Category Archives: photographic courses

Get it right!

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A simple photo of my much loved camera used on Ebay to advertise that it is for sale. Dramatic lighting is unnecessary as its main function is to show potential buyers exactly what they will get should they win the auction. This is a colour digital photograph (Look carefully and you should see some red triangles and numbers on the lens barrel) that has completely neutral tones. If this doesnt appear to be the case it might be that your colour monitor is incorrectly adjusted.

The camera sold for a good price.

De Stijl Reitveld chair photo

I have a lot of experience photographing furniture, antiques, and art objects of various kinds. One of my short course lighting students was also the MD of a furniture company and a very keen photographer. He had a space that was under used in his factory that was just large enough to photograph most  of the things that were made there.  They were fairly large pieces of furniture:arm chairs and three or four seater settees designed for hotel use. I made a factory visit to test the practicality of using the space (it was just large enough) and did some test lighting and exposures.

An unexpected important sales enquiry created an urgent need for a set of high quality photographs of a range of upholstery work. Day to day business pressures prevented the director from doing the work himself so a quick phone call got me involved and the photographs were taken and processed by the end of the week. What started as a one day introduction to studio lighting for his product range developed into an actual studio in the factory and another job for me.

Photography always takes a lot more time than most people think. There are very few short cuts. Automatic cameras have an unfortunate way of not providing the goods when pictures are  viewed in a ver sepecific way.

An open letter to Sam about colour problems on websites

Dear Sam,

Thanks for an enjoyable day helping you sort out better ways of photographing cake decorations for use on your employers website.
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Using studio Flash:turorial for lighting course.

One light + reflector

For the second lesson, for my lighting course students, lets still keep things very simple and only use one of the flash units again.

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Short course projects

Photographic Course projects

Ideas for photographers to work on as a followup to one day courses run at my Stokenchurch studio or for other courses in photography.

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Learning digital photography

I have had a lot of requests from people who have  acquired, or are intending to acquire, their first digital camera. Especially from older people who still have a film camera lying around. Most are shocked when they open the little book that comes with the camera and they have to face a seeming huge range of complexities. Learning digital photography from a base in film photography isn’t so very difficult.

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