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A Random Selection of my Fav Youtube Videos.

Quote: Http://www.youtube.com/embed/0ilMx7k7mso

http://www.youtube.com/embed/0ilMx7k7mso

That will be Sky then - they will only think about helping if you are willing to dismantle you set and move to the other side of the house so they can tick the box on their check list. Even when they know the fault is on the line.

25 11/04/2014 - 8:52 PM
By StrayCat
Wedding Photographers mishap
Oh dear, hope he had some back up kit and good insurance.

I was at a wedding at the weekend where the photographer was taking pics of the bride in a white dress up against a white brick wall. Mind you the photographer turned up with an entry level camera and kit lens, with no flash or other kit. As it was a grim day you could hear how slow the shutter was clicking and as the camera was hand held. Will be interesting to see the results.

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6 09/04/2014 - 6:12 PM
By benjibob342
What are you listening to?




1054 31/03/2014 - 8:02 PM
By Paul Morgan
wordpress hack
Don't be daft enough to use admin as a username. Simples. Also worth using a stealth redirect to hide your login and have a back up.

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1 25/04/2013 - 8:57 PM
By ray1
Anyone wanna buy a car? One exasperated and honest seller!
I know his pain. Yrs ago I bought a Ren 18 and it came with rust from new and leaked oil quicker than you could put it in. I vowed near to have another Ren but I bought a second hand Laguna from a family member as I knew its history and it seemed ok. How wrong was i, The air con would stall the engine, the camshaft was knackered and the suspension collapsed on me and cost a fortune to put right. When I traded it in the garage could not get it to start after a couple of days. I also had to put a starter motor in it and the key cards were nothing but trouble. Both from electric windows failed and as I could not put the air con on as the car would stall it was like a hot house on one of out rare sunny days. The tyre pressure sensors were also crap. Never ever will I buy another one.

27 22/04/2013 - 3:15 PM
By Ade_Osman
Photographing Brighton
Good luck with parking - it cost me 20 for 4 hrs a couple of weeks back.

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11 16/04/2013 - 6:12 PM
By sausage
Do i need a degree to do what i love?
My view would be that you do not need a degree but you do need experience, a good portfolio and an excellent business capability. For some professions a degree in the subject is essential such as being a Dr but not for lots of other things such as photography. A degree course will give you a good opportunity to learn your skill and make contacts etc but you do have to balance that with the cost. I would guess that lots of established photographers do not have a photography degree and most of their business comes from the quality of their work. I don't think many people ask their photographer to see their degree qualification.

58 16/04/2013 - 1:51 PM
By JackAllTog
What are you listening to?




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1054 31/03/2014 - 8:02 PM
By Paul Morgan
new website
You might want to give some thought to cookie law http://www.aboutcookies.org/default.aspx?page=3

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11 15/04/2013 - 1:55 PM
By 779HOB
Opinions wanted
Are you happy with your current kit and does it deliver what you want. If so, why change it.

39 06/02/2013 - 8:37 PM
By colin beeley
What are you listening to?
Beth Hart





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1054 31/03/2014 - 8:02 PM
By Paul Morgan
new kylie album




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8 02/11/2012 - 7:58 AM
By answersonapostcard
What are you doing at the weekend? 27/28/29 Oct
walking my daughter down the aisle.

21 27/10/2012 - 10:12 AM
By mohikan22
What are you listening to?




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1054 31/03/2014 - 8:02 PM
By Paul Morgan
AVG Free on the MAC
Mind you I have never had a virus on my pc either and that is since win 3.1 and dos. I have up to date security but have it switched off most of the time apart from now and again when I do a scan.

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20 20/11/2012 - 5:48 PM
By PSILVERMAN
AVG Free on the MAC
Not much point really - never had any anti virus on my mac and never had a problem.

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20 20/11/2012 - 5:48 PM
By PSILVERMAN
done something dumb with my Bowen
Have to tried changing bulbs with the other light.

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6 09/10/2012 - 8:46 PM
By ianrobinson
UK Photography rates - was I way off?
I do a bit of product work and I think part of your problem was restricting use of the images, your travel and your rate poss being a little high for the client when they can get it cheaper with full copyright of the images. The people I do work for just want me to provide jpgs straight to the graphic or web designer and want full use of the images to use as they wish. That is all they want - give me an image of that product and I will pay you that much money - oh and I'm not interested in anything else and don't expect to get paid next week. I have a job this week where the graphic designer is coming to set the shots up so all I have to do is push the button so to speak. He will then take the unprocessed images with him to use as he pleases. If I was to set restrictions I would lose the job.

25 12/10/2012 - 4:33 PM
By 779HOB
WordPress websites
Wordpress is great and easy to use with 1000,s of themes and plugins. You dont have to use it as a blog and sites such as themeforest have lots of photography templates. Lots of hosting companies have an automatic install for wordpress and getting it running is nice and straight forward.

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16 24/12/2012 - 5:21 PM
By Kevcanon
My new website
Black is a lot better than the green. The reason 'i' would not buy any of the photos is they are not very well composed - take the kingfisher shots for instance - they are shot from behind, there is too much dead space and one of the shots has a leaf or something covering some of the face. The buzard is too centre and again a lot of dead space - the chick shot is a basic shot that many people will have and not worth paying for. The swan is again too centre and the wings are nearly clipped. The water voles are again too small, too centre with too much dead space. The Hibiscus is very basic again and most people will have something similar and so on. Im not trying to put your work down even though it might sound that way but the photography is not good enough for stock in my opinion (not that I am an expert or can do any better, however I do buy stock). There is also nowhere near enough choice for stock - for example the flowers gallery has 2 pics of the same thing. I know you will build on that but you did ask for views and my view is that the site is ok for showing your pictures but it is not good enough for stock and the pictures are not stock quality. I like the sand art though.

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30 08/08/2012 - 11:58 AM
By cheddar-caveman
Website Building !!!
It would be wordpress for me and there are some great themes available. Its not too difficult to learn the basics and there are no annual fees except yout hosting plan.

10 06/08/2012 - 11:43 PM
By dcash29
My new website
Have to agree about the yellow stripes and made worse by the horrible green background, its all too in your face and detracts from the photos. I would also get a proper domain name and if I am being really honest I would not pay what your are asking for your photos, especially when I could get better for a couple of quid from a stock libary. Its all ok if you just want to display your photos but in terms of paid for stock I dont think it is working for me.

30 08/08/2012 - 11:58 AM
By cheddar-caveman
Photographing inside Ruined Buildings
Google urban exploring

17 03/07/2012 - 10:26 AM
By User_Removed
What music would you have played at your funeral..
Monty Python - always look on the bright side of life http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoaktW-Lu38

82 24/06/2012 - 4:21 PM
By snappersue
Wedding tog

Quote: We cover the whole of the country and would be happy to dicuss further ray, link to our site here

and we dont have any tin hats !!

Andrew

Andrew, I will send your details to my daughter - manythanks


Quote: You could do a lot worse that look at www.thempa.com and use the advanced search facility to look for members in your area. Only qualified photographers are listed.

If you use the SWPP members list, bear in mind that anyone can get onto that list and unless there are qualification letters after the name, the member's ability can be more fantasy than reality. Some members claim to "specialise" in everything from aerial to zoological photography!

thewilliam - thanks and I iwll check it out.

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17 12/06/2012 - 6:52 PM
By scottishphototours
Wedding tog
I will be looking for a wedding tog in Oct for my daughters wedding in the New Forest. Anyone want to point me to their website. I'm only looking for an experienced tog with a proven history.

17 12/06/2012 - 6:52 PM
By scottishphototours
Windows 8
Maybe touchscreen on pc's is the way to go with something like this www.leapmotion.com

By the sound of it win 8 is likely to be just a flowered up win 7 so it might nit be too bad,.

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33 05/06/2012 - 11:17 AM
By Just Jas
Windows 8
Sherlob, I dont run the same software on both systems, PC does the photo stuff and the macbook does the mobile, surfing and looking cool in starbucks stuff. All my phot software is due upgrades so going either way is not to major a problem. Im not someone who needs the latest everytime something changes and I will use it until it no longer does the job hence Im still on xp and dont mind paying a bit extra for the kit as it will have to do at least 5 yrs before I consider a change. The macbook is fine and has never missed a beat but then again neither has the pc except for a failed hard drive a couple of yrs ago.

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33 05/06/2012 - 11:17 AM
By Just Jas
Windows 8
Thats my thoughts Bri as it seems to be for many others so I suppose one option could be to go with 7 and miss 8 all together. There is Mountain Lion as well due out in the summer. The last time I upgraded it was easy, now there is equal choice from osx and win, lcd, led, ips, glossy and none glossy monitors, all in ones, minis and pro, spotty youths in currys, the un educated in comets etc, online and off line i3, i5, i7 etc etc etc.

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33 05/06/2012 - 11:17 AM
By Just Jas
Windows 8
The time is near when the old xp machine might need to retire and a new system considered. I also have a macbook and like both systems equally with both having pros and cons. In my search for the right system upgrade and bugger me, how things have moved on without me, I was reading about win 8 and can only think, that will be crap. I never got on with vista and cant say I have ever used win 7 but I like OSX. I dont want my next purchase to be based on operating system but I cant say win 8 is floating my boat at this moment in time. Has anyone had any insight into win 8 and what are your thoughts.

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33 05/06/2012 - 11:17 AM
By Just Jas
Help needed identifying flag
I rember the silver Jubilee as well. I was in the Marines at the time lined fleet street so got a very good view of queenie. Also lined the deck on HMS Hermes for the fleet review.

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22 03/06/2012 - 3:10 PM
By saltireblue
DX on FX bodies.
Interesting stuff and a subject area that has been driving me nuts at the moment - DX or FX. Its a major expense to go FX and re invest in new lenses - whats the cost of a new 70 - 200 2.8 when my dx version is still as new - yeh I could probably get the best part of a grand for the old one but I would still need to find another 600 for its replacement, plus the ever growing cost of the camera. I have even considered selling all my kit and just getting something like the J1, however, my next upgrade will probably be the d300s replacement or even a secondhand d300s. This photgraphy lark is becoming a very very expensive game.

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15 03/06/2012 - 10:01 AM
By 779HOB
Shutter will not fire.
Might be worth checking how many actuations have taken place.

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10 26/05/2012 - 4:52 PM
By philbec
website advice
The whole site right aligns for me. That makes it off putting as I have to slide the site over to a central position.

17 30/05/2012 - 12:00 AM
By Drippingsoul13
photographing large naked ladies
I think it would only be right and proper for the photographer to be naked as well - bet that would make the girls smile or laugh even.

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28 16/05/2012 - 12:56 PM
By JackAllTog
photographing large naked ladies
Im not sure that's how it will be. I did something similar a couple of years ago and the larger ladies were more than happy and if anything more up for it than the others. We had a good laugh and it wasa fun hour.

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28 16/05/2012 - 12:56 PM
By JackAllTog
Amateur Photographer D800 test
Chasing a never ending dream at a never ending increase in cost with 99% of users never needing the performance of the camera.

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22 27/04/2012 - 10:09 PM
By LenShepherd
Who do you text, call, email and what are your web habits?
Its the future so we had all just as well get used to it. Is it Norway that publishes earnings and savings for all to see and it wont be long before all that info is available here as well. Since the internet has been common place we have seen privacy take a new direction rapidly so give it another 10 yrs and all that we are is likely to be public.

42 07/04/2012 - 8:38 PM
By Zatoichi
Tokina AT-X Pro DX 12-24mm f/4
Thanks guys - the plan is to sell the sigma 18-50 2.8 and 105 2.8 macro then to consider the tokina or the nikon.

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5 31/03/2012 - 4:37 PM
By User_Removed
Tokina AT-X Pro DX 12-24mm f/4
Has anyone used the Tokina AT-X Pro DX 12-24mm f/4 and if so what are your thoughts.

5 31/03/2012 - 4:37 PM
By User_Removed
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?

Quote: Pricing is the hardest thing ever!

try sorting out a database conflict Smile

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?
The rates are just like photograpy Ade and depending on what is wanted - I have done wordpress sites from free to a half sleeve tattoo, 200 - 500 is typical though.

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
Product Photography
Good luck with the white background. It took me forever to get that right for the product shots that I do.

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4 29/03/2012 - 2:08 PM
By awphot
Product Photography
4 29/03/2012 - 2:08 PM
By awphot
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?
That says wordpress to me, such as the core site I linked to earlier that will do everything you have listed apart from the shop that you can add. Wordpress is based on blogging, you can add a shopping cart with jigo shop, wp commerce or you can buy a template with a shop as part of it, galleries are easy to lock, links to facebook and twitter are normally part of the template and you can have use live feed plugins, you can have as many galleries as you want and upload as many photos as you want. Your site can grow with you whrn you are ready.

The problem you have is that will need someone to set up and update for you unless you learn to do it. Its not that difficult once wordpress and the template are installed.

Again though, a system such as foliopic will do all of that for you for less than 100 a yr if you like one of their templates. Personally I would go with that and see how you get on, if it is not up to the job, you have not lost a lot of money and you can then invest in a wordpress site for not a lot more and if that does not work you can go with the expensive designed site.

On the designed front, I read somewhere that web design companies are one of the most popular companies to fail with many not lasting more than a couple of yrs.

On the shop front have you considered using say photobox pro or similar.

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?
Not sure about that but you can use a SEO plugins with wordpress. Google places is also good for any site and worth using. You also need to get your site listed so it draws traffic from othe places and so on.

If you are not sure, I would start with something simple and work upwards as required. That way you can monitor traffic to your site, see what's popular and what is not.

I would start by considering what pages you might want - home, about me, portfolio's, blog, contact page for example. I would then gather my content, draw a pen picture of what you want on each page and select the pictues that you want to display. Once you have all of that, it should form the foundation of what you want from your site. If you want someone elase to do that for you, it will cost.

On the SEO front, you have to remember that not everyone can be number 1. If you have 100 sites all pushing for the number 1 spot and all have good and equal SEO you could still be number 100 on the list.

A friend of mine spent a lot of money on a site and within six months it did not meet his needs anymore and it became a very expensive mistake. He now uses a wordpress site that was designed to his spec for 500 and he is very happy as he can update and change as he wishes.

However, even though I am a wordpress fan, I would probably go with one of the system set up like foloipic to start with.

What are you wanting your site to do?

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?
Hi Jodie - i would still consider a wordpress site/template such as this http://themes.themegoods.com/?theme=Core

The sort of money for you to do this is:

3 per year for a co.uk domain name.
30 per year for hosting.
25 on off for the template

Therefore 33 per year and you have control over your site and you can add as many photos as you like etc.

Im guessing you dont have any web skills so someone with a good understanding of wordpress etc might set everything up for you for 200-300. You would then need to learn some basic uploading skills or pay to have that done for you. Easy to do it yourself though.

You could also use sites such as foliopic etc and that would reduce your costs as you would not need anyone to set things up for you. Therefore about 50 per yr - bargin.

3000 - no way.

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?
You have a number of options with websites, have someone build you something from scratch, use a template system such as wordpress or go with a system such as photobiz. They all have there benefits and your 2k is way over the top for a good website. The most expensive will be a build from scratch with the cheapest being a system such as photobiz. You then need to consider site maintenance and whether you want someone to do your uploads etc if you are thinking a photo site. A system will be the easiest with a web designer being the most expensive. A shop will cost you more. My money would go to a template/wordpress site as there are 1000,s of great templates and you have more control over things. Having a site on your own hosting is better in my mind as well. The hardest things about a great site is its content. Lots of people will say I want a site but have not considered what they really want so that is always a good start point.

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
What's The Best Website hosts or builders for Photographers?
Depends on what you want.

38 03/03/2014 - 9:16 PM
By davidburleson
MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus - nah its more like Men are Power Rangers and Women are Princesses - simples.

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76 08/12/2013 - 11:46 AM
By polis_928tadw59