Ask a…Photographer

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I'm inaugurating a new feature - "Ask a..." anything you like. This time we are asking photographers about what some perceive as an annoying question. The idea is to ask pertinent questions and have someone with a particular occupation answer as honestly as they can. If it's controversial, even better. We all need a bit of controversy every now and then, no? If you have any pertinent question you'd like to see answered by anyone, drop me a line in the comments, I'll get it answered for you!

Do you hate it when people ask you for camera recommendations?

Yes. Mostly because they don't tell you what they want to use it for. Or, they say "which camera will let me take the best pictures?" Or you see people running around with digital SLR's all set on auto. What a waste of money.

Jesse Dart 

What annoys me is the assumption behind that question. Because there are still a lot of people out there thinking that it’s the camera that makes the photo. As for the question itself, there are hundreds of new cameras coming out every year and I’m no gear geek, so it’s usually hard for me to answer to such a question.

Goncalo Catarino

It doesn't annoy me, at all, when people are interested in photography or have a problem to solve. We can talk it over and I can give them my two cents. It doesn't bother me when they're just trying to be pleasant and make conversation. I now get that. It does annoy me when "What camera should I get?" is immediately followed up by comments like "What's the point? it will be obsolete in six months." Or "But don't real photographers use film, anyway?" (So why did you ask?) Or, "It's the photographer not the camera." (Indeed) Or they begin to regurgitate reviews and test reports. (IOTW, they have a camera porn habit.) I tend to agree with everything they say, it's less work. One day, if I'm in a lousy mood, I'll ask to see some photos.

Marius Shanzer

DHC lippy and anti-wrinkle patches

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I've been asked to trial two more DHC products and as always, the quality is not disappointing.

First product I received was the Velvety Red Premium lipstick GE. I have to say I expected it to be a bit more red, as I like bright red lipstick but the quality completely compensated the colour being a bit blander than I would normally wear. It's no exaggeration when it says on their website that it has 'revitalising ingredients' - it has to be the smoothest lipstick I've ever used! My lips felt hydrated and smooth all the time, something doesn't always happen, even with some more expensive products. Nothing worse than having cracked lips caked with lipstick... I would also note the quality of the packaging - as you can see, the metallic case is is decorated and has a somewhat more luxurious feel than a regular plastic case would have. Not bad for a product in this price range. I just checked the and it's also on sale, so you get an absolute bargain, as it's great value for the money.

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The second product is less exciting in terms of looks but not in terms of effectiveness. I'm talking about the Revitalizing Moisture Strips, designed to be applied around your mouth area, to help fight dryness that causes those pesky lines and wrinkles. The strips are made of polymer gel and are infused with antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract, brightening alpha-arbutin and mulberry. Check the link for a full list of ingredients. I've been using them every now and then over the last few weeks and they feel extremely comfortable on, and very fresh. Apply after your cleansing regime and you'll see how pleasant it feels. Now that I am becoming a lady of a certain age, these things come in very handy!

Have you tried any of these products before?

Jean Paul Gaultier at the Barbican part 3 – Textures and details

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One of the things that always gets me in anything I look at is texture, especially if combined with colour. The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition is a real feast for the eyes when it comes to both, but the texture kind of becomes even more important... because everything is handmade. Every bead is painstankingly hand sewn in place. No detail is left unfinished or left to chance. The detail is fantastic and it's well worth spending a few hours admiring it as so seldom we get to see beautifully made clothes like this, in a Primark universe.

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