Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Round India with an HTC One X

In Photography, Travel on July 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

A few weeks ago, one of Taiwanese phone maker HTC’s communications agencies got in touch with me via Twitter to ask if I wanted to be a brand ambassador for their new phone, the HTC One X. They would give me a free phone, and I would try it out and say what I thought. My proviso was that it would be nothing to do with work; I’d have the phone as Austyn the tweeter, Austyn the occasional blogger, Austyn the freelance brand ambassador. Not Austyn the journo. Suits me. It’s a great phone.

One problem with reviewing the phone was that I was off to India for a week to meet a former housemate, Ellen, and see the Golden Triangle, that tourist route of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. I took the phone; I didn’t take a data package. So for a week I carried it, alongside my SLR, as an extra camera.

Which is what it’s really good at being. It’s got an 8mp sensor on it, and a massive screen. The screen I framed the photos on was probably larger in terms of square inches than the images my Facebook friends would see when I posted them from hastily snatched wifi hotspots.

Here’s some of the photos. Check ’em out (and click on them for full-sized versions):

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The Media and Marketing Show jumps shark

In Advertising, Dubai, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Photography on December 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

With a display of books by the founder of Scientology, and a cowboy on his way to the tallest building in the world, the 2010 Media and Marketing Show has moved away from its roots.

Last week saw the Media and Marketing Show in Dubai. It was heralded, as usual, by press releases claiming record-breaking numbers of exhibitors, which stand up to very little scrutiny when compared to last year’s figures, and those of the year before. Read the rest of this entry »

How to shoot people

In Communicate, Dubai, Journalism, Photography, Published journalism on November 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm

National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry tells Communicate – and others – how to produce a presentable portrait

Originally published in Communicate, July 2010

Steve McCurry, the American photographer famed for his 1984 National Geographic cover image of an Afghan refugee girl, came to Dubai last month as one of the speakers in the Bold Talks symposium, and to run a photography workshop the next day. Keen to improve our ability to take haunting images of Pashtun waifs and marketing managers alike, Communicate seized the office camera and went along to his class. Read the rest of this entry »