Look this way big fella! It's like herding cats... I tend to think of wildlife portraits as finding the essence of an animal. Just like human portraits, taking animal portraits follows a lot of the same rules with a few major differences. Whilst you'll have the [...]
"What's that?" I hear you say. Chiaroscuro is an Italian word which literally means "bright-dark". It's an artistic term used to describe the use of strong contrasts between light and dark areas to enhance the 3D modelling of the subject and create drama. And I love [...]
A good photograph must grab the viewer's attention. That usually means that the subject of the photo mustn't have to fight with a lot of other distracting stuff in the frame. If there's one thing that kills a photo immediately, it's having a cluttered background. The eye likes things [...]
As some of you may know, my two daughters are Irish dancers, even though we haven't an Irish bone in our bodies. It came to pass that Irish Dancing Magazine wanted a cover shoot of one of the girls' fellow dancers, Molly McAdam at the Kelly Hendry Studios. I [...]
The D3200 captures lovely tones throughout this image of Isabella Jake's sand castle gets the hoof - shot with the help of a bit of pop-up flash I know the D3200 isn't a particularly recent camera - indeed if it was, I wouldn't have bought it [...]
It's not all nature photography: I'm delighted to see the photos of the lovely people at LD:NorthEast from the October shoot are now up on their new web site: dev.ldne.org.uk.
What's with the long face! Horse portraiture (of the horses themselves and with their owners) is something I've been thinking about doing for quite some time. I've admired the work of photographers such as Tim Flach and Matthew Seed and wanted to get away from the standard look of event photography in [...]
And now for something completely different! A portrait of my good friend, Martin yesterday. I don't often do portraits, but love the challenge of studio lighting every now and then.
CALLING ALL NINJAS!! We're doing another professional photo-shoot at BSBB on 11 Nov. Mini dragons, kids, adults, ladies, gents, weapons and winners from the World Champs (steady on guys!) welcome. See this page or posters at BSBB for details. Could be a great Christmas present idea! Geri Sword changing a light bulb [...]
Just done a studio session with ex Newcastle footballer, Robbie Elliot and Phil Gray, Ironman triathlete. They're doing a mammoth 3,500 mile bike ride in October to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Here are two of the pics, one or both of which will be in FourFourTwo [...]