I miss blogging

I have come to the conclusion that I miss blogging. Blogging gave me an excuse to try new ideas, to explain how they worked and push my creativity, I have been incredibly busy taking photos and developing my business but it is crucial to keep experimenting and trying different ways of doing things.

At the weekend, I went to the 2017 photography show – I really enjoyed the speeches, the demos and invested in a new background amongst other things so today I experimented with two lights, some gels, my camera on a tripod and a remote release to take some selfies.

I hate having my photo taken, and by doing selfies it made it really hard to get the right in the perfect location,  but it does enable me to easily see how I cam change the light – hence the descriptions on each image. I had not realised how much back lighting hair can add to an image and how gels can add something special to the image.

The final set above were more of an experiment with rear sync, longer exposures and ambient but something I would like to try in the future, but it is very hard to include partial movement in a selfies with a long shutter duration. 

Anyway that all for now… Should I blog more or just do a monthly update – leave a comment and let me know.

February 2017 – Highlights

So what kind of things have I been up to this month:

  • Weddings
  • Live Music Gig
  • Portrait sessions
  • Event photographer for SF Ball sponsored by Starburst magazine and Horror TV, working with some TV Stars
  • Headshave for Teenage Cancer
  • New Born Photography
  • A comprehensive light training workshop
  • Location scouting
  • Night time photography
  • Spring Flowers at the local church

January 2017 Highlights…

The highlights from January…

  • I am starting a 52 week challenge set by 2 Lil Owls photography studio as I admire there use of textures …. I would like to experiment with them more this year… the blog post will grow during the year… but will not be revealed to the end of the year
  • I am doing a themed post on the theme Green
  • I am once again following “A year with my camera” with Emma, I think she is great for beginners and it is nice to be reminded of the basics.
  • Product photography for a local company whose photographer let them down.
  • Wheelchair friendly portaits
  • A photoshoot at a local college
  • A photoshoot with a 14 day old baby
  • Teaching modelling techniques and being a model
  • Hearing Gav Hoey talk at Highcliffe Camera Club – third or fourth time I have heard him talk, and I love seeing how he takes an image and develops it live – this time round I was amazed at how easy it all seemed – which shows I have come along way.. still discovered something new though!

Year Two – December

I am done… for now…

My journey is not complete, but my view has changed, two years ago I started the blog to develop my photography, learn new skills and share my journey …  now my photography, marketing and design business have taken off, my photography skills are opening up doors to new opportunities and my view point and influences are changing…

I may still share occasional posts, but more often that not I am being involved in commercial work and assignments, so it is best to follow my facebook page – www.facebook.com/RenoufDesign and that is where my focus will be … thanks for sharing my journey….

Highlights from December include:

  • My 2016 theme project on the colour yellow
  • Photographing Christmas
  • More portraits
  • Designs and marketing



Year Two – My Collection – Yellow

My year with yellow… the story behind my yellow collection can be found here. It has been an ongoing project and a journey into themed photography as part of  #AYearWithMyCamera challenge, there is a chance you have seen some of the photos before as I have added them to my “my yellow collection” but some of them may be completely new – all were taken with the concept that they would include yellow …

My collection of Yellow
The Golden Sun - this moment was amazing and only lasted for a second or two...
The Golden Sun – this moment was amazing and only lasted for a second or two…
6 / 366 Coffee lens shot glass and biscuits. Still live image
A yellow cricket photographed during a studio session.
Coldplace live at Mrkyps
ColdPlay – Live Gig
Getting closer
Getting closer – tree frog and daffodils
Sunset at Highcliffe
Sunset at Highcliffe
Studio lighting – Yellow flowers with softbox overhead
Directed off camera flash on my dining table
Marmite – mmm
Just the flowers
A Little Egret with fish in the evening sun
ISO100, F2.8, 1/160 - increased the exposure
ISO100, F2.8, 1/160 – Berberis Darminii – increased the exposure
Yellow Gorse in Flower a short walk from home – April 2016
Abstract – Oil and Water
Furzey Gardens and some yellow flowers – underexposed to darken the background.
Summer Leaves
A walk along the beach capturing all things yellow!
Garden Birds - ISO3200, F5.6, 1/1250sec
Garden Birds – ISO3200, F5.6, 1/1250sec
ISo100, F1.8, 1/8000sec
ISO100, F1.8, 1/8000sec – Yellow Buttercups
More flowers – this time welcoming people to my home town.

Sticking to the flower theme, sunflowers in August.

In close - ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec
In close – ISO200, F3.5, 1/1250 sec
Joint Excercise with Lymington Coastguard, Lymington RNLI and th
Joint Exercise with Lymington Coastguard, Lymington RNLI and the Fire Service – waiting in yellow!
Yellow Smoke - ISO100, F14, 1/160sec
Yellow Smoke – ISO100, F14, 1/160sec
One of my father in laws first cameras, taken with a high iso for the room light.
ISO800, F4, 1/500sec
Combined image of flower and frost!
Christmas Lights in Southampton
Christmas Lights in Southampton

In 2017 I will be creating another collection inspired by the Pantone Colour of the year for 2017!


Today I received my copy of the Royal Photographic Society Digital Imaging Group, Projected Image Competition magazine in the post and sat down to look at the images, well I will admit I sat at the table and moaned, I looked at the poor presentation of the winning images – the top two images were printed so that they went across the fold of the page and key elements of the photos were hidden in the fold – as the photographer I would have been gutted – as a graphic designer, I cringed that someone could get it soo wrong and if only they changed the page layout so the photo was showcased on one side and the text on the other…. Continue reading

Year Two – November

Time is going to fast… but I have had an amazing month, the blog is going to have to slow down next year … but I am now loving my photography more and more…. highlights this month include:

  • Puppies
  • Portrait Shoots
  • Weddings and meeting one of the UK’s leading Wedding photographers
  • Autumn Landscapes
  • Remembrance parade with my facebook page going nut with over 5,000 views.
  • Photography moments with friends
  • Invites to Canon Professional Events
  • Night event photography


Year Two (138) – Floral Design

Something a little different, today I liked at design from a different perspective that of a florist, and to get a greater understanding into what makes a beautiful arrangement, in this case a Christmas wreath, and captured some images of my finished attempt. Continue reading

Year Two (137) – Night time Gigs & Christmas Lights

Low light, live music, crowds, flash, and it all narrow down to great evenings capturing amazing moments in the build up to Christmas and the challenge of realising how important it is to get the settings right in camera and to have the right equipment for the job in hand. Continue reading