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Smash & Grab

This weeks news is a smash and grab by work leading stock agency Getty Images. Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and Unsplash, the preeminent image platform for global creators, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Getty Images will acquire Unsplash. Getty Images will fund the transaction from existing cash balances and the transaction is expected to close at the close of the month.

Awesome Black & White
Conversions.

Desaturation is not the way for an effective Black and White conversion
Having been initially a monochrome photographer processing my negatives and client prints. I have learned a few interesting techniques utilising a range of today’s software. This article runs you through some very basics which will apply to Camera Raw in Photoshop, Lightroom, Silver Efex, Tonality and Luminar

Great techniques for you to use 

Photographers - Diversify or Die!

As a photographer have to learn to adapt or die in the profession. Top tips on. how to diversify and thoughts about how you can achieve this to manage the current situation without throwing in the towel and losing your opportunity to work later in the year as a photographer.

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iPhone & Smartphone Workshops

The iPhone and smartphone online workshop with James Nader is in its early stages of development. It will teach you everything you need to know about becoming a competent photographer with an iPhone or similar smartphone. We are looking at dates in September later this year.

See More – April 2nd 2021.

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Why Shoot Behind the Scenes Photography?

The most important point, know When to Be Invisible which is the common mistake photographers make when shooting behind the scenes being invisible to the talent is key.

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My Two Hours With Dita Von Teese.

Working with Dita Von Teese was one of my bucket list items. Since seeing her in all publications she had the retro look which I liked. We shot for two hours on location in Ibiza. 100ft Drop and a drugged up horse.

An Alternative Iceland

27 people in our production crew and just 2 double rooms in our way out cabin, honestly what are you thinking about and why?. Cost saving costs crew!!! he had left the message asking if I would like to fly to Iceland on a 21-day shoot next month!

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An Englishman in Manchester

Manchester shoot street photography allows me to find a chance at some Fine Art Photography with an “Englishman in Manchester”

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Adornments and Tattoos

“Vibrant Red hair, striking red ear hoops, eccentric tattoo art and to cap it all pointy things in her mouth with studs on her nose.”

Burlesque in Piccadilly

James when was the last time you shot any real people and away from your own comfort zones James”?… So here we go again find my preferred way!

Developing Your Own
Photographic Personality

Developing your own style and workflow can be a challenge. I have been through this process quite a few times in my career, and recently about a year ago I hit the wall once again; I realised being everything to everyone had exhausted my creative flow. Social media was driving my creative vision and rarely would I divulge my photographic inspirations and abilities for the shame of not being that true fashion photographer. 2020 has seen me begin to show the real creativity in me.

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Dynamic Tips for Monochrome

Magazine style black and white photography and beautiful images processed in Lightroom and the Adobe Photoshop darkroom – Notable Apps and plugins get a mention too!

Shooting Fashion on Location - Tips

It’s important to work with the Creative Directors’ vision for the client. You must make changes quickly on the fly bringing your creative team on board with your changes. Sell them the vision.

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Photographers, Are The New Art Directors Aren't They?

As times change, Photographers are covering more aspects of the profession. From creative direction and art direction, its obvious clients are expecting more from their commissions including video…

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North Wales Menswear Fashion Shoot October.

Volpe Menswear shoot – In the next few weeks, we will be heading to North Wales! We are shooting a menswear look book, utilising Grey skies, Beach, Drone, Steady-cam, stills and a fashion film. Our recce story is here.
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Vivre La France

Street photography is a hip name for some simple approach photography right now. Most new camera owners decide on this genre, based on the fact it’s one of the easiest styles of photography to start off with. Why?
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Photographers SEO Strategy

A new article I wrote for photographers as featured in Goodlight Magazine and discusses the basics of Search Engine Optimisation and how I feature on page one of Google for Fashion Photographer UK

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Couture Bridal Shoot

Shooting a fashion lookbook is important for many brands and can be a little easier to shoot than editorials. We have some behind the scenes and phot information to help you in your own shoots.

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Working With Budget Clients

Starting out as a photographer you will find a raft of small brands and companies who wish to work with you. You will find to that on average they will expect to pay you way less than the normal rate.

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Street Life!

Street Casting is the process whereby production houses or in this case me, go into an area or location where there is a requirement for a specific type of artist for a brief. I had one now.

Individual Empowerment

A street casting with the subject of Tattoo and Adorments. A pure gamble capturing a subject outside of my usual comfort zone, to show photography is being able to photograph with light, shape and composition.

The price of fame

What is the price of fame nowadays especially for a model or actor? I“Getting yourself a stylist these days is virtually impossible”A model’sor actors’ investment in themselves is a costly thing.

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Shooting from the hip!

Beach Photography, can this be classed the same or similar to Street Photography or is there less skill needed to accomplish this.? Ok so one difference is everyones wobbly bits on show

Crude So Photorealistic

I can work with a vast range of  photo lighting and light quality, mixing and matching but overall creating my own particular style of light. I can also replicate this style in Film lights, Arri lights, Flash

Capturing Canarians for Cash

Travelling anywhere these days for me, is all about maximising the true potential of any opportunity , but also looking at any other potentials hidden within searching out hidden opportunities is a must.

Plitvice Croatia - Sirona Composite

Sandy had just won the German version of Germany’s Top Model this shot was a filler shot for the calendar however I love this ans spent a little more time on the finished image. The background was shot in the superb lakes of Croatia.

My First Shots with a Fuji

So we found over 24 fabulous shooting locations in Iceland, We know this as I was given the task to create 24 spectacular stand-alone images for the Lambertz Calendar and we visited these plus many more.

Shooting 12,500ft and out of Air!

Logistically challenging trips in the mountain with the kit. Three cable cars would carry us to the top but the problem being the time getting there and setting up. Recce day cold and  very misty with cloudy.

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Photographers Free Powerpoint Templates and Resources

This month we are giving away a few resources. This photographers PowerPoint presenter template, SEO or Search Engine Optimisation for photographers free for anyone to download or customise to fit in with their own branding and portfolio. It’s completely free.

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The Awesome Photographers Elevator Pitch - What is it?

Your elevator pitch should last no longer than a short elevator ride of 20 to 30 seconds, hence the name. Your pitch should be interesting, memorable, and succinct. It should also mention what you do and for whom. We tell you more…

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We Experimented Using a Projector as a Light Source

Projector Lighting – Using a projector as a light source can create an unusual effective in images, projecting patterns and shapes onto the model can produce some interesting graphical images. We will give you all the information you need to get going.

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iPhone Mother of Invention

The hip name for using your iPhone and being a photographer is “iPhoneographer or phonography“ “I have been using the iPhone for all types of captures from recce work with clients to my own studies.”

Petzval Lomography lends test

Vintage paraphernalia perfect for your swirly Bokeh. Recently put the PETZVAL lens though its paces for Lomography UK whilst on location in Cumbria in the Lake District UK.

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Archive Blog Posts

All Blog Posts This link takes you to the full set of posts on many aspects of my work over this last few years, from lighting to processing and from locations to studio. See which one of the posts resonates with you and your photography.

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes is now pretty much part of any photography shoot.  following this link takes you directly to a page that discusses some of the location shoots that I have been lucky to work on. Follow the link to see more.

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