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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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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…

Landscape photography course – Chelmsford, Essex

As the nights draw in and the days get shorter I cheered myself up by looking through some images taken this year on a landscape photography 1:1 course earlier in the year so thought I would share them. A 1:1 photography course is a great way of covering an enormous amount of content as a speed that works for you.  During the course of a day when can typically cover the content of both of our beginners modules and a bit more including some editing on Photoshop & Lightroom. here’s a few of the images:       The above images were all shop at the fabulous Royal Horticultural Society garden Hyde Hall, based just outside of Chelmsford in Essex.   1:1 photography days are…

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Lifestyle portrait shoot – portrait photography course – Essex

Lifestyle portrait photography shoot in Chelmsford, Essex We had the please of working with one of our favourite models today – Cody.  As always Cody was super professional, working really well with our budding new photographers helping them to develop a great portfolio and master new skills.  Starting to take great portraits can actually be rather daunting when you first set out so we always try to pick our models carefully to give new photographers a great day.  Here are a few shots taken of Cody today.     When starting out in photography it is essential that you work on developing a professional portfolio, one that you can show to your clients and demonstrates your skill and style of work.  I always recommend to…

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Add a little texture to your photographs – Great Photoshop Tip

Trying adding some depth to your images with a little texture overlay Everyone knows that I am a BIG Lightroom fan, I love the tool and it has helped to transform the way that I have worked over the past few years. Having said that Photoshop is a killer tool, I wish I was better at it and knew more of its tools as it would add even more to my arsenal of photographic tools yet time is always against me. One tip though that I think is well worth sharing and playing with is the application of a textural layer over the top of your images and then reducing the opacity of the textural layer so that you end up with images with impact….

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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Getting your camera off fully automatic

Why turn fully automatic off on your camera   For many people a shiny new digital camera – whether that be a neat little compact, fancy looking hybrid or impressive DSLR offers a whole world of opportunity however that new piece of kit also presents a big problem. You open the box peer inside before holding your new gadget and then normally fire off a few shots feeling rather pleased. The big problem then presents itself – what do all the buttons do and what happens if I move away from fully automatic?     We tend to get five types of attendees on our beginners photography courses – see if you fit into one of the categories:   (1) Those paralysed with fear that…