It’s so rare these days that I get to take photos just for personal pleasure. It’s funny because that’s what got me into the photography business in the first place – I enjoy making beautiful landscape and architecture pictures and wanted to make money doing something I enjoy.
Nowadays, my aim is to make enough money with my corporate events photography business to allow me the time to shoot what I enjoy when I’m not working. We’re having such beautiful weather in the North east at the moment that you wouldn’t think it was autumn, so I took advantage of a free afternoon and went with my friend Mariella to take some pictures of Dunstanburgh Castle and the nearby Embleton Bay on the Northumberland coast line.
Read on for more pictures.
With the recent release of the Sigma SD1, I thought it might be a good time to share my experience of Sigma DSLR’s for anyone who may be thinking of buying one or switching systems entirely.
I don’t own an SD1, nor have I tried one but in the past and this is not a review. However, I’ve owned pretty much all other Foevon sensored Sigma cameras from the SD9 & SD10 to the SD14 and the compact cameras DP1 and DP2; in fact, I still own and regularly use the Sigma DP1.
So, I’m back from my holiday and ready for action. I did take my camera with me to Bulgaria but, in the end, I decided to leave it in the hotel safe, otherwise I would have come back with hundreds of photos to edit!
While waiting for the plane home, however, I did have my camera handy and I was feeling kind of minimalist. Here’s what I came out with:
I’m off on holiday to have fun in the sun for a week, so I thought I’d share something fun here so that no-one feels left out!
When I photograph models I try to keep things light and fun, so there’s always a lot of laughter on set. I keep shooting regardless because sometimes you get some gems when the model is not posing for the camera. Of course, a lot of the time you end up with shots that you just can’t use commercially. This series of out-takes from my shoot with model Grace Rutherford is something that I’m considering doing every time I photograph a new model. So watch out Newcastle models!
If you’ve been following me (@theSubtleSensor) on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been busy these past couple of weeks shooting and editing a complete portfolio refresh for London based model, Grace Rutherford.
A shoot like this is quite challenging because we both have to work hard to create a set of very different images. And to make things even more interesting, we only had two days (one in the studio and one on location) to shoot in Newcastle before Grace had to head back down south!
Okay, this is my first ever tutorial. I figured; ‘start with what you know best’, right?
Well, one of my first regular jobs as a photographer was taking photographs of drunk students in Newcastle’s nightclubs. It worked well for me because, at the time, I was also a drunk student and it meant I got to go to the clubs for free. This has its own pitfalls (and I’ll talk a little about that toward the end of the post) but for now; here’s how I do it.
First off, when I talk about nightclubs I’m assuming an environment that’s largely dark and lit only by coloured, roving spotlights or similar. Any environment where the only light is non-white, and constantly moving, counts. I’m not claiming that this is the only way to shoot people in this sort of environment but these are the techniques I use and the things I look out for. Hopefully this’ll be useful and will help you improve your club photography.
As you may or may not know, I am part of a new photographic collective called Freelance North Photography. We intend to take over the world, obviously, and we’re content to start with Newcastle. I digresshowever, recently we decided to book a day at Mayfield Studio and did some individual and collaborative photographs.
I snapped a few headshots of local model, Sarah Jones, toward the end of the day. Here they are for your viewing pleasure: Continue reading
If you’ve been following my blog, then you’ll know that I’ve been doing some new promo pictures for The Little Yogi, aka Jambo Truong.
Jambo is an Integrated Health Consultant specialising in (amongst other things) Acupuncture treatments and Yoga classes. He blends Vinyasa Krama and Forrest Yoga, creating funky postures and fresh, modern yoga suitable for the Western body (and mind).
Obviously we wanted to create some images that reflect his style and, as you saw in my last post, I shot Jambo in various locations around Newcastle, which are known for their strong graffiti art. Continue reading
I know, I know its a bit late in the evening. I bet you’ve been waiting all day to see these and had just about given up hope, right?!
Well here they are, just in the nick of time; my pictures as official photographer of the Evolution Festival 2011 from day 2, Sun 29th May at the main, Spillers Stage.
I felt bad about not ordering yesterdays photographs in line with the running order, so I’ve made sure they are in the right order today. See how much I look after you!
As with yesterday, click on the image to enlarge it (lightbox style) and from there you can just scroll through them if you wish.
As promised, I’m uploading some more pictures from the Newcastle upon Tyne, Evolution Festival 2011 weekender. The official Evolution website has more of my photographs (as well as those of the other guys on the team) but their gallery shows only tiny, badly resized pictures, so I thought it would be worthwhile posting some of my shots here.
I hope you like them! Continue reading
If you’ve been following my tweets recently, then you’ll probably be aware that I’ve been photographing Jambo Truong of The Little Yogi. Jambo is an Integrated Health Consultant and offers a wide variety of therapies to enhance your health and wellbeing, including:
- Oriental Body Balance
- Relaxation Techniques
- Yoga Classes
He teaches several yoga classes in Newcastle, using a mixture of Forrest Yoga and Vinyasa Krama to create a style of yoga suited to the stresses experienced by modern day, Western body types.
When Jambo approached me wanting some photographs for a new promotion campaign, he said that he wanted to create some funky, fun pictures using strong yoga postures in gritty urban environments. This is what we have been working on for the last few weeks.
As you may know, me and the lads from Dog Is Dead are the team of official photographers for the Evolution 2011 Festival, which happens every May Bank Holiday weekend. On day 2 this year (Sun, Evolution 2011), I was assigned to cover the acts at the Spillers Main Stage where Example, Tinie Tempah and Plan B were headlining.
Its currently 5am on Monday morning and before I go to bed here are your first pass, exclusive photos.
As you may know, me and the lads from Dog Is Dead are the team of official photographers for the Evolution 2011 Festival, which happens every May Bank Holiday weekend. On day 1 this year (Sat, Evolution 2011), I was assigned to cover the acts at the Baltic Stage where Jamie Woon, Spank Rock and Katy B were headlining.
Its currently 5am on Sunday morning and before I go to bed I’ll post a few shots as an exclusive first pass of the event.