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A Higher Exposure

When it comes to limited edition landscape prints I mostly draw inspiration from the coast and the hills: not the most convenient subjects for a photographer based in land-locked, low-lying Cambridgeshire! However, whenever I do head for the coast or the hills I make all opportunities count. Unlike many colleagues I don’t wait for optimum weather (incidentally no one seems to know exactly what optimum weather means) before taking the camera out the kit bag. Neither do I keep the camera in the kit bag until I arrive at a pre-selected viewpoint. Instead I always keep the camera handy throughout the entire time spent at a coastal or mountain location to capture as much as possible whatever the weather conditions. This often means having several plastic bags ready to keep kit dry from driving rain in-between taking shots.

However, sometimes conditions are near perfect as was the case for this series of Lake District prints currently in preparation. I say near perfect as although the wintry conditions on the Old Man of Coniston – Brim Fell – Swirl How – Wetherlam on the day I took these images was hugely atmospheric, the ascent and decent was extra tricky given sheet ice, a howling wind and a blizzard caused by the wind blowing snowdrifts off the tops straight into your face. Just as well my default instruction to whoever I happen to be with is always if I trip or fall make sure you catch the camera!

The aim is to release some of these as limited edition mounted and framed panoramic prints sometime in 2021. I'm currently choosing which ones to take forward but in the meantime you can click on any image to view in Lightbox mode. A quick note on post-production: whilst I favour analogue (i.e. film) exposures for prints these were shot digitally. However, post-capture workflow is geared towards film emulation, in particular, achieving high - although still natural-looking - colour saturation with moderate contrast to enhance texture and dimension. Additionally, I look to include subtle split-toning of cool shadows and warm highlights and slightly less grain than professional film. It's all still a work in progress so watch this space!

 


 

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Blog 78: A Higher Exposure – #4 Wintry Conditions at Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How & Wetherlam, Lake District by bokeh photographic (Alistair Grant) Freelance Photography Cambridge.Blog 78: A Higher Exposure – #4 Wintry Conditions at Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How & Wetherlam, Lake District | bokeh photographic (Alistair Grant) Freelance Photographer.Blog 78: A Higher Exposure – #4 Wintry Conditions at Old Man of Coniston, Brim Fell, Swirl How & Wetherlam, Lake District by Alistair Grant (bokeh photographic) | Freelance Photographer in Cambridge.

 


 

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A Thought Experiment (for better times ahead)

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic we find ourselves living in strange and uncertain times. My inbox and social media are filled with stories of how the photography profession has been hit extremely hard. As a (mostly) Food & Drink Photographer colleagues in the sector, particularly those operating restaurants & bars, have been forced to completely shut down their operations and many are forecasting that they will go under despite the promised Governmental support. Needless to say my Commercial, Corporate, Wedding, Portrait and Event Photography workload has more-or-less disappeared overnight and I am not able to run my normal (i.e. face-to-face) Photography Training. Whilst I am still wearing my photography hat it is at a somewhat jaunty angle having been mostly displaced – temporarily – by my epidemiology hat†. Unsurprisingly, epidemiological and clinical research experience of new drugs and medical devices is in demand at the moment and although I am missing the camera I am extremely fortunate in that I have been able to fall back into what I used to do pre-photography via Consultancy. As most people have time on their hands due to the Coronavirus lockdown here’s a thought experiment based on the unique perspective of an epidemiologist photographer using statistical software to model SARS-COV-2 and novel health technologies that will hopefully get you thinking about how the photographic software market might (or should?) develop in the future.

Like (digital) photography epidemiology and clinical research is heavily dependent on software. There are multiple commercial software packages to choose from. In fact, there is probably a much greater choice than for photographic editing software including MINITAB, SPSS, MATLAB, SIGMA XL and SAS. I cut my teeth on STATA; a general statistical application first developed in 1985 that is popular amongst epidemiologists, health economists and medical researchers. My aging version of STATA works fine although it can’t handle large datasets associated with full population modelling where there are potentially multiples of thousands of data points. If you think photographic software is expensive bear in mind that a single-user perpetual business licence for the latest release of the top-of-the-range version of STATA comes in at £6,055 or £2,320 for an annual licence.

Although the numbers of people using different professional (i.e. not basic programs, functionally restricted programs or mobile phone apps that simply add filters) photographic software packages are not readily available Adobe dominates the market with its Photoshop and Lightroom variants. One unverified estimate is that as of 2017 Adobe had over 12 million Creative Cloud subscribers. Photoshop has been at the top of the tree since it was first created in 1988 partly because it offers something for everyone: with a user friendly interface and thousands of functions Photoshop allows those so inclined to tinker for hours on end on just a single image whilst also facilitating efficient ‘workstream editing’ of large volumes of images for those with deadlines to meet. However, Photoshop also remains #1 because Adobe aggressively market their products. It is telling that no sales or subscription data is available. Adobe don’t exactly hide their dominance of the market but they don’t advertise their near monopoly either. Accordingly, equally good programs such as Phase One’s Capture One or ON1’s Photo RAW have only a small foothold in the market.

Open Source (OS) software is available for both photographic and epidemiological applications. OS software are free programs distributed under a creative licence which grants users the right to use, study, change and share the modified (or unmodified) software to facilitate common development of the program. Although OS software is renowned for not being user friendly this is gradually changing and the pros of OS generally outweigh the cons such as susceptibility to malicious modification. Perhaps the best known photographic OS software is GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program): a cross-platform raster graphics editor written in C programming language. It is important to note that as it is the code underlying the base software that is freely available OS is different to third-party ‘plug-ins’ such as Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets. Perhaps the best known statistical OS software is RStudio (an Integrated Development Environment) based upon R programming language and which provides a software environment for statistical computing and graphics. RStudio is arguably ‘more’ open source than GIMP (in terms of the number and variety of packages, developed and modified by the R/RStudio community, that can be installed to provide additional statistical functions) and, at the risk of comparing apples to oranges, offers greater functionality compared to STATA than GIMP compared to Photoshop. Although RStudio doesn’t have a point-&-click interface and requires some knowledge of programming, like most OS applications there is extensive and to all intents and purposes interactive help available that puts the pre-programmed help menus in commercial software to shame. Moreover, in a delightful twist, iterative user modifications have not only improved RStudio as a standalone program but in a sort of arms race have prompted software manufacturers to improve their proprietary programs to the extent that many commercial statistical software packages now incorporate R into their design. It is heartening to see that commercial and O/S statistical packages can coexist in a market that is far smaller than photographic editing software. Some prefer RStudio and others prefer commercial software but the vast majority of analysts switch between the two depending upon their needs. I for one am using my old version of STATA alongside the latest iteration of RStudio. Looking towards better times ahead one hopes that the photography profession might learn from this. I’m certainly not advocating boycotting Adobe products as that would be counterproductive but instead somehow collectively fostering an environment where OS photographic software can enjoy a fair share of the market so that the whole really will be greater than the sum of its parts.

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Marketing Matters

As a professional photographer whose workload involves Commercial Photography (i.e. any image which is used for advertising, marketing & PR purposes) I regularly work with clients and their marketing agencies. My experience is that some marketers† are (very) bad. Indeed the marketing profession seems to be facing profound challenges in that many businesses are ditching marketing agencies and going it alone. Such decisions seem to be prompted by the perception that marketers are promoting themselves more than the clients they are supposed to represent (NB: the social media of agencies does little to refute this notion) as well as cost in terms of the direct expense of a marketing agency in addition to general financial pressures. I’m sure that the language favoured by marketers doesn’t help (anyone up for a transformative customer experience via disruptive value-led brand positioning?) and neither does making unattainable promises. Having said that I fully appreciate the worth of a good marketing agency. There is an expansive literature on marketing in general but little from a photography perspective and so here’s my brief thoughts regarding photoshoots that involve a marketing agency.

Undisputedly what works best in advance of any shoot is comprehensive discussion between client, photographer and agency to draw up a detailed photoshoot plan including tasks and responsibilities in order to deliver the photography brief (i.e. which products and in what style) which is generally, but not always, drafted by this point. This should be an 'every view counts' exercise where potential problems are highlighted and alternatives suggested. This is particularly important for clients who have no experience of a professional photoshoot as they are more easily pressganged into accepting the undisputed wisdom of the agency (or for that matter the photographer). Possibly the most important role of the photographer is preventing an overly-ambitious schedule in terms of overall number of products and/or number of scenes to be photographed if lifestyle photography is involved. Note that this process requires time and effort from all parties and that writing a plan can be especially difficult for those with no previous experience. A good photographer will always offer help! A detailed plan not only ensures that everything is in place for the photoshoot (which means Fred from accounts won’t need to be urgently dispatched to source missing props on the day of the photoshoot) but also that the photography/marketing will deliver intended results. It is also important to reiterate that a photoshoot plan (who does what and when) is different although complementary to a photography brief. Both involve far more than just a list of shots to be taken. What doesn’t work is lack of engagement by the agency or presentation of a rigid brief with no client or photographer consultation. Sure-fire recipes for failure include prescriptive approaches (“we always do it this way”) and directly copying from a previous photoshoot. I’m all for drawing inspiration from successful marketing campaigns but that doesn’t necessitate outright plagiarism.

What works best during a photoshoot is enactment of the advance plan, preferably using a checklist, with all parties respecting the professional roles of others. In other words acknowledging the photographer is the expert in photography, the stylist is the expert in styling etc. It’s important to recognise that this doesn’t mean an inflexible approach or that technique can’t be challenged. Modification of the plan and/or brief in light of unforeseen issues is to be expected in a photoshoot and is an entirely sensible course of action as opposed to panicking or carrying on regardless when things don’t go to plan. Ideally any deviation should be by consensus, which is not always possible in the limited time of a shoot, and good practice is that all modifications are documented in case disputes arise at a later point in time. Whilst a degree of flexibility regarding delivery of the advance plan is important what doesn’t work so well is where an agency (or a client) continually introduces new ideas throughout a shoot “because they are creative”. The net result is that the specified job ends up not being fully delivered and the impact of any subsequent marketing campaign is ultimately diluted. What also doesn’t work well is when a marketer (or client) is constantly on the phone or their laptop meaning they don’t actively contribute to the shoot. Whilst more people adds complexity more often than not the upshot is that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This doesn’t hold when one or more members of the team are distracted. This includes marketers who repeatedly interrupt a shoot to get their own shots for the agency Instagram feed.

I am often frustrated at the lack of control in how my images are used. What I perhaps find most disappointing is marketers who completely fail to appreciate that consumers are more discerning than they are given credit for. Consumers see right through marketing agencies who make disingenuous product recommendations e.g. where marketers imply first-hand experience of a product in a magazine article that features (my) photos when in fact they clearly don’t have any end-user product experience and are simply responding to a journalistic request. I always feel a sense of embarrassment when I see my images used in this way. Surely this can only devalue a brand? In fact, good marketing not only needs excellent photography but effective strategies - based on analysis of data - to sell more products. Gone are the days when marketing simply meant sending product samples to all influencers†† listed in an agencies black book. Although complex, consumer behaviour is predictable and ultimately open to modification. Unfortunately few agencies have expertise in the analysis & interpretation of data that is necessary to inform effective marketing strategies that influence consumer behaviour. Until marketing agencies up their game I suspect that an increasing number of photoshoots will involve just me and the client.

 To be distinguished from a marketeer who is a person who sells goods i.e. in this case the client whose product(s) will be photographed

†† Even before the term was popularised in social media

 

   
     

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Stitch Up

A landscape photography panorama I recently posted on a local social media forum generated many questions about what software I used to stitch the shots that comprised the image together. This intrigued me as I regard software as probably the most straightforward aspect of panoramic photography. I really don’t think it matters what program is used as all perform equally well. For instance, if you normally use Photoshop for post-production it makes most sense to use File > Automate > Photomerge whilst if you are a Lightroom user it makes sense to use Photo > Photo Merge > Panorama. I’m aware that Adobe and third-party plug-ins are available but built-in functionality generally does the job well unlike early software when a better outcome was achieved by manually joining images and then cleaning-up with the eraser tool. Arguably, as with most things in photography, in-camera capture is the most important element of panoramic landscapes. I should point out I’m not referring here to the panoramic mode increasingly incorporated within cameras & smartphones i.e. where the device is panned in a continuous movement and the panorama is created from rapid-fire exposures. Here’s a quick run-through my technique when shooting panoramic landscape photography.

Firstly and maybe somewhat counterintuitively pack away your wide angle lens and select a standard or even short telephoto focal length. Apart from an aesthetically pleasing aspect ratio that is significantly different to the standard crop of camera sensors a well-executed panorama maintains detail and (via lens compression) proportional scaling so that, unlike wide angle images, objects in the foreground don’t appear disproportionally large and objects in the background don’t appear disproportionally small. For this particular scene the church spires would likely have needed significant correction due to wide-angle distortion. Secondly and perhaps most obviously decide on how much of the scene is to be captured and then compute the number of frames required to capture this allowing for at least a third overlap between each; I generally overlap by 50%. It’s probably worthwhile to add a 'standby' frame either end as these can be easily cropped out later. Although it doesn’t really matter if overlaps aren’t exactly equal identifying evenly spaced landmarks will help line up the camera. At this stage it’s also crucial to visualise how you want the panorama to appear. If your preference is to include plenty of foreground and sky then orientate your camera to portrait as shooting landscape will limit foreground/sky capture. Thirdly, whilst it is possible to shoot handheld the best results will be obtained using a tripod. I don’t subscribe to the notion that specialised (and thus pricey) panoramic heads that rotate at pre-set increments are necessary but a sturdy tripod and mount combination will help enormously. Perhaps one of the most important tasks is to ensure the camera is level-mounted on all planes of orientation; use a hot-shoe mounted spirit level or the built-in electronic level if your camera has one. Some photographers advocate shooting at an angle or tilt; in my experience the results simply don’t justify the hassle! Fourthly, even if not bracketing (i.e. under/normal/over exposure) all frames consider at least one initial bracketed exposure as metering, white balance etc. may be tricky due to the more varied area of scene compared to a single shot. In fact, assuming most landscape photography takes advantage of the golden hour, anticipate that some areas will be in full sun with others in deep shade. In terms of aperture I generally work one stop away from the lens maximum f/ number (i.e. smallest diameter). NB: If camera parameters are a mystery to you I recommend enrolling on the bokeh photographic Training Courses. Fifth, work in RAW and in camera manual mode without lens autofocus to lock in camera parameters and avoid the camera making any (semi)automatic changes. I also use either a shutter remote release or the in-built timer to reduce camera shake. Returning to the previous point a lens hood may prove indispensable in full sun. Finally, on the assumption you will be shooting each panorama more than once, decide on start/end markers to delineate the set of frames to be stitched together. For example, before shooting the first frame I take a picture of one finger held up in front of the scene and after shooting the last frame I take a picture of two fingers held up; I then know where each sequence starts & stops. In place an hour before sundown for this scene I shot a total of ten 8-frame (although the end frames were eventually cropped) 3-bracketed sequences as the sunset advanced. It’s also worth mentioning to always shoot left to right (as most people do anyway) as this makes it easier to recognise sequences when loaded into software.

Although a degree of practice will be needed to perfect technique these steps should result in optimised images that reduce potential problems when attempting to merge in software thus rendering tedious debates such as Auto Crop vs. Boundary Warp obsolete. Trust me - it’s an absolute stitch up!

 

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St Ives (Cambridgeshire) in winter flood from Hemingford Grey Meadow (6 frame stitch)

   
     

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Resolution(s)

I don’t normally go in for New Year’s resolutions but there are a couple of personal photography ‘projects’ that I am keen to tick off in 2020. These are: nailing landscape photography of the local flatlands and shooting some great pictures of otters, which might be local but probably won’t be.

To take landscape photography first, or more specifically landscape photography of Fenland: athough I do work as a landscape photographer it isn’t one of my main work streams unlike perhaps when I first started out as a full-time photographer. Typically the views I now shoot tend to be coastal panoramas or scenes up in the mountains mostly (it seems on consulting my landscape photography portfolio) in bad although highly atmospheric weather as per this shot of a storm in the fells above Grasmere. The Fens to the North/North East of Cambridge are low-lying. It is hard to describe to anyone not familiar with the area just how extreme the flatness is. I was excited to spot the Gog Magog Hills (which lie the other side of Cambridge) on the map when I first moved down to Cambridgeshire. Having grown up in an area with great access to the Lakeland, Northumberland & North Yorkshire/Cleveland hills you can imagine how disappointed I felt when ‘topping-out’ at 75 metres above sea level on Telegraph Clump - the highest point of the Magogs. On the other hand the fact that most of the Fens lies at, or below, the 5 metre contour means it is an area that presents unparalleled vistas. For example, Ely cathedral is visible from as far away as 16 miles. The lack of opportunity to gain elevation in the Fens poses a considerable challenge to landscape photography. The nature of this challenge is capturing topography (i.e. land features) as opposed to just the ‘big skies’ that the Fens are famous for. When not incorporating the ubiquitous wind turbines I’ve tended to incorporate equally artificial features such as the drainage dykes (aka drains or ditches many of which date from Vermuyden’s draining of the Fens in the 1600s) which criss-cross Fenland. Whilst such features at least convey a sense of perspective in the absence of anything high my aim in 2020 is to figure out how to shoot ‘conventional’ landscape photography of the Fens. By this I mean more land, less sky, less dykes and all without a drone. Watch this space!

Secondly, whilst I maintain I’m not a Wildlife Photographer I do regularly photograph wildlife often whilst working on local conservation and ecological monitoring schemes. In terms of wildlife one of my top objectives in 2020 is to photograph otters. Whilst the species has returned to both the Cam and Great Ouse rivers (I have been involved in monitoring parts of the Ouse as well as the some of the drainage dykes mentioned above for signs of their return) I haven’t even come close to capturing a decent shot of otters in Cambridgeshire. Depending on your point of view you could either say I have cheated or that I have maximised my opportunities by booking a trip to the West coast of Scotland with the main aim of seeing otters. To say we’re looking forward to this is an understatement. However, the classic photographer’s dilemma applies in terms of just what kit to pack. I’ve been told to expect close views but does that mean 200mm, 300mm, 400mm or 600mm glass and of course it would be disingenuous to ignore the spectacular scenery and so I also need to allow space for landscape lenses. Again, watch this space!

As for the commercial photography side of things I look forward to working with both existing and new clients so if you require Food & Drink Photography; Commercial & Product Photography; Corporate & PR Photography; Event Photography; Portrait Photography (including Active Portraiture and Naturally You Makeovers) or Wedding Photography this year or if you are looking to undertake Photography Training in 2020 do get in touch.

   
     

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Workflow

One of the questions I invariably get asked as a professional photographer concerns post-production. Over my career I must have been asked about my workflow hundreds if not thousands of times. Each time the topic is raised there seems to be the expectation that I must have some kind of universal recipe that I can easily pass on to the person asking about post-production workflow. This post is for all those who have requested a blog on the topic. Hopefully it’s not too much of a spoiler to reveal that I don’t have a one-stop solution to workflow for reasons that will soon become clear. In truth, somewhat inexplicably it’s actually taken me a while to realise that people are effectively looking for a ‘magic bullet’. In general, people understand the need for post-production (otherwise why would they be asking about it and why would they throw money and/or spend time on post-capture activities?) although there is a naivety about what workflow entails. This suggests a lack of understanding regarding the fundamentals of photography which is perhaps understandable as topics such as tonal values and how these map to human eyesight can be complex. Consequently, much in the same way as some people put their trust in pressing the shutter button with the camera in full automatic mode, many seem to be looking for equivalent automation in photographic software. The pervasiveness of this attitude is exemplified by the popularity of third-party software plug-ins. For example, Adobe Photoshop ‘actions’ and Adobe Lightroom ‘presets’. Despite promising a simple shortcut to stunning visuals, practical experience of software plug-ins is on the whole as disappointing as shooting with the camera in full automatic mode. I should point out that at the other end of the spectrum are those (mostly amateur) photographers who spend hours and hours on post-production to the extent that post-capture time dwarfs in-camera time. Even if such enormous effort produces results it is unworkable for most full time photographers; post-production workflow needs to be as efficient as possible.

As already stated I don’t have an universal recipe for post-production and in my opinion there simply cannot be an (effective) one-stop solution to workflow. The simple (and surely obvious?) reason why is that a ‘one size fits all’ method simply cannot account for all the different variables that contribute to a photographic image. For example, when shooting Food & Drink Photography I may be in a dimly-lit restaurant basement kitchen or I might be in a brightly-lit dining area next to a large window. Overlooking for now the effects of using different photographic kit and selection of different camera parameters, the profile of a digital negative taken in the kitchen area will be hugely different to the profile of a digital negative taken in the dining area. Treating these two negatives exactly the same would completely fail to take into account the significant heterogeneity between the two and would likely result in an outcome where neither final image is optimal. The skill in post-production is to accurately interpret the digital negative profile and edit accordingly: unfortunately this is where many photographers (and software plug-ins) fall well short!

I can however give some general pointers on my approach to workflow. Firstly, I absolutely subscribe to the axiom that the best outcomes can only be produced by good in-camera capture combined with good post-production workflow. This is another way of saying that I don’t believe second-rate images can somehow be rescued via post-production. Secondly, I normally have an idea of what post-production methods I will use for a given shot before I even pick up the camera to take that shot. To reiterate: post-production workflow and in-camera capture go hand in hand. Thirdly, although I have a soft spot for early versions of Bibble, I favour Lightroom over Photoshop. The latter I find somewhat clunky in comparison to the highly intuitive Lightroom although Photoshop is invaluable for more involved work such as cut-outs etc. Note however that I don’t use the Develop mode of Lightroom in the ‘order’ that Adobe suggests or in way that most other people seem to process images. Fourthly, beyond basic conversion of RAW to JPEG, I believe in editing only when it is necessary and even then my edits are generally in small incremental steps. Incidentally, Lightroom was specifically developed to handle 80% of typical post-production tasks (with Photoshop intended for the residual 20% which require more advanced editing). Fifth, contrary to what you might expect I use presets! In fact I use both bespoke presets that I create for specific photoshoots as well as carefully selected third-party plug-ins although I rely heavily on Nate Photogaphic’s excellent OPAL software to control opacity: it’s my secret weapon that I can’t recommend enough! Finally, post-production of an entire photoshoot can be a complex task. Keeping track of what edits have been applied to what images is essential. During the post-production of each and every job I keep a written summary, coded for simplicity, of all workflow edits made. Although such summaries may perhaps appear unintelligible it is a workflow system that makes perfect sense to me as coding allows all edits to be easily tracked for all images. If you think this unnecessary try keeping track of the develop edits for every image you have worked on via Lightoom’s ‘history’ function. My biggest regret is that over the years these summaries have not been retained: generally scribbled on the back of the photoshoot brief or whatever piece of paper that was to hand, they usually end up in the recycling as soon as the job has been approved by the client.

NB: A ‘one size fits all’ approach to post-production workflow also doesn’t make sense as this risks rending all images the same whereas one of the most appealing aspects of photography is the incredible diversity of photographic images!

   
     

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Big It Up

One aspect that immediately becomes apparent when speaking to those enrolling on bokeh photographic Training Courses is that people don’t fully understand light. A case in point is the Inverse Square Law which can be regarded as the photographic equivalent of football’s offside rule i.e. although everyone mentions it, few can explain it, and even fewer appreciate the subtleties of it. Everyone gets that the further an object is away from a light source the less light will hit that object, after all that’s just common sense, but only a minority comprehend the rate of light drop-off e.g. most assume that an object 2 metres away from a light source receives half the light compared to an object a metre away and an object four metres away receives a quarter of light. In fact the object at 2 metres receives a quarter of light compared to the object at a metre and the object at four metres only receives one sixteenth of the light. Whatever the real (or perceived) lighting problem it seems that the default response is to purchase ‘bigger & better’ equipment. I’ve lost count of the number of times I heard people state that 'all will be ok' because their new flash unit etc. is 'as powerful as a lighthouse'.

We will return to exactly how a lighthouse works but it’s probably best to first consider the ultimate light source i.e. the sun. For the purposes of this explanation let’s assume that the power of our light source is fixed: we are deliberately avoiding the ‘bigger & better’ mentality. On a sunny cloudless day light from the sun is direct and unhindered and so shadows are prominent on the opposite side of any object facing the sun. However, when a cloud obscures the sun, although the total amount of light getting through the cloud to the ground is diminished, shadows are reduced. They may even be completely eliminated on a very overcast day. This is because clouds act as a physical barrier between the light source and the area of earth illuminated by the sun. Although historically high power bulbs (typically 1,000-3,000 watts) were used in lighthouses no bulb, however powerful, can account for the far reach of a lighthouse beam. A lighthouse also uses a physical barrier in order to modify light: specifically a special type of lens called a Fresnel lens named after the French Physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel. A Fresnel lens has a distinctive stepped appearance due to ridges in the lens surface where each ridge bends light slightly more than the one before it so that light rays are concentrated into a perfect parallel beam that can be seen for a far greater distance than even the most powerful lightbulb alone. In fact, as the optical performance of Fresnel lenses improves much less powerful bulbs are now being installed in lighthouses across the world. Although clouds and Fresnel lenses are both physical barriers their effect is very different. Clouds scatter light rays from the direct light source (the sun) which softens shadows and so produces ‘soft’ light whilst a Fresnel lens concentrates light rays from the direct light source (the bulb) which hardens shadows and so produces ‘hard’ light. In photography unmodified artificial light whether flash or continuous is non-diffused and so just like direct sun produces hard light with distinct shadows and characteristically high contrast. Photographic light modifiers (i.e. umbrellas, soft-boxes, diffusion panels or even just a piece of horticultural fleece) work on the same principle as clouds in terms of acting as a physical barrier to scatter or ‘diffuse’ light from a direct light source to produce softer light.

However, there is another important way of modifying direct light for photographic purposes. Again let’s first consider the sun. When a cloud obscures the sun the entire light source (i.e. the sun together with the cloud) effectively becomes larger relative to the subject being photographed. The larger the light source relative to the subject the softer the light whereas the smaller the light source relative to the subject the harder the light. This can be hard to get your head around. With a radius of 432,450 miles, a diameter of 864,938 miles and a circumference of 2,713,406 miles the sun is big – it’s the largest object in our solar system – but as it’s so distant we generally don’t notice a drop-off in intensity because of the Inverse Square Law. Whilst we obviously can’t alter the position of the sun we can take advantage of clouds which effectively create a mega-sized natural soft-box where the diffusing physical barrier at the front of the soft-box (i.e. cloud at anywhere between ground level to 12 miles away in the upper reaches of the troposphere) is much closer to the ground than the light source at the back of the soft-box (the sun at an average distance of 92,955,807 miles away). We adopt the same principle when utilising modifiers such as a photographic soft-box where there are three main ways of altering the relative size of the light source to the subject: i) moving the whole soft-box closer to the subject; ii) using a bigger diameter soft-box; or iii) using a deeper soft-box whose design produces even softer and more evenly distributed light.

To reiterate, in addition to scattering light from a direct light source by using a diffusing physical barrier such as a soft-box, altering the relative size of the light source to whatever is being photographed can also help soften hard light from a direct light source thus reducing shadows and contrast. Whether to diffuse direct light is a case of personal preference. Although shadows have been almost totally eliminated in most commercial professional photography over the last decade they are steadily making a comeback! I for one think this is a good thing on the caveat that this isn’t an absolute dichotomy (i.e. shadow or no shadow) as there are almost an infinite number of steps on the incremental scale between hard and soft light. Finally, is buying a flash unit ‘as powerful as a lighthouse’ a good strategy? Probably not for the vast majority of photographers as high-powered units limit the ability to work at wide open apertures and in confined spaces. My best advice is to instead invest in light modifiers although an equally effective yet cheaper method of softening light is to use a decorator’s sheet or horticultural fleece from the pound store! Of course, as a professional photographer covering a wide range of photographic scenarios I don’t necessarily follow my own advice! In addition to various continuous lights I own several sets of low, medium and high-powered specification studio strobes which lets me light all types of photographic scenarios. Rest assured however that in addition to my ‘manufactured’ (and overpriced?) umbrellas, soft-boxes, diffusion panels etc. I have miles and miles of horticultural fleece.

NB: The lighthouse pictured is the iconic 1792 Orford Ness lighthouse designed by William Wilkins, decommissioned in 2013 and now under the stewardship of the Orford Ness Lighthouse Trust, which unfortunately is at risk of imminent collapse due to costal erosion although the Trust are aiming to save it. The picture was taken in August 2019. In September 2019 high tides and strong winds led to collapse of the bungalow just visible adjoining the lighthouse; the place where we sat and had lunch in August.

   
     

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Island Life

I take great pleasure in photographing (small) islands: often idyllic yet at the same time somewhat bleak. I have made good progress as regards the 11 featured in Patrick Barkham’s travelogue ‘Islander’ however ticking off all of the islands of the British Isles (i.e. all the smaller islands surrounding the two big islands of Great Britain and Ireland) is a much slower-burn project not helped by the fact that there is no consensus regarding what constitutes an island and thus how many there are. In the Collins New Naturalist Library ‘Islands’ volume R.J. Berry guesstimates 5,000 although he concedes many of these are little more than isolated rocks whilst Barkham claims 6,289 (plus the two big ones) in Islander. Photographing islands tends to be a spring and summer activity. This is largely for practical reasons as many ferries only operate seasonally: a shame as this limits my ability to photograph the spectacular Atlantic winter storms that bash those islands lying off the west coast. This categorisation isn’t binding but in my book island photography can be subdivided into: i) wildlife; ii) people; and iii) topography. Although our islands offer superb opportunities for wildlife (both in number of species given the lower density of humans and in endemicity i.e. species differentiation compared to the mainland) and people, I would contend that the most challenging aspect is capturing topography. The vast majority of topographical images are aerial shots taken from a plane or increasingly from a drone (although mercifully these are gradually being banned from otherwise peaceful islands) and with no desire to utilise either of these I always seek out the optimum land-based spot to best capture island landscapes.

The most recent island I ticked off was Bardsey or Ynys Enlli in Welsh which lies some two miles off the Llŷn Peninsula. Although it is possible to stay on the island in one of the 12 Grade-II listed properties (one of which being the Bardsey Bird & Field Observatory where you can bunk for a very reasonable £190 week providing you can cope with outdoor compost toilets), this was a non-residential visit governed by tide times for the boat. Not staying on an island obviously reduces the time to find the best spot(s) for photography and renders one susceptible to the weather – more on this later. Bardsey is around 180 hectares in size, 1.5 miles long and half a mile wide at its widest point. It is known as the ‘Island of the 20,000 Saints’ due to the number of pilgrims buried at the remains of the 13th Century Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary from the times when three pilgrimages to Bardsey were reputedly the equivalent of one to Rome. More recently the island boasted thriving fishing and farming industries and in common with many of our islands was owned by various members of the aristocracy including Lord Newborough who sold the island to Lord Cowdray who then sold to the Bardsey Island Trust in 1979 following a successful fundraising campaign. However, it seems all is not tickety-boo. Colin Evans, the Bardsey boatman and son of the last person to be born on the island shared his frustrations about the lack of sustainable development and economic independence when opining that the winter just gone was the first in living memory that the island was uninhabited (NB: by humans - I'm sure the wildlife made the most of it). Coincidentally, he featured in a Patrick Barkham Guardian article published at the time we visited. I look forward to when his proposed Ynys Enlli brewery is up and running!

One of my golden rules of island hopping is to avoid the crowds - which are all relative of course. As a guided walk group from the Observatory were on the island’s mountain when disembarking the boat I abandoned the original plan to immediately ascend and photograph Ynys Enlli spreading out beneath. One of the most attractive aspects of Bardsey is that it seems to turn its back on the mainland which, despite being only two miles away, is not visible from the majority of the island as the 167 metre Mynydd Enlli obscures the view. Instead I first headed to the most Westerly aspect where I took this shot which more-or-less captures the main features of Bardsey: the coastline and the spectacular turquoise sea that surrounds the island; one of the birdwatching hides; the lighthouse (which dominates the lowland aspect of Ynys Enlli and which Colin Evans has recently bought to site his brewery); a couple of the old farmhouses that are now holiday lets; the surprisingly complex geology (in addition to fertile arable land Bardsey contains a large diversity of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks including those left over from a olistostrome - a huge underwater landslide caused by tectonic activity); and Mynydd Enlli – well a hint of the mountain as foolishly I hadn’t brought a wide-angle lens. Returning to the weather, island conditions can change quickly even in the high season. I never got the chance to take that panoramic landscape from the top of Mynydd Enlli as a sea mist, or what I grew up referring to as a fret, had drifted in by the time I got to the top – that’s island life for you!

   
     

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Shades of Grey

There’s nothing better than rediscovering a bit of kit. I’m not talking about equipment that has been physically lost, although that’s surely a reason for celebration also, but more the realisation of what an item of kit can do after initial (perceived) disappointment in performance. I have my ExpoDisc White Balance (WB) Filter in mind whilst writing this post. After purchasing a 77mm ExpoDisc-2 years ago it gradually fell into disuse. After a lengthy period in an obscure interior pocket of the camera bag I have started using it again. Before I go any further I need to make it clear that this is not a testimonial, remunerated or otherwise, for the ExpoDisc. In fact, this post isn’t really about the ExpoDisc at all.

Although this blog isn’t categorically about the ExpoDisc, or for that matter WB which the ExpoDisc is used to set, it’s probably useful to put things into context for those not familiar with this area of photography. What is WB and is it important? Taking the latter question first many of the problematic images that I am asked to diagnose, whether in general or whilst running Photography Training Courses, don’t look right because WB has not been correctly set. Intriguingly, whilst amateur photographers and it seems many professionals typically diagnose an exposure problem I believe incorrect WB to be a more common problem acknowledging of course that exposure in many photographs is also not quite right. The fact that images where WB is incorrect don’t look right corroborates that it is important. I’ll save the underlying science for another day - including why white balance is typically measured using something grey - but to summarise here’s what I tell training course participants: in a technically correct photograph ‘blacks should be black and whites should be white’ and not tinted blue, orange, green etc. Black-blacks and white-whites are achieved not just by dialling in the correct exposure but also by taking into account the colour temperature of the light source. Different light sources have different colour temperature characteristics and although human eyesight is very good at compensating for this (so whites always look white no matter what the light source is) cameras often struggle. When we look at a white object in bright sun it appears white. That object also appears white if we view it in deep shade, under cloudy conditions, under a kitchen light or under a desk lamp. This is the reason for camera WB presets: the idea being that once the predominant light source has been identified the relevant preset can be selected which modifies how the camera records colour temperature on a blue-yellow spectrum in conjunction with a green-magenta tint so that colours appear normal. If WB is incorrectly set images can appear too cool or too warm and may have a colour cast that renders white or neutral surfaces a different colour to how we see them – it's never good to have blue or orange skin tones!

Whenever working commercially I always set WB manually (i.e. I don’t use presets but programme a custom WB using a calibration tool) as precise measurement of colour temperature is mandatory in commercial photography. Though I have started using my ExpoDisc again, unlike when I first purchased it, I now don’t use it all the time. There are other ways to address WB (e.g. using a Grey Card or an area of neutral tone) and the ExpoDisc doesn’t confer any advantage over these methods in the vast majority of situations. This nicely illustrates a trap that we all fall into from time to time. Indeed, some seem to be permanently stuck in the trap. When I first purchased the ExpoDisc I fell for the marketing hype that it was the solution for all WB problems. Don’t get me wrong, the ExpoDisc is relatively simple to use and it certainly works. However, so do the other methods and they tend not to have the small quirks that frustrate use of the ExpoDisc e.g. having to switch lens to manual focus in order to register an ‘incident’ image that can be used to set custom WB. These quirks along with the fact that the ExpoDisc doesn’t offer advantages over other methods explains why I stopped using it. I should reiterate that this trap applies to just about all photography equipment and not just the ExpoDisc. We are seduced by manufacturers’ performance claims and increasingly automated photographic kit which supposedly offers a short-cut to photographic excellence. Needless to say, this is rarely substantiated. All is not lost however. A couple of months ago I chanced upon the ExpoDisc in that obscure camera bag pocket. I tried it out in a mixed lighting scenario that was proving tricky to calibrate using a standard Grey Card. This is where the ExpoDisc established its superiority. It has subsequently become my ‘go-to’ WB tool in tricky lighting although I don’t use it in more straightforward scenarios. Now here’s the thing. If Expo Imaging Inc hadn’t made the arguably over-inflated claims about everyday use of the ExpoDisc (and if I hadn’t fallen into the trap) I reckon I wouldn’t have stopped using the product. I may even have recommended it as the WB tool for tricky lighting. Now there’s a thought for all the camera equipment manufacturers out there!

   
     

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(Day) Lights, Action

There is a school of thought in food & drink photography, widely subscribed to, that products should only be photographed in natural ambient light i.e. daylight. This has always puzzled me. In purely practical terms it seems unduly limiting. In the dreary UK winter daylight luminance may not be bright enough to achieve an adequate working exposure meaning a higher ISO and/or longer shutter need to be employed which both increase digital noise. And when the forecast is for sunny intervals the benefits of shooting in daylight may be completely outweighed by the time and effort required to modify the setup each time the sun disappears behind a cloud only to reappear a couple of minutes later. And I’ve lost count of the number of jobs where I’ve covered an evening restaurant service when there is no daylight! Whilst the temptation for naïve photographers is to shoot under the restaurant’s fittings this is a recipe – pun intended – for disaster as restaurant lights are generally awful. Whilst we are on the subject I’ve also on too many occasions than I would care to remember had to work in a kitchen basement where there are no windows again rendering any proposal to shoot ambient obsolete.

Don’t get me wrong. I shoot daylight Food & Drink Photography whenever I can after making a judgment whether the ambient light is of adequate quality and whether it is sufficiently predictable. However, more often than not when working as a Food & Drink Photographer I will use dedicated artificial light. Back in Blog 39 I explained how I pick from the four different types of strobes that I own (excluding my Speedlites, my ‘ancillary’ strobe heads and my continuous lights) depending upon whether the light is to be used as a key (main), fill (secondary) or accent (highlight) light in addition to considering the size of the product relative to the environment in which it is to be photographed. I often opt for dedicated artificial light even when the ambient light is good as this opens up more creative options. For example, strobes can accentuate colour and texture, freeze motion and help isolate product from background.

However, let’s consider a common scenario. The brief for this gastropub shoot was to create light and airy images showcasing the upcoming spring menu. Soft, diffused window light springs to mind. Unfortunately it was absolutely grotty on the day of the shoot. Ironically, I had the perfect window for food photography were it not for the poor weather and the fact that a truck parked outside threw everything into further shadow. In lieu of window illuminance a single strobe in an extra-large (150cm) soft box provided the required look NB: the key principle here being making the light source as large as possible proportional to the subject being photographed. There is however an alternative that most photographers don’t even think about. I would argue in most cases, as here, the use of flash is be indiscernible except perhaps to an expert eye. This is because contemporary style more-or-less dictates eliminating any evidence of flash unless, for instance, light reflections are used to emphasise dimensionality. Excuse the crude generalisation but in a poorly-executed image discernible flash generally means a photographer not proficient in strobe photography whilst in a well-executed image, discernible flash marks a proficient photographer who deliberately decided to emphasise the use of strobes. In my opinion the latter is more exciting and dramatic but rather disappointingly is rarely seen commercially as food and drink photography tends to be ‘small-c’ conservative.

   
     

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Different Perspectives

Time and time again 50mm focal length lenses come out top in polls of the ‘best’ (most popular?) camera equipment. This is especially true in Food & Drink Photography and fittingly I use the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L USM which offers superb optical performance as it is one of the sharpest lenses on the market. Although I no longer use my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II professionally (Blog No. 14 explains why!), I do use this 'nifty fifty' for non-commercial work alongside the more expensive L-grade 50mm. Incidentally, whilst I don’t generally advocate kit on bokeh photographic Photography Training Courses I make an exception for the 50mm f/1.8 II because for an incredibly cheap price this glass opens up - pun intended - a whole range of options in low ambient light scenarios. However, I’m not wedded to 50mm. In fact, I don’t favour any one lens as I tend to use a variety of glass in any given shoot. Nevertheless, one lens I almost always invariably grab out of the bag is the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM I: note the Mark I iteration as I rate this over later models. Although it can’t open up as wide as my 50mm lenses it is equally as sharp with little optical distortion and it is fast. In fact, it focuses so quickly and accurately I don’t think I have ever missed a shot. Of course, rapid focus isn’t terribly important in food & drink photography. So why do I almost always reach for the 70-200mm? I know what you are thinking but it's not just because of the versatility of the variable 130mm focal range. 

Examination of the comparative pros & cons of different lenses is beyond the scope of this post. Therefore, let’s just concentrate on one aspect: telephoto compression. In most instances when I’m shooting food & drink (or when I'm working as a Product Photographer) the objective is to make the product stand out so that the viewer unequivocally knows what the image is about. Any potentially distracting elements should be minimised as it is the product and not the background, props etc. that is being showcased. Whilst other factors (including aperture and camera-subject-background distance) are important and need to be taken into consideration we can simplify matters by remembering that a short focal length enhances perspective whereas a long focal length diminishes perspective. In other words, there is greater separation of subject-to-background with a 50mm focal length than with a 200mm focal length as telephoto compression makes this distance appear smaller than it actually is. In theory this means that the greater 3-dimensional depth at 50mm should render a product more prominent than at 200mm. Nevertheless, holding everything else constant, a product captured with a 200mm focal length may perceptually stand out more as telephoto compression aesthetically blurs the background (i.e. 'bokeh') meaning our eyes are drawn to the product in the foreground. Moreover, this is achieved without manipulating actual lens aperture which would affect overall depth of field.

This is best illustrated by comparing the two shots below from a recent restaurant shoot where the only difference between the 50mm and 200mm image is camera-to-subject distance to maintain the within-frame proportionality of the bowl. Otherwise both were shot at 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100. It’s perhaps important to reiterate that I experiment with different lenses during every shoot and these two images weren’t specially photographed for the blog. Personally I prefer the longer focal length although both work well. I’m always conscious that there may be an equivalent of the ‘blue/black dress vs. white/gold dress’ illusory split when it comes to image perception (differences in how our brains interpret visual signals are only just being understood) and so I’m happy to accept some may prefer the 50mm version. As you would expect, when a brief calls for front-to-back sharpness (e.g. when shooting a product range group shot or when the product is positioned towards the background), I reach for the 50mm or another standard glass. Finally, note the slight perpendicular distortion of the background with the shorter focal length. I’ll save how to correct this by shooting with my specialist tilt-shift Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 for another post.

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The Dark Side

The trouble with most photography websites, videos, magazines etc. that claim to give instruction on how to shoot night-time urban landscapes is that they assume the location will be a populous cityscape – think London – with very brightly lit high-rise buildings, numerous streetlights, illuminated billboards & neon signs and lots of traffic with headlight/taillight streams. It’s a fair assumption that most people’s local urban landscape is not as illuminated and as a result possibly far less gaudy? This makes for a different photographic challenge and just maybe a more interesting one? Cityscapes at night are surprisingly bright with a more even distribution of tones than less populated urban areas thanks to light pollution diffusion and reflections from glass-fronted buildings etc. Although by definition nocturnal cityscapes are high-contrast they are invariably less contrasty than most nocturnal urban landscapes.

Aside from the village in which I live, St Ives (the Cambridgeshire version), is my nearest urban landscape if a small market town on the edge of the Fens can be categorised as such. The town is dominated by the river and I have previously noted how the renowned architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner wrote: ‘St Ives has put its river, the Ouse, to good use visually. The river is indeed good enough to be made a feature of it’. At night the St Ives riverside is reasonably well lit but it still contains deep shadows with a relative dearth of mid-tones and overly bright highlights - note the medieval bridge. In other words, a high-contrast over-scaled scene that exceeds the dynamic range of digital cameras. Human eyesight has little problem simultaneously distinguishing shadows alongside highlights thanks to the rod photoreceptors that lie in the outer retina. This low light but not fully dark scene is an example of mesopic vision as the overall light level has a luminance between -3 cd/m2 to 0.05 cd/m2 - sunlight has a value of 5 cd/m2. Rod activation predominates to allow object discrimination in the low-light although cones are also engaged as we can perceive colour. The highly-simplified objective of capturing this scene photographically can be summarised as allowing sufficient ‘reserve’ in the shadows for post-production lightening without under-exposing or over-exposing the highlights in-camera.

Amateur photographers often find such scenes extremely challenging as they follow their normal photographic routine, which invariably results in highlight clipping, and so overcompensate to then produce an overly dark shot. Other than correct metering other problems frequently encountered include (auto)focus, colour balance, digital noise and achieving acceptable sharpness. So how such a shot should be approached? Unfortunately I’m not going to reveal all as this shot was taken as part of a planning session for a bespoke one-to-one Photography Training Course - I’m also considering running a group session if there is demand. However, I will disclose that this was a single exposure of <30sec as this is the slowest shutter speed available on most digital cameras† NB: I’m ignoring ‘bulb’ which I used to shoot another St Ives night scene as to use this mode properly requires a timer release which most people don’t have. In terms of overall luminance the image is more subtle than conventional night-time shots and is more befitting of the far less artificially illuminated St Ives that Pevsner so admired. Apart from appearing picturesque and providing a focal point/lead-in line the Great Ouse obviously reflects light. I’m not just referring to the artificial lights reflected in the water but the ambient light provided by the three-quarter moon out of shot. My back-of-the-envelope calculations from light-meter readings when the moon was obscured by cloud is that moonlight lifted the overall light level by two full stops. I’ll finish with an unexpected hazard: those lovely reflections in the still river were disturbed when I first setup as all the resident swans made a dash towards me thinking I was about to feed them. I had to wait 20 minutes in the freezing cold for the ripples to subside!

†For those thinking why not shoot three or more bracketed exposures I did so immediately prior to this shot at -3EV/0EV/+3EV although the result was not markedly superior to this shot.

   
     

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Glorious Gamma

In addition to what camera buttons do what (which is what most photography training courses seem to limit themselves to and furthermore they do this without explanation!) all bokeh photographic Photography Training emphasises getting to know your own camera’s performance in real life scenarios. The starting point is teaching participants to think (or should that be see?) like a photographer. Whilst a full explanation is beyond the scope of this blog post here’s a (very) simplified explanation that will hopefully pique your interest in enrolling.

A digital sensor responds to light in a linear manner. That is, when light intensity is doubled the picture elements (aka ‘pixels’) record the doubling of the number of photons hitting the light-sensitive element and output is thus doubled i.e. the digital signal is in direct proportion to the light intensity. Along with analogue film our eyesight differs because, along with most human physiological senses, it is highly non-linear. If light intensity is doubled we perceive the light to be brighter but not twice as bright. Such compression is functionally important as it allows us to simultaneously perceive shadow detail alongside highlight detail. In addition, it allows us to see across an extremely wide range of light i.e. from a dark interior to bright outdoors. Moreover, our eyesight is relatively more sensitive to changes in dark tones than changes in light tones; an evolutionary artefact from the time before artificial lighting.

Photography involves a lot of trade-offs and one of the most important is achieving a graduation in tones acceptable to our eyesight whilst minimising digital noise in the shadows. This concept is perhaps easier to explain using the specifications of a real camera so let’s take Canon’s new entry-level EOS 2000D. Most people fall into the trap of fixating only upon megapixels which in the 2000D’s case is 24.1 MP i.e. the camera can produce a 6000 pixel x 4000 pixel image = 24,000,000 pixels. However, this is more a measure of maximum physical print size and not necessarily quality in terms of information capture. In any given digital sensor each individual pixel is represented by a given number of bits where a greater number of bits equates to higher image quality as more information can be recorded. For example, in terms of black and white: an 8 bit pixel can record pure black (0), pure white (255) or any of the 254 intermediate tones in-between; a 10 bit pixel can record pure black (0), pure white (1,024) or any of the 1,022 intermediate tones in-between; a 12 bit pixel can record pure black (0), pure white (4,096) or any of the 4,094 intermediate tones in-between; and a 14 bit pixel (Canon’s EOS 2000D) can record pure black (0), pure white (16,384) or any of the 16,382 intermediate tones in-between. The number of bits contributing to each pixel is usually expressed as bit depth per red, green and blue channel i.e. an 8 bit pixel has three channels of 8 bits making a total bit depth of 24.

One of the consequences of linear response is that half (8,192) of the 16,384 tones captured by the Canon 2000D’s digital sensor are allocated to the brightest stop of light in a scene, half of the remainder (4,096) are allocated to the next brightest stop of light, half of the remainder (2,048) are allocated to the next brightest stop of light and so on. The net effect is rather than a smooth continuous graduation the tonal distribution is perceptually non-uniform being weighted towards the highlights (which our eyes are relatively insensitive to) with much fewer tones making up the shadows which our eyesight is more sensitive to. A non-encoded image appears dark and lacks contrast until gamma encoding is applied during RAW conversion which normalises the histogram – see Image Key. Note that even when shooting RAW the preview image on a camera's LCD screen is a gamma-encoded JPEG. Working at a higher bit depth will not necessarily affect highlight capture but it generally improves shadow capture, especially for over-scaled (high-contrast) scenes, within the dynamic range of the camera.

However, balancing acceptable graduation in tones versus digital noise in the shadows is challenging for even experienced photographers. ‘Exposing for the highlights whilst developing for the shadows’ sounds straightforward but pushing to just below the threshold of overexposure is difficult to judge, especially when in-camera gamma correction can give false-positive highlight clipping, whilst different cameras differ in noise performance and therefore the points at which inherent noise outweighs the benefits of boosting the shadows in post-production. Returning to where I began the starting point in getting participants to think/see like a photographer is helping them recognise tonal graduation in scenes which, although trickier than it might sound, is the absolute foundation to good photography. Browse the Photography Services I offer to see what I mean.

 

Image Key:

Left hand side of image represents a linear gradient (gamma = 1) where although the highlights are reasonably preserved there is compression of the midtones and significant blocking of the shadows. The tonal distribution is perceptually non-uniform being weighted towards the highlights with much fewer tones making up the shadows. Right hand side of image represents a gamma-encoded gradient (gamma = 2.2) where the histogram has been normalised and tonal distribution is smooth and perceptually uniform

   
     

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Festive Matters

As today marks the 1st December it seems appropriate - now that we’re actually in the festive season - to conveniently sum up all things to do with Christmas 2018 as well as highlighting a few things that will be happening in 2019.

Firstly, if you are stuck for Christmas gift ideas a bokeh photographic gift voucher makes an ideal present. The Introduction to Photography training course is now in its tenth year and over this time lots of people have been delighted to find a one-to-one ITP Gift Voucher when opening their presents on the 25th December. If you are considering buying a photography training session for a loved one get in touch and I can advise what training will suit the recipient best: I offer a whole range of courses ranging from ITP for absolute beginners who press the button and simply hope for the best through to more technical courses for intermediate and advanced level photographers who are looking to take their photography skills to the next level. Incidentally, you don’t need to worry about secretly finding a suitable date in the recipient’s diary when purchasing a gift voucher as whoever receives the gift can get in touch at their convenience to arrange a date for the training.

I also offer gift vouchers for portrait photography. In addition to conventional Portrait Photography sessions bokeh photographic Active Portraiture is always a popular gift with the advantage of involving the whole family – including pets – in the gift experience. The AP webpage provides more detail but it really is as simple as choose a favourite location, turn up, have fun! In addition to spontaneously catching images of people doing the things they enjoy and want to do in their favourite location, AP is a great way of filling the family album with images that are tricky to photograph yourself i.e. action shots are difficult so your photographs are probably either blurred or you've managed to cut the kids' heads off the edge of the frame! Whilst about half of clients purchasing an AP session as a Christmas gift opt for a summer booking the remainder arrange a session during the winter months; there really is something special about a winter outdoor portrait and a lot of that is down to the much softer light. However, if you would rather have fun in the sun I also have that covered!

Additionally, in partnership with the talented Samantha from SJ Makeup I’ve just launched Naturally You: a make-over photo-shoot service with a difference that will reveal the real, natural you. Relax and have your make-up professionally applied in a natural style and then enjoy a relaxed photoshoot at your own home or favourite location. Whether you are after a new look, need an appearance refresh or are simply wondering what it’s like to experience a make-over with professional photographs to treasure, then the 'Naturally You' experience is for you. ‘Naturally You’ makes an ideal Christmas present for somebody special in your life and we are offering the experience for a limited time introductory offer of only £99. NB: we offer a special make-over for males so you can involve a significant other in the make-over whilst pets can be included in the photoshoot!

Secondly, ‘Not Elf on the Shelf but sELFie in the Photography Studio’ is taking a break this year so there won’t be a day-by-day reveal on social media of the various photography kit that the mischievous elf has got hold of. I’m sure you are just as relieved as I am ;-). Although not festive in nature I will be posting a light hearted wildlife quiz featuring various bokeh photographic images once I have hosted the quiz at a local Wildlife Trust meeting on the 12th December. Will you be able to match the scores of the experts? UPDATE: If you haven't already seen the links on the bokeh photographic social media feeds you can find the quiz here.

Thirdly, it’s always useful to clarify dates at this time of year. My last working day of 2018 is Wednesday 19th December and the studio will be shut for the whole festive period. Last dates for ordering albums is Wednesday 5th December, framed prints and wall art is Monday 10th December, photobooks is Wednesday 12th December and the last date for ordering standard prints is Monday 17th December.

Fourthly, there are numerous new projects that I will be announcing in 2019 so be sure to watch this space. I reopen for business on Monday 7th January so if you would like to join me I am offering 10% off standard shoot prices throughout January.

Finally, many thanks to all past and present clients for supporting bokeh photographic: it’s been a pleasure producing quality images for you all through 2018 and very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!

   
     

Call Alistair Grant on 07775 365507, Email alistair.grant@bokehphotographic.co.uk or click Booking Enquiries if you have any questions or would like to make a booking.

   
     

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Balancing Act

As we are now into the penultimate month of the calendar year it seems as good a time as any to highlight, in my experience at least, one of the standout trends of 2018: reshoots! That is, being commissioned to undertake a photoshoot first undertaken by another “photographer” because the client wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the original work. Whilst I’ve always had a small number of requests each year to reshoot a job originally undertaken by somebody else the numbers for 2018 are well into double figures. You might think that this is a good thing for my business. After all, a job’s a job. Not really. Firstly, if a client is forced to commission a reshoot this erodes confidence in all photographers, not just those whose work is deemed to be sub-standard, and detracts from the overall reputation and standing of the photography profession. Secondly, the fact that a client is forced to pay out for a second photoshoot means that in all likelihood they will not commission another shoot anytime soon as funds have been exhausted. Somewhat bizarrely it seems as if clients still pay the original photographer, albeit not the full amount contracted, even though they are not satisfied with the quality of the work!?! Before we go any further let me explain the italicised “photographer”. Although the problem certainly isn’t exclusively limited to amateur photographers, an amateur (by which I mean somebody who does not make their entire living from photography) was the original photographer for all but one of the reshoots I have undertaken in 2018. This does not mean amateur photographers are bad. In fact, many are good and some are exceptional. Unlike many colleagues I have always been forthright in declaring that professional photographers (photographers who do make their living from photography) haven’t got a monopoly on great images. Whether amateur photographers and for that matter members of the general public can consistently produce great images and in all conditions is less clear which is why professional photographers exist.

Rather than contemplating the technical reasons for why a reshoot may be required for a job undertaken by an amateur photographer it’s perhaps more informative to think about why this situation may arise in the first place. Consider the perspective of a professional photographer again defined as somebody who makes their living from photography. Professional photographers are in a long term game. They have everything to lose in term of professional reputation and the financial and time investment that they have put into their business. The quality of each job and client satisfaction are of fundamental importance as sub-standard work and/or low levels of client satisfaction will not yield repeat business, either from that client or others who become aware of problems with the photographers work. Making a living from photography is nigh impossible for a photographer with a reputation for sub-standard work and/or low levels of client satisfaction and so professional photography is a positive sum game; both the client and the photographer gain from a mutually beneficial relationship. In this context the longer a photographer is established effectively becomes a proxy for quality work and high levels of client satisfaction. Simply put, if there were a problem with a photographer's work they would no longer be in business. Those photographers who don’t make their living from photography arguably have a lot less at stake as they have the fall back of their main occupation. A reputation for sub-standard work and/or low levels of client satisfaction obviously isn’t good although, as by default amateur photographers are part-time, the negative impact in terms of further business is not as great as it would be for a full time photographer. Added to this is the fact that professional photographers are generally more visible to the general public (i.e. via websites, directories, professional marketplaces and review sites) and so a reputation for poor work is disseminated quickly and widely. A bad job by an amateur photographer is less likely to be noticed allowing them to pick up further jobs whilst still getting paid at least something for the bad job. Whilst this blog certainly isn’t meant to be a hatchet job its worth bearing in mind that in this particular scenario there are no real winners. In fact, in economic terms it is a negative sum game: the client and the professional both lose out completely whereas the amateur photographer doesn’t get paid as much as they were originally contracted.

I have immense sympathy for good amateur photographers (remember a reshoot erodes confidence in all photographers, not just those whose work is deemed to be sub-standard) as well as clients who are faced with the balancing act of securing quality photography whilst facing increasing cost pressures. Regrettably, at this point in time I don’t have a magic bullet other than advising to go with a professional photographer. This is a shame as I sincerely believe there’s room for everyone in the market and many good amateur photographers go onto become professional photographers. After first picking a camera up at 10 years old I am now one of them and this year I am celebrating a decade of shooting professionally. On a more positive note the image is from a recent restaurant reshoot and represents another balancing act: afternoon tea shot in the challenging conditions of (diffused) full sun balanced with a couple of studio strobes.

   
     

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You've Been Framed

As most of you are no doubt aware I’m a great advocate of printed photographs. That is so long as (professionally-taken) images are properly printed i.e. avoid high street kiosks, most mail order laboratories and home instant print machines. Apart from the fact having a photograph printed means something has been done with an image, as opposed it being hidden away on smartphone or PC memory, I equate a print with the experience of being prescribed glasses that suddenly reveal all the detail. I’ve not yet met anyone who hasn’t commented on how they have noticed so much more when comparing viewing a photographic print to viewing a screen. However, photographic paper, like any other type of paper, is sensitive to environmental conditions. Although higher quality archival materials are perhaps slightly less susceptible, all photographic papers are adversely affected by moisture, temperature, light and too much or too little movement. Apart from further enhancing the presentation of a photograph having an image framed is the best solution to protecting a photographic print. Nonetheless certain framing techniques and materials may themselves cause damage. In preparing a new limited edition range I’ve looked into laboratories that offer mounting, matting and framing (explained below) other than those high-end labs I have historically partnered with†.

Rather than concentrate on aesthetics (e.g. matching colour) I want to draw attention to framing technique. As with most things terminology can be confusing. Most are aware of the term ‘mounted & framed print’ where mount is taken to mean the material that creates a window around the photograph within the frame. However, in archival or conservation framing a mount is a rigid backing that protects the photograph from bending, wrinkling or slipping out of position. A photographic print is physically attached to the mount. This may involve: i) dry-mounting (at its most basic gluing the print to the mount although a far superior method is to sandwich the print to the mount using heat activated adhesive tissue – both techniques are irreversible); ii) corner-mounting (fixing the print to the mount using triangular pockets which allow the print to be easily removed if necessary); or iii) hinge-mounting (using folded linen tabs tucked behind the print that fix to the mount via neutral ‘glue’ made out of cooked starch paste which also allows the print to be removed if necessary). A photographic mat is what most erroneously refer to as the mount. It provides the window through which the photograph is viewed and is generally secured to the mount with archival tape. In addition to providing a clean field that visually isolates the photograph for optimal viewing a mat prevents photographic paper from adhering to the glass by means of physical separation. Although I have never encountered anyone who has actually done this one theoretical advantage is that mats with varying size/shape cut-outs can be substituted to achieve differing aspect ratios without cropping the actual print. In terms of glass, regular glass is cheaper than non-reflective glass (which reduces glare but softens the image due to surface texture) although both are heavier than Plexiglas plastic which is more easily scratched than glass. Conservation-grade UV glass filters sunlight that can damage prints but is expensive. pH neutral materials are the best option for preventing print damage from mounts, mats and fixings transferring environmental acidity but are more pricey. Alkaline buffered materials prevent acid damage but can result in the deterioration of photographic prints in other ways.

What should now be obvious is that there is no one size fits all option and there are important trade-offs between quality and cost. I'm nearly done reviewing what's currently available on the market. I’ll probably end up offering a premium archival option in addition to a standard professional (note not budget quality!) range of mounted, matted & framed photographic prints. Watch this space.

†I generally don’t frame my own pictures. I leave it to experts who frame up day in day out. After all, I wouldn’t necessarily expect framers to expertly take photographs. It’s not that I don’t know how to frame. My father was an artist and a large part of my childhood was spent in his studio helping frame pictures. I can still recall the smell of gesso as if it was yesterday!

   
     

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Fun in the Sun

If you are of a certain age you will remember analogue i.e. film photography. Hopefully, your memories will be positive. I really miss working with 35mm negative film as well as colour-positive reversal (aka slide or transparency) media. You may also recall the various straplines of film manufacturers not least Kodak: ‘Take your pictures further with Kodak’; ‘You press the button it does the rest’; ‘Don’t let your greens get the blues’; ‘To load it is to love it’ and so on. When not marketing flash (e.g. ‘Your sun, the flashcube: it shines where and when the sun doesn’t!’ NB: regarding the rotating flashcube that provided four explosive flashes which Kodak developed for Instamatic cameras in the 1960s) Kodak’s advertising campaigns imparted helpful advice. For example: ‘Shoot with the sun’ meaning a front-lit scene with the sun either directly behind or over one shoulder of the photographer. As the current heatwave shows no sign of ending I thought it useful to provide a take on this from the perspective of shooting ‘clean’ Event Photography, Corporate & PR Photography, Editorial Photography and Documentary Photography as I have done most of this summer. Note that the situation is slightly different for creative Portrait Photography (which has also kept me busy) where features like lens flare due to direct sunlight are often desirable.

As with most things in photography shooting in direct sunlight is somewhat of a trade-off. Although people enjoy sunny weather and appreciate the feel-good factor of a photograph taken under sunny conditions ‘Shoot with the sun’ is perhaps not the best option. In fact, consensus opinion is to avoid shooting in direct sun if at all possible. A front-lit scene in direct sun would not only mean that people in the scene would be facing right into the sun (cue squints and blinks), the sun’s directional plane would also fatten and flatten facial characteristics. Additionally, direct sunlight is associated with bleached colours and harsh shadows. Wherever possible I encourage people to move into a more shaded spot (dappled sunlight underneath a tree is always a winner) or at the very least, turn away from the sun. Of course, when shooting events etc. this is often not possible as doing so would interrupt proceedings.

Thankfully, there are other steps that can be taken to minimise the problems of shooting in direct sunlight. Whilst a large diffuser - such as my 1.8x1.2m 2-Stop Lastolite - gives the best results this can be impractical. Sometimes it’s possible to discreetly slip a smaller scrim into position to soften light on the face. As those who have undertaken any of the bokeh photographic Photography Training Courses will be aware I am a great fan of horticultural fleece. I have been known to ask assistants to hold up a sheet of fleece (or a decorator’s sheet) in order to reduce contrast. On the opposite side of the equation adding light is often as important. The problem of diminishing effectiveness with smaller size also holds true for reflectors but something like a 60cm reflector positioned under the face can prove effective. Fill-flash is probably the most efficacious technique when shooting in direct sunlight. Contrary to what a lot of photographers seem to practice this doesn’t require high-intensity power (so long as a flash-friendly aperture is selected using careful spot metering) which has the advantage of reducing overheating and battery drain. Obviously the use of flash is not appropriate in all scenarios so my final tip (apart from maybe considering a Neutral Density filter and using a lens hood) is to up the ISO and then close-down the lens more than what you might be accustomed to shooting at. In less bright conditions I probably would have used an aperture around f/5.6 or below to photograph this stallion at The National Stud in order to blur the background. However, given the extremely strong sunlight I opted for f/14 and an ISO of 1000 (shutter 1/320s) on 200mm glass standing back to achieve an equivalent result.

   
     

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It's Just Not Me

‘It’s just not me’! Unfortunately, I hear this phrase a lot. If I had a pound for every time a prospective client uttered these words I certainly wouldn’t be a millionaire but I most definitely would have a significant amount of extra spending money. The context is important; people approaching me for Portrait Photography accompanied by a photograph - taken by another photographer - from a photoshoot where they have been ‘transformed’. To say people are disappointed in their transformation is an understatement. The key point is that in addition to being instructed to do things (e.g. contrived poses) outside their comfort zone such transformations also generally involve extensive makeup and/or digital manipulation that goes way beyond retouching blemishes. It seems that what may have appeared a good idea at the time rapidly becomes a source of discomfort and embarrassment. Instead of a portrait print taking pride of place on the mantelpiece or a photographic canvas being hung on the living-room wall, any prints, canvases etc. from the shoot are discreetly tucked away out of sight. It is important not to underestimate the persuasiveness of photographers who push so-called lifestyle makeover portrait photography. To be blunt it is the photographer’s lifestyle interests (mostly in the form of make-up but also including instructions regarding dress, the props the photographer supplies and the directions they bark out at clients during the photoshoot) that is forced upon the clients rather than representing the clients true lifestyle. This is surely wrong? Worse still, transformational photoshoots, or at least adverts for transformational photoshoots, seem to be on the increase. I’m holding out hope that lifestyle makeover portrait photographers have had to up their marketing as more and more people discover what transformational really means. The language is powerful. As well as ‘transform’ I have seen adverts that claim the process will ‘revitalise’, ‘revolutionise’, ‘remodel’, ‘shape-up’ and perhaps most worryingly ‘naturalise’ the person sitting for the portrait. There’s always an inspirational quote, usually about 'realizing your dream', and plenty of before (very very bad) vs. after (very good) imagery. One advert blatantly showed excessive digital manipulation that made even PortraitPro (NB: photographic ‘retouching’ software that positively encourages substantial digital remodelling of facial features) look tame.

It’s important to understand I’m not against makeovers. In fact, in the spirit of full disclosure I’m shortly to launch 'Naturally You' a natural (i.e. subtle) makeover portrait package in partnership with a local makeup artist who shares my concerns. I also fully appreciate the feel good factor of a makeover experience. What I am questioning is whether clients really desire extreme makeup and/or digital manipulation not to mention being ordered around by the photographer. Based on the numbers of people stating ‘it’s just not me’ it would seem not? On a more serious note transformational promises are surely psychologically damaging. The clear intonation is that the person sitting for the photoshoot isn’t attractive/beautiful/worthy etc. until they have ‘turned over a new leaf’ by undergoing the lifestyle makeover. As one advert succinctly puts it: ‘the new you is the real you’. This also isn’t an argument against creativity. In fact, I would argue avoiding excessive make-up and digital manipulation (as opposed to minor retouching) actually encourages photographic creativity. As well as being an enjoyable experience the ultimate goal of ‘Naturally You’ will be to produce portrait photographs that clients are happy and fully comfortable with in the long term. Watch this space and most importantly be you and not what the photographer wants you to be!

Finally, a little tongue in cheek but you might recognise this image (Credit: asociacion-acre.org) from recent news reports where a 16th century wooden sculpture of St George at the San Miguel de Estella church in northern Spain was ‘retouched’ a little over enthusiastically. It's not hard to imagine St George declaring ‘it’s just not me’!

   
     

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Rewilding

If you follow any of the bokeh photographic Social Media feeds (Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) you will no doubt be aware that I have been posting ‘#30DaysWild’ content throughout the month: 30 Days Wild being the Wildlife Trust’s challenge to do something wild every day in June. I need to declare at this point that I don’t categorise myself as a wildlife photographer. As explained many times over I don’t have the patience to sit in a hide waiting for that one in a lifetime shot. Perhaps more importantly I vehemently disagree with many of the dubious if not downright risky (NB: to the wildlife not to the person behind the camera) techniques that are seemingly increasingly common amongst wildlife photographers such as submerging a glass bowl containing fish in order to attract diving kingfishers. I have witnessed first-hand photographers prodding adders with a stick in order to elicit a strike. I intervened but not before briefly hoping that the adder landed a bite on the wholly irresponsible photographers rather than on their decoy stick. The much publicised problems with winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year (i.e. 2009 winner disqualified for using a trained wolf and 2017 winner disqualified for using a stuffed anteater) suggests that deceit is widespread. All this, thankfully, is miles away from the spirit of #30DaysWild so back to the main reason for this blog – I hope I needn’t make any apologies for the somewhat personal nature of the post.

To inspire people taking part the Wildlife Trusts have coined the phrase Random Act of Wildness which is anything that can be done in an average working day to bring a little nature into your life. In case you haven’t seen any of my posts, the moot point is that although I’m a full-time professional photographer (although again not a wildlife photographer) most of my pictures were taken opportunistically and several were shot (badly) on a smartphone camera during a lunch break or on an evening walk. Admittedly being a photographer puts me at an advantage as does the fact that we have an excellent wildlife reserve within two minutes of the house as does the fact that I undertake a lot of scientific monitoring of wildlife e.g. I am licenced by Natural England to handle the very rare and endangered hazel dormouse as part of a reintroduction project.

Whilst it’s no surprise that making the effort to get outside is: i) enjoyable and ii) affords superb photographic opportunities I had extra motivation this year. Exactly one year ago today, Sian, my wife (whom many of you will have met when she has accompanied me as a photographer's assistant) completed her final chemotherapy session (of 6) after having first undergone mastectomy with radical reconstruction and prior to radiotherapy for breast cancer that was diagnosed completely out of the blue. Although we engaged in unofficial ‘random acts of wildness’ last year thanks to a firmly held belief that getting out into nature would help body & mind recover, our thoughts were naturally elsewhere. This was despite the fact than Sian started daily walks almost immediately following surgery - much to her Consultant Radiologist’s amazement and amusement - and kept this up for the period of her challenging treatment including several recuperative trips away to our favourite nature spots. Whilst I took photographs Sian has had a much harder time of it all so I’ll leave the last word to her as there’s a couple of important messages behind her current 1000 miles challenge.

   
     

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Where's Wally?

I turned up at a house recently to deliver a home-based one-to-one Photography Training session. As I stepped into the hallway a large piece of photographic art that figured prominently on the wall immediately caught my attention. It looked absolutely superb. The rather pleasing fact was that it was one of my photographs namely ‘Whooper Sunset’: a slightly rippled line of 12 Whooper Swans in silhouette flying back to the safety of the Ouse Washes after a day feeding on the Fenland beet fields against one of the best sunsets I have even seen let alone photographed. For many years I offered limited edition prints, canvases and other photographic wall art; all large scale and most presented in a panoramic aspect ratio for maximum effect. As well as Whooper Sunset the range included: St Ives from a completely flooded Hemingford Meadow (‘stitched’ from 10 separate images); a tree spectacularly reflected in the River Great Ouse at sunset; the famous Anglesey Abbey silver birches lit up in technicolour from when I was the Winter Lights Festival Event Photographer; a solitary (Mute) swan on a wonderfully atmospheric misty lake; and the medieval bridge at St Ives one very misty and very early morning NB: although from a different perspective and on a different misty occasion to the scene featured in Blog 53. Unfortunately, if you are into misty/sunset photographic wall art (as I obviously seem to be!) you won’t find any on my website. Being a bit of a wally I retired the wall art page when the limited editions sold out.

Seeing Whooper Sunset in pride of place in that hallway has made me realise that this was the wrong decision. Don’t get me wrong; I regularly supply, via the four professional photographic laboratories I partner with, large-scale canvases etc. when clients request this after a family Portrait Photography shoot or an Active Portraiture session. It’s also a popular option for Engagement and Wedding Photography. My current bestselling wall art are premium aluminium mounted prints although there’s a product to suit every budget. In fact, as much as digital predominates (the rise of the internet has changed the marketing of professional photography beyond recognition) I wish I could show every prospective client an actual photographic print. Compared to viewing images on a computer or mobile phone screen there is something special about even a basic 7”x5” print that goes beyond tangible physical contact although note the caveat below. Although the vast majority of photographs taken these days aren’t printed the print is far from dead and this goes beyond the revival of instant-print cameras.

I never fail to be amazed at how good images look when printed. In my opinion depth of tone and colour reproduction is far better than for a digital image although ironically it is digital technology that enables enhanced capture in the first place. The important caveat is how prints are produced. Mass mail-order print services are not much better than high-street kiosks and both are poor in comparison to professional photographic prints. Although there’s never any pressure I gently remind clients purchasing a digital-only package that to get the most out of contracting a professional photographer images should be printed professionally even if not through me. Finally, watch this space as I intend to reinstate my limited edition photographic wall art range. I’m yet to decide what will feature but expect at least one Puffin for those who got in contact following my recent social media posts.

   
     

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Party Tricks

A point repeatedly made in the bokeh photographic Blog is how Introduction to Photography and the other training courses I offer are all about getting to know your camera. Cameras perform differently and so the rationale is that a comprehensive understanding of how your own camera works is an essential prerequisite to mastering photography. The emphasis is on practical hands-on training, backed up by essential - although simply explained - theory, to enable attendees to develop skills and experience in operating their camera. A popular component of all my training courses are various ‘party tricks’ where I get people to demonstrate how a number of basic camera functions can act as banana skins for the unwary. However, I always start with one simple yet absolutely crucial learning point. Although it’s a lot easier to cover in face-to-face training I’m going to attempt to explain it here.

Switch on your camera and (if your camera has one) remove the lens cover. It makes no difference which one but make sure you are in either: i) automatic (green square); ii) P (Program); iii) AV/A (Aperture) or iv) TV/S (Shutter) mode: anything apart from M (Manual) for the reasons explained below. Half-press the shutter button to activate the camera and look out for three numbers in either the: i) viewfinder; ii) top panel or iii) LCD screen. You should see something like 1/100 (or just 100); F5.6 (or just 5.6); and ISO 400. The actual numbers you see will almost certainly be different to these. This isn’t a problem. Moreover, if you don’t know what the numbers represent it doesn’t matter for the purposes of this exercise NB: what the numbers mean is, of course, comprehensively explained in the actual training. Point the camera: a) straight ahead; b) then down at the ground; and then c) up at the sky and notice how one, or perhaps two of the numbers depending upon what mode you have selected, change. What the number(s) change to is irrelevant: the important thing to note is that there is a change as you point the camera in different directions. This simple exercise reveals something important. It demonstrates camera metering: a feedback loop that is at the heart of how all cameras work. In essence, via the metering feedback loop, your camera is making decisions about how much light there needs to be in an image.

There are two important considerations to the metering feedback loop. Firstly, as you have just demonstrated, settings are changed in relation to whatever a camera happens to be pointing at. Cameras measure the amount of light reflected from a given surface and then compare this to a standard which all cameras are calibrated against. Dark surfaces absorb more light whilst light surfaces reflect more light so the quantity of light reflected back into the camera differs according to the reflectance of the surface the camera is pointing at. Whilst cameras are very good at measuring the amount of light they can be easily fooled by darker or lighter than normal scenes which can result in over or under exposed images. One of my party tricks ruthlessly exploits this. Secondly, you are stuck with this feedback loop. There is no off switch. However, you can make changes to your camera’s settings to compensate for situations where the feedback loop fails providing of course that you are aware of why it has failed. In addition to this I also teach clients how to take full control of their camera by: i) Formal Metering (measuring light using a reference tone) and ii) Proxy Metering: making pre-determined manual adjustments - specific to the individual camera - for scenarios such as the white of a bride's wedding dress. Just in case you have been tempted to try the above exercise in M mode and are thinking the feedback loop must have been switched off as numbers didn’t change - note that settings are ‘locked’ when shooting in manual i.e. although the feedback loop remains operational the numbers will only change if you manually change the camera settings.

I run one-to-one and group Photography Training courses all year round in various locations. If you are interested in getting to grips with your camera the next small group workshop is in St Ives, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 23rd June. Further details here.

   
     

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Taste Test

Most people are surprised to learn the greatest amount of time spent by any competent photographer is on close observation as opposed to pressing the shutter button. In fact, observation should not only occur when taking exposures but before even thinking about picking up the camera. Only by observing a scene can a photographer make accurate decisions about how best to capture whatever is about to be photographed. Astonishingly this is overlooked in most photography training courses so I place great emphasis on observational skills in the bokeh photographic Introduction to Photography and other training sessions. In doing so I directly tackle the prevalent ‘don’t worry – let’s just fix it in Photoshop’ approach adopted by almost every contemporary photography magazine, book and online learning forum. I simply don’t have the time or inclination to address entirely avoidable problems in software. Most crucially, as a professional photographer I have the knowledge that not everything can be satisfactorily resolved in software.

The observational skills of a good photographer transfer to other aspects of photography. For example, as a time-served Food & Drink Photographer I have previously written about how imagery has changed over time from, to use an example, the strong shadows and overtly warm red, yellow & orange tones of 1970’s food & drink photography. Anyone comparing a modern image with a 1970’s food & drink image would notice they are different but perhaps not discern the precise ways in which the images are different. Some trends are less obvious. The industry standard for drink photography used to be bottle and glass side by side in full focus. The trend then changed to having the bottle slightly set back with, although still decipherable, the label slightly out of focus NB: the reasoning was that by making the viewer expend mental effort to work out what the bottle was the brand would be ‘sticky’ (memorable) to the viewer. Next up was shots of whatever was in the bottle being poured into the glass (with the label in full view which often necessitated changing the label’s position on the bottle) only to be replaced by the current on-trend setup of ‘bottle in hand’. All the above are subtle but important on-trend changes.

Although any competent photographer will ensure they have input into such styling decisions they are largely driven by manufacturers & producers, who are directed by marketeers, who are in turn influenced by the growing body of behavioural science literature. What has always struck me is that the accepted norms of food & drink photography do very little to enhance the taste experience and in some instances actually detract from the flavour of products. In terms of drinks: plain (i.e. non-textured) glassware yields minimal tactile feedback that might enhance the taste of a product; filling drinks to the brim minimises the circulation space for molecules that stimulate taste (and perhaps more importantly smell) receptors; and ice effectively numbs smell/taste receptors which in part explains why so much salt and sugar is added to associated foods. The latest styling trend, prompted in no small way by the BBC Blue Planet II, also involves a subtle but important change. Most of my clients are in the process of making the switch from plastic to paper straws if they haven’t done so already. A great positive move for the environment. Unfortunately, in terms of the taste experience a better move would be to ditch straws altogether. A straw is undoubtedly the most efficient mechanism for bypassing the most critically important taste receptors. So my tip next time you order a cold drink is to ignore the marketing images and lose the straw if you want to enhance the taste experience.

   
     

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Whose Lifestyle Is It Anyway?

From the beginning I have always ensured that bokeh photographic Active Portraiture is completely natural. Keep reading to find out what I mean by this but, for the time being, the simple reason I shoot completely natural portrait photography is that it works so well that even the odd 'outake', as here, are great photographs. To ensure excellent images that will be treasured my underlying approach to each and every session is that a photoshoot should be an enjoyable experience. An enjoyable experience equates to relaxed clients which in turn equates to excellent images. I’m always at pains to point out that I regard Active Portraiture as authentic lifestyle photography. A significant amount of family & children’s portrait photography is described as 'lifestyle' when in reality the photographer instructs what they want people to do regardless of whether those concerned actually want to carry out whatever command is being barked out at them. Personally, I can’t think of anything more off putting when having my photograph taken.

When I first started offering Active Portraiture I was inadvertently given a helping hand by a well-known high-street studio photography franchise. Despite promising to ‘capture the story of who you really are’ clients found themselves being told to do things on the whim of the franchise photographer that had little or no relevance to who they were. This frequently pushed people outside their comfort zone. To make matters worse, after signing up to an attractive introductory discount offer, most found themselves pressurised into buying an expensive photography package. The hard-sell tactics meant that people spent more than they could afford. Thankfully, after years of clients subsequently approaching me for lifestyle portrait photography complaining what they had been asked to do by the studio franchise ‘just wasn’t me’, contrived lifestyle photoshoots are now recognised for what they really are. Perhaps the biggest compliment is that more often than not it is my print or canvas that hangs above the mantelpiece and not the franchise’s (much pricier) signature photographic product.

Active Portraiture is the perfect antidote to contrived lifestyle photography. So what do I mean by completely natural? For starters clients choose the location (for indoor and outdoor shoots), what they do on the photoshoot, and for that matter, what they bring along: toys, bikes & pets are all welcome. There’s no ordering people about or cringeworthy posing. That’s not to say that I don't guide clients but what people they do is entirely up to them – I’m simply there to capture the candid moments that staged photoshoots can't achieve. Whilst I always have a box of props on hand the difference is that I let clients spontaneously discover it (some don't - which isn't a problem) and instinctively decide whether to have fun with the ball, bubbles, foam tubes etc. Rather than endless sitting poses, or perhaps even worse, poses where people are asked to pretend to move around Active Portraiture is all about natural activity. People don’t have to run around but most do and not just the kids. This type of photography can help fill important gaps in the family album: action shots are tricky to photograph so Active Portraiture is ideal for quality action images of mum, dad and the children enjoying family fun and games. Although many different choices are available the most popular post-production finishes are those that emulate the very best characteristics of classic portrait film such as Kodak Portra 400VC i.e. warm-toned, vivid-colour, fine-grain images with good skin tones and slightly compressed shadows. Finally, absolutely no hard-sell - guaranteed!

   
     

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In Plain Sight

I have stood on this exact spot a good number of times but I had never photographed these ruined buildings. In fact, it’s fair to say that I had never really previously seen the slate structures. How come? The substantial constructions aren’t exactly inconspicuous. The clue lies in the slate. These are ‘Y Baricsod’ (the barracks) at the Rhosydd Slate Quarry situated at the head of Cwm Orthin (aka Cwmorthin) and below the summit of Moelywn Mawr near Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia, North Wales. I love this spot but, apart from the day I took this shot, the place has been either shrouded in mist or blanketed in cloud every time I have made the tough ascent from Tan-y-Grisiau. Typically, you can't see hand in front of face. This of course often makes for atmospheric close-up photography especially when working with monochrome film e.g. black and white shots of the rusting mine metalwork scattered either side of the path.

Although beautiful in many respects Rhosydd is undeniably bleak. It is eerily silent apart from the calls of the various corvids who obviously thrive amongst the ruins. The huge amount of abandoned mining paraphernalia heightens the sense of desolation. However, nature is steadily reclaiming the mine. Despite the number of times I have visited Rhosydd I have only ever seen a handful of people up there. Generally it’s a case of issuing a muted greeting at a figure only half discernible in the mist/cloud. I’m always struck that the quarry wouldn’t have been like this when operational through the mid-1800s to early-1900s. Because of its remoteness Rhosydd was unusual for a North Walian mine in that it didn’t have a steam railway to haul slate and workers up/down the mountain and so miners lodged on-site during their six-day shift given it's distance from surrounding villages. Men came from far and wide to work at Rhosydd. At its peak in 1885 over 200 employees were mining over six and a half thousand tons of slate per year. Historical records detail how the miners ‘could be seen in their hundreds early on a Monday morning clutching their walats (provision bags) stuffed with store for the week’. Whilst life in any mine was tough conditions at Rhosydd were notorious below and above ground. Men slept two to a bed amongst lice-ridden straw and the Inspector of Mines regularly criticised the overcrowded, damp, and squalid living conditions including the lack of toilet and washing facilities.

This shot, taken on an unusually sunny day shows the ‘street’ running between the barracks with the reflection of the southern block in the heavily flooded slate bed; an indication of the more typical weather of the area. Further evidence that miners lived in atrocious conditions is the fact that the street was actually a tramway for the dumping of spoil right next to the accommodation block. As previously explained I am accustomed to drab weather when up in Rhosydd but on this particular bright occasion I experienced vivid, almost cinematographic, colour including the prominent red discoloration of the water due to rusting metal and various ores in the ground contrasted against the many shades of grey of the slate. Although roofless, the workmanship of the slate walls of Y Baricsod have stood up to well over a hundred years of being battered by the harsh Snowdonia weather.

   
     

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Halo Effect

We’re only into April and I have already completed several re-shoots. That is, I’ve undertaken jobs originally shot by other photographers after being approached by clients who weren’t satisfied with the quality of the initial work. You might think that I would consider this a good thing. After all a job is a job. Not so. Every time a client requests a re-shoot confidence in photographers is eroded. This doesn’t help anyone. Moreover, it also means that clients have less money to spend on future campaigns thanks to the costs of extra photography. The need for the re-shoots can be partly explained in that most of the photographers originally commissioned to undertake the work were ‘professional amateurs’ who quoted low. Of more concern is that some jobs had been undertaken by professional colleagues albeit ones not directly known to me.

If approached to undertake a re-shoot I always ask to see the original images, without necessarily needing to know the identity of the photographer, so that I can see first-hand what - if anything - is wrong? I also ask if the original photographer had requested a photography brief (if not already supplied) and what questions the photographer asked of the client. I never fail to be amazed at the number of shoots that take place without a brief which at the very least serves a checklist to ensure everything is in place for the shoot. If you are a regular reader of the Blog you’ll be aware that my perspective is that professional photographers don’t have a monopoly on producing a singular ‘wow’ image. However, we do have a monopoly on consistently producing wow images and in (consistently) producing wow images in difficult conditions. Most of the product and packshot images I was asked to give a second opinion on were characterised by common and entirely preventable problems such as not correcting white balance or not balancing flash to ambient light. However, I want to highlight another issue: ‘clean’ selection.

I’ve regularly heard it said that one of the characteristics differentiating professional from amateur photographers is that the former use the ‘manual’ pen tool to select areas or objects in post-production whereas the latter use ‘automatic’ selection tools. Manufacturers promote the idea that it is easy to select using automatic software tools such as the magic wand in Photoshop. In my experience this is rarely the best option for say extracting a product image onto a different colour background. Automatic selection tools aren’t very precise and so a lot of fiddly ‘add or subtract’ mouse clicks are needed to improve the selection. An important point is that the selection may look fine at normal size but when magnified irregularities will be seen. In contrast the pen tool, which requires manual tracing around the area/object whilst zoomed-in at high magnification, gives a much better result. There is a rub. When using the pen tool you work on the interface surrounding the area/object to be selected which I refer to as the ‘halo’. The pen tool improves precision but is dependent upon a good halo to trace around. A good halo isn’t achieved in post-production but through effective lighting at the time of image capture. Rather than concentrating only on the lighting main features of the product such as labels it is equally important to check the lighting of the any interfaces that will be involved in post-production selection. This presents a challenge for inexperienced photographers as it requires meticulous attention to detail especially at colour/material/shape intersections. Shooting tethered to a laptop is obligatory as only high magnification of the image can reliably identify problems. The image here shows a near perfect halo at 500% magnification which gives a clear template for the pen tool. If you’re thinking won’t a good halo also improve the precision of the magic wand; feel free to have a crack, magnify the result, and get back to me.

   
     

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The Wrong Type Of Leaves

Of all of the market towns along the Great Ouse (NB: the Cambridgeshire Ouse and not the Ouse in Yorkshire or Sussex) St Ives arguably makes the most of its river frontage. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner wrote: ‘St Ives has put its river, the Ouse, to good use visually. The river is indeed good enough to be made a feature of it’. The medieval bridge (Pevsner: ‘the most memorable monument of St Ives') is probably the most photographed aspect of the town albeit from the opposite side to that shown here so that the chapel on the bridge is fully visible. The spotlights that illuminate the bridge at night are on the chapel side and although they have been changed since this image was taken they present several issues for inexperienced photographers. There is a very contrasty postcard for sale in the town where the scene has a lurid orange colour cast. This is a shame as the bridge is especially attractive when lit up at night.

I have photographed the bridge in different seasons, different weathers and at different times of the day and night. This is one of my favourite images. It sold extremely well as a limited edition photographic print. It’s no coincidence that it was shot on a foggy December night. Although photographing the bridge from an Easterly direction (i.e. downstream) in early morning or from a Westerly direction (i.e. upstream - Hemingford Meadow) around sunset always produces superb images, IMHO you can’t beat a long exposure at night. Especially a foggy night as - compared to the muted low-contrast colours of daytime fog - night fog generally intensifies colour saturation. I don’t always shoot from the ‘wrong’ (i.e. Dolphin Hotel) side of the bridge but on this particular occasion I wanted to capture the highly atmospheric effect of the fog in terms of the bright yet diffused light streaks through the bridge arches. Additionally, I figured that not only would the side of the bridge facing the camera be reduced to a near-silhouette but that there would be a dramatic drop-off in depth-of-field perspective due to the fog. I should point out that a bit like the ‘wrong type of leaves on the railway track’ the conditions this particular night were different to the normal fog that sits just above the river. Whilst still an evaporation fog (which occurs when cold air passes over relatively warm water causing some of the water to evaporate, thus warming the air close to the water’s surface so that it rises and then cools as it mixes with the cooler air which produces fog via condensation of water droplets) the fog was extremely thick at building height whilst the river was relatively clear.

Fog has the potential to produce highly atmospheric images although it can be tricky to get right. Many photographers meter incorrectly. Whilst objects are less illuminated overall shadows tend to be more illuminated due to reduced contrast as a result of water droplets in fog scattering light like a giant soft box. Camera metering usually suggests underexposure due to increased reflectance. Therefore ½ to 1 stop positive Exposure Compensation is generally necessary. Although shot under foggy conditions this is a high contrast image that completely fills the camera’s dynamic range: note the pure black in the very darkest areas of the bridge and pure white in the light sources (NB: I allowed the brightest artificial street lights in the middle of the frame to clip). It is not a High Dynamic Range composite but a single bulb exposure: 15sec @ f/14; ISO 400. Perhaps crucially, unlike the postcard, the colour temperature of the spotlights is correctly rendered. It seems orange isn’t the new black!

   
     

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Waste Not Want Not

In addition to occasionally receiving kit from friends who are having a spring clean I’ve acquired a selection of old ‘consumer’ cameras whilst clearing out respective parents houses. Some are old, some are rare and some like this Polaroid 6-3-6 Close Up were so popular they defined the mid-1980s & 1990s when millions of 600 series units were sold. Despite the fact that most people have one tucked away somewhere the numbers around don’t seem to have affected the price of vintage Polaroids. Second-hand 6-3-6 Close Up cameras are currently £129.99 on Polaroid’s website! This is probably because whilst quirky the 600 series was well built. Additionally, mirroring the upsurge in vinyl records, there’s the revival of instant-print cameras.

Although Polaroid film was expensive relative to 35mm consumer film at a time when high production volume kept prices low (although not as expensive as the professional film I aspired to when starting out in photography) Polaroid captured the fun photography market due to the instant print feature. Of course this was also attractive to those who didn’t want to wait for their processed film to be returned from the mail-order laboratory in addition to those who couldn’t be bothered to drop their film in at a high-street chemist despite the lower-quality instant prints. A helpful note for any millennials is that whilst the first digital cameras were launched in the early 1990s digital technology wasn’t widely available until much later and unlike a memory card where you can delete images, you only had one chance at each of the 24 or 36 exposures in the 35mm film cartridge. Oh and you were locked into whatever ISO film speed you had bought!

The 6-3-6 Close Up build quality is signified by the fact that the camera remains in full working order including the inbuilt flash meaning that the internal battery is still good to go. Dating from c.1993 the model features a 116mm f/11 single-element lens with an electronic shutter range of ¼ to 1/200sec. Note the focal adjustment slider under the logo with a macro function of 2-4ft (so not that close up!) and the classic Exposure Compensation slider under the lens: towards the dark arrow for negative EC and towards the white arrow for positive EC - adjustment of course only coming after noticing one of the precious 600 film pack exposures had been irretrievably messed up. Given the popularity of vintage cameras Polaroid have launched new 'OneStep' instant print cameras. Other manufacturers have joined in e.g. Fujifilm’s Instax range. What is particularly noticeable is the high cost of film given it is now a minority consumable. A pack of Polaroid Originals 600 colour film retails at £17.99 for just 8 iconic white border 3.1” x 3.1” window images. The price of Polaroid film may actually prove to be a good thing. Faced with the possibility of wasting a £2.25 exposure people may actually slow down and think about taking each shot. Although this is likely to result in better photographs it is somewhat at odds with the ‘one shot, easy to snap, instant fun’ marketing strapline of modern Polaroids as well as the take/delete/retake/repeat culture of digital selfies where the only real cost is opportunity cost. As I was resolutely in the 35mm camp when younger I haven’t ever shot Polaroid. However, I’ve recently returned to 35mm monochrome film and Polaroid 600 film is next on the list.

   
     

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Double Exposure

We are all photographers these days thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones. It's somewhat ironic that telephone use lags far behind use of apps - the most utilised feature of smartphones - with camera functions a close second. Despite the popularity of snapping away on smartphones consumption of images has decreased. Perhaps it’s more accurate to report that consumption has become more transient in nature. Despite the efforts of Facebook's ‘On This Day’ feature after fleeting front-line visibility on social media platforms most of the estimated 1.2 trillion photographs taken in 2017 are now effectively ‘orphaned’ somewhere in cyberspace. The numbers are staggering: an estimated hundred billion more photographs were taken in 2017 than in 2016 and of the 1.2 trillion images 85% were shot using a smartphone. Somehow all of this feels different to the old shoebox full of prints in the loft or the photograph album tucked away at the bottom of a drawer. Some may recall the shoebox or album being dug out from time to time for family and friends to reminisce over or perhaps your parents showing your new girlfriend/boyfriend highly embarrassing childhood pictures. This doesn’t happen with digital images.

Given the prominence of smartphones it is inevitable that I frequently come across people taking pictures with their smartphone when I am shooting Event Photography or maybe when covering a wedding. I usually take a photograph of the person with the smartphone taking a photograph – a double exposure if you like. This often makes for an interesting composition. Moreover, it tells something about what people considered noteworthy. Snapping a pic of somebody snapping a pic of the bride & groom or a panoramic vista is an absolute given but sometimes the shot of a shot is less scripted: maybe somebody asleep at an inopportune moment or an unscheduled appearance by the local wildlife. However, I also take photographs of people with smartphones taking photographs for a different reason: the actual image on the smartphone screen. Because of this I am drawn to taking photographs of people snapping away on smartphones far more than people with a camera where the screen image is generally not visible. Why the fascination? When snatching a brief glance at a smartphone screen in the midst of a busy shoot the images appear really good which, from the perspective of a professional photographer, always induces a brief bout of anxiety. I know from speaking with several colleagues that I am not alone in experiencing this.

Of course I’m not about to write-off professional photography. I should perhaps stress ‘brief glance’ and ‘appear really good’. The anxiety is short lived. In truth, almost any image looks decent on a small screen. Although the technical reasons are beyond the scope of this blog even high megapixel smartphone images are disappointing when enlarged. Along with sensor size one major physical limitation to image quality is optics. To minimize space most smartphones don’t incorporate optical zoom lens so (despite what manufacturers claim) zooming-in results in pixilation as the image is electronically enlarged. Although recent smartphone releases have incorporated dual RGB and either IR or monochrome cameras to improve matters where scene dynamic range exceeds camera dynamic range, most R&D is concentrated on post-capture software suggesting that we are currently at an impasse in regards of hardware development. Additionally, the inability to adjust camera parameters and swap lenses means that although smartphone technology is gradually evolving, smartphone cameras are still best reserved for shooting relatively still subjects in good light. However, it’s not all bad. Whenever lugging around heavy kit I always envy the portability of smartphones!

   
     

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Those Blinking Speedlites

Amongst the flurry of new product announcements from Canon this week was the 470EX AI (Auto Intelligent) Speedlite whose USP is that the head automatically and continuously adjusts position to provide ‘optimal’ bounce flash on the basis of the difference between forward and upward test fires. If you are a regular reader of the bokeh photographic Blog you’ll be aware that I rarely get excited about supposed 'revolutionary' products. Consequently, I don’t write reviews. Although it’s interesting I’ve no plans for an appraisal of the 470EX AI. However, keep an eye out for a future post on the pros & cons of Artificial Intelligence in photography prompted in part by the fact that the latest release of Lightroom incorporates AI in the form of Adobe’s Sensei platform which compares user images with thousands of professionally edited library images and then uses machine learning to make the user’s photograph ‘better’. Narrowly avoiding the need for a spoiler alert the punctuation of press release keywords (i.e. ‘optimal’, 'revolutionary' & ‘better’) is my own.

Although not a review this post is definitely a big-up for Speedlites or Speedlights if you shoot Nikon. I am regularly asked what single piece of kit would facilitate a step-up in photography. In my experience you can’t go wrong with a Speedlite. Although perhaps unfavourably associated with press paparazzi Speedlite flash is a great addition to any kitbag. Although I own several sets of studio strobes I find my Speedlites just as versatile – for small to moderate lighting situations – with the significant advantage of portability and battery power. On the latter point it helps that a neighbour works for a major battery manufacturer! I often ask people when flash should be used and most fall into the trap and answer ‘when it’s dark’. This is a common misconception and highlights a lack of understanding of the unique way shutter speed and aperture are manipulated in a flash exposure: although flash may illuminate the foreground no single flash unit (or studio strobe) can illuminate the whole of a scene where there is zero ambient light. So if flash isn’t suitable when it’s completely dark (excepting when fired at the end of long-exposures) what is flash for? It has multiple uses including lifting shadow detail (i.e. fill-flash), freezing action, separating backgrounds, adding depth, drama & dimension, highlighting texture & colour and in Portrait Photography placing catchlights in eyes. Compared to bulky plug-in flash Speedlites are a convenient option when working on location at a fast pace. Like studio strobes it isn’t necessarily a case of most powerful is best; invariably some kind of modifier will be utilised to soften and reduce light output. I would argue that the ability to modify intensity in small increments is probably more important that the maximum power output of a Speedlite. Other useful features are high speed flash, second curtain sync and autofocus assistance. Not all third-party Speedlites offer full camera compatibility although if, like me, you shoot manual flash with a light meter that’s not a problem.

I should point out that I am referring to external flash units that attach to the camera hot shoe (although best results are obtained when triggered off-camera) and not ‘pop-up’ flash. Professional camera bodies do not have built-in flash which probably tells you all you need to know about pop-up flash. Finally, as well as running dedicated Flash Essentials training I cover Speedlites on my Introduction to Photography course. For Canon users I highlight one point that drives those unaware of the cause crazy: a blinking LCD display signifies that the either the wide panel (visible on this shot of my Canon 580Ex II) hasn’t been pushed all the way down when folded away or that the flash head is at the wrong bounce angle bearing in mind that the wide panel is designed to be used at 90 degrees to expand flash coverage when shooting with 14 to 21mm wide-angle lenses.

   
     

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Unsettled Forecast

Although the golden hour has become something of a photographic cliché I love photographing in the ‘hour’ after sunrise and the ‘hour’ before sunset. Some of my best-selling prints are golden hour exposures. The #1 tip for producing great images in almost every photographic magazine, book and website is to shoot in the golden hour. However, IMHO certain scenes might be best portrayed by combining the most pleasing attributes of the golden hour with the most pleasing attributes of the blue ‘hour’ by avoiding both! First, it’s probably worth summarising what’s so special about the golden and blue hours.

To start with neither the golden ‘hour’ nor the blue ‘hour’ necessarily last an hour. The length depends upon elevation of the sun which is determined by geographical location (latitude) and time of year. Whilst perhaps surprisingly there isn’t an official definition, the golden hour can be demarcated as the time immediately after sunrise and immediately before sunset where the proportion of shorter wavelength blue light (450-495nm) is decreased compared to longer wavelength yellow (570-590nm), orange (590-620nm) & red (620-750nm) light due to increased atmospheric scattering of blue light when the sun is at a low angle. The elevation of the sun above (or below) the horizon governs the angle at which light impacts the atmosphere and thus which is the dominant wavelength. As elevation decreases the distance that light has to travel through the atmosphere increases thus progressively reducing the amount of blue light so that golden tones predominate at sunrise/sunset. Therefore, contrary to what most people think, the characteristic yellow, orange & red hues of the golden hour isn’t because there is an absolute increase in longer wavelength yellow/orange/red light but because there’s a proportional reduction in short wavelength blue light. Conversely, when the sun lies below the horizon short wavelength blue light is reflected back down to earth to produce the blue ‘hour’; the time at the beginning of morning (civil) twilight - just before the golden hour - and at the end of evening (civil) twilight - just after the golden hour. Although the sun is below the horizon there is sufficient natural light in the blue hour to distinguish objects thanks to the sun illuminating the upper layers of the atmosphere. The sunrise golden hour might be considered to begin when the geometric centre of the sun is -4 degrees below the horizon and ends when the sun rises to 6 degrees above whereas the sunset golden hour begins when the sun is 6 degrees above the horizon and ends when the sun drops to -4 degrees below. The sunrise blue hour begins when the sun is -6 degrees below the horizon and ends when the sun rises to -4 degrees whereas the sunset blue hour begins when the sun is -4 degrees below the horizon and ends when the sun drops to -6 degrees. Although these periods can be standardised in terms of the position of the sun relative to the horizon, no two golden or blue hours are the same which of course adds to the photographic interest. The variation can be explained by different weather conditions as well as factors such as pollution: atmospheric particles cause not only scattering of light but also act as a physical filter thus reducing the intensity of light.

Apart from the warm yellow/orange/red hues one of the most pleasing photographic attributes of the golden hour is the soft, diffused light whereas one of the most pleasing photographic attributes of the cool blue hour is the highly saturated colour. This shot of the iconic Old Lifeboat House on Blakeney Point on the North Norfolk Coast combines the best of both ‘hours’ despite being shot mid-afternoon.  I just wish the specific conditions required to produce this soft yet richly saturated landscape photograph came about more often. Although I have photographed the OLH hundreds of times in many different weathers the unsettled weather (sunny intervals in-between fast-moving but heavy wintry showers) on this particular winter afternoon really made the light special.

   
     

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Favouritism

Possibly the three most common questions I get asked are: i) what is my favourite photograph (that I have taken); ii) what is my favourite photograph (taken by somebody else) and; iii) who is my favourite photographer? There isn’t a straightforward answer to any of these questions. One thing that is clear is whilst I make a living through working as a commercial photographer (i.e. shooting Food & Drink Photography; Commercial Photography & Product Photography; Corporate Photography & PR Photography; Portrait Photography & Active Portraiture; Event Photography; Wedding Photography and any other type of photography assignment for which I get paid), my commercial images are distinctly different to my non-commercial images i.e. photographs taken my me but for which I don’t get paid. There is a good reason for this. Although I always produce dynamic and creative commercial images commercial photography is bounded by convention and the genre is inherently ‘small-c’ conservative compared to the broad spectrum of photography as a whole. Clients dictate that commercial photography needs to be scripted as ‘middle-of-the-road’ in order to sell products and services. Even the most adventurous commercial images are distinctly unadventurous when viewed against independent photography. If you are not convinced take a look at the portfolio of any up-and-coming indie photographer or maybe even flick through a copy of the British Journal of Photography, a mainstream publication ironically not known for its leftfield views!

I have written previously how all the exiting approaches experimented with at college are abandoned as soon as photography students qualify. It’s important to note that I’m not arguing that non-commercial photography is in any sense better than commercial photography (or vice versa) but they are unquestionably profoundly different to one another. My personal photography portfolio is certainly very different to the examples from my commercial portfolio that are featured on the bokeh photographic website. Because of this I don’t have a single favourite photograph, taken by me or anyone else, or for that matter a favourite photographer. Instead I am influenced by a wide range of sources no matter whether shooting commercially or for my own enjoyment. These influences can be seen in my work. One of the main differences between my commercial and personal work is that with the latter I am free to explore wider aspects other than concentrating upon a product or a person.

As regards this particular image, although I’m not at all claiming to be an equivalent photographer, the clear influence is Martin Parr. The image documents a moment in time which although slightly humorous portrays the eccentricities of human behaviour in (I hope) a non-judgmental way. The particular reason I like this image is despite the chap in the foreground being, shall we say slightly underdressed, everyone on the boat is fixated on taking a picture of the iconic Bishop Rock lighthouse off the Isles of Scilly. Although the guy in foreground stands out for wearing only swimming trunks his behaviour otherwise is exactly the same as everyone else in the scene. Whilst there are similarities with Parr's work such as the highly saturated look and that the viewer feels an integral part of the scene, one major difference is that everyone is looking away from the camera (as opposed to looking directly at the camera as per a typical Parr image). Although the image would never cut it commercially, to borrow the words of Martin Parr, a serious photograph taken disguised as entertainment?

   
     

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Essential Kit

Although this topic might appear somewhat ‘off-piste’ for a photography blog bear with me. It supports my firmly held belief that a photography blog should help decide whether to commission the photographer that has written the blog by telling you something about that photographer as opposed to the ‘sneak-peek’ type blog that only feature shots from a photographer’s most recent shoot. I have recently had a lot of conversations about exercise at various networking events. Therefore, now is as good a time as ever to blog about one of my most important bits of kit – my running shoes!

Of course my trainers don’t literally make it into the photography kit bag. Nevertheless, in many ways they define me both as a photographer and as a person. I have always been a runner although my days of competing in races are long gone. One clear memory from childhood is racing the school bus. Although I took a shorter route than the bus I regularly beat my friends home. A good number of people I meet regard running as difficult as they find it boring. I have never considered it a chore. I’m also extremely lucky in that, whilst I don’t purposefully set out to do so, I generally find myself ‘problem-solving’ whilst out on a run. I should say that I’m not distracted by a stopwatch (I ditched timing my runs several years ago) and although I am often deep in thought I still fully take in the surroundings. One of my favourite summer runs is along the river and around the nature reserves out the back where I regularly see foxes, marsh harriers, barn owls and kingfishers. All this comes naturally and I seem to be able to problem solve without deliberately thinking about it if that makes sense? Over the duration of a run I might mull over: how to approach a particularly tricky shoot; what to include in a Photography Training session; things that need updating on the bokeh photographic website; or I might plan a Blog post. I can’t think of a better way of achieving the fabled ‘work-life balance’ that HR departments continually bang on about without, incidentally, fully understanding the concept from the employee’s perspective.

As I regularly run ten to twelve miles two or three times a week my running shoes get a lot of use. These pair of trainers are coming to the end of their life and that’s not just because of the mud splats from winter running. Running shoes are a good investment and I’ve already bought a new pair. As well as problem-solving there are other perceptible benefits of running. The best photography captures the action. Keeping fit through running allows me to keep up with the action no matter whether this is moving quickly from one stage to another whilst shooting Event Photography or running about with kids on bikes etc. whilst on an Active Portraiture session. Of course, there are intangible benefits also. For example, not feeling (too) guilty about tasting delicious produce when on a Food & Drink Photography shoot!

   
     

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Seeing Is Believing

Accurate metering is fundamental to good photography. In simple terms metering determines the brightness of a scene in order to inform adjustment of shutter speed and/or aperture and/or ISO. The purpose (again somewhat simplified) is to represent ‘true’ brightness and avoid under or over exposure of a photograph. Irrespective of whether using a camera (reflected metering) or a light-meter (incident metering), it is reasonably straightforward for anyone who is able to perceive the range of brightness in any given scene. Having said that, metering is best taught in-person so that technique can be perfected. Unfortunately, many people haven’t learnt to ‘see’ brightness despite this being an important preliminary step before reaching for the camera or the light-meter. Seeing brightness allows assessment of: whether the dynamic range of the scene exceeds that of the camera (and if so helps determine what might have to be sacrificed when ‘placing the exposure’); identifies any potentially problematic areas such as light surfaces which might easily become clipped (overexposed); and ascertains what tones in the scene might be used for metering - normally mid-grey (aka 18% grey; a surface which reflects 18% of incident light under controlled conditions but which appears 50% bright due to the non-linear manner in which we perceive light) although it is entirely feasible to meter off any tone so long as you are aware of the range of brightness.

This image of Blickling Hall in Norfolk is an otherwise unedited RAW-to-JPEG conversion. It is ideal for highlighting my assessment of brightness before formally metering to take the shot. To reiterate, this isn’t about how I metered but what I did before metering! The Hall is clearly the main interest. Although at first glance it appears of uniform brightness it is not. There are deep shadow areas in the windows, particularly on the ground floor, in the shrubs either side of the door, on the West facing side of the Eastern tower and on the roof where the chimneys and lantern turret have cast a shadow. In contrast (sorry!), note the highlight areas on the lead domes of the turrets, on the lantern turret stonework and the stucco rendering. Cameras are calibrated to meter off 18% grey on the assumption that if equally distributed the dark and light tones in a given scene will average to mid-grey. Due to perceiving this tone distribution I knew that the Hall, isolated from the rest of the scene, would meter around 50% brightness where 0% brightness equates to pure black and 100% to pure white. In other words, equivalent to Zone V of the original Zone System. Alternatively, it’s perhaps easier to think more conceptually of '0EC' (signifying zero Exposure Compensation), or in post-production terms, 128 on the 0-255 scale where 0 equates to pure black and 255 to pure white. Although having a brightness level of 85% (215/+3EC), the potentially problematic light turret roofs are not clipped.

Somewhat coincidentally the scene as a whole (which lay within the dynamic range of the camera) also averages to 50% brightness thanks to: the shadowed East (10%/25/-4EC) balancing out the sunlit West (70%/180/+2EC) façade; and the blue sky (40%/100/-1EC) counteracting the light gravel path (73%/187/+2.5EC). It’s also worth pointing out that no area is completely homogenous in tone. For example, the lead flashing on the otherwise very dark East façade has a brightness of 60% (154/+1EV). Finally, returning to the fact this image is more-or-less straight out of camera the question is what should be done about the under/overexposed areas? This is a subjective call. One school of thought would argue nothing as the main subject of interest, the Hall, is correctly exposed. Cropping to exclude the façades is another option (although the image was shot on a relatively wide lens it was taken standing back to avoid perspective distortion). However, I would probably opt to address the relative under/overexposure of the façades in post-production.

   
     

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Focus On: Food & Drink Photography

Throughout 2018 in a ‘Focus On’ series I aim to showcase some of the key services I offer as a Freelance Photographer including: Commercial Photography & Product Photography; Corporate Photography & PR Photography; Portrait PhotographyActive Portraiture; Event Photography and maybe a little something on Wedding Photography. However, I’m starting the series with the spotlight on Food & Drink Photography (hereafter abbreviated to FDP).

Contrary to what you might expect this post isn’t about the importance of FDP. If you are a food or drink company and don’t regard FDP as an essential requirement for business let’s just mark you down as a lost cause! Of course we all engage in FDP these days thanks to Instagram. It has to be said nevertheless that the cutting-edge aspect of posting images of meals has somewhat blunted now that large-scale concerns have taken up the trend. Although we all do it, Instagram is, IMHO, not ‘proper’ FDP. This is not simply due to the limited optics of mobile phone cameras. It’s also that the ubiquitous filters superimposed upon pictures actually distort the source image. Try viewing a magnified Instagram on a large screen and you’ll see what I mean.

It’s often reported that FDP is tricky which is the reason why a lot of professional photographers avoid it; something to bear in mind if you’re a considering a DIY shoot? If I’m honest I’m not entirely sure that FDP is unduly difficult. However, it’s important not to overlook the fact that shooting FDP requires advance preparation - lots of it - in addition to meticulous technique. It's certainly not for those who prefer quick-fire (Eats, Shoots & Leaves?) reportage. That’s not to say FDP requires indiscriminate post-production, at least not in my book, and for the record I never shoot fake, contrived or artificially doctored foodstuffs substituting, for example, sunscreen lotion for milk, adding motor oil to impart a sheen, or painting fruit to make it more vibrant. The reason is twofold. Firstly, although the practice is widespread amongst fellow photographers, what message does this send out to producers i.e. that without adulteration their food is somehow not quite good enough? After all, consumers don’t seem to have a problem. Secondly, I enjoy sampling what I photograph and a spritz of WD40 or the like just isn’t my taste!

Rather than duplicating the information on my FDP Landing and Portfolio pages (although it's worth pointing out I provide comprehensive coverage across the entire industry) it's probably more interesting to briefly touch on my approach to FDP. As already highlighted I put a lot of advance thought into how to optimally portray the food I am commissioned to photograph. In particular, how best to make food look enticing without resorting to ‘food porn’ (a phrase I utterly detest!) by only photographing highly tempting yet profoundly unhealthy foods laden with sugar, salt and fat. Apart from systematic ways of presenting food on the plate - supporting the notion that food styling is a real science - careful choice of photographic kit helps produce images that stimulate activation of multiple physiological responses associated with desire, an important mediator in people purchasing and consuming food. Without giving away trade secrets glass selection is one of my most important considerations. Despite what might be claimed there isn’t a ‘magic’ lens; not even the feted 50mm prime. I tend to use a different range of focal lengths compared to other photographers including, for instance, an 85mm f/1.2 with 13/21/31mm extension tubes. I’m also unusual when it comes to choice of light modifiers; as far as I am aware I’m the only photographer shooting FDP with a beauty dish! On that note, I do shoot ambient but only when natural light is good enough. During the winter months the quality of window light is often lacking and many FDP shoots take place in the bowels of a restaurant where of course there are no windows!

   
     

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Freelance Photographer offering Food & Drink Photography Cambridge; Commercial Photography Cambridge, Product Photography Cambridge & Packshot Photography Cambridge; Event Photography Cambridge; Portrait Photography Cambridge; Corporate Photography Cambridge & PR Photography Cambridge; Engagement Photography Cambridge & Wedding Photography Cambridge and Photography Training Courses in Cambridge. Also covering: Huntingdon, St. Ives, Ramsey, St. Neots, Peterborough, Bedford, Stamford, Newmarket, Sawtry, Alconbury Weston, Brampton, Hartford, Warboys, Houghton, Wyton, Godmanchester, Hilton, Hemingford Grey, Hemingford Abbots, Fenstanton, Whittesley, Yaxley, Needingworth, Somersham, Chatteris, Ely, Bar Hill, Grafham and Buckden.

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Always Be Aware of Your Photographee

There is a cardinal yet largely unwritten rule in photography that states a photographer must always be aware of the photographee i.e. the person they are photographing. Incidentally, I haven't made the term photographee up. Although rarely used it is a real word. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun as 'a person who is photographed; the subject of a photograph.' Over the years I have observed inexperienced photographers thrust lenses in people's faces on portrait sittings (which in itself speaks volumes as you can only get this close when using a ‘short’ glass whereas a longer focal length lens would yield a far more pleasing result) in addition to witnessing naïve (or perhaps bloody minded?) photographers get so close to keynote speakers when shooting event photography so that the photographer is more on the stage than the VIP guest. These problems are exacerbated by inexperienced photographers overstaying their welcome. In other words, rather than getting their shot and stepping back they stumble into trigger-happy mode and shoot frame after frame, without changing any camera parameters, presumably in the hope that one of the many shots will turn out ok.

A good photographer isn’t just proficient in the technical aspects of an exposure. They are also aware of and fully understand the perspective of the person(s) they are photographing as well as what is or isn’t acceptable behaviour in the context of wherever they are photographing. In one memorable case I saw a photographer get booed off stage as the audience, quite understandably, wanted to see the guest speaker and not the back of the photographer who was obliterating the audience’s view of the presenter in order to get their shot. I think there is a case to be made that no one really likes having their photograph taken. Meticulous consideration of body language and other non-verbal cues would seems to confirm this. Accordingly, it is the photographer’s job to make photographees feel relaxed and comfortable. On a related note, apart from being considered ‘attractive’ (noting of course that beauty can be ‘measured’ in so many different ways) there is also a persuasive argument that professional models are successful because they learn to moderate body language.

Alas I have to report that recently I have failed to fully understand the perspective of somebody I was photographing albeit in a slightly unusual way. Whilst shooting this kite surfer on a bitterly cold winter afternoon I recall thinking to myself 'no way would you get me into the water – the air temperature is cold enough so the sea must be absolutely freezing.' When chatting to the kite surfer after he got out the sea I told him this only for him to point out, of course, that I was the one standing around in the cold. He, on the other hand, had been vigorously exercising in the water with the substantial benefit of an A*-rated thermally insulated dry suit. Touché!

   
     

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Don't Make a Meol Out of It

I’m starting the first blog of the New Year with a play on words to highlight an important quality that any decent photographer should possess although, it has to be said, unfortunately a characteristic that is increasingly underappreciated and overlooked in modern photography. The particular attribute is observation; the ability to notice things, especially significant details. Observational skills are critically important in photography. For example, observation is needed to pick out relevant features that will act as the focal point in a given photograph and then there is observing that everything is present and correct (as compared to the client's photography brief) when shooting a commercial photography assignment.

However, as I have noted before – in fact, as far back as Blog No: 3 – one of the most striking aspects of watching people take photographs is that people generally rush into taking an exposure. Any observation is superficial and fleeting as signified by the fact that most people take a photograph, standing up, rooted to the exact spot where they stopped walking. When I refer to this as holiday snap photography it’s not meant as a compliment. Paradoxically, working in holiday snap mode can often over-complicate matters. Most often this is because inexperienced photographers (although the problem certainly isn’t limited to amateur photographers) feel they then need to let rip with apps, plug-ins and filters etc. in post-production in order to make the resulting image more dynamic and interesting. You probably don’t need to be told this rarely works.

This is the inspiration for my play on words. To make a meal out of something is to spend more time and effort on a task then the task actually warrants. I should emphasise that I am referring to photographic ‘afterthoughts’. Many issues encountered in photography would be avoided if people put sufficient forethought into an image before pressing the shutter button or, for that matter, before even picking up the camera. This is one of the essential disciplines taught on the bokeh photographic Photography Training Courses. In terms of incorporating this into my own photography I have long been fascinated by features of the landscape in which we live. However, in 2018 I’m making an extra effort to pick out and if possible understand features that aren’t immediately obvious after catching up on the writings of, amongst others, Robert Macfarlane and Dominick Tyler. Having grown up on the coast I take every opportunity to spent time by the seaside and a particular favourite are the vegetated sand dunes running down the East coast of England. Known colloquially as ‘Meals’ in Norfolk this type of habitat is mostly known as a ‘Meol’ (hence the play on words) although you will also find them termed ‘Melles’, ‘Males’ and ‘Miels’ elsewhere in the UK. Although the marram grass shot in the sunset golden hour with the pink winter sky reflected in the sea is a simple composition, it is by no means understated despite minimal post-production. Although I concede photographers are rarely afforded such luxury, I spent two days observing the dunes whist walking the coast paths. Thanks to observation and forethought I knew that this was the shot I was after at least 24 hours before I even took the camera out of the kitbag.

   
     

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Not Elf On The Shelf but "sELFie"

So it’s the last day of the year and I’ve given the final blog of 2017 over to an important follow-up message to the recent bokeh photographic social media festive fun that was “Not Elf on the Shelf but sELFie (in the Photography Studio)”. If you aren’t on social media or if you somehow missed "sELFie" on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds in the run up to Christmas the collated posts can be viewed here. Although intended as a light-hearted illustration of just some of the photography equipment I use as a Freelance Photographer to shoot Food & Drink Photography, Commercial Photography & Product Photography, Corporate Photography & PR Photography, Portrait Photography & Active PortraitureEvent Photography and Wedding Photography there was a serious point. Actually, there were two serious points.

Firstly, kit is only as good as the person using it. Skill is a characteristic of the person behind the camera and not an inherent feature of the kit itself i.e. technical expertise and creativity lies with the photographer. It seems that any professional photographer these days has a story to tell about when presenting their portfolio somebody comments “wow you must have a great camera”. This is a salient point for anyone who has been seduced by “you can shoot images like this (but only if you buy our camera)” type adverts for equipment over the festive period. Don’t get me wrong, modern kit can produce stunning imagery but generally only in the hands of somebody with a reasonable level of knowledge and expertise in using it. On a related note, if you have been lucky enough to receive a new camera for Christmas (or if you have picked up one in the sales) and are wondering how to get the most out of it why not sign up for one of my Photography Training Courses in 2018? Secondly, I ensured that a number of the 25 posts featured cheap kit. In fact, items that aren’t actually bona fide photography kit. The simple reason is that I use such items, alongside my dedicated professional (and thus pricey!) equipment, on each and every shoot. As an example, Day 13 of “sELFie” featured Diffusing Scrim. Whilst I own several Lastolite pop-up diffusion panels - a brilliant product - I just as often use the horticultural fleece featured in the post to soften whatever light I am shooting under. If you are looking for the cheapest way to step-up your photography invest a pound in a sheet of horticultural fleece (and if you can’t find any buy a decorator's sheet) and you won’t look back!

Incidentally, the inspiration for “sELFie” came from the Christmas promotional shoots I undertook for clients featuring the official Elf on the Shelf beside various products etc. Over the recent years I’ve shot a few of these but numbers really took off this year. Of course, “sELFie” is not the official toy Elf. If I’m honest, I have always thought that official boy/girl/light skin/dark skin Elf looks a bit creepy and I much prefer this one. Happy New Year!

   
     

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Dumps & Drains

If you have attended any of my Photography Training Courses you’ll probably recall me stating how one of the most delicate components of any camera is the sensor. There’s a very good reason why the sensor is tucked away at the back of the camera other than the most obvious reason! Although the maxim that the wisest photographers invest in glass as opposed to camera bodies holds true, it is also accurate to say that the very latest generation of sensor technologies perform far better (in extreme conditions) than sensors in older cameras. Generally speaking, for the reasons explained in Blog 25, full-frame sensors also perform better (again, in extreme conditions) than crop sensors although note that’s not the same as declaring full-frame cameras are the only worthwhile kit. One of the real keys to good photography is understanding how far you can ‘push’ the ISO on your camera before the noise-to-signal ratio renders unacceptable levels of noise in an image remembering crucially that different cameras (including those that are the same model) have different noise signatures.

I get asked a lot of questions when running training courses. If I don’t have an answer I’ll research the topic and get back to whoever posed the question as soon as is possible. This also holds true for the photographic ‘controversies’ that pop-up from time to time. In fact, very little in photography is black and white (excuse the pun) and often there are multiple ways of achieving the same outcome. However, there remains one question I haven’t been able to find a (satisfactory) answer to. The conundrum is why battery power diminishes so rapidly when shooting bulb exposures (a special type of long exposure). Consider this: although the camera is obviously switched on the shutter curtains are not moving (i.e. the shutter remains open for the whole exposure as the shutter time is typically minutes rather than seconds) and there is no motor activity in terms of autofocus – another sure fire way of exhausting a battery is to use a super-telephoto lens or a weighty piece of glass such as Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II USM as the power needed to move the elements quickly drains power. Despite these facts bulb exposures really drain camera batteries. Of course, the answer lies somewhere in the dump of information to the sensor as the camera processes information from the exposure. The CPU capabilities and thus power demands of modern cameras are impressive and of course there are thermal issues to take into consideration which may also affect battery performance. However, why the rate of battery discharge should be so extreme has not been satisfactorily answered despite my requesting explanations from both Canon and Nikon. If anyone would like to proffer an explanation answers on a postcard please!

Incidentally, this shot is a bulb exposure of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter from a few years back – in fact, as far back as March 2012. Electronic geeks may recognise the building as the old Enderby’s Flour Mill in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, one time HQ of Sinclair Radionics (i.e. one of the companies of Sir Clive Sinclair of ‘C5’ fame) where the pocket calculator was developed. And just to prove my point about bulb exposures draining batteries; the intended shutter speed was 30mins in order to best capture the tracking of the planets in the sky and as reflected in the River Great Ouse but the exposure was truncated at 1196sec (i.e. 19minutes and 56 seconds) because the camera battery ran out. Admittedly, this wasn’t my first shot of the night. I had taken a few exposures previously but not a number that would seemingly drain a fully-charged battery which provides many thousands of shots when I shoot using any other camera mode.

   
     

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