Onwards Into A New Year

09th January 2012

The post festive lull, when things go very quiet and I can afford myself a little time to think and plan ahead for the future. This time of year also gives me a little more time to shoot simply for my own pleasure and to do a bit more of those other things I enjoy, finding more time to spend with my family or just to get out on one of my bikes and get some fresh air and exercise.
Shooting purely for the pleasure of it has already figured in my activites so far this year with a visit to one of my favourite stretches of the Northumberland coast at Dunstanburgh Castle. That visit not only produced some rewarding images as the rising sun bathed the sky with glorious warm colours but it gave me a little time to think how I can expand the services I offer as a photographer.

Whilst wedding and portrait commissions remain the core of my professional activities with the more creative performing arts work as my niche I aim to draw further on my extensive experience with the camera. Before I turned freelance I was, for many years, a keen hobbyist with a particular interest in landscape images. Also being a parent has meant that my photographic skills have provided some great images of my two children growing up and having fun in the great outdoors, even something as simple as pond dipping at the local woods can provide timeless images to cherish forever. There is an art however to capturing such images and adding a little extra sparkle and it's something which can be done with almost any camera, one just needs to know the techniques and to dare to take control of the settings, moving away from the auto settings which merely try to capture an average image. It's with this in mind that I hope to offer tutorials ranging from basic camera handling through to taking control of manual settings to the finer points of composition and landscape technique.
Whilst you may need a few pieces of specialist equipment to capture images like these.....

It takes nothing more than an understanding of how a camera records the light to produce something like this......

And for an alternative family shot with a little added sparkle it takes nothing more than use of manual control and knowing where to point the camera

And for those who'd rather let the photographer take the effort the above landscape images are available as prints and canvases in a range of sizes, simply contact me for details.

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