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Starting out in photography – a beginners guide

Beginners photography Courses   Whenever I run a beginners photography course (I did one yesterday actually) I never fail to be amazed at how much a beginners photography can move forward when they are shown just a few fundamentals. Photography is really not that complicated a subject – many people like making it complicated (not for bad reasons I believe but because they enjoy the technical side of photography) and often new photographers sometimes feel they have to go through some pain in-order to become a real photographer but it really isn’t the case.   As I look forward to the second module of our beginners photography course that I am running today in St Albans I thought it would be nice to share just a…

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How to take stunning portraits on location – photography

Portrait photography course on location in Essex   Earlier this year we ran one of our location portrait photography courses at the stunning Ingatestone Hall. It was a great opportunity for our delegates to develop and practice their skills which they could then take away and use just for fun or if starting out on a new photographic career.   During the course of the day the delegates were introduced to a wide range of skills including shooting with natural light, dealing with low light and also using flash. The results were pretty amazing as you can see below.           All of the course attendees were new to taking portraits on location which provides unique challenges to the photographer. When shooting…

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Portrait Photography Course – Chelmsford, Essex

Beginners Portrait Photography Course Images   I thought I would share a few images from our recent portrait photography course which we ran from one of the executive boxes at the Essex County Ground (cricket ground) in Chelmsford. We had a great team of photographers shooting and Elizabeth a wonderful model resulting in some great images.   We like to run this course from a fairly empty shell rather than a fully set-up studio as this provides our delegates with a great insight into what can be achieved from a simple room. Here are a couple of the images.     On the day we introduced the photographers to setting up studio lights, positing, alternative lighting styles, directing models, using soft boxes and post production…

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Richard Jones – Magician – BGT

Shooting Richard Jones – Britain’s got Talent Magician and winner     It’s always nice to get to shoot something different and so it proved recently when I was asked to shoot magician Richard Jones the recent winner of Britain’s got Talent. Richard is a really lovely guy, down to earth and grateful for everything that has happened to him and shooting him proved easy.     Richard needed a series of promotional images to use for his website, marketing and social so we grabbed some time to shoot him in a few different outfits. Richard has put absolutely years of dedication into his craft and is now starting to reap the rewards. he is a genuinely great person and his current fame certainly hasn’t…

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How to Get Into Photography: 5 Things To Know Before You Go Pro

Warning: What you are about to read could be create an addiction.   Because if you just landed on this page, you probably searched for “How to get into photography,” perhaps simply wanting to start a new hobby or even a new career. But once you’ve caught the photo-bug, there’s no stopping that bubbling passion to continue to make the next photo even better than the last. Still interested? Good, the photo bug probably already took a bite of you and there’s no cure for it now. Here’s what you need to know to get into photography.   Photography isn’t just about knowing how to use a camera. Sure, knowing aperture and shutter speed is essential to creating good images. But mastering photography is different…

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How to Get Sharper Photography Images – Simple Proven Tips

Some Proven Tips on Getting Sharper Photographic Images article by Rajib Mukherjee   Image sharpness is an extremely important aspect in photography. Be it a commercial assignment or shooting images on a family vacation, image sharpness assume critical importance in the whole scheme of image making. With increasingly high resolution cameras image sharpness assumes even more importance.   Sharpness in photography denotes how ‘edgy’ your images are. In other words how quickly elements in the image transitions to one another. The blurrier the image is the more gradual that transition will be. Image sharpness depends primarily on the equipment, but it also depends on shooting technique, post-processing and the viewing distance. Let’s dive deeper into some of these parameters and find out how they impact…

Do you need and Apple Mac

Do you need an Apple Mac to become a professional photographer?

Apple Mac vs PC – a photographers view   I have been working with rookie photographers for longer than I can now remember and 90% of the time a new photographer will ask whether or not they need and Apple Mac.  Most of the time I actually get the impression that they are actually asking in the hope that I will say yes and they can go away and invest some cash in the shiny silver box of wonders.     Now I moved from pc based machines over to working on Apple Macbook Pro’s about three years ago so I feel well placed to discuss the pro’s and cons of both sides of this argument.  For many years I was investing some pretty good…

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Guide to starting out in photography – 2016

2016 guide to photography Starting out in photography for hobbyists and professionals   So the new year is well and truly upon us – we survived blue Monday and payday is not too far away. You may have already blown the new year resolutions but there is still time to make the start to the new year a good one.   You may have received a new camera during the holiday period or dusted down the old one either way you can make 2016 the year that you pushed your photography forward. It may be that you are completely new to photography and want to take better pictures of your family or you may be determined to finally pursue that new career – either way…

Editing Photographs – is it cheating or necessary?

Editing photographs – A professional photographers view Editing photographs is cheating isn’t it? Editing takes too long, doesn’t it? I like my pictures to look natural, thats why I don’t edit! A good photographer can take a great image with any camera and so doesn’t have to edit, do they?   If you agree with any of the above then you need to read this article.   With a new year upon us you may find yourself setting on on a new photographic journey either for a hobby or a change in career.  If so you need to be reviewing your editing process or at least starting one as editing is a fundamental part of photography, it is not cheating, doesn’t have to take long…

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Stunning new portrait location shoot – Essex

Great location for portrait photography – Essex   As a photographer I am always looking out for the next great location at which to be able to shoot. Finding great models these days is easy thanks to the variety of agency and modelling social media sites such as Purpleport & Model mayhem however the constant need for more and more locations is a painfully hard task.   Recently however I came across a stunning location in the heart of Essex containing multiple great setups each of which provides a completely different and yet inspiring backdrop for great photography. I went to the site with a couple of models and a makeup artist to gain a first insight into using the location and here are a…