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Portrait photography course in Chelmsford, Essex

Being able to capture beautiful images of family, friends or clients is a real dream and yet it really isn’t that difficult.  I had the pleasure of showing a small group of photographers how to take some great people images from a small mobile studio set-up from an empty room in Chelmsford, Essex. During the course of the day we looked at the equipment required, basic lighting set-ups, posing, editing and styling.  Working with flash is not complicated and yet it scares many people who seem to think that it is beyond their abilities, scary and expensive.  I would urge anyone with an interest in photography to give it a go – if you fancy learning with us take a look at our introduction to…

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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…

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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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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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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…