Category: Musings

September 29, 2019 / / Blog

Finding old photos can be a pain – if someone asks if you’ve got photos of Liverpool (or something like that) in future, how quickly could you locate them in your file system? Or if you’re looking to create a print of Ingleborough, could you find all your photos of the hill and quickly make a decision on which to use? Well if you’re ever in this situation, this video may help. If not, it’s useful anyway to see how others work – and this is my workflow from getting…

May 29, 2018 / / Blog

Most businesses need images for websites, brochures, press, adverts…. the list goes on. So when you hire a photographer, what are you actually getting? Good ones will be expensive, they may quote £1000-£1500 per day even in West Yorkshire – how on earth can this be justified. If you read most marketing copy, we would cover the benefits to your business, which include extra sales, great first impression and more website traffic – but in this mini blog series, lets look at what the photographer brings to the table and…

October 28, 2017 / / Austria

Sunset at Gross Glockner – Tirol – Austria Do you ever take a shot and never manage to settle on a final edited look? Well this happened with this shot – it’s one of 3 brackets taken at sunset with a 17mm TSe lens… so nice and sharp, oodles of data to play with…. but what to do? Flat HDR First off I did a HDR blend and flattened the image out a bit… Way too much detail in this and it looks a bit bland. But a start point to…

October 27, 2017 / / Blog

Your business photos are your first impression Get them wrong – you lose business It’s as simple as that – people’s first impression is made instantly and will influence whether they bother to read your carefully honed copy and click “play” on that professionally produced video. Business photos are more important than you think Visual Appeal… Websites are visual things these days – design, video and business photos are essential components. I’d argue that of those, business photos are massively important because:- Everyone “sees” the photos. The copy may go…

May 22, 2017 / / Blog

So you want to buy a camera? I get asked a lot about buying cameras. The main questions I ask are:- what do you want to do what is your budget The first one is almost impossible to answer for most people – they have an idea what they’d like to do, but until you have a camera in your hands and you’re pointing at stuff, you can’t really know what you enjoy. Maybe you want to be a wildlife photographer – but do you have the patience to sit…

April 28, 2017 / / Architecture

Tilt Shift Effect… Most people have heard of Tilt Shift because of the miniature filters you get on camera apps. Ones taken from high up to make the world seem like a toy town – or like this where just a bit is sharp. It’s a cool effect and very handy for creative souls – though for landscape and architecture people, getting MORE depth of field is usually the goal. What Tilt Does There are dozens of youtube on the subject if you google it, I did and ended up…

January 10, 2017 / / Blog

New Business Photos Get You Noticed INSTANTLY! It really is that simple – investing in new business photos is like having a mini re-brand. If you and your team all got new business photos tomorrow and updated LINKED IN, your engagement would go through the roof. So what are you waiting for? Try it – if you change your LINKED IN photo it tells everyone in your network, and they will all see you and (hopefully) say how great you look – but more importantly, you’ll be at the front…

September 12, 2016 / / Blog

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May 11, 2016 / / Blog

I can’t taste or smell the food I see on telly, yet I still watch cooking shows… I’ve never really got why food is such a compelling viewing pleasure, despite the 2 main senses food excites (taste and smell) are not yet available. We can’t feel the texture either… so that’s a third sense we’re deprived of. The number formats I watch diminishes over time… here are 3 main ones. Master Chef Just can’t bare the fake tension, over the top commentary and Greg Greengrocer wants gagging. They say “at this…

April 14, 2016 / / Blog

Was the Pixel Stick Worth it? Having watched this cool light painting tool evolve for a while it was only a matter of time before I got one. That came on Black Friday 2015 when the offer price was right. It arrived from the states a few days later, and I was raring to go – were it not for the rain! How does it work… ? Watch this! Why did I get it? I shoot cars professionally – I thought it’d be a cool addition to the toolkit for…