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Fuji X-series cameras and remote flash

Admissions up front, I am mainly an available light shooter!  For my wedding photography it just works for me and makes things quick, simple and more discrete.  For nature and landscape there is already the biggest light source I could ask for so do not make use of any other lighting in these shots.

However, I have been shooting a number of portraits both personally and commercially lately which have needed extra lighting.  I am also looking at how I can add something ‘extra’ to my bride and groom portraits to make them stand out more than they already do.  The answer to all this is flash, or rather, remote flash. Continue reading

Sunrise on Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

Project Management for Photographers (part 2) – Project Toolbox

The first step to successful project management is to develop what I call a “project toolbox.” This is the foundation that enables us to take consistent approaches to the wildly different situations we come across in the projects we embark upon as photographers.

Your project toolbox is a standard set of tools and techniques you can use and apply again and again. Continue reading

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No more Nikon

untitled-4307For 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

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Sneak Peek

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A sneak peek at the start of my next big project.  A study of the martial arts.  Lots more to come.

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I Almost Walked Away

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

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Project Management for Photographers – An Introduction

“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

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Weapons of Choice

_DSC8067Over 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

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Horses at Bellingham Fair

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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.

Whitley bay Sea front gets covered in snow for New Years day 2010.

Snow Along the Coast

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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.