Something like six weeks ago I spent a fun couple of hours observing the very patient ladies taking part in a class at The Makery in Bath (where I work) creating lampshades. I took photos, had a chat with the workshop leader, Ruth, and even found time to enjoy a cup of tea. The ladies looked like they had lots of fun, and it seems like lampshade making is a quick and easy craft that pretty much anyone can enjoy. […]
Just another quick update to point you in the direction of my other blog, the Cardiff Arcades Project. I photographed the fantastic Vom Fass shop in the Royal Arcade a couple of months ago (most of the shoots I do have a couple of months turnaround… owing mainly due to this stupid thing called life getting in the way – I’m trying to be better though, honestly). Having been open a couple of years now, I’ve been keen to photograph […]
As you can no doubt tell by the snow in these shots, I took these a little while ago … it was actually on the same day that I set off on an epic seven hour drive to Snowdonia… I met the lovely Keara through Twitter – as I seem to meet so many people these days. I put out a request for potential models on my feed, and Keara was one (perhaps crazy) enough to volunteer. It’s great to […]
Just a quick update post to point you in the direction of my other blog. I photographed the lovely Brooklinde in the High Street Arcade a few weeks ago and used my Canon 60D, my Panasonic G5 and took a few shots with the Sony RX1. I haven’t been using my 60D that much recently, but with all the jewellery I wanted to use my 60mm macro lens to get some great close-ups. The wide angle lens I have is […]
By the time I had fallen in love with photography, the digital revolution was already well under way. Sure I had used the odd film compact camera when I was very young, but the first time I got my own camera was roughly 2002, and it was a digital offering. I think it had something AMAZING like two megapixels! So, I’m not one of these photographers that spent hours developing photos in a lab, as much as I’d like to […]
Autumn is, quite rightly, the favourite season of many photographers – and I think I’m no different. I’m really fortunate to live just a couple of minutes walk away from the magnificent Bute Park which looks quite frankly resplendent at this time of year. Somehow, last year, I managed to miss most of the autumnal goodness, so this year I’ve been going much more frequently to try and catch the best moments.
Anyone might think I have a penchant for redheads considering the frequency with which they appear on this blog. Well it just so happens that most of the redheads I know are really game for posing for portraits – maybe having bright hair makes you more confident than the average brunette or blonde? Anyway, this is my friend Helen in the wonderful city of Bath. I work in Bath but I don’t take too many photos there, so it was […]
I have already written about my experiences of shooting the Tenovus “Worn by You, Loved by Us” earlier in the year, but I wanted to upload some shots in honour of the fact that the campaign has been nominated for a few CIPR awards, including best use of photography or design! Update: I’m thrilled to say that the campaign won three awards at the CIPR awards, including two silvers and one gold for Best Use of Photography or Design! Although […]
Just a quick post to direct you to the latest post on the Cardiff Arcades Project, which I shot a couple of weeks ago. These photos are from Hubbard’s Cupboard, a new vintage shop which opened up just over a month ago and can be found in the High Street Arcade. I shot the majority of the photos of the Nikon D600, which is a great addition to the full-frame line-up. Being smaller than other cameras of its type, I […]
If you’re a regular reader of this blog (I must have at least one, surely?) you might know that the Castle Arcade is one of my absolute favourite places in Cardiff. Not only is it a great place for a wander around, filled with all kinds of curious shops and cafes, its beautiful architecture make it, in my opinion at least, a fantastic place to shoot portraits. So it was here I brought Nina, my latest subject, to shoot this […]
Iceland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, so when the opportunity came up earlier in the year to visit the country to test the new Sony Alpha 99, I couldn’t quite believe my luck. We visited in mid-September, where I naively believed it wouldn’t be *that* cold. I couldn’t have really have been more wrong, and was very grateful for the thick winter coats provided to us after I’d only packed a light jacket (the fool). On one of […]
What do you do when two of the best cameras currently on the market come into the office at the same time? Obviously, you take them both out for a head to head shoot. This session pitched the Canon 5D Mark III against the Nikon D800. Both firmly in the semi-pro category (whatever that is), they both retail for roughly the same price and are both lusted after by different groups of people. I photographed my beautiful friend Liz yet […]
I shot these photos a few weeks back of one of my favourite Cardiff places to have a mooch around on a Saturday afternoon. If you’re not familiar with Jacob’s market, you’re really missing out and you should pay it a visit the next time you’re in the city centre. If you’re anything like me you will have seen it thousands of times out of the window of the train before your first venture in there. There are loads, and […]
Please indulge my soppy side for one short blogpost… my crazy little hamster died this week and I realised I had so many photos of him that I could probably him into enter the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most photographed hamster. I found I have over 600 on my phone alone… which I guess is quite a lot All of these were taken on my iPhone(s) and are usually of him sleeping or eating something… it was […]
It’s fair to say that this summer has been a bit of a washout, weather-wise. So, a few weeks ago when yet another grey and gloomy day was threatening to thwart my photographic plans I decided to go with the mood instead. I was shooting with a Sony NEX-F3, which is one of the company’s compact system cameras. It’s a fun little camera to use, and one of its Picture Effects is called High Contrast Mono. Sometimes, I like to […]
This year has been a fantastic year for new cameras, and the Sony RX100 has easily been one of my favourite (so far). It’s a nifty little compact camera featuring a larger than average sensor (one inch). I only had my hands on it for a few days, so on the last day I had it, I decided to take it for a quick spin around Bath for some street/architecture/slightly unusual photography.
I recently reviewed the Nikon D3200, a new entry-level DSLR. As part of my test, I shot some portraits of Sarah at Gwdihw, a local bar which has a pretty cool interior. I used a pretty basic set-up to capture these (as always), using only the kit lens and a 50mm f/1.8 lens for all of the shots. This year I’ve been lucky enough to use the camera at the very top of Nikon’s range (the D4) and this, almost […]
These are some of my favourite photos from this year, and feature my ever-patient and ever-photographed friend Liz, who’s back with her beautiful red hair (remember her from Penarth?) Last week, I had the privilege of getting my hands on a new camera before it was even announced, the Sony RX100 (click this link to read my review on TechRadar… it’s the highest score I’ve ever given a camera by the way).
I thought it would be nice to take a quick break from the barrage of portraits I’ve been blogging lately and show a few of the pictures I took in St Fagans a few weeks ago when I was testing the Sony a37. For those not in the know, it’s the museum of Welsh life, and also includes St Fagans Castle (which looked more like a big house to me from the outside – there was a wedding going on […]
I’ve been meaning to blog these portraits of the gorgeous Rachel for some time. Shot originally for We Are Cardiff, lovely Rachel has now been swept away to work at the Edinburgh festival so her story is, for now at least, on hold. It seemed criminal not to show these photos though, being as she looked so god darned lovely. The location is Cafe Citta, a wonderful little restaurant in the city-centre of Cardiff. The owners were more than accommodating […]
This month I’m proud to say that my Cardiff Arcades Project work appears in one of my favourite magazines (one I actually subscribe to, woot!), Mollie Makes. For those of you not familiar with this publication, it’s a craft and vintage magazine aimed at young women which was launched just over a year ago produced by Future Publishing (which is handily where I work, but in another department…) I’ve been wanting to get my photos and words about the Cardiff […]
Just a quick post to guide you to my other website where I’ve posted a new set of images taken for the Cardiff Arcades Project. This a set of portraits of Lucy, the owner of a local record shop, Catapult Vinyl. She’s been a great supporter of the project and is always a friendly face in the arcades. For camera buffs, I used a Nikon D800 to capture these images, which performed really well on the day. For more information, […]
A few weeks ago, I was privileged to be asked to shoot a campaign for Tenovus Cancer, a charity based here in Cardiff. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything on this scale, and I absolutely loved the experience.
In my latest post for my ongoing photography project about the Cardiff Arcades I’ve shared some images I shot with a Nikon D4 and 8mm fisheye lens. The result is some ultra wide shots that give a pretty unique perspective on the beautiful architecture to be found. Here are just a very small selection of my favourites, but head over to the Cardiff Arcades Project to view the rest!
This month I’m extremely fortunate and proud to have three international news stand magazines on sale at once all featuring my recent portrait photography. In Digital Camera, I helped review the Nikon D800, so a photo of my regular model (teehee) Liz appears as part of that. I haven’t blogged this set of photos yet – they were taken in Barry Island and it’s on my ever-expanding to-do list. Meanwhile, in N-Photo, two portraits – another of Liz and one […]
This was one of my favourite portrait shoots of recent times, not only because Elena is such a joy to photograph, but also because the location was my old University building – the Bute Building (part of Cardiff University). Elena is studying the same postgraduate diploma that I took what seems like a lifetime ago (it is in fact three years ago that I finished), so it was quite odd being back in the building again. It was a Bank […]
Another week and another awesome camera to get my mitts on! This time, it was the Nikon D800. After carrying the great behemoth that was the Nikon D4 around for the previous week, by comparison the D800 seemed almost small. Almost. For those anywhere near as geeky as me, you might know that the D800 is the headline grabbing camera of the year, with its 36 million pixel sensor. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse when taking […]
This week, I had the pleasure of borrowing the Nikon D4 once again. A real powerhouse of a camera, I was really keen to shoot some portraits, and I’ve been begging my gorgeous friend Liz (look at that hair!) to pose for me for ages…. so mix those two together with the beautiful conditions and Penarth Pier and you’ve got (what I think) is a fantastic combination. These are some of my favourite portraits that I’ve taken… and really does […]
Yesterday I got to use the Sony Alpha a57 DSLT camera. It was supplied with the kit lens, which I have to admit that I have had my preconceptions about in the past (but it only goes down to f/3.5! but it surely won’t be sharp enough! surely the bokeh won’t be high quality!… etc). For any of my less-geeky-than-me readers, a kit lens is the basic lens that (usually) comes provided with DSLR/Ts. Most often they will be 18-55mm, […]
Today was the first real day that I got a feeling that glorious spring and summer is finally here. Someone is going to tell me that spring is already here, or won’t be here for another two months, or whatever…. either way I didn’t care – I packed up my bag with SIX cameras (yes I’m that crazy) and headed out into the beautiful sunshine to take some pictures. These are taken mostly on my Olympus PEN, which I find […]