Behind the Magic – Inspiration & Influences

By | 2018-02-12T23:41:47+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates|

Every creative person whether an artist, author, photographer or otherwise has sources of inspiration. Those sources could be anything and I really do mean anything. Personally I have a collection of sources that I regularly utilise in different ways. Now I will start by saying I don't go out and actively copy other photographers but [...]

Behind the Magic – Editing workflow

By | 2018-02-06T22:35:47+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Other Events, Weddings|

I'm often asked about my workflow for editing a photo shoot so let me take you on a whistlestop tour of what I do from taking the photos to delivering the final images. In general I edit photo shoots in the order they take place. The slight exception is weddings which I dip in and [...]

Behind the Magic – Merged Sequences

By | 2018-01-30T01:08:31+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates|

The majority of the time I only aim to take one photo at a time but occasionally I will take a few successive frames which when merged together can make a great sequence. The keys to making a good sequence are to be relatively side on to the fence, so you can record the horse [...]

Behind the Magic – Always be prepared

By | 2018-01-16T13:45:03+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Other Events, Weddings|

If you were ever a Scout or Girl Guide the phrase 'be prepared' will be well known to you. Preparedness is vital in becoming a successful photographer in so many ways. Prior to the cross country at Badminton I will walk the course at least once in the preceeding days. It allows me to [...]

Behind the magic – Behind the scenes studio lit shoot

By | 2018-01-09T12:47:36+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Behind The Magic, Equestrian|

Have you wondered how I create the beautiful low key black background portraits? This article will give you a behind the scenes look into how I use powerful portable studio lights that I can use almost anywhere within reason. I personally favour a one light set up as I like the dramatic shadows that can [...]

Behind the magic – 10 tips for taking a Christmas family photo

By | 2017-12-22T20:41:41+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Latest Updates, Other Events|

So it's under a week away, the time when families descend upon each other, often in numbers only seen once a year. It can therefore be a great opportunity to take a group family photo so here are 10 tips to help you take a better photo. Have some fun, try making one person [...]

Behind The Magic – What I will, won’t & can’t photoshop!

By | 2017-12-22T20:40:35+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

Photoshop is a very very powerful tool when you know how to use it and can literally make the impossible possible. I utilise it on an almost daily basis but I try and use it to make photos 'cleaner' and try not to use it for things that are unbelievable. Occasionally I will do something [...]

New product! – Acrylic Prints

By | 2017-11-27T16:18:27+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Latest Updates|

I am now pleased to offer acrylic prints to my offering of products thanks to German professional print lab Saal Digital. For a while I have been considering what ready to hang options I can offer to my customers, especially for my studio lit work which isn't always best complimented by a frame. Acrylic prints [...]

Behind The Magic – Shutter Speed, Aperture & ISO – The Basics

By | 2017-12-22T20:40:14+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates|

Shutter speed, aperture and ISO are the three fundamental settings when using any DSLR camera. So what are they and how do they work both on their own and together? Firstly we will look at each individually. Shutter speed - This is fairly self explanatory. It is the speed at which your shutter works within [...]

Behind the Magic – Enhancing an Autumnal image

By | 2017-12-22T20:39:43+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Other Events, Weddings|

It's Autumn here in England and the oranges are simply divine but sometimes it is worth enhancing the colours to really make an image stand out. BUT and this is a big but, if you are going to do it you need to do it correctly. I have seen an increasing abundance of orange photos [...]

Laura & Justin’s Wedding – Hartnoll Hotel Tiverton

By | 2017-12-22T20:39:10+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Latest Updates, Weddings|

The Hartnoll Hotel near the Devonshire town of Tiverton was the venue for Laura & Justin's wedding in September. Although I had lived in the area for many years and driven past on numerous occasions this was my first visit to the Hartnoll. In advance of the wedding I visited the day before, meeting Claire [...]

Wedding Photographers – Are two better than one?

By | 2017-12-22T20:37:54+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Latest Updates, Weddings|

The perfect example of being in two places at once. I was able to capture photos from the front of the church whilst Liz captured the beautiful feature image above with the window from the back If you're a bride searching for your photographer you will undoubtedly be getting numerous opinions over having [...]

Behind The Magic – You get what you pay for

By | 2017-12-22T22:39:15+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates, Weddings|

Have you looked at three photographers one charging £50 for a photoshoot, another £150, and another £500 and wondered the difference? Let me try to explain to you, and more importantly how and why that is not their 'hourly' rate. To break it down I'm going to let you know a little bit more about [...]

Behind the Magic – Stop, Collaborate & listen!

By | 2017-12-22T22:40:24+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian|

Last week I took the opportunity to meet up with three fellow equestrian photographers, Rose, Laura & Louise, for an afternoon of idea sharing and education. All four of us are established photographers but have different styles and areas of expertise, so what better than the chance to throw around ideas and see how each [...]

Behind the magic – every day is a school day

By | 2017-12-22T22:40:45+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Behind The Magic|

I was asked recently how I became a professional photographer. Did I go to college or university to study or was it all 'just there'? In my case I fall somewhere in the middle, I would like to think that I have a natural eye for composition and subjects, whereas a lot of the technical [...]

Behind The Magic – Finding stock photography

By | 2017-12-22T22:41:17+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates|

Do you work in a business that needs marketing images? Do you have a project to do for college, university, school or even work? If so the majority will probably have utilised google image search to find a suitable photo to use at some point. There is no denying it, almost everyone has, but the [...]

Behind The Magic – Backup, backup and backup again

By | 2017-09-04T22:34:55+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Behind The Magic|

A lesson most photographers learn the hard way is to have backups, and not just one, of their photos. There is nothing worse than a card or hard disk failure and loosing irreplaceable photos. I learnt the hard way when a hard drive filed on me a few years ago. Thankfully I was able to [...]

Behind the Magic – Horses & studio lights

By | 2017-12-22T22:41:48+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates|

Horses are naturally wary animals and many are known as being spooky especially at new things. Portable lighting which I use for my studio lit photoshoots are incredibly powerful and do result in a wide range of reactions from horses. From all that I have photographed though only one we decided it was in the [...]

Behind The Magic – Everyone is a photographer

By | 2017-09-14T11:33:15+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian|

You may think this post is going to be a rant and it is but perhaps not in the way you will expect... 'Everyone thinks they are a photographer' and the truth is everyone is. In the same way that everyone is a cook. Some do it well, some do it badly, and lots are [...]

Behind The Magic – The magic of a tight crop

By | 2017-12-22T22:42:29+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian|

Now I love to photograph tight crops. The reason? The photograph is (normally) all about the subject and cluttered backgrounds detract, tight crops focus in on that subject and allow you to tell a different photograph. Granted there are times where you want the background as it in itself tells a story but I will [...]

Behind the Magic – The golden hour

By | 2017-12-22T22:37:42+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian|

I love love LOVE the golden hour, although actually it's normally not an hour long and there are two of them per day (weather dependant!). As the sun progresses through the sky during the day it starts low to the horizon moves over head until again dropping down to the horizon at sunset. If the [...]

Behind the Magic – Do What You Love

By | 2017-12-22T20:38:34+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Weddings|

Portrait created utilising my Elinchrom portable lighting system There are so many different forms of photography, even within portrait photography you have everything from newborns, maternity, weddings, family and so on and so forth. Different photographers specialise in different areas, some are jack of all trades some are specialists in one specific area, [...]

Behind The Magic – Bokeh – what is it and how to create it

By | 2017-12-22T22:42:58+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Latest Updates|

The bouquet focused on in the front of the frame the couple are left lovely & soft in the background You have undoubtedly seen those lovely dreamy photos where the background is beautifully blurred often to the point of seeing sparkles in the background and wandered how that was created. This is bokeh, [...]

Behind The Magic – Black & White

By | 2017-09-14T11:33:16+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Behind The Magic, Equestrian, Latest Updates|

When I was going through my photos of the action at Barbury on Sunday I had the sudden strong urge to go almost all black & white for editing. I don't normally put so many black and white images in an event but the backdrop and the competition itself just lending itself to the format. [...]