Who doesnt love a cute pet picture.

Got a camera? Got a pet? Then get photographing your pet, who better to capture it's personality that the person it's most used to and trusts. Entice your beloved pet close to the window where there's nice soft light set your camera to aperture priority, an F stop of around 4 to 5.6 and a high ISO to ensure a fast enough shutter sped to freeze any motion of your pet or you and get down to your pets eye level. If your able to zoom in and keep a little distance you should get some natural looking shots. Work with different angels and compositions and fill the frame with your pet, don't leave too much empty space around the edges for any distracting background objects.

Remember that if your pet is white to set the camera to over expose a stop and if your pet is a dark colour to under expose a stop but experiment to identify what works best for you.

What interests us about photography?

Most of the modern world carry a camera with them 24/7 – our mobile phones. We capture events and experiences posting them to social media 24/7 not really thinking too much about it.

For most people it starts and stops there but for some, the bug of image capture grabs them, and the more we learn about it the more its hold tightens around us.

Why do we enjoy taking pictures so much? Is it that its boundless, it’s nonrestrictive to culture or race, it’s not restrictive to anything and as such it’s one of the world most enjoyed hobbies? 


Myself; It began when I was young and I discovered that by holding my sunglasses in front of the lens I could change how the clouds looked, making them more detailed and amazing than they already were, since then I’ve always been fascinated by the sky. From there I combined the land with the skies and took on landscape photography though I always needed to capture a powerful atmosphere otherwise it felt like a waste of time to take an “everyday snap shot” I had to capture or create something that would hold my own imagination. I guess growing up in the days of Star Wars and Steven Spielberg films had an influence on me accepting the norm or expecting something a little more magical.

There’s only so much influence you can had on the atmosphere of a vast landscape though, as it was down to mother nature to provide the needed “feeling” I had to include.

I started to notice and admire powerful portrait photography, people’s faces, the contours the shapes and individuality of our faces, how light can change and enhance features spurred me to learn about light, how to manipulate and shape it. Portraiture has a subject that's growing in abundance as the population is ever increasing though it pains me to walk past a great face on the street and know that even if asked nicely most people don't want a camera pointed at them, so many people and so many missed opportunities. Occasionally people don't mind having their picture taken and all too often once in front of the camera that natural expression that first caught your eye disappears as mild discomfort takes over and you know you have to work hard to relax them and get them back on side. That feeling when they work with you, you get the lighting right, have few issues and knowing you nailed it is such a feeling of pride and confidence which spurs us onto do more, to become even better than we are now is worth chasing.  


That's what interests me about photography, what interests you?


Natural light is free too.

Moving on from Window light is free, here's a blog on natural light, the great outdoors! Window light is perfect, especially when the weather is less than comfortable but when mother nature is being kind to photographers and providing a bright but overcast day there are some great shots to be had.

The attached video perfectly demonstrates one of my favorite techniques, simply find an arch, a recess, a door way or any type of cover where light has to flow in more evenly from all directions and isn't top heavy, place your subject in the recess and get them to step back just a few steps and watch the quality of light change and improve as they do. Once practiced this technique can really work for you and can be applied to any portrait session from an impulse snapshot of a friend to someone's big day as I recently did (below) it shows that you don't need bags full of fancy equipment to get a beautiful shot.

Grab a friend and your camera and find a quiet location to practice using light this way, see how well it can work and at the end you should have captured some really flattering portraits that you can be proud of.

Keep it simple, keep it natural and make it beautiful!

Old film rolls.....

I decided to look locally for more expired film rolls, the old fashioned feeling of not knowing what you've just captured is tickling my interests. While I was searching I found 5 old rolls of differing film which I snapped up.

While searching I spotted out the corner of my eye an old Praktika Electronica SLR with a 50mm prime lens attached which appeared to be in new condition. The thought of grainy old B&W film portraits was too much so I ended up buying it for a bargain 20 euro. One of the old films is currently being used as a test but hopefully the camera/film combination work and give some great effects. 

Once I confirm everything works I need some B&W film rolls and a green filter to really up the contrast and improve the skin tones :-)

Window light is free!

Money's tight, you invested so much into your DSLR and kit lens already, your not sure you know enough about how to use the camera let alone be able to produce the type of beautiful work you aspire to. You think you probably need to spend a fortune on lighting equipment and software, learn how to air brush etc etc and you still barely know how to use your camera yet.

Is it all a waste of time you ask yourself, why am I dreaming?

The truth; all you need is your DSLR and kit lens to get some simple, affordable and beautiful results and here's how.

Window light is free, so place your subject, family member of loved one close to a window on a slightly overcast day to avoid direct sun beams, ask them to slowly rotate so you can see where the shadows fall and what works best. Pay attention to the background which you want to throw out of focus on an open F stop such as F4 (best to set your DSLR to A - aperture priority), anything bright behind your subject can be distracting so take a test shot and decide if you like it. Try moving closer then further away from your subject to see the different effects your position has, alter your exposure so you over expose a little, you may need to increase your ISO as over exposure will slow down your shutter speed. Move your subject closer to the light as this too will have a strong effect on the final image, play around to see what happens and try to understand why you get that effect by making those changes but above all have enjoy it and have fun with your subject.

My old SLR.

Finding my old film camera with its now very expired film roll in it spurred me onto take a couple more shots, slowly but surely I'll get through the rest of the roll.

Who knows what this or even if this expired roll of film will produce once its used up...........

The new look!

My new look website is now up and running so please feel free to check it out :-)

At the end of last year I decided I wasn't happy with my site or its functionality from both my own and the viewers perspective so I paused everything and decommissioned the whole site while I researched for a solution that better suited my needs, it took some time, research and effort but I'm happy to say it's ready and it's now live!

With a new site comes a new logo and a much fresher approach to displaying work that feels modern and exciting.

Let me know your thoughts.........