For the past four years I have been shooting with one of the most superb cameras ever made, the Nikon d700. It’s a beast of a camera, both in size and ability but the time has come to move on.
Around 18 months ago I bought the gorgeous Fuji X-pro1 as a second camera. It did exactly as it was supposed to. Be light, unobtrusive amongst crowds and above all be enjoyable to shoot with.
I’ve written previously about the lenses I had for it, the 18mm and the 60mm, and how I simply wasn’t enthused by the former.
Fuji recently announced the new X-t1 and as I read hands on reviews I quickly came to realise that it was time to make some radical changes to my kit. Continue reading
The Aikido part of the project is coming along a treat. Here’s the gallery so far. This will be the last update I share from this for a while as I want to get the entire project rolling forward and completed before I share everything!
A sneak peek at the start of my next big project. A study of the martial arts. Lots more to come.
I never like to do things in half measures. If I can’t commit fully to it I would rather walk away from it. That’s why, in October last year I almost walked away from photography for good.
I had shot my last wedding, deliberately not taken any bookings for 2014, had planned to sell my cameras and even changed account names on twitter, etc. I was done. When it came to photography my mind had went elsewhere. The technique was second nature, the camera kit didn’t hold any excitement, outside interests seemed to hold more creative outlets and I was generally just a bit burnt out after 6 years of chasing the dream of running my own business without a break of any kind.
But a very strange thing started to happen. Continue reading
“Photography” — the process of capturing a split second in time on film or in a digital file.
“Project management” — the process of managing a project from beginning to end.
For many photographers, the second of these processes is an afterthought. But to produce your best work and create and maintain a successful photography business, a disciplined approach to project management can make all the difference.
In this series, I will demonstrate how the practices, processes and software packages employed by top project managers around the world can help you as a photographer. Continue reading
Over the past 20 something years I have been fortunate to use a wide variety of cameras and equipment from Russian behemoths to petite compacts to pro level SLR’s. At present I am running two separate camera systems
(three if you include mobile phone photography) and thought it would be nice to detail what they are. After all, us camera geeks love to see the equipment!
Firstly, a few lines about my approach to equipment. Continue reading
Bellingham’s annual fair in Northumberland featured a variety of animal displays but the most interesting out of them for me was the pony racing.
It gave me a chance to try my hand at photographing something different to my more usual, static subjects. The horses and ponies were moving at great speed and the backgrounds were quite busy but by tracking the movement of the animal as it came towards or past I was able to get some nice creative images.
I love this way of capturing the movement of the scene, it is something I have tried a lot in my wedding photography and this translated well to what I was seeing in front of me here.
This is a set of images I captured a few years ago but which have remained some of my favourites. It is very rare to get this type of snow storm at the sea front but this year it came out of the heavens.
What has always made it stand out for me as well was that it was New Years Day so standing out in the elements photographing it was a great way to blow away the Christmas cobwebs.
I have shot several weddings at Sandburn Hall near York and was asked to shoot imagery for their brochure and website showing off the grand landscape of their golf course.
Golf is not one of the sports I have ever taken an interest in so it was quite an eye opener to realise that the course sprawled over more than 270 acres! It was also a major challenge to figure out how to best show off the scale and the features which had been placed in the land. In the end this turned into over 80 images for the clients some of which are in the gallery here.
It was a very interesting commission and one which I would gladly take part in again as I had a great deal of fun shooting the images.
My photography deals with the environment around us. We are all aware of how weather patterns are changing, seemingly for the worse.
The devastation we have seen in the UK from storms has been horrendous but pales in comparison to that witnessed in other parts of the world such as the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan tried it’s best to wipe parts of the country from the map.
Witnessing the typhoon in news reports and videos gives little of the loss and emptiness those touched by the rage of the storm must feel. Lives, homes, families have been destroyed by its power. Continue reading