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Friday, 13 July 2012

Beginners Guide to Photographing Pets.

When we first start out into the world of photography, one of the first things we do is photograph our pets. I can remember my first attempt at snapping my dog, it resulted in many blurry pictures, dirty knees and a big slobber mark across the lens!

Pets are much harder to photograph than people, mainly because with people you can pose them, tell them where to stand, tell them to move slightly, and more importantly get them to stay still.

With animals the key is to be able to get to there level, shoot directly at them rather than looking down on them. The trouble with this is, as soon as you get down on your knees the animal will probably want to come and say hello.

Below are a few hints and tips that i have picked up along the way.

Tip 1 - Toys & Treats

All dogs and cats love a toy or a treat. If you give a dog a treat, chances are it will forget everything else that is going on around you and you will be able to move away from it and grab some shots.

Tip 2 -  Timing

Another great time to photograph cats and dogs is when they are sleeping. My cat will quite happily sleep for 23 hours a day, so I can get many opportunities to get some nice close up shots when its either asleep or just woken up and is pretty chilled out. Dogs are the same, wait till its asleep, take a few shots, and then give a little squeak on its toy or shout its name, you can then get a couple of shots where its very alert with its ears pricked up.

Tip 3 - Get Some Help

Having someone to occupy the dog will also really help. You can get them to make it sit, play with it, make it run around etc. This again will draw the attention away form you.

Tip 4 - Focusing

Two areas of focusing that you need to watch. Firstly you need to make sure that you are not shooting on a to shallow depth of field. Yes you may want to blur the background, but you also want to keep some detail in the animal, if you have a dog and you focus on the eyes, if you are shooting on maybe f2.8 or lower, you may find that the nose is already out of focus.
The other area of focusing that you need to watch is if you are after some action shots. change your focusing mode to 'continuous' rather than 'one shot' this will enable your camera to continuously re focus if the distance changes between you and the subject.

Tip 5 - Flash

Flash can cause many problems when dealing with pets. Just like humans, there eye colour will be effected so its always best to avoid using it where possible. the other problem of using it is of cause it will distract the animal. Much better to use natural light, and if you are experiencing slow shutter speeds then raise the ISO up until we get to a more suitable speed.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Luke + Heidi = Married | Weston Park

Back in June I was lucky enough to be asked to cover the wedding of Luke and Heidi at Weston Park Golf Club. I really like this venue, and it has some great photo opportunities.

The day started off with a few shots of the groom and grooms men whilst we waited the arrival of the bride.
The ladies all arrives in style in their vintage cars.

After the ceremony it was non stop partying! Including a pianist who got everyone having a sing, and then later in the evening the disco started and the dance floor was constantly full.

Great wedding and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it.

Wishing both of them many happy years together.

Also just want to say a big thank you to Richard Evans of Sox Photography for Helping me out on the day.

Here are some of my favourite images from the day.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Bentley GT Continental GTV8

A few weeks ago now I was invited to spend the day with Automotive Journalist Carlton Boyce at Milbrook Proving ground in Bedford. What a fantastic day it was too!
I will be posting more work from the day but the images that have had the most attention are the series I done on the new Bentley GT Continental GTV8. What a machine! There is just something about the car, I was expecting it to feel a bit like an old mans car, something that I might one day own and only use when I couldn't be bothered to use my free OAP buspass. But its not like that at all.

The interior is beautiful,  and something that I wasn't expecting, quite sporty! Although they have kept the prestige feel to it by including some lovely little push and pull air vent knobs, and the little dash clock. I could certainly feel at home behind the wheel!

The trouble with the car is, if I did own one, I don't think it would be very long before I crashed it. This isn't down to the 4 litre, twin turbo, 500bhp engine, but because I would spend every second I was driving it looking in the wing mirror at its beautifully crafted rear quarter panel!

Anyway, here are a few more of my favourite pictures from the shoot.

Stunning family shoot at the wonderful Dunston Hall Hotel

A few weeks ago I met up with this gorgeous people at Dunston Hall Hotel for a Family / Pre wedding shoot.
Its only a few weeks now until I will be seeing them again when they tie the knot at Dunston in early August.
The purpose of this shoot was to get a series of images so that they could then choose one for their signature board.

Really looking forward to catching up with them again in a couple of weeks!
Here's some of my favourites from the shoot.