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November 8th, 2012 by


Henri-Cartier Bresson photography blog



The phrase ‘the decisive moment’ is talked about a lot in photography. It’s that split second when the photographer presses the button to release the camera’s shutter and freeze in time a fraction of a second. It was a term first used by the famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who is known as the father of modern photojournalism.


Blink and you’ve missed it – in fact, photographers will always tell you: “If you see it, you’ve missed it.” This is because professional cameras show you through the viewfinder exactly what the lens is ‘seeing’, so as the shutter is released and the mirror flips up, the photographer sees blackness as the image is captured.


But what makes one moment more ‘decisive’ than the next? It’s that undefinable thing which makes a great picture: a twinkle of the eye or the split second before a jumping child’s feet hit the ground. Timing is the key and it is something which professional photographers practise every single day of their career, whether they are photographing fast-moving sport or toddlers in a portrait studio.


Cartier-Bresson was one of the very first photographers to embrace the concept of a photograph being able to “fix eternity in an instant”. A concept which, in today’s world of moving images, is still as beautiful as it was in the 1930s. A photograph can reveal so much about the subject’s personality, and it is there to be studied and treasured, whether it is on a wall, in an album, on a computer screen or on a mobile phone.


In 1952, Cartier-Bresson published a book called The Decisive Moment containing more than 100 of his photographs. He said: “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression.”


Capturing a moment in time with a picture applies to everyone taking photographs, not just professionals. However, professional photographers are different, in that they have a natural, in-built ability to press the shutter instinctively, along with many years of practice. Just as most people can paint a wall, but not everyone can paint a portrait. As Cartier-Bresson said in 1957, “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.


“That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”



Wedding photography at Belvoir Castle




October 11th, 2012 by

Derby wedding portrait photographers



Hello and welcome to The Studio’s new website and blog.


You’ll be able to find out lots of information about our products and services and get sneak peeks of our weddings, portrait shoots and commercial photography work.


We’ll also be blogging about things which interest us and that we come across on our travels.


As you can imagine, we have been to a fair few weddings in our time and each one always has its own unique feel. So we thought we’d share some of our wedding experience here, from cakes to flowers, dresses and venues. So, if you’re planning a wedding, you might find the inspiration you are looking for on these pages.


Please feel free to comment or get in touch with anything else you’d like to see featured!