Loving my MagMods 2

My MagBeam – on the first post #MagMod post … I explained I was yet to give it a try…. today I did …it is my youngest two children’s 18th birthday, any my eldest son brought them a set of miniatures and I thought perfect time to play with the magbeam, a coloured gel and a gobo… Continue reading

June Highlights 2017

What have I been up to in June:

  • A fantastic weekend adventure with photography friends
  • Product shots
  • Football club shoot with over 100 head shots to create in about an hour! Awesome
  • A seal and a 10 at camera club, my first in advanced!
  • A location product shoot
  • A wordart bespoke photo gift.
  • A location model shoot with dragons, smoke and forest heritage!
  • Night photography in summer!
  • New Forest shoot
  • A Surprise Birthday Party
  • Wire Wool photography
  •  A furzey gardens shoot
  • A couple of prom shoots
  • A family shoot
  • And some web design and graphics 🙂

So far a pretty year with so many photo opportunities and so much fun! Continue reading

Midday photoshoot

I recently got to work with an amazing model to create some portfolio images for her –  we decide to meet in the New Forest and at the worst time of day possible – midday in June, when the weather was lovely and sunny.  For me though there was a fantastic opportunity to practice to overcome the lighting conditions to create a variety of images.

Most shots were taken on a 70-200 lens,  with off camera flash either the AD200, the AD360 with the help of a softbox or #Magmods .

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Country girl in the New Forest National Park.

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Photographing people and children in public places

“For much of the last few years, anyone wielding a camera (most notably a large one) risked being viewed as a potential terrorist threat. In response, last summer the Home Secretary Theresa May instructed our police force to adopt a more common sense approach combined with a better understanding of the use and misuse of our terrorism laws. I think there has been an improvement since then and it appears that individuals who are enjoying a spot of picture taking in public are now less likely to be approached by the authorities. But unfortunately the suspicion of terrorism is not the only accusation hurled at photographers. There still remains the possibility that you may be questioned or even threatened by members of the public who believe they know (or can rewrite) the laws under which we all live. This is very much the case when it comes to capturing and publishing images containing minors. Even parents themselves have been poorly treated at times when taking photographs of their own youngsters. Continue reading

May Highlights

The month began with a whole host of new adventures:

  • Theatrical photography
  • A mother and daughter bluebell shoot.
  • London Trip
  • New Born photography
  • 18th Birthday party photoshoot
  • Family location photoshoot with special effects
  • Food Photography

London

A different view of London – 2 days in the capital and a chance to explore a variety of locations all with the G7 camera with the idea to capture to buildings, the moments, and the variety that was on offer, that could offer meaning to me. It was also a chance to visit a bucket list location – the Sky Garden (I would recommend) and some other interesting locations….

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Changing of the Guard

We were lucky enough to see the changing of the guard in London – we did not know it was happening, so this highlight the importance of having a camera in your hand, rather than in your bag – means you can capture the moment and the memory! Continue reading

Loving my MagMods

I have been looking for a while for some MagMods to add to my camera flash units because I really like being able to control light on and off camera and I have come to realise these are pretty amazing accessories to own. I started my collection with a MagSphere and a Mag Grip – both purchased through Amazon Uk with Jack the Hat being the UK supplier. Continue reading

A few days away

I am looking at traveling light with my photography for some events coming up which means abandoning my canon, my lens, my flash and my heavy rucksack and traveling light with just the G7 in my pocket … so on a recent weekend away that is all I used.

I took 120 photos over the weekend – 25 I was happy with – and I discovered a lot, and I know I need to practice some more:

  • I like macro shots with it
  • It works well in low light (inside the church)
  • It has a really wide angle
  • I cant zoom in and get close enough to my subjects at time – and does not compress the landscape enough, but I can crop
  • I love the ability to shoot so much lower than normal
  • My focusing – with the auto screen is off… I am using al servo, but begining to think one shot might be better

There is certainly a different between this and my DSLR, but it is small, descrete, fits in my coat pocket and I think the more I use it and learn its limitations – like any lens offers, the more I will work out what shots it is suitable for.

April Highlights

I can not believe how fast the year is going and how quickly my images are changing and developing as I realise how I love taking photos of people, and creating the images into something a little more… highlights include:

  • Fashion shoot at the beach
  • Puppy photos
  • An invitation to Canon HQ
  • A high Key fashion shoot
  • Children’s photography
  • Teenage fashion shoot
  • Choir photography session and headshots
  • Performance Art Photoshoot
  • Woodland Photography
  • Night Photography with a great group of friends