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Top 10 Key Tips for becoming a professional photographer

Turning pro – Key considerations and top 10 tips Becoming a professional photographer is a rewarding career choice, its not easy – chances are you will end up working for yourself and end up putting in plenty of hours of work but then again the rewards can be great.  The idea of becoming a professional photographer appeals to many people however few follow through with their dream instead giving up too early.   For many new photographers they will attend a few courses, build a portfolio, build a website, create a Facebook business page and then give up claiming there is no work out there and the world is full of photographers.  This is not true and intact the chances are that these same people…

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Stunning portrait photography course results

Portrait Photography Course – Chelmsford, Essex Yesterday we held one of our popular portrait photography courses in Chelmsford, Essex with the stunning Cassandra Wilson-Bell.  Our delegates were all very new to taking portraits and most hadn’t even touched a studio light let alone take some images.  As expected nerves were a little high – it can be quite daunting trying to take your first portrait images but after a round of introductions everyone felt a little more comfortable. We went through some standard lighting setups, some posing techniques, editing thoughts and then plenty of shooting.  Cassandra turned up with some great outfits and even looked after her own hair and make-up.  We tried a few styles with some examples below.     Our portrait photography…

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Are you new to DSLR cameras? New DSLR lens buying guide 2015

DSLR lens buying guide 2015 Saving up for your first DSLR camera is an exciting time.  You are all ready to get out there and start taking some great photographs and yet when the time comes to taking home your new shiny gadget often a sense of anti-climax appears.  Many consumer level digital cameras come with a ‘kit lens’ its a standard piece of kit which gets you and and running however it lacks the degree of zoom that your average compact camera has and for many people this is a huge disappointment. As photographers we are spoilt these days as even your trusty camera phone with Instagram installed can produce stunning results.  Moving onto a compact or hybrid camera and you find yourself in…

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Backing up data – Guide for Photographers and recommendation of company

How to back up your data & hard drive – recommendations for photographers   In this post we look at :   What happens to a photographer if a hard drive fails and needs recovery Insurance issues of recovering data Cloud backup vs hard solutions Recommended back up solutions for photographers Hard drive recommendations A recommended recovery company (no bias this is based on a actual case that happened to us)   I recently had the misfortune of one of my external hard drives fail on me (to be honest it had been moved) but I ended up with the killer ticking sound of doom and my Mac failing to recognise the presence of the drive. My first thought was obviously to check out my…

Commercial photography – why is it ignored

Commercial Photography Training   I am always surprised how few people seem interested in commercial photography – it is repeat work, allows you to visit some truly inspiring businesses and add real variety to your work. The days of great big studios charging over inflated prices has gone as so many small businesses realise the value and need for relevant fresh content on their websites. Below is a video of a few images shot at a local public house due to re-open very shortly – http://www.thegoldenfleece-chelmsford.co.uk over the period of a couple of hours. If you want to give your business a lift then get out and shoot commercial photography. Courses available at www.unshaken-photography.co.uk    

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10 Useful points for making the most of your new camera.

Getting a new camera is always exciting but getting the most from it requires a little help . I love a good gadget, I have far more photography kit than I really need but I can’t help myself when the sales or trade shows come along.  Getting a new camera makes me feel like a kid at Christmas – I hope you have felt the same way with your new toy.  Our beginners courses are full in January of excited new photographers all eager to get the most from their camera yet who share the same tales of disappointment and frustration when trying to get to grips with all the buttons and features.   Its very easy to get frustrated by all the terminology and…

Moving on from Auto – getting the most from your camera

Cambridge Beginners Photography Course At the weekend we ran our introduction to digital photography course in Cambridge with a group of new photographers. Your modern digital camera can be a scary looking beast when you start out and most new snappers are worried that they are doing things “wrong”. There really is no right or wrong when starting out you need to find out what works best for you. It is a bit like choosing a camera – I am always asked “what is the best camera” or “what should I buy?” Its actually a fairly simple decision – work out your budget and then consider the types of photography you are interested in. After that give a little thought to how much kit you…

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Course – Chelmsford, Essex

Lifestyle Portrait Photography Course Today we ran one of our popular lifestyle portrait photography courses from the stunning grounds of Hylands House in Chelmsford, Essex.  The overcast day was not enough to deter our brave band of photographers who captured our three stunning models in a range of locations and poses. [nggallery id=7] Our lifestyle portrait photography course is designed to help photographers develop portrait skills that can be applied outside on location. During the course of the day our photographers identified different lighting conditions and the means to control light to produce images with dynamic impact. Lifestyle portrait demand continues to grow and being able to shoot great portraits outside is a wonderful tool for both professional and amateur photographers.  If you would like…

Photography Courses – new locations Colchester, St Albans, Cambridge and Kent

Digital Photography courses in Kent, Cambridge, St Albans & Colchester Wow – exciting times for Unshaken Photography Training as we are now running courses across a range of stunning locations including Cambridge, Colchester, Maidstone and St Albans. It has been a truly outstanding year for us and we have been blessed to have so many loyal and enthusiastic customers – so a big thank you. We have carefully chosen a range of brilliant venues that all offer something unique to the delegates and will help them to develop their skills and portfolios. Training course dates are being added all the time so please pop along and have a look. Colchester photography courses Cambridge Photography courses Colchester Photography Courses Unshaken Photography is delighted to be working…

Wedding Photography – London, Lords Cricket Ground

Wedding Photography London – Lords Cricket Ground I recently had the pleasure of shooting the evening reception of a wedding at Lords Cricket Ground.  The couple had actually got married in Australia towards the end of 2010 but were hosting an eveing reception for their UK based friends and family.  It was a wonderful occassion a few famous sports personalities were in attendance and a great time was had by all. I put together a short video as a surprise for the couple which you can see here: If you are looking to become a wedding photographer then we run a range of wedding photography courses which cover the technical, creative & commercial sides of wedding photography. You will gain valuable industry insights to help…