Category: Blog

July 2, 2020 / / Blog

Photoshop now comes with lots of “extensions” you can install – either paid or for free – you get to them from this menu item     That opens up a web browser – you need to be logged in to your Adobe account if you’re not on Creative Cloud this may not work.      So if type in “luminosity mask” like I’ve done in the screen shot – it’ll do a search… the results are like this:-     The one I’ve got is – Luminosity Masking Panel…

June 30, 2020 / / Architecture

Having I watched the most amazing spring from my garden during lockdown it seems a little bit unfair that the weather in June is dreadful for photography….  But one day last week the sky look like it was about to erupt at any second so I took the gamble of going into Leeds to see if I could get any decent moody sky shots.  Luckily for about an hour, the sky did looks like something from a 1950s Dracula movie, with ridges of Darkness and light patches making wonderful textures. …

May 23, 2020 / / Architecture

If you are planning a trip to photograph Leeds, where should you go? Like most cities, Leeds Centre and shopping areas are largely bland (with a few exceptions…) and many shopping centres actually ban you from taking photographs inside. If you have a tripod they will definitely ask you to move along. Having photographs Leeds since 2003 here are some of the highlights I would recommend to every photographer visiting. All of these photos are from my own archives built up over fast approaching 20 years! The time of day…

May 23, 2020 / / Blog

9 weeks into lockdown and I finally decided to take my daily allocated exercise by walking around the city centre of Leeds. I had been putting it off because I didn’t really want to upset and overstretched police force or get a fine! I expected in the early lock-down weeks, it’d be desolate, 9 weeks in getting back to normal… Far from it There were a few people on the streets, but not many, the crowds of shoppers and workers starting their weekend we’re not there – these photos were…

April 10, 2020 / / Blog

Like many businesses, we deal directly with clients in person, so have taken quite a hit with this lockdown. We can’t really leave the house to do any new work – and if we could, we can’t get close to people so it’d be awkward. Here are a few things you can do remotely, and we can help you with, to keep your marketing images relevant 1 Use archives for your marketing So the first one is that I have got literally hundreds of thousands of images from all over…

March 12, 2020 / / Blog

How many things in life do we buy & not use? Most kitchen gadgets I use once or twice, and then stash away neatly in the cupboard never to see the light of day again,  All that money spent, all that good intent to make a change and no return.  The same can be said for photography –  you can spend an absolute fortune hiring a photographer to create a library of amazing images for you, but if you’re not actively using them to promote your business, your return will…

March 2, 2020 / / Blog

There’s a lot of new building going on in Leeds, so on a rare sunny February day I decided to take the 5D Mark IV and the 24mm tilt Shift lens out and going capture some of the new and classic architectural delights.  I decided to start at the new Wellington Place developments which is immediately west of the train station.  This is a new village-style development of interestingly shaped office blocks with tall vertical windows. I managed to catch a lot of images from the outside pavements but when…

February 19, 2020 / / Blog

What do you do on a wet day in Sheffield? Well if you’re Clare Jane Garret, you get a dancer called Sarah Hobson and paint her green, then get a milliner called Hannah Gray to create a fantastic headpiece and create a real-life Medusa! This was all done in a dance studio near the university – the walls were white paint or mirrors – we’d hoped to go outside but it really was pouring down,  not just a little bit of rain but proper torrential like we’ve seen this last…

February 18, 2020 / / Blog

What’s it all about? About a year ago I came up with an idea,  it was based on years of photographing companies and what had worked best. It offered individuals who may be just starting out (or ready for a new set of images) 5 photos of them for a bargain price… and other people to act in their shots. I called it ​”​profile shoots​”​ to begin with​, this soon evolved into the catchier “share the shoot“ The idea was that everybody needs a decent headshot, but there are many other Powerful images a small business…

February 16, 2020 / / Blog

Recommendations are King The best way to source most products and services these days is to ask for recommendations based on people’s experience. It can certainly filter out solutions, products and providers who have given a good experience. I’m pretty sure everybody who is buying a new pair of headphones will read the Amazon reviews or checkout What Hi-Fi reviews before buying them.  Photography Recommendations When hiring a photographer it can be a little bit different – what is a good result for one person may be entirely wrong for another…