No covers for 2013.. yet

by on Apr.20, 2013, under Misc

So far 2013′s been a very very busy year!  I’m a busy photographer working in the Google Business Photos program, not only working on GBP shoots but also working on an invention (both hardware and software) to make the process less prone to errors. I’m also a very busy IT Specialist. With GBP & IT taking up so much of my time studio shoots have fallen by the wayside. I hope to get the inventing wrapped up soon and get back to some personal projects – image editing and shooting in the studio with a number of people I’d contacted last year.

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My local studio: Snappy Snaps Bromley

by on Jan.13, 2013, under Misc

I’ve had someone post a message via the sites contact form tonight asking which studio I use.  As they made a typo when entering their email address I’ve been unable to reply. Anyone wondering where it is, here’s the address.

Snappy Snaps Bromley
31 Market Square

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Back to Pinterest with Secret Boards

by on Nov.11, 2012, under Misc

I loved Pinterest when it first started and created a number of boards. It was a brilliant way to collect photos, show others ideas for photoshoots; clothes, accessories, etc. Then the words “Copyright Infringement” started to be mentioned by a lot of other photographers and lawyers. Unless they get permission people don’t have the right to make an image visible on another web site [or Facebook page] not under the original artists control.  There were also issues with the original source of the images being lost with all the repinning. One of my photographer idols were telling people to get with the modern world and use it, but he was in my mind publishing a lot of images, not necessarily pinning work of others that might come after him with a lawsuit.
Other photographers were reporting stories of firms in the US that were chasing people for very high dollar values.  Not wanting a copyright issue I stopped using it.  That’s changed.  In the last few days Pinterest launched a new service – Secret Boards.
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Fun new App “Collage Frames Shuffle”

by on Nov.08, 2012, under Misc

Fellow Flickr user Mike B Newton has a fun app out for the iPhone called Collage Frames Shuffle. Like Diptic it allows you to place a number of images into a rectangle.  Unlike Dyptic you start by selecting the images you want to work with, be they live from the camera, an album, Facebook or Flickr.  You then “shuffle” the photos layout until you find one you like. Finally dragging the photo in each frame element allows you to centre them in the way you’d like before exporting to an Album, Email, Facebook, tumbr., Flickr, twitter or instagram.

There’s also a Collage Frames Shuffle App Flickr group for showing off your results.

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A fish out of water? Far from it, a fish eye and LOTS of water!

by on Jul.16, 2012, under Misc

I’ve recently added a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens to my equipment list and have been experimenting with a number of panorama creation programs. My findings are easy to summarise: You get what you pay for, PTGui at £65 is the best I’ve found so far in terms of a program you can download to your laptop or workstation. Its ability to stitch images together is 1st class and the PTGui Pro version at ~ £130 can do HDR blending of multiple exposures for scenes with high contrast. I have found one better but it’s an online application to a closed user group.  More on that in a while! (read the rest of the post…)

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Racy, classy, fun, classic. Cars and colour coordination coincidences?

by on Jun.17, 2012, under Misc

Driving over to my parents today to wish Dad a happy fathers day I spotted two coordinated drivers out with their cars. I wish I’d seen them both at the same time and been able to stop them, with the sun out it would have made for a fun image – him with a yellow tshirt and his yellow Fiat 500, her with a pink hoodie and her pink Fiat 500! I’ll store that away for a possible future shoot theme.

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Fruit Loaf and Ginger Bread recipes

by on Mar.11, 2012, under Misc

What’s this got to do with photography? Not quite nothing. A photo of a nice carrot cake baked by Oliver inspired me to search the old archives for these recipes, a final task before declaring the weekend over. This was as good a place as any to share them. And just as I was about to hit Publish I remembered I had a photo on Flickr of a fruit loaf from a while back. Have I seriously not baked one since December 2008? Time to think ingredients shopping..
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“Beyond the Moon” cycle ride

by on Mar.07, 2012, under Misc

 I came down to breakfast at the Ramada Encore Ipswich this morning to find one of the Reservation staff at the peddles of an exercise bike and keeping up a good comfortable pace.  Sarah and her colleagues are raising funds for the “Beyond the Moon” charity.

Organised by the Ramada Encore Belfast, there are 13 hotels from the group taking part, swapping tarmac for hotel lobbies.

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Awesome snow reflector, igloo 3

by on Feb.05, 2012, under Misc

0830 this morning I was woken by my daughter. The snow had settled and she wanted to go and play. A snow ball fight with the neighbours turned into a trip to the park with their sledge.

The snow was crunchy underfoot and compacting so well that I knew this was the day for Igloo 3. (read the rest of the post…)

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2012. The end of the world as we, the connected world, know it?

by on Jan.20, 2012, under Misc

There’s been a mass of hype over the Mayan calendar and how the end of the world will happen in 2012.  The film industry benefited from it with the blockbuster movie “2012″.  Will it end with a cataclysm? Most likely not one that the rest of the occupants of planet earth would notice.  But for the connected human population the death of the Internet would leave a massive hole.

Can you imagine a world with no Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google, Wikipedia or YouTube? (read the rest of the post…)

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