Author:sgallagher

BEIJING-SANDSTORM

Photographing northern China’s ‘Super’ Sandstorm

“Why is the sky orange?” I pulled the sheets from around my eyes and looked at my daughter. “What do you mean?” I said. “The sky. It’s orange,” she stated in a very matter-of-fact way. I rolled over and pulled the curtain to one side. I peered through my half-awake eyes out onto the streets of Beijing which were shrouded by a distinctive orange haze. It was like the city had been dipped and soaked in a cup of English […]

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Multiple Points of Interest – The Secret to Creating Dynamic Images!

Today, I want to share with you how adding multiple points of interest in your photos can make for much more dynamic and interesting photographs. When people first start taking images, they often focus on just one subject in the frame, but a professional technique to make images much more interesting is to add multiple points of interest within the frame of the photograph. To begin doing this, you need to start by first appreciating the frame of your photograph […]

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The Secret to Capturing Reflections – Photography Technique

This week I want to share with you how making images using reflections can make for much more interesting and powerful photographs. Reflections can come in many forms but the primary places to look out for reflections is when you are near windows, mirrors and still water. The reflective properties of these allow you to be very creative with your compositions and will help you make photographs that are much more interesting and intriguing to your viewers. Try getting close […]

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Undercover in North Korea – New on YouTube

In 2009, I travelled to North Korea on assignment for the Canadian newspaper, the Globe and Mail. I travelled with G&M correspondent, Mark Mackinnon, secretly posing as tourists, in order to get a rare and unique view of the country at a time when very few outsiders were permitted to visit. Breaking up my camera and smuggling it in pieces in my luggage, I was able to surreptitiously take photos and use a tourist’s camcorder to capture video as we […]

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What Do I Need To Learn To Become a Photographer at National Geographic?

I received this question this week via someone in my private WeChat/WhatsApp groups that Patreon members gain access to. It’s a question I have been asked a number of times before, so thought I would share my answers that I gave here with all of you. Taking images for National Geographic is a goal for many and is seen as one of the pinnacles of the profession. When I was starting out, it was a dream for me too. I […]

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Patreon Launch

I am pleased to share the new of the launch of my new PATREON page. This is your chance to directly support my work and become a valued member of my community online. When you join my community, you gain access to my private WhatsApp/WeChat groups for daily communication with me. ‘Amateur’ and ‘Advanced’ members also get personalised portfolio reviews and are invited to my monthly group call on Zoom where we discuss and review your work, and share ideas […]

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Photography Tip – A Frame in a Frame

This week on Youtube and Instagram I introduced the latest photography technique of a ‘Frame in a Frame’. In this post, I go further in-depth into this technique and provide more examples for how you can use it to improve your photographs and make them more impactful. Composition is one of the fundamental principles that we need to think about when we make images. Personally, I obsess over composition. It is the framework to our image. Every image is a […]

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Publico Climate Crisis Feature

If you happen to be a speaker of Portuguese, you may like to read this article published recently in Público, Portugal’s daily national newspaper in which I am interviewed about my work documenting the impacts of climate change around the world. The article is titled “They document a changing world so no one can say they didn’t know”, and was part of World News Day, which was on 28th September, with this year’s focus on climate change. Throughout the article […]

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China Dialogue Interview & Feature – China’s Threatened Coastline

Thank you to China Dialogue for publishing this in-depth interview and feature about my work documenting the impacts of climate change along China’s Bohai Bay. This region has been identified as one of the most vulnerable coastlines in China and is predicted to be one of the worst affected in coming decades by rising sea levels and associated flooding, land subsidence and coastal erosion. The aim of my 500km journey was to understand how this region is adapted and prepared […]

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Documenting The Consequences of Climate Change – Amateur Photographer Magazine Feature

Thank you to Amateur Photographer Magazine which has included my work as part of their environment special this month, ‘Documenting the Consequences of Climate Change’. “Photography is doing a big job in raising awareness of climate change and informing our understanding of how the planet is changing. The urgent need for action is strengthened by the work of photographers such as Cristina Mittermeier and Sean Gallagher, who show the dire state of the planet and crises happening around the world […]

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