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So this last 2 weeks has been about getting some time to do some more photography activity. With the new giant flash bendable bounce card Paul Morgan suggested ( Rogue flash bender Large) and a eTTL trigger i've been playing quite a bit more of late - not lots of portfolio photos but still lots o...

21/07/2014 - 1:54 PM

One photo encouraged me

I've had a bit of time in the last week or so to post process some recent pics and have taken a darker twist to them - this may be to compensate for the fact that most of the images were of pretty flowers. Just for a while Photoshop started to feel easier, almost intuitive - that's a new feeling for...

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I seem to have got to a stage (or at least think I have) where producing super photos regularly is still a way off, BUT i seem able to critique some the technical aspects of my photos much better than before. I seem to be struggling to take the next step forward in my improvements and this is actual...


As I seem to be fairly periodic with these blog updates i thought i'd drop one in. The Camera is gathering dust apart from occasional events and shooting the latest cool cake my Mrs bakes. My home projects include DIY & Garden preparing for the spring, and my work projects are key systems upg...

22/01/2014 - 1:06 PM

Busy Christmas, Busy New year

It seems hobby time gets ever scarcer - luckily I've a few invites and events i can prioritise to keep me sane and shoot here and there. What i find more and more is that i need to spend time thinking before shooting - i'm just reactive at the moment and really instead need to be more creative bef...

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26/11/2013 - 1:21 PM

Gone wider not deeper

Itís been a while since blogging last but Iíve been busy not getting better ;) Iíve been trying more of the social and gregarious side of photography with a good few news events and putting myself in new scenarios. A recent exploit was starting this group in surrey [link=www.meetup.com/Woking-St...

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Iíve been quite distracted of late as Iím the IT manager for my company and we have just moved office in London. So lots of late nights and a few weekends; But now we are in the new office and things are settling back to normal. Still a fair bit of home based activity to catch up on Ė DIY and Frien...

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24/04/2013 - 1:03 PM

On the back foot

Iíve become swamped in images I need to process, and have a nice queue of people I could probably shoot if i gave them dates. I even have a costume piece and a project ready to go. But am a good enough photographer ? Ė not yet I think, perhaps too much effort spent processing with what I know means...

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For a while now I've admired the work of a high few impact fashion photographers, and become frustrated with not getting interesting shots of my own. Iíve been machine gunning my shoots and producing loads of images but perhaps not taking ďthe shotĒ that Iíll want to use in a select subset showing t...

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20/03/2013 - 1:24 PM

Taking or Making a photo.

How quickly we all get bored sometimes, I've had a good run of free model TF shoots, but last week had none and loved it for time in the garden as my other hobby. I see people here on ePhotozine who may not publish much but when they do its great and seems to be of much more interest as its not just...

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20/02/2013 - 5:11 PM

Lots of shoots

So Iíve spent the last few weeks doing single and double Saturday shoots with a variety of people and am learning some of my shooting space limitations and trying new ideas too. Iím trying more head & upper body shots as I realise I admire the sharpness and detail of many that do this and I was...

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From doing almost nothing, It now looks like I'm hitting back to back Saturday shoots faster than I can process (yes i know, shoot better, process less ;) - i'm trying ) these look like they will go through Feb and into March. All new new models looking for TFCD including I hope my first Bloke - pr...

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Odd, but i'm just not finding the time to actually process and post photo's at the moment. I've had 3 model shoots and 2 friend shoots but posted almost nothing. Its because I'm expecting to see a good improvement in my photo's with careful processing and a few people have given me a steer as to...

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12/12/2012 - 3:00 PM

Bound by busyness

It seems that being an amateur photographer is severely limited by the absence of large contiguous spans of time, whilst I can steal away a bit here and there finding the time and opportunity to actually do a shoot or a serious piece of editing is harder and harder Ė roll on Christmas when all the b...


This is how I know I love my hobby, Iím super excited that Iíve actually got two shoots planned this Saturday, a friends daughter and a local model and her boyfriend starting out. Its the first shoot in the new house in Woking and Iíve fixed the front room up with ceiling hooks for the backdrop. An...

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