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Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. I'm a portrait photographer based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK and I specialise in portraits, headshots and audition photos. I love working with dancers.
A picture tells a thousand words - so below you will see many more pictures than words.
Please drop me a line via email Bernadette firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07935 046 566, I'd love to hear from you.
My stock photos are available through Lightstock.
Good photographers make good pictures, not the gear. People can use the latest, fanciest cameras, lighting and lenses and still take average pictures, or even awful ones. On the other hand, someone with a good eye can take amazing pictures with any camera. iPhones take great pictures. There are photographers all over the internet showing commercial shoots and weddings they have done with their iPhone cameras. However, a really good, close up portrait will be better with good lighting and a long lens in the right hands.
These two photos were taken seconds apart. The first was a quick snap with my iPhone for the model release, using window light. The second was the light test just a few seconds later, using my DSLR with a 105mm lens.
Same beautiful girl, same hair and makeup, same outfit, same room, same gorgeous blue eyes, same photographer. So, why are they so different? The iPhone, like most phone cameras, has a lens with a field of view similar to a 35mm lens. That's great if you are taking group shots or even photos of individuals at full length, but it is certainly not ideal as a close up portrait lens. Photographers generally agree that a focal length of at least 85mm is best to create flattering portraits which show faces naturally, how we see them.
I used very simple, soft lighting from in front and behind, as well as adding three reflectors to bounce more light into the subject's eyes. So next time you look at a phone photo of yourself and feel a little discouraged, just remember that you probably look a whole lot nicer in real life! When you need a profile photo or a portrait, consider hiring someone to take a picture you will be happy with.
Yesterday I visited the Batsford Arboretum in Moreton-in-the-Marsh. It is a photographer's paradise and even though we lugged a few lenses around, I used the 105mm macro almost all day. These delicate leaves were shrivelling on the branches and very hard to photograph, although perfect for a long term project I have just started.
The project is to use Adobe Capture to create a design element. I have limited the subject matter to "nature" but not anything in particular, it could be a scene, clouds, feather, flower, leaf, raindrops or anything in the natural world. The free Adobe Capture software allows you to create colour schemes, patterns, vector objects, Photoshop brushes and 'looks' for video.
I created a colour scheme as well as two patterns. The patterns are particularly addictive, especially if you have a leaning toward kaleidoscopes as I do. Last night I made about 20 different patterns.
Whenever flowers come into my house, I simply have to bring out the macro lens and photograph them. It is such a joyous thing to spend the time looking and simply enjoying the flowers.
For these photos, I used the backlight of the glass doorway and 105mm macro lens.
The gentle curves and softness of the petal edges are what really attracted me about the open blooms. When I shoot macro, I'm trying to capture the essence of what I see, rather than create scientific documentation.
The buds are equally exquisite with their long, slender stems.
I post processed these photos in the free Silver Efex Pro software, to give them a gentle, monochrome, filmic look.
My next macro workshop will be a full day on Saturday 26th November 2016 in Hinckley. Click HERE for full details, or phone if you have any questions.
I took these photos for my daughter's ballet audition website. She needed several different looks including ballet, contemporary, character and neo-classical. This set were for the neo-classical look.
I feel for this sort of work, creating a quiet but not sombre mood with the light is important. We chose a simple, white costume and made pictures with a fairly neutral, almost monochromatic look, although still in colour.
Over the years, I've had many opportunities to look for gifts for dancers, ballet lovers and dance teachers. Sometimes it is hard to find just the right thing, so in collaboration with my ballerina daughter, I've created a range of dancer-friendly items ranging from prints to apparel and homewares. After researching various print on demand services for the past year, I've decided to use Red Bubble and Zazzle, We will be adding many new products over the next few months.
Below is an example of some products using a photo from a Giselle shoot last year.
Please visit our Red Bubble store and Zazzle store to find the perfect gift for the dancer in your life.
Here is a sneak peek at some of our other items in the Red Bubble store.
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