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This blog will not just have examples of my photography. There will also be technique articles and a variety of musings. This will be my fourth blog, returning to a Wordpress one for its ease of use taking priority over the slow loading time.

Digital photo processing options

In this age of digital photography there are many software options for processing and outputting your images and it can be difficult to find a pathway through. Note my use of the term ‘images’, therefore covering both photography and digital art. It used to be that you’d take your film to the local chemist or photo store and pick up your prints a few days later. Alternatively you’d drop the envelope in the post box and await the thud as […]

Selection of Frequently Asked Questions concerning Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras, lenses etc.

My preparing these details on frequently asked questions regarding the Nikon Z6 & Z7 was prompted by the same questions and errors being repeatedly posted in a Facebook group dedicated to the Nikon Z cameras. Not only were the same questions being asked but many of them are clearly covered in the User Manual and Reference Manual. My hope was that in putting this together people might read this before posting the same question yet again. Also, by having ‘correct’ […]

Lymelight Festival 2019

I was able to get along to the Saturday morning / afternoon of this year’s Lymelight Festival in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Stage photos at this time tend to be a bit bland since the stage lighting makes no impact on the lighting on the performers. The music performed was of varying genres with performances by: Kira Mac, Charlotte Bettson. Millie May, The BlueYellows, Aaron Mobberley and friends, Helena Raby, Jay Johnson, Adam Finney and Fat Lip.

AWDC event in an old gravel pit between Weston Coyney and Dilhorne – 22/04/19

I’d intended to go to the Crich Tram museum 1940s day but the glorious sunny weather meant that getting some decent portrait style images would be rather difficult. Too bright / contrasty and, probably, too many people. Mulling this over whilst out for a run I changed my route to see if an event that I passed between Weston Coyney and Dilhorne on Saturday was still going on. It was. Quick check with someone about being able to take photos […]

Nikon Z7 – the new Mirrorless camera

Well, courtesy of Calumet / WEX in Manchester I have now handled a pre-production Nikon mirrorless Z7, 24-70 and FTZ adapter with firmware v1.00 and battery EN-EL15B. You might want to skip the next part, it is an introduction to some of the ‘internet concerns’. Skip to my hands-on experience. Since it’s formal announcement there has, not surprisingly, been a lot of internet / social media chat about Nikon’s new series of ‘full frame’ mirror less cameras. Some of the […]

Revisiting my past: Matlock

Revisiting my past: Matlock Subtitle: And failing to do so. I decided a while ago that I’d try to revisit places of my youth before either they change too much or I forget about aspects of the place. The obvious first one for me to do was Matlock. Significantly the closest and the second shortest place that I have ‘lived’. In the 1980s I did my Teacher training at Matlock College of Further and Higher Education. During my time there […]

GPUK 36

The stare down photos and first 7 bouts of GPUK 36 are on Facebook. Alas, Facebook wanted me to do a captcha for any subsequent uploads.

6 Towns 1 City Carnival 2018

This was my first 6 Towns 1 City Carnival for a few years. The last few years I had an event or Wedding on the Saturday so my Sunday focus was getting those photos processed and delivered. My first experience of the carnival was a very wet one if it wasn’t raining then it had only just stopped and it would soon restart. This year was the opposite. Sheltering in the trees was to get out of the blazing hot […]

Blists Hill Steampunk 2018

After their finding online some of my images from last year’s Steampunk Weekend at Blists Hill, Ironbridge Museum got in touch with me and asked if they might use the images in their publicity. My images had a ‘different’ quality to them than others they’d seen. Some of that would be down to the fact that it was a blue sky and intense sun day. I had with me a ProFoto B2 set with some modifiers that included the recently […]

Photography networking in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

In 2009 there were some active photography networking groups on Purestorm and Flickr that focused on off-camera flash and on location model photoshoots in Staffordshire with many of the people based around Stoke. In August I ventured to The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham for a ‘meet-up’. I didn’t know anyone who was going to be there or what to expect. It was all we to me. The main organiser of that event was Duane Barratt. It was an enjoyable […]

The Societies Competition – Highly Commended

The Societies monthly competition is an International competition that is judged by people who have earned need their living from photography. There are a variety of categories that reflect the broad genres that The Societies caters for. Originally it was the SWPP – Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers. When I first entered there were three categories of awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold. This has changed to just Highly Commended and Gold. Every few months the Highly Commended awards are […]

ProFoto A1 flash

When the ProFoto A1 was launched there was a mixed response. There were people who just looked at the headline price tag and ridiculed. There were people who just looked at the power rating. There were immediate comparisons made to a variety of ‘cheap as chips’ and not quite so cheap Chinese designed and manufactured flash units. There were also some who openly welcomed its introduction. I had become fed up of endless AA ‘battery’ charging, changing and storing. ( […]

The Photography Show 2018

Well, that’s The Photography Show 2018 finished now. For the second consecutive year my first train was late. This time though it didn’t result in my getting there an hour later than I intended. I was equipped to take some photos of the Comicon people, hence my getting there for just after 9am despite the Photography Show opening at 10am. The NEC had added an extra S-bend to the Comicon entrance and were doing their best to not allow photographers […]

GPUK 34 – MMA

The GPUK series of events are Cage fighting /  MMA events and, as you might have guessed, this was the 34th one. The GPUK part is Gladiator Promotions UK, organised by Ross Pointon of Gladiator Gym. Most of them have been held in what was Fiction and is now Sankey’s in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. The part that was JJs or Jumping Jacks is used. Below is a selection of images from the event.

Exhibition 2018

My local Library, Blythe Bridge, has an exhibition space that can be booked a month at a time. I had booked it for March and was intending to put the Exhibition up on Friday evening. This was instead of the Saturday morning due to the Spring Fair they have on Saturday. With all of the snow we have it might be more of a pre-spring fair. Just as I was putting my gloves on to head out for the station […]

Unethical use of workshop photographs

In various photographer / model forums and Facebook groups I frequently see ‘portfolio building’ workshops for photographers and these, to my mind, often result in unethical advertising. Photographs taken with models and completely different time constraints do not give a true picture of the quality of photography that might be delivered to a potential client. When it is from a workshop when, in many cases, the photographer just has to hold the camera and press the shutter, this is even […]

Using Lastolite perspective backgrounds

Trying things out on paid jobs isn’t ideal since you have to know that you will ‘deliver the goods’. One of those many facets of being a professional photographer. When a friend asked for some help with some dance group photos for the programme cover that she was doing I saw the opportunity for me to try out the Lastolite mini-perspective and ‘creative’ backgrounds that I’d had for a while but, apart from the smoke one, hadn’t really used. After […]