Episode #17 Photographer to the royal family; John Swannell

A very special guest is featured in today’s FujiCast. John Swannell trained under David Bailey as his assistant and eventually became one of Britain’s most loved photographers. Today he is known for his work with the royal family. Hear part one of a two parter with fashion, beauty and royal photographer, John Swannell and listen for the day he saved legendary colleague David Bailey’s life! Also we talk about the upcoming X-Weddings Conference and answer more of your questions about photography.

John Swannell’s website: http://www.johnswannell.com/ 

X-Weddings Conference: https://www.x-weddings.co.uk/

The Vojtech Hurych X100F Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xODrhY_khXc

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One comment on “Episode #17 Photographer to the royal family; John Swannell

  1. The question and discussion regarding a photographer having a “good eye” was interesting. The main criteria in my opinion is composition. It has to be learnt and doesn’t easily appear in our early work unless we are very gifted. Back in the day when I started photography I used slide film and monochrome film. You would wait anxiously for your slides to arrive back in the post, followed by extreme disappointment when the results didn’t look anything like what you were expecting! Learning everything about the craft in those days was a slow process and I learnt by devouring books & magazines and listening to other photographers often in camera clubs etc. As learning took time and effort, as indeed so did the whole process of producing the images, the importance of composition and lighting became very important concepts to grasp.I think there is still a lot that can be learnt from the great film photographers of the past such John who learnt their craft the hard way.
    Today image making is so different and I do feel good composition is often overlooked especially when modern photographers are shooting so many images often without a great deal of thought. However it is certainly true that great images can be spontaneously caught without any pre-visualisation and there is a different innate skill required to do that well on a consistent basis. Like everything practice is the key. The more often you use that “eye” the better you become at shooting instinctively to the point where good composition and lighting etc. are a natural consideration whenever you look through the viewfinder.

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