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Trying to stay creative

Today’s post is all about finding ways in which to improve.
In my spare time I always try to find inspiration, whether its from blog posts, photography pages, tutorials or just the usual social media sites.

This morning I read a good article which also gave you a short video clip  – Creative ways to photograph Wedding rings. I thought some of these were very clever and the finished product looked stunning. As I’ve already had a go at photographing my wedding rings, I thought I’d try again after having watched this video baring in mind that I don’t own half the stuff this guy was using. I improvised and used what I had and gave it a go.

So my first image, I used two Photosel standing lights, a 4 in 1 reflector and used the silver cover. I had a white tabletop backdrop and a handheld portable led light to add in a bit of extra light. My camera settings were as follows – ISO 100, F3.2 and shutter speed of 1/200. I had a canon 540EZ speedlight and used my 100mm macro lens so I could really home in on the sapphire of my engagement ring. This was my finished product for this particular shot.
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My second image I used all the same lighting, backdrop and reflector. For my bokeh, I used two types of tinsel that I haven’t yet put away from Christmas ( shocking I know ) one blue and one purple to give some nice colour. I also used two silver tablespoons that I positioned quite close to my handheld led light to give off a nice reflection onto the rings. My camera settings were – ISO 100, f2.8, shutter speed 1/200 and the same macro lens.
This was the finished shot .
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As you can see from my photo’s to the ones in the video, I couldn’t quite get the two different sorts of lighting as he used a tungsten light to give that warm look and he had other lighting to which I haven’t yet got. I just wanted to show you that you can still produce quite a good shot even if you don’t always have the right equipment. Its also very good practice for when you do finely get the right lights or props etc.
This is good for me to do as I will be shooting my first wedding in March and I need all the practice and advice going 🙂

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed this little post and hope you’re all having a great Tuesday.
See you next time 🙂

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New Year, New Blog

I haven’t been blogging much and thought I would sort myself out this year, so let me start by saying Happy new year to all of you! I hope you all had a great festive period surrounded by all your loved ones and had a ‘merry’ good time 🙂

This year I need to up my game and keep this blog alive and interesting, so this morning I’ve shifted through my site and am starting fresh.

I’ve had quite a few things happen over the past few months. We went to New York for 2 weeks – AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING ( post to follow )
I recently got a part time job to help bring in some money. Its working in a bakehouse that has just opened and they specialise in sourdough. WOW, I never realised how good that type of bread is. Kate, my new boss is pretty darn good with her hands and can really whip up some great bread and cakes!
I’ve been keeping busy with my camera, not really client based but just for my benefit. I try to keep myself motivated as much as I can. Whether it’s going out taking photo’s or setting up my lights etc at home. Its all good practice 🙂
One major thing that happened late last year which I feel extremely proud of is that I entered a competition for a local newspaper in my area. It was for Photographer of the year 2016 and miraculously I came second place!   This is the little fella ….Spider.jpg

I was so incredibly over the moon with this as it was my first competition that wasn’t just for fun through social media.
I haven’t been taking photo’s for that long and to get this printed in a newspaper was a very big moment for me. It gave a me a confidence boost as well. As like most photographers… we very rarely think we are any good :-/

Anyway, I thought I would just give you all a quick catch up with what has been going on the past few months. I shall be more on top of my blog posts this year and hopefully keep you all interested.

Have a great day and I’ll update you all soon 🙂