So on the 21st January I returned to Preston for an amazing group workshop on lighting basics and essentials. I have to say and give credit where it is due, Gary Hill knows his stuff. Not only is he knowledgable but he is friendly and approachable. Which is great when you are a little quiet like I am.
I took a 90 minute drive up to his studio - which is awesome by the way - and got straight in (cause I was late.. oops) to a discussion around light and how it works, its strength, quantity and quality. It really helps to break down things as it is vey useful information and just knowing these things will help to create the bigger picture (literally) at the end.
It was great to meet other photographers too, and to meet with a lovely friend again who I talk with often over Facebook. We nattered quite a bit (even told we would be separated if we didn't keep quiet haha!) about our businesses and plans and well, stuff.
There were two amazing models who came with their Mum; also a photographer and another two boys who attended later in the afternoon. All credit to them for being so patient with us changing their positions, shooting over and over again. I enjoy photographing children and young adults, they know how to have fun but they definitely make you work hard to impress them.
It is crazy, because you honestly believe that there is no way you can achieve such beautiful work - but you can with the know how! The room was frequently filled with 'ahh', 'wow' and 'look at that'. It certainly is proof that it is not the equipment you use (although the quality of your lighting is drastically affected by the soft boxes you buy) but how you use it and USE IT WELL.
It is easy to see how Gary has been awarded his most recent accolade; Children Photographer of The Year 2017. He knows how to pose, light and shoot subjects but it isn't too complicated. It is always about keeping it simple but effective, something I often struggle to do.
The day certainly left me feeling excited about what I want to photograph in the future, I have some plans for a personal project that I want to work on and I most definitely will be using the techniques and advice I gained from this training.
I learned that, I need to be more confident in my ability and recognise that I do know something (yay) Gary was supportive of that and I hope to realise my talents and take it as far as I think I can go - then beyond. I have it in me, I need to just (in his words) do it!
I had his permission to share one image shot on the day which I retouched in Photoshop and I am so blown away! I really am looking forward to taking my work to another level I wouldn't have dreamed of.
Thank you again, Gary!
We all like to share seasons greetings with our friends and family. I know I do, I spend ages trawling over the perfect cards to send to everyone and I do adore the sweet messages that some of them have.
It does get a little stressful if you're like me and will leave it to the last minute!
I decided to do something a little different this year and make my own! I am in love with it and I know that my family and loved ones will appreciate this little Christmas Card wishing them the best this year and 2018.
Sessions are available to book here, you receive 5 cards too!
Or, if you have booked a Christmas Mini already - 5 cards are available for £12 and you receive the digital complimentary!
Christmas wishes to you all!
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Hi everyone :)
I thought I would do a little tutorial on how I set up the Christmas collage! It is short and sweet!
You need a camera :) that was obvious haha! Any DSLR will do.
Ikea Kallax Storage Unit - this will be what you need to have that box shape. These boxes do come with the middle shelves however they are not needed! So if you buy brand new, don’t fit it. If used, you will need an Alan Key to remove the inner shelving. They are in Ikea but you can usually find one used for around £15-£25. I was lucky and borrowed my brothers!
Flash units and triggers - I used x 2 Elinchrom D Lite 2s to Light my subject and behind the box but you can use a white backdrop (my roll is from Creativity Backgrounds) attach a sheet of fabric (pull tight) or some foam board to the back which will save you having to have two lights. You can see it here with a 95cm octagonal soft box and a voile to diffuse light a little more. I angled it at approximately 45 degrees. The power was relatively low.
You need a Tripod!!
This is essential! You need your camera to be set at the same height and angle each time. Look through the viewfinder and find exactly where the centre is. You can then use ‘back button focus’ to keep it on the same focal plane each time. The back button focus on my D750 is the button which says ‘AE-L’ on it (auto-exposure lock). Check your camera and manual to find out where it is (or google it!).
My main light source is a Wescott umbrella 60’’ with a diffuser cover. You don’t need those exact dimensions but it is what I use. Anything that can produce a soft light will work.
You can just see the edge of it there on the top right hand corner. My camera on the tripod was approximately 1.4m away and I was using a Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 but you don’t need to have that lens. Any one will do. It just means you may need to adjust your distance away. Not too close otherwise you get distortion and too far away will mean the actual usable scene is too small.
Now, I use a light meter but you don’t have to get one just for this. You will need to ensure that if you are lighting the backdrop it is not a higher power than your main light. Adjust your exposure until it looks ‘right’.
There you have it on the back of my camera!!!
Try different set ups and different items. The great thing about if you have purchased the file and video editing tutorial is that you can use this box all year round!
If you want to have the PSD to help you make your photos fit into a collage, click here and you can get a guide, video and the PSD!
Thank you <3
Tianna x x
CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
The first of these sessions is available on Saturday 21st October and Saturday 4th November!
Limited spaces available:
10:00am - booked
10.30am - booked
12.30pm - booked
14.30pm - booked
These sessions are from £99 (up to 3 children) with 3 digital images!
More set ups available soon!
Deposit of £35 required to book.
Have a question?
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I had the opportunity to review a wall canvas for Saal Digital and so, I accepted the offer and happily ordered the canvas. I originally wanted it in time for Father's Day last month but it really isn't easy to get them both in front of my lens! Eventually managed to get a sweet shot of them both which I adore. There is such a connection between them! There are many rules of photography but sometimes, are broken because the feeling and atmosphere is far more important.
Anyway, I was very impressed with the system I used to design my canvas. Very user friendly and simple. The canvas itself is good quality and printed as seen on the design software. It has a lovely finish and is very neat around the edges of the frame. It is sturdy and feels solid. It came with fixings to allow wall mounting, though I am yet to mount it. It was wrapped carefully in the packaging, which was secure and didn't leave room for it to slide around.
Well Daddy and baby both gave it a thumbs up and I certainly am happy with it! Thank you to Saal Digital for another fine product.
I do offer family photography - would you like a session if you and your children? Please see here for more details.
The winner of the Photography Session with a massive 337 votes is -
Donna Hughes and her sweet little girl, Eva!
Congratulations! What an awesome competiton with the cutest submissions I have ever seen. This was a phenomenal competition which at times, was very close!
I thoroughly enjoyed anticipating who would win! I am really looking forward to this session!
There may be other competitions running in future!
I, like anyone else loves a good competition and I thought I would get started by running one!
WIN! A photography session and image package worth up to £234. To enter, simply comment a photo on this post of your child! These will be added to an album ]for your friends and family to like the image! The image with the most likes WINS!!!
Prizes can be viewed here:
Have a question: email@example.com
T&Cs: Closing Date for entries is 27th June 2017. Likes by voting closes on 1st July 2017. Winner will be informed by a comment on the winning image and by private Facebook message. UK entrants only. Winner must be able to travel to my studio in Smethwick. Full terms and conditions are available here.
Hi everyone, it is about time I talked to you all about my photography training with Claire Elliott of Forever Memories Photography! Claire is based in North Yorkshire and it took me a total of 6 hours (round trip) of driving (I was super exhausted by the end of it) but it was absolutely worth every minute. We decided on newborn photography and child portraits, more specifically sitters.
I was welcomed to her studio with a sweet little notice on a board - Such a lovely, personal touch which totally reflects Claire's welcoming personality. I was a little late and very nervous, we got started straight away.
We had planned 2 newborn babies in the morning but, I was lucky, another baby girl came to join in the fun. I was used to handling babies as a midwife so this part came very easy to me but I was about to learn how to correctly pose and light these little babies. Wow. I couldn't believe it! The babies did ever so well, we stopped a few times so the babies could have a feed and also, to clean up poop! Yes, that is all a part of it - though it didn't phase me one bit. I was learning about the fundamentals of 'flow posing' finding out a routine to smoothly transition from one pose comfortably to another. I couldn't believe such images were coming out of my camera! I was blown away! Time was flying by however, the mothers left with their babies and we had a short opportunity to grab lunch. I sat with Claire and just chatted for a while. She is so down to earth, caring and friendly given her number of years of experience!
So, part 2 of the day was upon us and this time we were preparing for 'Sitter Sessions' these babies are old enough to sit, but not quite on the move yet. They are full of life and character, eager to be a part of everything and it was such a pleasure to meet them. Both aged approximately 10 months, a little boy named Mason and a girl, named Frankie. Mason was a little tired and so we had to work fast! Frankie just worked with us, she was extremely comfortable in front of the camera. I absolutely loved styling this session with Claire, she made me think about the colours used and what I aimed for before even picking up my camera. Something I needed to learn.
We were so exhausted by the end of the day. We spent the last 45 minutes or so going over the posing workflow and wrapping techniques! I even got to take home the left over chocolate and croissants from lunch!
I can't fault Claire one bit. She was accommodating, kind and supportive! I can't wait for my journey into newborn photography.
I absolutely adore Fine Art styled imagery and here are my favourites below.