Category: Musings

June 12, 2011 / / Blog

One of the most useful “rules” in photography is the Rule of Thirds The best way to describe it is to imagine a noughts and crosses grid over the scene when you look through the view finder on your camera. Put your subject (or a point of interest) on one of the lines – or better still, where the lines intersect. Its as simple as that really, but is quite a powerful concept when you start to use it. Lets look at a few shots and show you where the…

June 5, 2011 / / Blog

How much difference does “location” make to your images? Obviously landscape and architecture are totally reliant on location, but with subjects such as portraits, products and cars, you can choose to shoot in the studio or choose a location to create something totally different. Getting outside with the camera and lights is definitely a technical challenge, and also a gamble with the weather conditions. But you can usually find something like a bridge to hide under when it’s raining, wind can had a dynamic feel to the shots and ideas…

May 9, 2011 / / Blog

With the dawn of the new “The Apprentice”, John Thompson of Metropolis NLP has started up a new BLOG to both learn from and sightly ridicule the new series. http://barraboybusiness.wordpress.com/ I’ll be making contributions to this with as the Visual Consultant, looking at how the photography and lighting are used in the series, seeing what effect that has on the teams – whether they use different lighting to influence our views on candidates, that kind of thing. Let the series begin!!! Cheers

April 26, 2011 / / Blog

Portrait Photographers – Come Clean! The first time I ever took a portrait it was pretty awful – horrible confession there! How about yours? Actually, the first time I met a piano, I made a terrible din. I’ve got better at both I’m glad to say, and it’s all about practice. Natural Light If you want to be a great Portrait Photographer – here are 5 essentials 1 – Get Rid Of Excuses The first thing to do it get rid of your excuses, you don’t “need” expensive lights, a…

March 4, 2011 / / Blog

LINKED IN – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – all need a great profile photo We all social media – we’re all on Linked IN, Facebook and Twitter, they all use profile photograph to identify us. In most cases, this photo is the first impression people have of you! So what impression is your profile photo giving? Recognise Yourself – The 10 Profile Photo Types? 1 Egghead – No Picture Some have no profile picture, this leaves the picture holder empty or with a default grey silhouette. What does this say about you? Having no avatar can give…

March 3, 2011 / / Blog

Flash is often seen as a necessary evil by many photographers, and when the flash is “on camera” (like most are) it can be a bit bland and create “bunny in the headlight” portraits. However, get the flash (speedlite) on a stand and trigger it remotely,  you’ll see the true creative power of flash. Here are a few starter tips. Take note of your camera’s “synch speed” – it’s usually around 1/20oth second. If you go faster than this, you’ll get dark areas on your photos Learn how to use…

February 27, 2011 / / Architecture
February 22, 2011 / / Architecture

I don’t know about you, but with the prices of parking in Leeds and Manchester going up and up, I always want to make the most of my daytime trips there. One of my favourite ways is to wander around the centres capturing life as it goes by. Both cities are in a state of flux, so a scene which seems trivial today may have huge significance 20 years hence, so it’s a worthwhile documentation exercise as well as an artistic challenge. I’d been doing my bit for charity and the amazing…