Category: Musings

January 21, 2015 / / Business

Choosing “the right” Photographer For YOU Lets help you with a few simple steps:- 1 – Know what you need BEFORE starting Go online and check out your competition’s websites. Maybe look at a different industry all together, get ideas from that. Collect photos in a folder if you can. Get a mental picture BEFORE you start, this will guide the process   2 – Check Photographers You Know First See if they’ve done the kind of thing you need, and the quality and “style” is what you want. You’ll know the…

January 20, 2015 / / Blog

I need some photos…. fast! You need some photos, something which is going to make you look great for a press release, or your web developer needs something to fill that website.. Where do you start? Be honest – do you get a few photographer’s “day rates” and plump for the lowest? Or do you just ask a few friends and go with what they say? Well the second one of those is actually a good step – but just because they did a good job for your friend, will get the…

September 24, 2014 / / Discussion

“False Praise” on Social Media I joined my first online community in 2004 – it’s called EPhotozine – and since then I’ve learned an incredible amount from the site, lots of useful tips from more advanced photographers guided me away from common mistakes. However, what has been a perpetual gripe on the site, from me as much as anyone, is:- It used to drive me, and everyone else, mad, seeing people with poor photos getting 5 or 10 times more votes than your “better” photos. The same is now true on…

August 7, 2014 / / Fun

Do NOT Try This at Home! I’ve got huge dust problems with my 5D2, so was excited to find a Youtube clip which shows you how to get rid properly… I really don’t think this is the right way… see what you think! I actually use a little device called an Arctic Butterfly, which uses a little brush and the gift of Static Electricity to remove dust from your sensor. The first time you do it is scary – but it gets easier… and saves you £50 on a professional…

June 9, 2014 / / Lightroom

Just having a look for some shots and came upon a sunset at Semerwater – which I photographed in January 2008…. 6.5 years ago.  2008 Workflow Back then my workflow was a little different :- Shoot RAW files Copy files onto hard drive after a shoot Import RAW files into Capture One – Version 3 I think Make minor and “global” tweaks there Export as TIFF Edit and sharpen etc. in Photoshop CS (2/3/4) Use action to resize and water mark if going to use it online All in Lightroom…

May 14, 2014 / / Fun

If TV Did “Popular” Photography In the wake of the deluge of “talent” shows, which has seen “talented” people battle, week in week out, to survive to the next round – including riveting subjects as:- Baking Cakes Cooking Food Modelling Being a Drag Queen Growing Vegetables oh – and singing…   Here’s an idea for a Photography Format… based on the tried and tested formats above.   Overview So we start with a new format, which we will of course send to the americans, with the word “American” tagged on the…

March 22, 2014 / / Blog

Sleep Deprivation Up well before the lark, usually 2 hours before the sun rises, so they can drive an hour and walk 40 minutes to be in “that” position for the sunrise they’ve planned for the last 4 years. They say a prayer before bed – “Please god, let the light be good this year” – then in a leap of faith, they gamble a night’s sleep for an unlikely lovely nuclear sunrise. There better had be a great sunset – the last 50 times they’ve been there it’s never…

March 19, 2014 / / Blog

Or digital artists – these are very popular on all the photo sharing websites, their natural home is Deviant Art. Often young and female, with attractive friends who resemble extras from “Skins” – they take moodily posed photos, often with a bag, teddy bear or some other large prop, in woodlands or derelict buildings.   I’ve not got any of these shots in my portfolio, but here is some fur which could be used on the photo…. read on…  Then in Photoshop, they lavishly apply filter after filter to introduce…

March 18, 2014 / / Musings

You’ll know these as they’ll ask you what camera you have before anything else. Then move on to whether you’ve heard about the new camera they’ve heard speculated about on the forums, and how it’s ISO performance “blows out of the water” your camera… He is in a state of “always craving more kit”, and longing for a Canon 1DX or a Nikon D4 camera body, and a 500mm F4 L lens, that’s what keeps him interested. Conversation always get around to what he could do if only he had…

March 17, 2014 / / Blog

It’s unique isn’t it – this photography thing. It appeals to retired men and teenage girls It’s used by bohemian artists and geeky computer programmers. It’s as slow and contemplative as fishing, or as fast and furious as grand prix racing. It’s a fun pastime, or a serious competitive sport. It can take hours of planning or be completely impromptu To do it, you can have zero knowledge or understand every concept After many years I’ve met many types, and it’s truly amazing how diverse people are, and how differently…