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[PHOTONEWS] Trash the Dress and more

[PHOTONEWS] Trash the Dress and more

Fellow Photographers, I want to draw your attention to a very special event I am running Bank Holiday Monday this weekend.  It is a Trash the Dress shoot up in Fleetwood.  We will be shooting in two locations, on the Esplanade and at the famous Fleetwood Wrecks.  I went over … Continue reading

[BLOG] Making a Monkey out of Copyright

[BLOG] Making a Monkey out of Copyright

Crested black macaque.  Image created by photographer David Slater “This file is in the public domain, because as the work of a non-human animal, it has no human author in whom copyright is vested.” – WikiMedia Have you seen the above photo before?  It is a ‘selfie’ taken by a crested black … Continue reading

[BLOG] Fleetwood Wrecks

[BLOG] Fleetwood Wrecks

Today I went up to Fleetwood to suss out the location for Monday’s Trash the Dress event.  I have found two places for us to shoot at.  The first location will be on the beach and esplanade near Lower Lighthouse.  After that we will head over to our main location … Continue reading

POTD Mon, 4 Aug 2014: 100 Years Later

POTD Mon, 4 Aug 2014: 100 Years Later

First World War memorial service and candle lit walk at Woodbank Park To mark 100 years since the start of the First World War there was a candle lit walk and open air service in Woodbank Park. I didn’t take many photos, that wasn’t why I was there but this … Continue reading

#WeAreN or Why I am changing my avatar

#WeAreN or Why I am changing my avatar

When I started out as a photographer I started as a travel photographer selling images though stock libraries.  The area I specialised in was images of the Middle East and the Arab World.  About five or six years ago the world of stock photography changed, not long after that it … Continue reading

[BLOG] Background Papers

[BLOG] Background Papers

One of the questions I get asked a lot at the studio is about where I get my background papers from.  I also get asked about the cost of the papers.  As I have just ordered EIGHT new rolls of paper for the studio, I thought this would be a … Continue reading

[BLOG] FAQ for Model Days

[BLOG] FAQ for Model Days

As I have a model day planned with Tina Kay for this Saturday, I thought it would be good to write an FAQ about Model Days for the benefit of those who may not be too familiar with them. What is a Model Day? It is a day when a … Continue reading

POTD Wed, 18 Jun 2014: Studio Selfie

POTD Wed, 18 Jun 2014: Studio Selfie

Studio Selfie At the end of tonight’s Intermediate Photography Course we had a few minutes spare at the end so I showed the students how to set-up studio lights to take a portrait. This is a four light set-up key light, a large softbox, camera right, rim light a grided … Continue reading

POTD Tue, 17 Jun 2014: Custard Cream

POTD Tue, 17 Jun 2014: Custard Cream

Custard Cream Mmmm…. do I need to say more? Oh alright then…. Macro lens, flash on TTL lead of to camera left bouncing of a white surface, white paper camera right to bounce light back in as fill. And yes those are my teeth marks. PLEASE NOTE: This is not … Continue reading

POTD Mon, 16 Jun 2014: Game of Thrones

POTD Mon, 16 Jun 2014: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones – title sequence I have never watched Game of Thrones live… tonight was the closest I have come, I started watching my recording before the broadcast had finished – I was about 45mins behind real time. I really wanted to watch this episode as soon as I … Continue reading

POTD Thu, 12 Jun 2014: Busy Skies

POTD Thu, 12 Jun 2014: Busy Skies

Aircraft over Stockport I haven’t used my 70-300mm lens for a long time (it’s not very good quality) but I decided this evening that I’d get it out and try a few shots. Sat in the garden and waited for a few plains to fly over, thought one would look … Continue reading

POTD Wed, 11 Jun 2014: Strobist Lesson

POTD Wed, 11 Jun 2014: Strobist Lesson

As part of my current Intermediate Photography Course we went outside to do a little bit of strobist work.   This image was created with a bare flash camera left.  Set to f/8 the sky has been darkened by shooting at 1/20s and under exposing the sky. PLEASE NOTE: This … Continue reading

POTD Tue, 10 Jun 2014: Bertie

POTD Tue, 10 Jun 2014: Bertie

Bertie – a spaniel puppy I had an unusual attendee at this weeks Introduction to DSLR photography course – Bertie. The new puppy belonging to Jon one of the course attendees. At the end of the session I arranged an impromptue photoshoot for the class attendees with Bertie as our … Continue reading

POTD Mon, 9 Jun 2014: CHADS

POTD Mon, 9 Jun 2014: CHADS

CHADS – Cheadle Hulme Amateur Dramatic Society This is Cheadle Hulme Amateur Dramatics Society known as CHADS. I attended for an audition for a play in the next season. I am delighted to say I was offered the role. It’s not a huge role, but it will be fun to … Continue reading