oh yes… and be the […]

iPhone Power App

September 22, 2013


I make no apologies for what may seem like an iPhone plug, but the fact is that the only camera many people own is the one included in their mobile phone. Acknowledging that reality, it won’t do any harm to point them towards software and techniques that can improve their experience with these cameras. I […]

Quality Control (Part 2)

August 20, 2012


When you don’t want to make any major overhauls to a picture, such as moving granny ten paces to the left, this is all you need.

Quality Control (Part 1)

March 28, 2012


What many new photographers and quite a few not so new photographers probably do not realise, is that in the old days of black and white photography, half the work of the photographer was done in the darkroom, usually by his assistant. I don’t mean just run of the mill processing, but skilful manipulation of […]

Tribute to Irving Penn

November 17, 2011


There are three photographers who have had an influence on my style of black and white printing and photography.  They are Irving Penn, Barry Lategan and David Bailey.  Last year, through a writing competition, I won some tickets to see an Irving Penn Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.  Those attending were to […]

The Croydon Riots – New Book

August 22, 2011


There was complete lawlessness on the streets as the authorities were outnumbered. These photographs represent just a small fraction of the arson, thieving and mayhem that took place on that frightful and shocking night.

Let Daylight Be Your New Best Friend!

July 19, 2011


"Amazing lighting quality, how did you get that?" "Daylight"; came the simple reply.

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