Processing Styles

I recently took some photos for Hot Numbers Coffee in Cambridge. Having looked at their branding and website, I wanted to edit these differently to my usual style to compliment the ones they were already using. I've chosen three photos that I hope show the difference. Left: Unedited RAW file straight from camera. Centre: My 'usual' - a contrast, white balance, saturation and exposure boost. Right: Less exposure, decreased blacks and faded shadows. See the original blog post here. ...

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Sun, Sea, Sand and Safari

A few favourites from a brilliant honeymoon. Hannah left me in charge of the itinerary and location, as long as a safari was included in there somewhere. I was very impressed it was kept a secret right up until we got to the airport. After many many hours of internet search, the combination of South Africa and the Seychelles seemed perfect (helped by an excellent deal on flights from Etihad!). Cameras: Canon 5D Mark III, 24-105mm f4 L, 50mm f1.4 & Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX HSM. Also used a Leica D-Lux 5 compact. Shot in RAW and processed using Lightroom and VSCO...

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Free your photos!

It's easy to take thousands of photos at every possible moment. But then what do you do with them? A couple get uploaded to Facebook and Twitter, but then they're soon forgotten, sat on your phone or computer gathering digital dust. The Phlib (short for Photo Liberation) is a brilliant invention that lets you display your prints easily and professionally. If you're like me, one of the main reasons you don't print as many photos as you would like to is that there are just too many to choose from. The Phlib lets you change the prints as often as you like...

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Rescuing your lost or accidentally deleted photos

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve just come back from an amazing holiday, remembered some of my tips, and are excited to see the photos you’ve taken. You go to look at your pictures and get that sinking feeling, your photos aren’t there. The next few minutes are spent randomly pressing buttons and shouting various expletives! From the number of friends ringing me and asking for help it seems this is more common than I thought, but the good news is all is not lost! Whether you have pressed 'delete all' or 'format memory card' by mistake, or get...

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Merry Christmas 2012!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2013. Here's the Christmas card design for this year. I knew I wanted to use sparklers to make a Christmas Tree, but wasn't sure how. Hannah and I started by using a torch to see how they came out before moving on to the sparklers. I thought you might all like to see how we ended up with the final design...

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London 2012 Olympics

After seven years of talking about it they're finally here! London has been gripped with Olympic fever and TeamGB are doing fantastically well. I have been lucky enough to get into the Olympic Park and see some Basketball and Table Tennis. Looking forward to the Paralympics to see events in the amazing Stadium and Aquatics Centre. Here's a few of my favourites so far (mainly consisting of the rings, logos and flags!). Think this is my favourite, the Park looks amazing with all the flowers in bloom. With the Olympic Stadium behind and a bit of cloud to add texture to...

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Cuba | Old Classic American Cars | Beautiful Architecture | Sun, Sea, Sand & Mojitos!

Wow! What a holiday! I have wanted to go to Cuba for about five years and finally got there. It lived up to my expectations and much more. I did of course mainly take photos of the beautifully kept old cars and amazing architecture. After travelling around Havana, Vinales in the west and then down to Trinidad in the south, we headed to the all-inclusive luxury of Varadero for proper relaxation. Hannah took a sneaky one of me. Tip: notice I have crouched down to get a low angle and am shooting directly into the sun. I know this is counter-intuitive...

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Photo Tips | Try a different angle.

With the summer holidays fast approaching for many of you, I thought a holiday tip would be useful. Here's a couple of ways you could create some interesting images, rather than coming back with lots of "snaps". Think about different angles and have a clear focal point. Take this first photo, taken standing up at my eye level. It's pretty flat and boring. Here I have moved the horizon down to improve the composition and get more of the mountains and sky in. Or, to focus on the paddy, I have gone for a vertical shot and knealt right down to get...

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18th Birthday Party Photos

Here are a few favourites from Matija & Thomas' joint 18th birthday party. I set up the studio lights at the entrance of the marquee for red carpet arrival portraits for an hour then walked around inside to get some more informal photos of everyone enjoying themselves. There was a fantastic atmosphere, and Fitzherbert Discos had a very cool DJ and lighting setup. As a few of you probably know from my wedding first dance photos, I'm quite a fan of the slow-shutter-lots-of-lights-swirling-around type images. The more technical term is "dragging the shutter". This is where flash is used in combination...

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