I’ve bought the new Canon 16-35mm f2.8L mk3 lens – a significant investment but one that’s necessary to have the best image quality available. As one of my favourite and most used lenses for all types of work no other manufacturer has a lens of this quality at this focal length. It’s truly an amazing lens!
The new kit gives me greater flexibility in difficult conditions where others might struggle. This really is the best photography equipment on the market at the moment and I’m proud to be able to be using this in my work.
Aspatria’s Beacon Hill school are rebranding their material across the range, from their website to brochures to signage and they chose me to help them do it. It was a great opportunity to help a really nice school who have an emphasis on supporting the relationships between teachers and pupils. It was a privilege to be able to assist.
The Whitehaven Theatre Group are running a production of Sleeping Beauty for Christmas 2013 and the promo-shoot was great fun!
Kankku is an off-road driving experience company based in Windermere.
Promotional pictures for the Whitehaven Theatre Group were taken for their upcoming comedy; Fawlty Towers.
English Heritage were looking for volunteers for surveying buildings as part of in a national survey – I volunteered my skills and surveyed several buildings within the West Cumbria area.
Another year for Hensingham’s successful students, awards being presented by Gerard Richardson.
Fantastic photo opportunities all around the harbour presented themselves and I lapped it up.
Our troops, coming home from Afghanistan, proudly paraded the streets of Whitehaven.
Whitehaven Theatre Group are promoting their latest production, Grease! They asked me to do their promotional photos.
Whitehaven’s line dancers are celebrating 15 years at The Civic Hall in Whitehaven.
The White Mare at Beckermet is a repeat customer. The images Phil asked for were to cover the welcoming side of the pub during the winter months for his website.
A great opportunity to shoot a moving car by hanging my camera from it!
The Whitehaven Theatre Group are doing Aladin this year so I did the promo photos!
10 top firework tips from me;
- Use a tripod! And also use a remote shutter release so that you don’t transmit vibrations when you press the shutter button on the camera with your finger.
- Make sure you have a full battery and lots and lots of memory card space (obvious but you’ll be surprised!).
- If your camera struggles to focus in low light, set it up before hand while it’s light and switch your lens to Manual focus and don’t touch it.
- Don’t use auto modes (including Aperture and Shutter priorities). Use manual. And turn the flash off 🙂
- Shooting in raw instead of JPG will give you better pictures. But be aware that raw will use a lot more memory card space and you may need to process each shot individually depending on what software you use.
- Exposure? Get the right amount of ambient light with the shutter speed, a few seconds should be enough for each shot. Adjust the aperture to get the exposure on the fireworks right and use your ISO to control the overall brightness of the scene..
- Don’t use a long exposure because the results will just be a complete mess of whited-out over-exposed-ness. Instead, try to time each main burst from start to finish.
- Don’t be afraid to blend two or more shot together afterwards to get the shot you need.
- Don’t get in anyone’s way!
- Don’t forget to enjoy the show! I’ve shot loads of fireworks where I’ve concentrated so much on the pictures I didn’t get time to enjoy it.
Eclipse Bowling in Workington opened their doors leading to some great photos including a view behind the scenes at the machines making the bowling alley tick. A great photoshoot under difficult conditions went beautifully!
It seems that my pictures which ran in The Whitehaven News have provoked a good reaction!
Page 10 of this weeks’ paper (23rd December 2009) features letters from the public who having seen my pictures are backing up the plea to re-open the cinema, especially in light of the Workington bridge disaster which makes it difficult to get to the local multiplex.
There is even a Facebook group called Re-open the Gaiety Cinema – please join up!
My full Gaiety picture set can be viewed here; http://www.flickr.com/photos/horrgakx/sets/72157622745861702/