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Most of my blog entries are transitory in nature.. they’re about what I shot on that day, or what I thought at that time.

These articles are little different. They are meant as a free learning resource about different aspects of photography, covering anything from the basics of exposure all the way through to digital asset management and colour work flow. Please feel free to share the content or link to it, but if you do, all I ask is that the appropriate credit is applied.

In saying that, my blog itself also contains info relating to equipment reviews, editing and workflow tips and tutorials as well as discussions on technique – most of which are listed below.

Better Camera Equals Better Photographs?

Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Blog, Equipment, Technique | 2 comments

Better Camera Equals Better Photographs?

I know very few people that, if they could afford it, wouldn’t choose to live in a bigger/brighter/better house in a nicer location with better views. Similarly, given the finances, I know very few people that wouldn’t drive newer, bigger, more comfortable, safer, faster cars. Of course, we all need to live within our means and the two big ticket items I mentioned (house and car) are very often items secured by way of credit – so we often put ourselves into debt to buy them. But it’s the concept that is important, not...

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Controlling Contrast With Distance

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Blog, Technique | 1 comment

Controlling Contrast With Distance

Let’s assume you expose a subject “correctly” in that there is no loss of detail in the highlights; what is left to worry about at that point is just how much detail there is in the shadows. Our cameras have a limited dynamic range in that they can only capture a certain amount of light between the brightest and darkest points. If we have limited the brightest point, by exposing for it, then the only danger we run into is blocked up shadows (dark areas where there is no detail). In certain situations and in particular in...

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Adding Contrast With Flash

Posted by on February 16, 2014 in Blog, Technique | 4 comments

Adding Contrast With Flash

Although I rarely actually use it, I would still consider flash to be one of the most creative tools available to a photographer. The ability to add light to a scene (often in a controlled manner) opens up huge creative possibilities. From my own perspective, I would certainly not consider myself a power user, but I do understand the basics and am comfortable enough with using flash, to be able to put it to use when (or if) I need it. And on a recent shoot with UK model/dancer Kayleigh Lush, it was most certainly needed. I’d say the...

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Both Model And Photographer

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Blog, Exhibition & Featured, Technique | 8 comments

Both Model And Photographer

One of the many reasons I chose to pick up photography was that I hated being in front of the lens. I figured, if I could turn my hand to photography itself, I’d end up with the perfect excuse for staying away from the dangerous end of the camera. And by and large that strategy has worked well for me. Even when I’m giving demos or workshops, I do my utmost to avoid being the subject of the photos being taken, opting instead to use mannequins, models or alternatively throw a different photographer to the lions . So when I was...

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Please Apple, I’m Begging You!

Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Blog, Editing & Workflow | 5 comments

Please Apple, I’m Begging You!

There are a few things that most competent photographers are pretty good at. Taking images is obviously one of those things and managing them would be another. The more images we take, the more we realise we have to have a system for storing them and keeping them safe and backed up; a system which allows us to find a single image amongst thousands of others. Every photographer will have a workflow and digital asset management system that is unique to themselves and their needs, but they all do essentially the same thing. So yeah, we get good...

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No Tinkering Needed

Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Blog, Editing & Workflow, Model | 1 comment

No Tinkering Needed

I want to preface this post, by saying that I’m in no way trying to be elitist in discussing what I’m about to discuss. My intention is not to try and elevate this shot above the work of others by suggesting their shots are some how inferior because they “need” to be retouched. This isn’t about getting it right in camera (although of course, I still think that’s a great idea). It’s about me being generally a tinkerer of images – I enjoy to make little tweaks here and little tweaks there....

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It’s Amazing How The Light Changes

Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Blog, Model, Technique | 6 comments

It’s Amazing How The Light Changes

I just love working with natural light. I love the continuity of it; the fact the model can move and flow freely in between poses and I’m able to capture those subtle little changes – something just not possible with strobes. I love the quality of it (when not direct) – often strobists pay big money for huge modifiers just to emulate what they could have gotten with a window. I love the fact I can see precisely in real time how a shot is lit and where the light and shadow will fall, without relying on a modelling light to...

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Card Full – You Live & Learn

Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Blog, Equipment | 4 comments

Card Full – You Live & Learn

One of my many failures is probably how organised and structured I am. “A place for everything and everything in it’s place” – I’m that sort of person. Why could that be construed as a character flaw? Well apart from the fact it can be an annoyance to other people that perhaps aren’t quite so methodical (who shall remain nameless), I find it also restricts me in how I approach a shoot. I find it hard to throw the rules out the window. I find it hard to deviate from the norm, or certainly my norm. But on a...

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A Zoom Lens & Butchered In Photoshop

Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Blog, Editing & Workflow | 14 comments

A Zoom Lens & Butchered In Photoshop

I probably should know better at this stage than to let the “purists” get on my nerves, but it’s been a tiring week and my temperament has already been stretched. So whilst I probably should bite my tongue and laugh it off, I’ve decided instead to rant on here On my Facebook feed this week there were 6 different photographers who posted images, all proudly proclaiming how their images were “unretouched” or “straight out of the camera”. And two of those went on to mention how their images were...

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Get The Basics Right

Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Blog, Technique | 4 comments

Get The Basics Right

Having had the opportunity to work alongside a great number of photographers over the last year or so, I have had a chance to observe how they shoot and how they approach a shot, as much as they had a chance to observe me. One of the things that became glaringly obvious to me, is how so very many photographers struggle with the basics of camera craft. A large percentage really seemed to struggle with the likes exposure, focusing, getting images sharp and just basic handling. With newer models of cameras getting smarter and capable of producing...

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