Sunday, 20 July 2014

GoPro 3+ Black Edition

Last year I came 2nd place in Park Cameras imaging festival and won a Nikon D5200, well you won't believe it I came 2nd this year as well and only bagged my self a big juicy Gopro 3+ Black Edition.

This is the picture that won 2nd place



I went along with my daughter to Park Cameras today to collect my Prize from Store supervisor Shaun Allen.

Here I am with my daughter accepting my prize from Shaun


On our way out my daughter took a picture of me outside Park Cameras store as a memento


I want to say a big thank you to Park Cameras and GoPro for the amazing prize and another thankyou to Park Cameras who offer an amazing service as this is where I buy most of my camera gear, I really appreciate the personal touch, getting great advice and info and products.

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Also make sure you check out GoPro's website for some amazing products

When I got home I done an unboxing video on YouTube so check that out below






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Monday, 14 July 2014

PhotoSEL 35x140cm strip softbox

The ball is rolling again and I have finally done another YouTube video.
My latest video is me unboxing and erecting my new PhotoSEL 35x140cm Strip softbox.
Putting together softboxes can be quite daunting at first which is why I did this instructional video to help others who may feel overwhelmed or unsure.
Whether you have a square softbox or a strip softbox the basic building principle is the same so check out my video which is a bit further down this page.
The other reason for this video is to share some technical information and a price comparison between PhotoSEL which is an affordable way into photographic accessories compared to a leading brand like Bowen's which is known for pure quality but at a price.
At the time of my video I checked out some prices

PhotoSEL 35x140cm strip softbox with honeycomb grid £78
http://goo.gl/54J2hB

Lumiair Strip 140
Lumiair Strip 140
Bowen's 40x140cm Lumiair strip 140 £192
Lumiair Strip 140
http://goo.gl/Xkbxvp
Bowen's 40x140cm soft egg crate £239
http://goo.gl/XvDU1D
Bowen's total = £431

That's a saving of £353 for one strip softbox with honeycomb grid/soft egg crate which is a phenomenal difference.
As an amateur I can't justify paying the Bowen's price for a softbox so can't offer a comparison with regards to quality.
I am also in no way taking anything away from Bowen's which is a very high quality and recognized  leading brand and owned by professionals the world over, I am just looking at a cheaper alternative allowing photographers like myself the opportunity to own and use equipment normally owned by  professional photographers.




The PhotoSEL strip softbox also comes in a smaller size the 22x90cm so if you are tight for space or don't need the full size you have the smaller one as an option.
The ring mount of the PhotoSEL is the 's' mount so is compatible with many brands of strobes like Bowen's, Interfit, Elemental etc.

I have 2 of these strip softboxes which I will be testing soon and when I do I will post the results on my blog so you can see for yourselves if the quality matches the price, but I have to say already at this price you really can't go to wrong.

I would also like to add I am in no way affiliated with PhotoSEL I am just sharing my experiences and opinions with anyone interested.

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

National Camera Day

Hi everyone
As you may have seen I have been away for a while dealing with life and family matters amongst other pressing issues.
Things aren't perfect but I am now in a position to move forward in life so will be starting everything up again including my blog, my website, Flickr and YouTube so watch this space.



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Apparently its National Camera Day so celebrate by getting out your camera, taking pictures and posting the results.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Brighton and Hove Calender 2014

In 2012 I was approached by North Laine photography who considered one of my pictures for Brighton and Hove's 2013 calender, alas my picture didn't get in due to it not fitting the theme required for that year.
2012 went and 2013 came and once again I was contacted by Nigel swallow from North Laine Photography to be considered once more to appear in the calender.
I waited with bated breath until I finally got the fabulous news saying my picture had made it into the 2014 edition of this wonderful calender.

Brighton and Hove Calender 2014
 My picture of the Chattri war memorial with star trails and plane trails made Novembers top shot with a high glossy page all to itself.
I just wanted to say what a great honor it is to be chosen out of thousands of pictures and included in such a great product that will be in thousands of homes across the country and world.
I also want to say a big thank you to the creator of this project Nigel swallow who put's this together every year giving local people and photographers the chance to share their work and be a part of something special.

Great Job Nigel :)

Help to support this great project and keep it going for years to come by visiting the link below and purchasing this high quality calender stuffed full of amazing pictures in and around Brighton and Hove.
Brighton and Hove Calender 2014

This calender can be shipped worldwide and bought in multiple quantities so what are you waiting for :)

You can also pick up the calender amongst other amazing products from the seasonal stalls.
  • Outside Snoopers Paradise, 7-8 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL.
  •  By Natwest Bank, Churchill Square, Brighton, BN1 2RG.
  •  City Books, 23 Western Rd, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1AF.
You can also check out how I took the picture on my Flickr page 
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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Shaw Harley Davidson


This is one for all those motorbike fans as well as my photographer followers as I had the privilege of spending the day at Shaw Harley Davidson in Golden Cross, Sussex courtesy of the dealer principle Steven Willis.
A big thank you to Steven for allowing me to come along with all my equipment and a big thank you to all your amazing staff who made me feel welcome and helped by moving bikes around and letting me take pictures of them.

My first port of call was the front of the showroom to get some pictures of the outside with the famous Harley Davidson logo with it's iconic shape and orangey colour.
I took some long exposures to make the use of the cloudy sky streaming past the showroom, I then converted to mono to add drama but wanted to keep the orange of that cool sign so colour popped it back in.

Shaw Harley Davidson

Another few pictures from the front before moving on.









Next I moved around the sides of the building looking for new angles and bikes and even though the sky was a bit bland I managed to get a few shots to add to my list of pictures.







Next on my list was the custom workshop so took some shots inside and out using various lenses capturing not only the bikes but the guys inside working their magic on these amazing machines.

Outside The Custom Workshop





Inside The Custom Workshop









After chatting with the guys and watching them work I decided to head into the warehouse where the bikes were stored.
The warehouse was a great opportunity to try out some strobist stuff  due to the choice of fantastic custom bikes and the available space to set up.
After checking out Harley Davidson's website I noticed a lot of their bike shots were on white backdrops which is great for product shots and advertising giving a nice clean finish,  I like to do things different and experiment so mixed it up a bit with some creativity on the fly.

I set up my black velvet backdrop using my background support then asked the warehouse guys to place a motorbike in front of it.
I didn't move the bikes myself as they were huge and I felt like I would have dropped them.
In fact they were so big my backdrop was 6ft wide and still wasn't wide enough so had to use photographic skills to combat this.
I used all my flashguns creatively to get some cool and fun shots to get pictures like this.

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne
This bike actually belongs to Shane 'Shakey' Byrne who is the 2003, 2008 and 2012 British superbike champion.
This shot combined the use of four flashguns.
Left and right of the bike just out of shot where 2 x Jessops 360 AFD's on stands, 1/2 power.
In front of the camera on a floor stand was a yongnuo 560 II, 128th power.
In the motorcycle helmet was a Nikon SB600 with a green gel, 1/4 power.
All flashguns where fired via my yongnuo RF602 trigger and receivers.

As you can see the black backdrop and selective lighting has given this a nice dynamic and dark feel to it.

Here is the same bike with a slightly different lighting set up.
I placed two flashguns on the floor behind the wheels illuminating them from the back which has created some nice floor shadows.

Another cool Harley which I chose as I loved the colour.
I placed a flashgun on the floor behind the front wheel with a yellow gel in keeping with the bike colour.

I ran out of time at this point and had to pack up my gear but enjoyed every moment of it.

Check out Shaw Harley Davidson's website and make sure you stop by their showroom to be amazed with some amazing pieces of machinery.
Their address can be found on their website.

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Nikon Presentation

Some fantastic news, I was told I won second place in Park Camera's Imaging festival competition and the theme was 'Summer'.

Here is the winning picture which is of my daughter in a rapeseed field.



It was a lovely surprise getting the e-mail as I forgot all about the competition.
I was invited to Park Cameras to receive my prize which was presented to me by Store supervisor Shaun Allen.
The prize was a Nikon D5200 with Nikon 18-55 kit lens.

Here is a picture of me and my daughter accepting the prize from Shaun Allen with my daughter holding a copy of the winning picture.


I want to thank everyone at Park Cameras and Nikon for this wonderful prize which will mostly act as a video camera to film my upcoming YouTube video's.

Here is my YouTube video of me unboxing this camera.



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Monday, 1 July 2013

Long Exposure Photography

Even though I love doing quirky portraits my long exposure pictures seem to be amongst my most popular shots on Flickr.
For this reason I have made a video to show what equipment I use and how I get the shots I do.
Included in the video is the equipment I use, how to do a custom white balance in camera to correct colour casts for 10 stop filters and me down the beach putting all these things into practice with a picture at the end from the beach itself.

Doing videos is very very new to me so is a big learning curve, sometimes the lighting might not be right or the sound quality may not be very good in places.
I want to apologize for the sound of the beach part of the video due to me using the built in microphone of my Nikon D7100 which has picked up the howling wind.
I am in the process of getting an external microphone that plugs into my D7100 which will hopefully improve audio quality indoors and out, so bare with me.




 

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