Month: July 2013

July 28, 2013 / / Blog

No Flash? We thought it a little cheeky setting up lots of lights in the Doubletree Hilton’s cafe bar – so we did a few shots with natural light, well a mix of light from outside and the halogen bulbs inside. Fast Lens Most of these are taken with the Canon 85mm F1.8 lens, which is great in low light as it’s a very “bright” lens, but also allows decent working distance (so you’re no in your sitter’s face) and blurs the background out like a dream. A Different Look…

July 26, 2013 / / Discussion

This may seem a bit obvious, but having taught many people flash/portraits, it’s the number one reason why you get bored looks on your photos…. Don’t look at the back of your camera all the time You need get the lights right and checking this on camera is fine. But once you’ve got the lights right, try to take, say, 20 shots before you look at the camera again. The reason for this is “rapport”. It’s a term used in NLP which basically means you are both “in the zone”,…

July 25, 2013 / / Blog

I teach and demonstrate flash and portraiture so see a lot of different approaches, good and bad, from the delegates. The main thing to remember about portraits is that the thing you are photographing is alive and can be “manipulated” by your actions. So these 5 tips are not technical – but are about how to interact with the sitter. You can apply them to all people you photograph, though if you’re paying a model, it may be less important – but you will definitely get better results and have…

July 19, 2013 / / Blog

The Ideas Man…     Paul’s business card really does say The Ideas Man, and it’s true – you’ll go along way before you meet someone with more ideas – on branding, marketing, web, life, music… you name it! His Design Agency, All Good,  is a one-stop solution for people needing innovative branding and marketing solutions… sure he can explain it a lot better than me, check out the website.             I’ve known Paul for a while as we’re both associates at the BiY business…

July 19, 2013 / / Bradford

We’ve been supporting One Britain One Nation (OBON) for a while now, a campaign started by former police inspector Kash Singh, to bring people from ALL communities together in celebration of being British. This event at the Aagrar Midpoint centre at Thornbury saw giants of the local restaurant business unite behind Kash by the ceremonial raising of the OBON flag. This is the start of a busy month culminating a series of events on August 11th where churches, mosques and temples throughout the UK will join restaurants and businesses in…

July 18, 2013 / / Blog

Gayle is director of Boroughbridge’s IRYS Ltd, providing a wide range of services including training, coaching and mystery shopping. When we were planning the shoot, we quickly discounted the typical “corporate office style” shots  in favour of using Leeds’ Victoria Quarter – a place Gayle knows VERY well and is very at home in! Along with being a cool location, showing shops and boutiques is also appropriate for her mystery shopping business – it’s all about telling a story. We then popped into the luxury office complex, Broadgate, on the Headrow, to…

July 16, 2013 / / Business

Had a great shoot with Claire Turner, who’s tax partner at WGN accountants in Leeds. As anyone will who knows her will tell you, Claire’s the polar opposite of the stereotypical tax accountant – but her current photos were not really getting this message across. So we decided to make the most of the area around York Road in Leeds to create a mix of fun, creative, friendly, and the odd “very serious” looking shot too. Here’s a few shots from the day – had a great time. If you…