Teaching photography - Alnwick Gardens

June 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I also have a real passion for teaching, well teaching photography to be specific!  I work for Going Digital as well as doing weddings etc etc.  Last weekend saw myself and some students visit Alnwick Gardens in Northumberland to do Close up and Macro Photography.

the gardens were looking beautiful albeit, they weren't quite in full bloom and the Cherry blossom had passed.  But there was still lots of photo opportunities and with a bunch of enthusiastic students we set off around the gardens.

Many beautiful photographic opportunities as we spent time finding the perfect flowers for close up and macro photography.

    

 


All in a weekend....

March 17, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

This weekend saw me photograph a wedding, a corporate presentation night and a christening! 

The Wedding - Friday
So the wedding was at Preston Park Hall near Stockton in Teesside, UK.  The sun shone but the wind blew very hard!  Had to take care of my bride to ensure she got some great photos but not with messy hair...easier said than done!  In the end it all worked out perfectly as the wind dropped just enough to allow some outdoor photos.  I was putting my new Canon 5D4 through its paces and it didn't let me down.  It eased into all the challenges of the day, low light, shade, bright sunshine and wind.

 

The Corporate Presentation Night - Saturday
Darlington Building Society held their annual presentation evening at Hardwick Hall.  The room was themed as Alice In Wonderland and looked fab!  The staff all seemed to enjoy themselves and there were many well deserved presentations giving our during the evening.



The Christening - Sunday
Young George was christening at St Aidens church in Chilton and then a party was held at Chilton Sports and Social Club 

 


Engagement Party for Paul and Johnathan

March 08, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

So honoured to be able to photograph the engagement party for Paul and Johnathan in March 2019 and held at Stockton Cricket Club.  Met them both a few years ago when I photographed a friends of theirs wedding.  Since then I have also photographed Pauls 30th birthday party and now their engagement.




One of the challenges of the night was to get a photo of everyone at the party in one big group!  I gathered everyone on the dance floor with the help of Darren from Darren Brown's Disco.  Always get help with bigger groups...it makes life a little easier!  So the challenge here was to ensure the light was good and that everyone is in focus.  I was using a Canon 5D4 with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens.  I was shooting in Manual with ISO400, 1/200sec and f11.  I bounced my flash off the ceiling and increased the power of the flash to +3.  I did a few test photos and they looked good.  Now to get many many people to look at the camera at the sametime and to smile as well is a challenge in itself!  But I'm proud to say that I nailed it.  


Paul and Johnathan, all the very best to you both for the future. <3


Fireworks

August 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We're heading towards November 5th and the night all photographers dream about getting those amazing rocket photos. So let me help you a little.....

I took these whilst at Disneyland Paris last October. I stood my ground for over two hours to ensure that I had the best possible place to get me the best possible photo. 

I used a simple lightweight tripod and of course a tripod is essential for this type of photo.  I used a Canon 5D MKIII with the 24-105mm f4 L series lens. 

I put my camera into Bulb mode and used a release cable to the shutter.  My ISO was 100 as I wanted the best quality I could get and my aperture was set at f11.  I used a remote to trigger the shutter to ensure I didn't get any camera shake and I anticipated the rockets going up.

For most of my photos I opened the shutter for about a count of 15 seconds, which I counted in my head!  So using the remote, I pressed the shutter open prior to any rockets going up and once they had fully exploded (about 10-15 seconds) I released the button to close the shutter.

The following photos are the result of using the above settings. Quite happy to answer any questions regarding long exposure or getting top quality firework photos.  


I hope this inspires you to get out there to get some awesome firework photos this year...please comment with a link to your photos... (y)


New challenges....always welcome!

August 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

So I was photographing a wedding reception when the groom requested a special shot of hs car positioned outside the front of the hotel.  OK....no tripod and a main road to contend with!  So they got the car in the right position and I got the bride and groom to stand either side of it.  They added that the hotel sign must be in the photo.   So over the road I went to get a wider angle.....lSO was at 400 from memory, in manual with my aperture wide open at f2.8 and a shutter speed at 1/125sec. With a little post wedding editing I reckon it's a pretty good shot.  B&G are happy and that's what matters. 

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