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paul howard photography

Hi Everyone,

I've started my business in Reading in 1975 though I processed my first b&w film when I was 12 in 1961. That's 61 years ago and I still love photography. In the early '70s at art college, I use to push process trannies to 1000 asa to use in low light conditions. Now my D700 & D800 are just amazing at doing what I could only dream of in those days. As a professional, the use of flash in the studio or location has always been my strong point, but actually, I always wanted to use continuous lights so I could really record what I could see. I can hardly believe how digital has opened up this possibility and the colour handling properties make natural light shooting on location a real joy. No more magenta filters to overcome fluorescent light casts. If you understand what I've just written you will appreciate how much I welcome the drop in weight of equipment needed to work on location as well!

2016 was quite a year for me, I've decided that after 44 years as a professional photographer it's time to move onto the next stage of my life. As my business grew during the '70s I had to register for VAT and so it was a difficult decision to de-register after 38 years. De-registering VAT is like de-registering from being a professional commercial & advertising photographer. It is a mental hurdle that must be overcome and there is no going back.

I've had a great career as a photographer, it was like a dream come true, but now I have other dreams to pursue. Thank you, to all the clients who made it possible and the best of good fortune to all you out there who would like to make photography your career.
Have a wonderful life,
Paul Howard. 9/April/2016 (updated on 1/1/2022).
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    Hi Paul,

    Think in terms of two parts of the shot. The blue Perspex background is light by reflection of a light on white card from above. The metal filters by translucent Perspex on right with a flash shooting through it and black card on the left. Then a direct light shinning through translucent Perspex to front left. Complicated to right it down but it all works well.

    All the best,

    • 6 Dec 2013 10:25PM
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  • Posted on: Affinity Photo Review

    I've been using Photoshop since version 1.5 and the last version I purchased was CS5. Affinity is an amazing product for the price. I would slightly disagree with the review. I think in many ways, because I am so use to working quickly in Photoshop I find Affinity very slow to use. A simple example, the way you resize a file in Photoshop is so precise and easy. I've not found that in Affinity. Collapsing layers, within multiple layers is just so simple and to me, obvious in Photoshop, not so in Affinity. I know everything I am saying will have Affinity fans jumping up and down saying watch the videos. There is an old saying, 'You get what you pay for'. Would I recommend Affinity Photo? Absolutely, but don't get carried away by the promo videos, workflow is not just about new features, it's about producing the image you want as quickly as possible. Photoshop wins hands down for me! Affinity Photo must be the best photo editing software available for under 50.

    • 27 Jun 2018 2:27PM
  • Posted on: Nikon D800 vs D800E Digital SLR Review

    Thank you LenSheperd,

    This is a really interesting issue as I have the D800 and 16-35 lens. I have done the tests based on the links you suggested. I can confirm my D800 does back focus and the fine tune adjustment in the menu does not rectify the problem. I also own a 80-200mm F2.8 zoom and the back focus is really bad on that. Manual focus is fine with both lenses. I ran the test with a 50mm F1.8 and though it did back focus I was able to rectify the problem with fine tune.
    Now I have to say that in practice my photos are sharp even with this problem. It does raise the question,how sharp would my photos be if everything was perfectly alined. I have read Nikon do have a software update that could help but there is nothing on the Nikon UK site that I could find.

    If anyone knows something I don't, please let me know.
    • 22 Aug 2012 7:28PM
  • Posted on: Nikon D800 vs D800E Digital SLR Review

    I use a Nikon D700 and D800, I have confidence in both cameras. In past I used Hasselblad and Sina 5x4 with film. Both Nikon cameras are amazing. There comes a time when equipment is so good that a little difference here or there really makes no practical difference to the end result. Creativity does make a huge difference to the final image and Nikon can only do their bit, the rest it up to us the photographer. If you want D800E or Canon this or that, great!
    • 16 Aug 2012 5:07PM

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  • Posted on nellacphoto's profile

    Congratulations on the ephotozine win, nice website!
    Paul (you don't know me).
    • 12 Jan 2022 12:25PM

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