Author: tlewis

Basecuts, Portobello Road

Borough Market London

Working in London has its benefits, especially when you have a camera and and an hour or so to spend wondering around. This week saw me in Borough Market London, just outside London Bridge Station. The market stall holders are very friendly and are very used to having people taking their photos, but it always helps to ask as carrying around a large DSLR and F1.2 lens sort of makes you stand out.

The market is well worth the visit if you are in or around the area (during weekdays) and the choice of food is amazing.

The images below are from two one hour lunch break trips and I will be going back again to spend more time.

Softboxes and Umbrellas

Why use a softbox or umbrella? Have you used a softbox or unbrella? What are the benefits and disadvantages?

We will guide you through the different looks and uses for both.

Workshops are Mon-Tue 6:30pm to 8:30pm and Sat 2:30pm – 4:30pm with extra time to talk to fellow participants afterwards.

The cost of this workshop is £30.00

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‘M’ Stands for Manual

Take control of your camera and release your creativity

We are doing workshops on using your camera in Manual mode.
Find out why using this mode is so much better when it comes to being creative and getting the perfect image.

Workshops Thur 6:30pm to 8:30pm with extra time to talk to fellow participants afterwards.

The cost of this workshop is £20.00

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One light but not one look

You may only have one speedlite but that does not limit you to one look

This workshop will help you get the most from your external flash.

This workshop will help de-mistify your speedlite and aid you in moving forward to produce better images when using your flash.

Workshops are Wed 6:30pm to 8:30pm with extra time to talk to fellow participants afterwards.

The cost of this worshop is £20.00

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Lego Toy Shoot

LEGO toy model shoot, taken in daylight, 3 lights and a grey background.
models were placed on a black glass table. A low F-stop was used to give a sense of depth to the cars and background.

Stop The Selfie

As the holiday dates draw ever closer and I start thinking about the places I am going to visit and imagine the sights, the food and most of all what awaits for me to photograph.

My thoughts then drifted to our previous holidays and the people we saw with their long selfie sticks. Holding them high in the air with the phone balancing, just waiting for the moment when it was high enough to pop out of it’s holder and land face down on the floor with a crash followed by the screams of horror as their only means of communication had just turned into a piece of broken plastic and glass.

Its seems that social media has taken the place of those very boring photo albums we ( or those old enough to remember ) use to force our quests to wade through after the holiday. The only difference really is that we now can do this immediately with the press of a button and an internet connection.

We are capturing the moment, or that’s what we say, but what happens after the moment has passed and your up-loaded image is now so far down the list of other moments that no one actually sees it, unless they happen to follow you, in which case they will automatically press the like button and continue scrolling.

What do you have left? Maybe an out of focus image of yourself or a friend somewhere on a beach or in a bar and you too will forget about the moment and the images ends up in the cloud never to be seen again.

I have taken a few of these myself, as I can tell you are all amazed with my creamy hot chocolate photos.

Why not try this the next time you are holding your selfie stick or just thinking about taking a random image… STOP…. look around at where you are, think about what you would like to remember about this moment, does it hold a memory you want to keep and frame or just rather see disappear into the cloud.

After all it has got to be better to have a photo you can look back on and share time and time again, rather than a image you are quite happy to forget.
Remember it’s not always about the equipment, composition or mega pixels but just about the thought that went into capturing the moment[