How I Make Time For Photography

I always wish I had more time to do the things I love, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. It can be easy as a hobbyist to suddenly realise that you’ve not picked up your camera for a few weeks, let alone shot anything you love. To be honest …

Behind The Image #10 – Dark Fairytales

This image is a little different to most of the other LARP images I’ve shot over the years – let me tell you why. I edited it in Photoshop. Normally I don’t edit my LARP images in Photoshop. My entire workflow happens in Adobe Lightroom; a specialist piece of photography …

Behind The Image #9 – Bikes in Oxford

I remember the first time I photographed with intent. I had a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles camera that printed Michelangelo in the corner of every frame. Apparently they came out in 1990, so I would have been about five or six years old. For some reason, and I have no …

Behind The Image #8 – Shakespearean Portrait

It doesn’t seem possible that we’re eight weeks into 2019 already, but here we are almost at the end of February! This week I had the pleasure of heading along to lend a pair of hands on a workshop my friend Neil was running in Banbury giving people the opportunity …

Behind the Image #6 – Chrysanthemum

I was always both enchanted by and in awe of flower photography, but whenever I tried it myself the results were always extremely lacklustre. More recently I’ve started including flowers in my still life images and it seems that gradually they worked their way centre stage. Chrysanthemums are one of …

Natural Light Product Photography Ideas

Photography isn’t the easiest skill to learn, and product photography is considered a particularly difficult kind of image making. Even seasoned professional photographers in other fields get pretty stumped when it comes to shooting product images because it can be a highly technical genre. Ideally every person selling products would …

Behind the Image #5 – Abstract Car Photography

Motorsports photography was really one of the first kinds of imagemaking that I found myself enjoying. I started going to Silverstone in my early twenties and have been watching sports car racing and F1 ever since. I don’t know much about cars, but I know what I like. And alongside …

Behind the Image #4 – Gunslingers and Gangsters

I want you to look real close at that image. Can you see the sparks? They weren’t edited in after I’d taken the photo, they were actually there. This picture was shot at a small Wild West LARP and it is just about my favourite roleplaying image I’ve ever shot. …

Sourcing Props for Natural Product Photography

It’s made me happy over the last few years that small business owners have moved towards a more natural product photography style that doesn’t require the technical know-how of a perfect white background shot. That’s not to say that natural product photography doesn’t require any photography know-how, but I certainly …