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2018
Oct
2

Summer Night Photography Workshops – 2018 Review

Another series of Photography Workshops drew to an end in Manchester on the 26th September. It seems like ages since we started on our beginners evening in Leeds, which turned out to be the only evening where it rained! 2018 was amazingly

2018
Jun
5

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying (7)

7 – License to use the images And finally, the one no-one considers. When you commission a photographer, you are paying for them to create images, edit them and a license for you to use them in your business. You don’t own

2018
Jun
3

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying (6)

6 – Time to edit the images This is just as important as shoot day, and in many cases, has more influence on the final look of the photos.  The signature of a photographers style is often in the edit. The sort

2018
Jun
2

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying (5)

5 – Time to take the images So this IS the time we spend with you shooting, the contact time, the time on site – it’s where the magic is started, but by no means complete.  When people ask “what is your

2018
Jun
1

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying (4)

4 – A 3rd Party view of your business Following closely from point 3 – business owners are often too close to the wood to see the trees… Getting someone from outside into bounce ideas off is a great experience. We “see”

2018
May
31

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying (3)

3 – Creative Mind and Ideas It’s often difficult for business owners to think of images to represent their business. If you’re an accountant and spend most of the day in Sage/Xero/Excel, how do you make that look unique and interesting?  We do this

2018
May
30

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying (2)

2 – The Right Kit for the Job! They have invested in the right bits and pieces for the job. This really does vary on what subjects people cover and style they achieve. Portrait people will have the right flashes and backdrops, architecture

2018
May
29

Hiring a Photographer : 7 things you’re REALLY buying

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

2018
May
7

Blackpool – the beach, prom and Cleveleys

Blackpool – the beach, prom and Cleveleys Its got a bad press, Blackpool.  It’s glory years are long gone, there is a drug problem which I’ve never seen, for myself, but you hear about it…  But despite all that, you can get a

2018
May
7

Night Photography at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Night Photography at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds Ok, we’re really lucky to have a ruined abbey right on the edge of our city – and it’s got lots of free parking! So each year I take a new group of photographers down there

2018
Apr
6

They say Portrait Professional 17 is Terrible… but is it?

Facebook Hates Portrait Professional 17!  The bottom of the internet, where people comment on things with impunity, is full of bile and anger whenever Portrait Professional is mentioned.  Portrait Professional kept popping up on my feed, so decided to try the Demo version

2018
Feb
26

Instant Vintage Effects in Lightroom

Age your photos in seconds! I’ve tried using “bought” LIGHTROOM presets many times and they all seem to have one thing in common… This makes perfect sense to any seasoned Photoshopper or Lightroom expert – but I guessed that most photographers don’t know about this. So here’s a video explaining how you do it – a quick “how to” guide so you can start making your own toned presets for

2018
Feb
21

3 Leading-edge options for your new 2018 business head-shot

Your headshot is important – it represents your brand, your business and you. Headshots work for you every day on Linked IN and the other social media channels, your website, in print and at every touch point the world has with you.

2018
Jan
3

Is ON1 RAW 2018 the Best Solution For Cost-Conscious Photographers?

Fed up with paying £10/month for Lightroom? Don’t get me wrong, I really like Lightroom – but I’m not a huge fan of paying a tenner each month to use it… I used to like buying something and then being able to use

2017
Dec
4

How to make a soft, dreamy, black and white waterfall photograph in LIGHTROOM

Using LIGHTROOM to make a dreamy waterfall Here’s a shot from a recent workshop at Swaldale – it’s Crackpot Force, yes, that’s really a thing! The shot was underexposed, but I liked the shape – so gave it a go in Lightroom anyway.

2017
Oct
27

9 Letters which define your business photos

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

2017
Sep
29

Media City and Salford Quays

Salford Quays Architecture If anyone wants to learn about shooting architecture “up north”, I can think of not better place than Media City at Salford Quays. This trip was a 1-2-1 with a fellow professional photographer who shoots gigs for a living –

2017
Sep
16

A Stunning Yorkshire Dales Day – Ribblesdale and Malham

A 1-2-1 Workshop on a Perfect Yorkshire Dales Day You always book workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with a sense of trepidation, and prepare yourself to explain what each location looks like “when it’s not grey, raining and grim”. No such worries

2017
Sep
5

Dock Street Shoot with Andy Taylor Boocock

A Very Inky Man in a very cool Leeds street I’ve always loved Dock Street as a portrait location – a classic thin street, cobbles, high mills and a wide variety of looks to be had. So when I met up with