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  • Quote:I've just realised that a new series of Master of Photography has been on Sky Arts for a few weeks. Luckily the box remembered i liked it and has automaticalky recorded it for me.

    What night is it on as I can only find the repeats of the first series? I often miss the start as I don't have Sky and can't easily find the listing.

  • Quote:that older stuff seems to be more about laughing at other people though, not ourselves? In-laws, opposite sex, Irish people, Jews, Scots, other nationalities?

    I don't mean old in the literal sense. I certainly don't like anything that is deprecating toward anyone and never have.
  • I find Sarah Millican a tad irritating but on the whole still love good old British humour as well as many other nationalities that 'get' our way of laughing at ourselves. Michael Macintyre I find hilarious. Especially when he tells stories about how his children and wife always get the better of him.
  • Heard this story yesterday from my hubby. So pleased to actually see it for myself and what superb images. Many thanks for sharing.
  • Nik software has been a mainstay of my editing for the last 10 years and cost me an arm and a leg with it's original CD version. So pleased it is going to be updated but hopefully not taking out any of the original features.

  • Quote:Baxters cullen skink. Could eat it every day.
    Unfortunately the Sainsburys where I live has stopped stocking it.

    It's really easy to make and absolutely gorgeous. Mind you there is nothing quite like having a steaming bowl of Cullen Sink looking out across the dramatic Scottish Highlands. Grin
  • Brilliant. Really admire wildlife photographers for their patience and skill. These just prove how that patience can pay off and give you a good laugh at the same time. Grin
  • I have a couple of sets of Calumet triggers which actually work surprisingly well for the price (about 65 quid per set) so not overly worried about the additional expense of the Nikon transmitters. Like the idea of the cooling system though. The SB910s never had the over heating problems of the 900s which quite frankly were an embarrassment when they kicked off in the middle of speeches! Not hugely necessary to fire a hundred continuous shots generally at a wedding but the recycle times are important.
    Just really wondering how this new version compares to the old out in the field so to speak?
  • Sadly one of my SB910 is dying and about to go to the great speedlight graveyard of Spares and Repairs Fleabay! It looks like it has been superceded by the SB5000. Has anyone any experience of these as there are some mixed reports online as always. It will be paired with either my D4 or D810. (Please don't point me in the direction of Yongyong or similar I am looking for pro gear only). Many thanks. Grin
  • I used to use Blurb but found over the years the quality was not great. I moved over to Bobs Books but they are now part of Cewe as are many of them. There is another book producer called Saal Digital that have had some good reviews. Haven't used them myself and they are quite new to the market but they do look pretty good.

  • Quote:Utter madness, it does not need to be pro quality, just reliable, once you start turning profits you then update on the kit as when needed but it all needs costing in.

    I can't disagree with this at all. Reliability is essential, durability is for later. what should be essential is a back up camera because things can and do go wrong. I was chatting with a fellow wedding tog only today and he told me how he got the camera strap of his second body caught round his foot and he sent it flying through the air as he jumped off a table! I have lost a lens before now when I rather stupidly put it on the ground while I changed lenses and someone kicked it by accident and sent it bouncing along a very unforgiving patio!
    Pro equipment is built to last (maybe not a patio) and it is the way I work now and wouldn't do anything else.
    Rather surprisingly it is when you are an amateur in full time work with fewer commitments that pro equipment is actually more affordable. I would go as far to say that being semi pro gives you even more money to spend but maybe with less time to spend it!

  • Quote:Insurance, tax, national insurance, death in service plan, ten grand of back-up equipment and a drop of blood for signing the contract.

    Just another wedding thread.

    Insurance wise it is in the photographers best interest to be covered for the day. Some venues now insist on seeing the policy long before the wedding. Tax, depends how the tog is set up re income, National insurance is no doubt being paid anyway.

    Death in service, hmmmm, tricky one that! Do you do this quietly in the corner whilst handing over all your memory cards or be as flamboyant as possible in order to make it truly memorable for the couple.
    10k of back up equipment.....may need to rob a bank beforehand but then that should be in the forward planning of the big day.

    Blood for contract signing. At least half a pint is the least that should be given. A drop is never enough, they can easily spare that so leaving the contract wide open for cancelling at the last minute!
    Wink Grin Tongue
  • It is one darned slog sometimes being a professional. You have to be prepared to give up all the free time that you enjoy like weekends, bank holidays, Easter etc. Family time is grabbed when ever you can spare it and a regular income becomes a distant memory! Being passionate about photography is great but that is just the smallest part of the whole thing the rest is all about running a business. The other thing you will do far less of is the hobby photography but replace it with the photography that earns money and that sadly is a by product of the whole professional side of things.

    Working alongside a pro wedding photographer in order to learn is good if someone can take you on but be prepared for them saying no. It is immensely difficult to teach anyone how to be a wedding photographer while shooting a wedding. The pace is so fast and all time has to be devoted to the task in hand. At best you will, as someone has suggested, be an assistant to carry bags etc but even then you can still learn quite a lot just from watching.
    Invest in some good training and again, as has been said, business management, marketing and using social media for business.

    Finally, I would not use anything that wasn't up to the performance standard of pro equipment. Durability and reliability is the key to whether your day is successful or reducing you to a nervous wreck!

    Don't let anything put you off though if this is your dream. I love my work and am very proud of my business. Would I do anything else? Not a chance! Grin Wink
  • Loved the reaction of the motorcyclist. He was a hero in my eyes! Those men were vile and I really don't believe it was staged.
  • One thing I would really, really advise is that you finish at 9pm after the first dance. Weddings can go a bit silly after that and the subject quality goes downhill rapidly. You will have ample images of the day before the night crowd get started! I used to stay late but absolutely won't anymore. There are so many reasons why and one of those is the risk to your equipment. I've had drunk guests try to take my camera from me so they can take my photo (????!) and someone once tried to use my camera after I put it on a table while sorting out a new CF card. They didn't know how to turn it on but it was a good lesson for me that alcohol and expensive equipment doesn't mix well!
  • That is one heck of a long day and is going to require a large number of hours editing afterwards. Look at the equipment you will be using and if you will require additional batteries, cards etc then load this into the cost. Add in the insurance you will need for the day and the fuel you will be using to get there and back and it soon starts to mount up. 550.00 is more than reasonable to charge them. Working like a slave for no money even if it is for friends can be very hard. Just ensure you have the insurance to cover you, your equipment and the public including the wedding establishment, that ming vase won't pay for itself!!!! Wink Tongue
  • Many thanks Emma. It used to be so easy to find but there have been a lot of changes over the years.
  • Are the Christmas draw winners listed somewhere? Just wondered if I have been looking in the wrong place! Tongue

  • Quote:There is a technique in Neuro Linguistic Programming whereby you can be helped to modify your memories of the events that bother you. I would suggest you find help from a suitable practitioner.

    NLP is excellent and can be immensely helpful for many things. I went on a three day course with my hubby which incredibly they didn't even charge for. We both found it to be really useful for different reasons. It certainly helped me move toward a far better goal in life and away from an absolute nightmare of a situation within my workplace.
    They may be able to help you understand your feelings, how to learn to accept what has happened whilst taking control of how you move forward in the future.
  • I work to the customers brief and that's it. If they want it done a certain way then that's what they get. If the brief is "you're on you own, do your thing" then that's what I'll do. I really don't let it bother me it's all about paying my mortgage in the end! It is quite refreshing to be given direction and can sometimes get the job done a lot quicker. If they are not happy with the result then they have to get you back for a second shot at it and pay double.
  • Before the freezer thing it was highly likely your images could have been recovered but might still be. Not quite sure what effect freezing will have on it. You could try PC World if they have a technical department or an online recovery company but be prepared it is very, very costly. Just let them know it has been in the freezer. I back up to three devices and cloud storage but as this is slow any customer files that I know will take time are put onto USBs and come with me if I am going away for a length of time. Then again I am a wedding and commercial photographer so would be somewhat over the top for most people Wink What I am driving at is back up to the hilt if you don't want to risk losing anything and try Solid State Drives as they are the safest option now.
  • Just checked and it looks like you could get this Zoostorm for just under 220 and a monitor from 62 which would give you a better spec and save you a few quid as well. (I love a bargain!) Smile
  • Sounds like a pretty good deal to me especially with a Samsung monitor. If you don't require any more than 8gb RAM then it should be good for you. I would imaging it will still be a higher spec than your old machine. May be worth taking a look at Ebuyer website as well as they have some pretty good deals on there.
  • Hi Stuart. It's great to be back. Grin

  • Quote:..but you know with EPZ you can never leave...

    Check out any time you like but you can never leave sort of thing then? Wink
  • I sneaked back in quietly under the radar after a few months absence after my lovely mum died. Sadly in that time the MNC closed down which I loved to take part in Sad

  • Quote:Oh and when editing I'll be running it through the TV....well, that's my plan anyway!

    Get a good monitor as TV screens cannot be calibrated for true colour rendering unless things have really moved on in the last few years.
  • I have a Zoostorm which I used to use for PS and LR and it is very good (moved over to Mac for work editing) and still use it for all other work and still run CS6 on it. Never had a problem but I did go for the highest spec I could get for my money and the best Graphics card to run the programmes. Check Ebuyer for the best spec and prices and look for a decent monitor rather than a fully packaged variety which may not be the best for your requirements.
  • Merry Christmas to all the EPZ community. Have a good one and a very happy new year. xx Grin