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Photography at The Barbican in London

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Capturing Street Photography at The Barbican in London

With the arrival of my new Sony 35mm f1.8 I felt the immediate urge to head out for some street photography to give it a little run for its money. I decided to head over to what I consider one of the best street photography locations in London. The Barbican.  I couldn’t wait to check out the amazing brutalist architecture this location has to offer. Continue Reading

Street Photography in Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf Street Photography Scene featuring crowd with elderly man sporting a handlebar mustache

Capturing Street Photos in Dusseldorf

With a trip already planned for Dusseldorf, I thought it would be a great opportunity to squeeze in some street photography while I was there. At the time of booking it felt like a great idea to stay an extra day to capture some street photos, however, following 2 days of drinking German beer, I was starting to wonder if it actually was. On the surface of things, street photography seems like it’s an easy task of just pointing your camera at interesting things. But in reality, it takes an immense amount of focus and concentration to plan your frames. As well as the confidence to capture moments and remain inconspicuous. Continue Reading

London Underground Photography

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24 Hours of Street Photography on the London Underground.

On the 18th of November 2016 I took a trip. A 24 hour trip. I didn’t have a destination in mind or plan for that matter but it would involve street photography and spending 24 hours on the London Underground Night Tube – specifically, the Northern Line and its stations. So I’d get the first train at 5.25am on Thursday 18th right through to the same time the following morning of the 19th November. Crazy right? 24 Hours of Non-Stop London Underground Photography.

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How Much Does a Corporate Video Cost?

Interviewing Meliz Cooks

The “Ah-Ha!” moment – when it comes to value

I remember once sitting in my local barbers waiting for my turn to be called up, and seeing a plaque on the wall that caught my attention. It read; “good haircuts aren’t cheap, and cheap haircuts aren’t good”. I found this quote incredibly poignant, not only because it’s true, but because it’s relatable to so many aspects of life when seeking a professional service. We all know somebody who’s opted for the builder that was half the price of all the others, only to end up with half of their extension finished before the contractors disappeared. Now, this isn’t to say that service providers who are competitively priced are no good, some amazing creatives may often choose to reduce their prices on specific briefs if there is strategic reasoning to do so. But those that are established and have the experience to go with it, will often charge relevant to their standard of service and product they deliver. So how much does Corporate Video Cost? Well, there’s no quick answer to this, but I’ll try my best to explain how we go about it.

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Build Your Story: Filming with the Samyang 85mm T1.5

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Filming with the Samyang 85mm T1.5

Having used some of the older generation manual Samyang lenses for my commercial video productions, I think I liked their low prices more than their actual lenses to be honest. Many years back, starting off in the industry you need to purchase what suits your pocket right? That’s just business sense! I lately revisited the idea of filming with the Samyang range with their updated Mkii Cine lenses. Continue Reading

SmallHD Focus Bright Review : A Hands-On Account

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Hands-on with the SmallHD Focus Bright: A Review

So today I thought I’d give you my SmallHD Focus Bright Review.  As a professional in the video production industry, I’m not new to the world of SmallHD monitors, having previously owned the 501 full HD model. At the time it was a necessary purchase.  Quite simply because the rear screens on the A7s & A7sii are not far from unusable for commercial video filming. (Sony, PLEASE rectify this on the MKiii !). Mind you, having had a little play on the new Sony A9 and witnessing the crystal clear screen used on that, I’m hopeful that this upgraded screen will filter down their models. Continue Reading

First Impressions Fuji XT2

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First Impressions Fuji XT2

It’s here, it’s finally here. After months of anticipation and research, it’s finally arrived. Now before I start this post I must inform you that this isn’t a full-on review about the Fuji XT2 but more why I decided to purchase it in 2016, over the stiff competition (such as the Sony A7 range) and why it’s a worthwhile investment to a full-frame SLR photographer like myself for commercial photography.

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A Beginners Guide to Filming Yourself with a Smartphone or Tablet

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With ever-growing changes to the workplace, down to you know what…*cough*, Covid-19 (yup, I said it), we’re seeing a greater need for “self-filmed” content for professional use. At this very moment, we ourselves are in fact being commissioned to edit client-generated content. And while we’d always advise on having a professional film your corporate videos, not everyone has the choice at these times. So on this basis, we wanted to pull together some top tips when filming yourself with a smartphone. I must stress, this isn’t going to be an intimidatingly complex breakdown, more so a checklist to get you started. Following that, you never know, you could be the next Scorsese! Continue Reading

Exploring Botany Bay Kent

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Visting the white cliffs and chalk stacks of Botany Bay

As a photographer, it’s hard to travel anywhere without my camera by my side, as you never know what you might miss. Sometimes you get really lucky with the locations you visit and get to capture something pretty special while you’re passing through and Botany Bay in Kent proved to be one of those trips. Continue Reading