Category: Musings

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…

April 3, 2016 / / Blog

Why do people get so angry about photo watermarks? You’d be amazed how polarised opinion is on photo watermarking is. Many think it pointless, and will fight to the death to convince everyone so. Others think it idiotic to post anything without the protection of a watermark What is a photo watermark? It’s a logo, text or some other “mark” you apply to a photo – in this example, the McFade watermark in the bottom right is a watermark. In  this image, the watermark is very discrete – it has an…

January 5, 2016 / / Blog

Why does every marketing team love stunning, unique images? It makes their job easy – photos are powerful – they make your business:- stand out from the crowd easy to understand have INSTANT impact communicate who you are show how you do it Well here are just 9 of the many ways photos help boost your business 1 More clicks on Facebook Ads Facebook ads are a great source of leads if you get it right – and the “hook” which grabs attention is a great image. In fact, Facebook limit…

January 4, 2016 / / Musings

3 Easy Steps to Photography Mastery You want to make friends say “wow” when they see your photography? You want to know how to do it…. well read on! Unfortunately there is no guaranteed path to mastering photography, but there are 3 steps you can take to help get you from boring “point and shoot” shots, to “wow” shots. 1 – Find something interesting to shoot This is so blatantly obvious that I’m surprised I’ve mentioned it, but so many images are dull, dull, dull. You definitely CAN get great…

September 24, 2015 / / Blog

God, I hate having my photo taken…. That’s the most common thing photographs hear, pretty much everyone, on every job, says it – you’d think it was root canal treatment we were administering. Photography should be fun – especially commercial work That’s definitely the case with our friends over at ABL Business, we’ve updated their photo stock a few times and each time, it’s always a fun session with Alex, Andy and the team – getting them to pretend to work, whilst making them laugh. It’s also a great chance to catch up and share ideas.…

August 27, 2015 / / Blog

Retouching in Photoshop – Skin and Eyes Lightroom has so many great tools that Photoshop is fast becoming redundant for most tasks. Retouching is one area where Lightroom still needs development. There are tools for skin softening and bumping eyes, but they don’t really have the same accuracy or fine results. For most commercial work I do, Lightroom is fine – the shots are usually small and on websites, a little negative clarity does the trick. But if you’re competing in club competitions, or doing fashion and beauty images, then…

July 22, 2015 / / Blog

Ever travel long distances as a passenger? I do – as a member of a touring band, we sometimes cover hundreds of miles – and a few weeks ago, that involved going from Leeds to Inverness… and back! Naturally I took the camera – for photos of the lovely Scottish city, but also to capture the band in action… Then it occurred to me that the highlands were beautiful from the main roads, no need to actually go on country roads to see amazing vistas. But we had a schedule,…

May 11, 2015 / / Musings

Photography Kit Which Doesn’t Cost The Earth 1 – Angle Finder – £20 – £200 If you shoot low down, maybe for landscapes or createive atchitecture shots, so see through your camera, you’ll either have to lie fly on the floor or guess your compoisition. This is where your “angle finder” comes into play. It allows you to look “down” through your camera – so you don’t have to get quite so low. It saves your back, knees and I find it makes me more creative. 2 – Cable Release –…

March 23, 2015 / / Business

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Pro I’m sure many pro photographers get asked “How do I become a professional photographer?“. I have and it’s never a straight forward answer – in fact, the answer would be unique for each person. Every photographer is different (personality, experience, confidence, business savvy,  camera skills etc.),  so there’s no “on size fits all” formula for success, or even getting out of the starting blocks. But I do often ask a few questions, so thought I’d share them in this blog…   1- Have…

March 14, 2015 / / Blog

So we set off early for a gig at Sunderland Empire – with the intention of enjoying the beach, maybe popping to the Angel of the North or Penshaw Monument. The weather had different ideas – it was grim, cold and grey. So we did a pub lunch instead – then went to Roker Beach in Sunderland to see if there was anything worth looking at. Here is what we found…   Some lovely colours in litter – goes well with beach pebbles and sand