Category: Discussion

December 2, 2013 / / Blog

After running a workshop on Anglesey in the late Noughties, I got chatting to a professional photographer from Somerset. Great guy, had a few beers and his main comments on his 20 years in the photo business were stock photography wasn’t worth doing any more and assignment pay rates had dropped and not to even consider going into photography as a career – it’s “dead on its arse” At that time I was a reasonably well paid software engineer and was pondering what to do when we inevitably got made…

December 2, 2013 / / Blog

The answer is of course, yes. Give me a dentist’s drill and I’ll have a good go at it! Never done it before, but I used drills in Woodwork at school, and many times on the farm I worked as a kid.   Would you let me do it – based on that experience? I’m guessing not…. and really, you’d be wise to go elsewhere. Who would you trust? So who would you trust to take a spinning piece of metal to your most sensitive bits? A joiner – they…

October 9, 2013 / / Austria

The lakes in Austria tend to be green – a bluey, greeny Jade kine of colour. But on an overcast day, they weren’t really shouting “colour” at us – so I decided to create a series of black and white images from our morning walk around the lake on the German border. The passers by reassured us that the wind would clear the are of mist, but alas it never came. So we had to re-think our approach, doing a more “nature” based shoot than the stunning landscape we had…

September 12, 2013 / / Blog

Snow Blind? I’ve used the term “snow blind” a lot recently – it’s refers to that moment when you’ve been shooting the same thing over and over again, to try to get that “perfect” shot – usually for an art director or designer who’s looking on. You’ve tried all sorts, move the lights, changed the background, stood on a ladder, led on your stomach, added in all kinds of things…. and it’s still not quite working. That’s snow blind…. Doesn’t happen often – just now and then, usually after a…

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…

June 17, 2013 / / Blog

Want some new kit? If you’re a “kit monkey” and have unlimited funds, you may as well stop reading this now. However, have financial limits, here are a few things to ask yourself when looking to buy a new gizmo for your collection. 1 – What “extra” will it enable me to do? This is the big one for me – what could I do with this kit that I can’t currently do? Let’s take a “fast prime lens” as an example. This will allow:- blurry backgrounds shoot in darker conditions…

May 27, 2013 / / Blog

Just had to share this on the blog GREAT INFOGRAPHIC A great piece on the differences you need to be aware of with Pro/Amateur photography

April 29, 2013 / / Architecture

So you can do most things in Lightroom these days. I thought I’d meddle with this shot of the Royal Armouries to show a few things you can’t do in Lightroom…. yet! Start point   So to get to this point, you could probably have used Lightroom. Its been through these steps… Capture – 1 minute exposure RAW Conversion using ACR in Photoshop Vertical correction using Lens Correction Filter Conversion to black and white using Silver EFEX 2 Selective sharpen – High Pass Filter method, using masks Selective Contrast –…

March 5, 2013 / / Blog

Famous for it’s monumental prison and a gyratory, Armley isn’t the first Leeds suburb you’d go shooting alone in – let alone on an incredibly dull February day. I took to the canal first first, to see how the graffiti artists are doing – these walls change regularly. Then down to the river Aire and over the footbridge for some more shots. All these are HDR shots – which means “High Dynamic Range”, where we take a few photos at different exposures (brightnesses) the blend them into one. We run workshops on…