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  • Commented on 'Insurance cover working in schools'

    AAh, to be in Scotland...
    • 22 Jan 2010 10:10AM
  • Commented on 'Insurance cover working in schools'

    How CRB checks are handled deends upon the individual council and then the individual head of the school - so it's worth checking - although if the school is hot on it then they'll tell you. For any one who's interested, Ofsted have recently responded to the question of photographers and CRB checks here: CRB checks and photographers
    Rather gone off subject here but interesting and topical anyway. Smile
    • 22 Jan 2010 9:17AM
  • Commented on 'How could I use Elinchrom lighting outside?'

    Quote:I run my studio lights outside now from a 12 volt heavy duty car battery and an invertor, quite heavy but better for me than spending fortunes on named battery packs.

    Wow, it's amazing what you can pick up on this forum - great idea!
    • 21 Jan 2010 12:29PM
  • Commented on 'Insurance cover working in schools'

    Sorry, I think you'l have to talk to a broker. The work sounds like quite a challenge, and a really interesting one at that - have fun!
    • 21 Jan 2010 12:23PM
  • Commented on 'Studio Starter Kit - do I go for this one?'

    Elinchrom D-lites are worth a look - light to carry, and have agood name behind them. I've just bought 2x250 heads to supplement my 500s - seem to do the job.
    • 21 Jan 2010 12:14PM
  • Commented on 'Head flashes without any reason'

    Mine has the odd fit like this but can be put down to overheating.
    • 21 Jan 2010 12:09PM
  • Commented on 'Insurance cover working in schools'

    Hi Paul,

    Does the school have it's own equipement - most do nowadays and it may be better for the children to use them as they will obviously be insured by the school ? They may not be as advanced as yours but may do the job and would save you having to entrust your expensive equipment to them. Not sure about yourself - although surley if the school are employing you they should cover you. As you're working regularly with the children you'll also need to get a CRB check but the school should do this. I did a one off session with a class and they used the school laptops - they were rather limited in their memory so we had to keep file sizes down but it worked well.
    • 21 Jan 2010 12:04PM
  • Commented on 'Use of flash with diffuser'

    One suggestion for evening photography at a wedding is to use rear sync which helps to soften the image and can show movement. It will also help with red eye.
    • 16 Apr 2008 7:59PM
  • Commented on 'Studio hire - thoughts much appreciated.'

    Thanks Derek. I've actually had a chance to do a quick scan. One thing I've found is that a lot of studios seem to involve models as well. Now at a risk of sounding prudish, I'm not into taking photographs of young ladies - more children, families and couples. The studio has quite a few attractive toys ( teddy bears, picnic hampers etc). Unfortunately becos of the high of the ceiling hanging lights isn't really an option, so I can't say it's truly child friendly.
    • 16 Apr 2008 7:55PM
  • Commented on 'Studio hire - thoughts much appreciated.'

    Thanks Matt.
    I take it there's not much interest then! If anyone is interested then just drop me a line - although availability is limited. Image of the studio on my website ; href="" rel="nofollow"">target="blank">
    • 16 Apr 2008 2:27PM
  • Commented on 'Studio hire - thoughts much appreciated.'

    I've recently taken on premises in Mossley in Tameside, Greater Manchesrter, for myself as a professional photographer. It is, in essence, a studio - albeit a basic studio. I use it to meet with clients and as a basic ( although to be upgraded v. soon) studio for portraits. I've recently been approached by a couple of photographers interested in hiring the unit.
    I'd not intended to hire out but was hoping some advice could be gleened from you lot as to what you would expect from a studio hire and whether it is something that other photographers would be interested in. I really have no idea as to the needs of local amateur photographers. Many thanks for any gems.
    • 16 Apr 2008 11:37AM
  • Commented on 'Problem with 2nd tog at a wedding'

    Remember to always act professionally, and have faith in your abilities. The photographer that doesn't will be remembered for their behavior and then forgotten- the photographer that offers and delivers an exceptional service will also be remembered and referred.

    All the very best for the next time it happens!
    • 24 Oct 2007 10:30AM
  • Commented on 'Wearing Glasses or Contact lenses when using a camera - which is best?'

    Colin, that sounds like what I'd like to aim for. I'll have a chat to my optician about it.
    • 13 Mar 2007 10:05AM
  • Commented on 'Wearing Glasses or Contact lenses when using a camera - which is best?'

    Thanks guys for your comments - yes ultimately it's what suits me and my eyes but I did think it was something that a lot of people must have tackled and quite uniquely as photographers needing to regularly use both short and long sight, oh and in focus!! When at the computer screen I manage well - just with increasing difficulty with the camera - hence my out of focus pics recentlySmile)
    • 12 Mar 2007 3:02PM
  • Commented on 'Wearing Glasses or Contact lenses when using a camera - which is best?'

    My main difficulty at the moment is, when I'm wearing glasses or lenses, being able to read the menu and the small writting on the camera. I suppose varifocals are ideal for that. But I'm also vain and don't like having to wear glasses!
    • 12 Mar 2007 1:18PM
  • Commented on 'Priceing help'

    As I see it this site is all about encouraging and sharing and I agree that this thread has not been either.

    Whitedragon,I notice you haven't uploaded any images yet.

    We'd love to see them!

    Have a look around the site and share your work with others. Get advise and critique from some fantastic landscape photographers that upload regularly to this site and seem happy to share their views - if not always seeming tactful!
    I suggest you try selling some of your work as you suggested, it's a great feeling when it does sell.
    • 12 Mar 2007 12:12PM
  • Commented on 'Priceing help'

    I'm keeping out of this one....
    • 12 Mar 2007 11:43AM
  • Commented on 'Wearing Glasses or Contact lenses when using a camera - which is best?'

    Thanks. So far it's varifocals then.
    I'd be interested to hear if anyone has managed with contact lenses as an alternative. I've been told that it's possible to get varilenses altho.apparently difficult to get on with and expensive, or 2 different prescriptions for each eye and the brain compensates? Any thoughts?
    • 12 Mar 2007 11:36AM
  • Commented on 'Priceing help'

    Welcome to the site, we're not all as cheeky as simont!
    • 12 Mar 2007 10:46AM
  • Commented on 'Wearing Glasses or Contact lenses when using a camera - which is best?'

    I've worn glasses and contact lenses for long sightedness since the age of 18. Now I'm sure this is something that most photographers experience - my short sight is deteriorating and I'm advised that I would benefit from wearing bifocal glasses. When I'm using the camera I find that contact lenses are my best option as glasses just seem to get in the way, or I'm having to take them on and off a lot - how have you coped with this problem, if you have? - I'd like to hear your experiences.
    • 12 Mar 2007 10:43AM
  • Commented on 'D70 to D200 whats the advantage?'

    Thanks for that Gary and Cheryl. Underexposure and noise goes for the D70 but those results are definitely inspiring.
    • 28 Mar 2006 10:11AM
  • Commented on 'Nikon D200 SLR - full test here'

    Looks good. ( bookmarking )
    • 28 Mar 2006 7:12AM
  • Commented on 'D70 to D200 whats the advantage?'

    Anyone who's recently tried out a D200 - advice please!

    Just looking into the D200 as I'm needing a second camera. Got a D70 and have been using it sometimes at max ISO doing indoor work where I don't want to use flash and be intrusive. I keep reading that the D200 is much better than D70 for noise in this situation - any one had experience of using the higher end ISO's in this camera? Just like to hear your opinions now it's on the market.
    • 28 Mar 2006 5:12AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    Thankyou Tony. Your photos are amazing, especially the northern lights.
    You've linked up to these sites but do they help you on a Google search, do you know?
    • 4 May 2005 6:08AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    Thankyou Dave for your thoughts. Very much appreciated. I'm not a pro as I believe a pro has something like 50% of their income from photography - at my prices I don't! After a lot of thinking over the weekend, yes my prices do need to go up. As you said, will people pay, but if my work is up to standard then why not. I'll take a closer look at your suggestions and put my mind to it as I am to the final web content.
    • 4 May 2005 3:16AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    I just wanted to have a range of pics to show what sort of photo's I do take, ie people, pets etc. Not sure why you think it looks out of place - is it being animals rather than human?
    • 29 Apr 2005 8:43AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    That makes good sense,Ian.
    • 29 Apr 2005 6:19AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    Thankyou all for your encouraging words.

    In reply to all these questions that Paul hasn't already helped with sorted:

    The green colour ; I was aiming for a fresh - 'spring-like colour' but perhaps it hasn't worked?

    I take your point about the 'about' section - much more friendly in first person.

    Keith and Barry
    - my recent clients have been parents in the local area, who most probably wouldn't pay for photographs if I charged 'V' prices. I am actually in line with another local photographer, being very aware of her customers and area of work - i.e. mainly studio work. I'm trying to offer an alternative to this and to increase prices as demand grows, so I hope! At present all my clients have been within a 5 mile radius so petrol cost doesn't really come in to it. I've only advertised my work locally also, and am hoping to get a client base mainly by word of mouth.Perhaps I am being too optomistic?

    Thanks for your advice and links.

    Sorry you don't like the dogs - the owners did. Copyright info. is going on the site.
    • 29 Apr 2005 5:57AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    Hey, thanks for your comments. Sorry I haven't replied so far. I just went off line for a short while and on coming back was unable too. Teething problems with setting up on broadband. I shall read them so far now.Thanks Paul for stepping in.
    • 29 Apr 2005 5:32AM
  • Commented on 'New Website - comments appreciated, thanks.'

    At last my website has been redesigned.
    My husband and I had previously designed it on windows, but being novices failed to realise it's appearance on other computers (I'm not really up with all the lingo!)

    A fellow EPZer, Paul Groom, has taken it and turned it 'upside-down'. I'm really pleased with it and would appreciate any views on it and/or advice for further improvement. Click Here
    • 29 Apr 2005 1:56AM