I'm a professional photographer and people are always asking me about equipment rather than about technique and exposure. So on a recent trip to Thailand, I set myself a project to prove photography really isn't all about expensive equipment and with a bit of thought anyone can get great images with whatever equipment they have.

I bought a compact digital camera for £5 from Emmaus (a charity helping the homeless). The only stipulation I had was that the camera had to have a degree of control over the exposure. After taking the first few shots I realized that the camera, which was quite old, was struggling with anything other than sunlight. It was giving me a very long exposure and when you used a higher ISO to combat this, to make the camera more light sensitive, it was very grainy. One way around this is to use flash but I really didn't like the results this gave. So I decided to use these limitations to my benefit by using blur, grain, and long exposure as part of the image. This long exposure blur is often called Kinetic Photography.

I'm pleased with the results, they are definitely very different from the images I would have gotten with my expensive Nikon DSLR, but in many ways, I think they are better.

More info: timsimpsonphotography.co.uk

#1 Floating Bungalows

Floating Bungalows

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Sage Jay 2 months ago

Honestly I love pictures that are pretty sharp with water reflections, it adds a layer of depth.

#2 Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

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Brigitta Swart 2 months ago

I love this!

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#3 2 Stops Under Exposed

2 Stops Under Exposed

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Sage Jay 2 months ago

When you can physically see the sunlight, that's when you know it's good.

#4 Big Buddha Afer A Downpour

Big Buddha Afer A Downpour

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#5 View From The Beach Bar

View From The Beach Bar

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#6 Long Exposure Panning

Long Exposure Panning

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Angel A Camacho Higuera 2 months ago

WOW Nice Catch

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#7 The Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea

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Bobert Robertson 2 months ago

This one looks like a snapshot from any family vacation photo album

#8 Sunrise

Sunrise

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Jacqueline Conway 2 months ago

At first glance, the plants look like insects until you realise the scale and subject of the photo.

#9 Mr Heng, Tattoos

Mr Heng, Tattoos

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#10 Hannah And Yaz In Bangkok

Hannah And Yaz In Bangkok

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#11 A Fire On The Beach

A Fire On The Beach

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LittleLightOfLife _ 2 months ago

This reminds me of a fireworks. Beautiful!

#12 The Palace

The Palace

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Jacqueline Conway 2 months ago

These look like stacked up crocodiles, both on top of each other and lying side by side.

#13 At The Temple

At The Temple

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#14 Looking Down Onto The Market

Looking Down Onto The Market

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Jacqueline Conway 2 months ago

Subtle...

#15 Scooter Spares Shop

Scooter Spares Shop

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Jacqueline Conway 2 months ago

Looks like a metalworkers celebration !

#16 Negative Space

Negative Space

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#17 At The Beach Bar

At The Beach Bar

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#18 Things Look Better In Three's

Things Look Better In Three's

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#19 High Iso Abstract

High Iso Abstract

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#20 Elbows Out At The Traffic Lights

Elbows Out At The Traffic Lights

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#21 Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk

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#22 Temple

Temple

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#23 This Gave Me Nightmares

This Gave Me Nightmares

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Not_Alec 2 months ago

“This Gave Me Nightmares” LOL 😂

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#24 Long Exposure Blur

Long Exposure Blur

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#25 Over Exposure

Over Exposure

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#26 Street Food

Street Food

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Pépé le Moko 2 months ago

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#27 Railway Station, Phuket

Railway Station, Phuket

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Florencia Renedo 2 months ago

Which railway in Phuket??

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#28 Our Guide

Our Guide

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#29 Framed Through A Window

Framed Through A Window

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#30 Over Exposure

Over Exposure

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#31 2 Stops Under Exposed

2 Stops Under Exposed

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#32 Late Night Snacks

Late Night Snacks

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Andres Washington 2 months ago

“I will take cheese doodles.”

#33 High Iso

High Iso

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#34 Late At Night

Late At Night

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#35 Family Panning

Family Panning

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#36 Panning

Panning

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#37 Taken Using Flash

Taken Using Flash

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Brigitta Swart 2 months ago

That is a sad picture.

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