Bishopstrow Wedding Photographer The beautiful Orchardleigh Estate, the place to help make your wedding day perfect; we are offering our clients 10% off our Fusion – Photography & Video collection for 2010 My clients regularly ask to see a complete wedding, one of the first things that need to be considered is the privacy of […]
PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, FROME, BECKINGTON Portrait and/or Family portraits in Bath, Avon
Update on using the Olympus E-M1 mk2 versus Fuji, my thoughts about this mirrorless camera.
How good is the new Olympus E-M1 mk11 and will I abandon Fuji?
FUJINON XF2X TC WR Teleconverter, its a fabulous piece of kit and Im sure Ill make use of this with my Wedding Photography, its great for wildlife and landscape too.
On occasions I’m asked to provide a portrait shoot, as part of my wedding business I often take pre – wedding shoot’s usually in the city of Bath and occasionally at a National Trust property, there are several very close to us here in Beckington on the Somerset border.
I absolutely love the opportunity to meet my wonderful couples prior to their wedding day and the best opportunity is with their complimentary engagement photo shoot (Pre-Wedding Photoshoot).
Reportage Wedding Photography should truly capture the atmospere and tell the story of the wedding day.
Steady that shot in order to take that perfect wedding photo, wedding photography is an art and a skill you have to learn but also has to do with a personal desire to capture memories.
This wonderful wedding for the lovely Claire and Paul at the wonderful Wick Farm Bath was a fabulous wedding, the venue is just perfect for those close family wedding’s. The weather wasn’t perfect however the rain did hold off, Wick farm has some lovely locations for those romantic image’s, there is a wonderful barn area and the cottage provides a beautiful backdrop.
Im a Photographer first and foremost however I do love the editing process, where I see my wedding images truly come to life.
Wedding photography is all about capturing the wedding day and I have to say, I have hundreds of fabulous images for them, Diana didn’t want any photos to be displayed online however she gave me kind permission to just add the one photo to my document of the day.
Thornbury Castle is a fabulous location any time of year and superb for your wedding photograph’s
Well this beautiful wedding for Elizabeth and Neil was very easy to tell through photographs but also with words. For a start the weather was just perfect, wonderful day, overcast but quite warm for this time of year.
Taking control of your camera in all types of photography is vital, landscape, portrait and wedding photography.
This beautiful wedding was in the wonderful city of Bath and we had the fabulous opportunity to photograph and document this stunning wedding.
Metering on the Fuji XT1 is fantastic
Fuji 56mm Portrait lens review.
Memories are so important in life, so if you are looking for a wedding photographer, you want to be able to look back at these images and bring back all the memories for years to come, so really its not that difficult to find your wedding photographer in the end, If it seems “to good to be true” it probably is, look for a professional.
This absolutely stunning Bride from a recent wedding (local to Bath) was very photogenic and a dream to capture on film, lovely personality, beautiful eyes, it was a pleasure photographing her and capturing her personality in her wedding photo’s however I still took my time and studied her in order to create the wedding portrait photo’s to reveal her beauty.
Getting the white balance correct in wedding photography
Homewood Park is a beautiful country house, fabulous for your wedding venue, very local to Bath. Perfect for the small intimate wedding or large family wedding celebration.
What could be more fabulous than recording memories through Photography, spending the day with a Bride and Groom and all their family and friends, being part of the couples most special day, their wedding.
How many wedding photos/images do we receive from our wedding photographer?
“This Photo attached to this article was taken at a wedding local to us here in Somerset, this lovely little Church in Mere (St Michael the Archangel) the beautiful Bride “Lucy” brushed her wedding dress and she looked so natural with her handsome entourage, this is where you want that focus to be bang on!”
Photographing Bath Skyline, using long exposure during wedding’s, great for photographing interiors at Wedding’s
Winter wedding’s, photography at this time of year is fantastic, choose thefxworks as your official wedding Photographer and receive 20% your Winter Wedding Photography service.
What is our style when it comes to photographing your wedding?
Samyang 12mm X mount Fuji lens – test two – Street Photography Bath
Well as you know I have recently mentioned my latest lens (Samyang f.2 12mm lens) I’m not going to go into all the details of the lens but lets just say “I love your style and how it looks, its superbly balanced and looks great on my Fuji EX2.
This image was taken at a wedding in Bath, the Mother of the Bride ran forward and started to throw her last handful of confetti, there was no time to think, I just fired off the shutter of my Fuji XE2, the aperture was set at f5.6 and the focus at infinity, no need to wait, focus, I knew with these settings on the camera, the moment would be captured.
If you book thefxworks to photograph your wedding; we promise you will be thrilled with the memories we capture for you, real wedding’s, real moments, real reportage photography.
Reportage wedding photography is where I really feel I’m in my element, I absolutely love looking for those magical moment’s that appear in front of the lens, or those moment’s that I’m always on the look out for, the Bride hugging her Mother or Father, the little child with his or her Grandparents, as a wedding photographer, its imperative that I speak out these image’s, because after all, that’s was reportage photography is all about, its not just snap shot’s, its photography at its highest level.
Whats your next photo assignment?
So enjoy the wedding season! Get out there and take those stunning wedding photos and don’t ever get mixed up with a wedding factory team!
The wedding for Kim and Steven at Orchardleigh House on Sunday was very wet, when we came out of the church at Lullington, the heavens opened, if I had set my sights on taking photo’s at the church, I could have been photographically challenged and this thought process will eventually throw you off guard!
I now own two Fuji x100s an EX2 and the fantastic XT1 with all those fabulous Prime lenses, if you want a small flash for the cameras, then the nissin i40 is a great little flash and works wonderfully, TLT and manual are available to you and it performs like a best friend!
Many wedding photographers tend to receive less bookings at this time of year and it provides the perfect opportunity to look back at past weddings and focus on your marketing strategy, we still have several weddings to look forward to this year, providing our wedding photography service at Coombe lodge, Orchardleigh House, Wick Farm, Sudeley Castle, Highcliff Castle and the fabulous Manor at Castle Coombe, yes we’re going to be pretty busy right through until Christmas eve but we do love our profession, capturing wedding moments this wonderful county of Somerset.
If your camera has face detection and you’re photographing a person, then it will probably produce a pretty good shot, however with most other shots it will decide for itself, this means it will select any of the multiple AF points it felt it needed to get the photo in focus. This decision will typically be based on things such as contrast, subject closes to the lens, most contrast point, because it knows exactly which is the main point right?
There are so many fabulous places in this world for the keen travel photographer, I must admit I love discovering new locations to enjoy and naturally document with my trusted x100s built by those guys at Fuji.
The digital age of photography, is it good or not?
Think of flash as an option for each and every shot you take, it doesn’t matter what the light levels its something that you can use to enhance any photo.
Well, your camera not only expects a scene to average out as mid-gray, this means that it is therefore programmed to set the exposure ensuring that your DSLR delivers this mid-gray average so everything being seen by the camera comes out of the camera at this middle grey!
You may be drawn into a false sense of security, they all sound great in theory however scene modes are only the same as Auto mode, the camera still does everything with regards to the photo such as exposure, focus, and everything else, you as the photographer are completely kept out of the process.
I have used this effect at weddings in the past, when you have time to play, it produces brilliant images, I just focus on a guest or the Bride and Groom and let the other guests become a blur, practice practice practice and you too will produce incredible, imaginary and artistic photography.
Flash Photography You can do some pretty amazing things when you get to grips with your Flash Photography, obviously that little blast of light is fantastic at adding a touch a fill when taking photos outside where the light may just add that extra lift to portraits especially under the eyes where you could have […]
Freezing action is something photographers have been fascinated with, the ability to freeze photographs of fast-moving action, the Bride tossing her bouquet to her girlfriends at her wedding is a must for fast shutter speeds you could also set the camera to continuous focus and firing mode to fire off several shots at once.
Controlling the depth of field is an essential skill in photography, it allows everything in a landscape photograph from the closest detail to the farthest, to appear in focus, or lets say your taking a portrait photograph of the Bride and you want the Brides eyes to appear sharp, selecting the correct aperture will provide you with the perfect detailed shot.
Get out there with your camera and capture those moments!
Making minor adjustments to any of these dependent on the situation will provide you with an exposure, its up to you as the photographer, the artist to choose what it is you want in order to produce the image you are wishing to capture!
Its great for teaching you the settings on your camera, after a while you will find yourself judging the exposure first and then just checking this with the meter, I personally use the Sekonic L-308s model, its in-expensive and provides you with that extra confidence.
RAW/RAF/NEF are the file formats offered by most DSLRs and when you move beyond Auto into the magic world of manual, these are basically related to how your images are saved onto the memory card by the camera.
Maybe we could next look at formats, will you take your photos as RAW/RAF/NEF or Jpegs, we can look at this in a little more detail in my next blog!
The simple answer is “you will have control.” Despite its technological skills, your camera is a simple picture-making box that doesn’t know what you want to achieve when you press the shutter button, or how you want to do it.
The beautiful Mother of the Bride attached with this Blog was taken at a wedding in somerset just the other week, tell me, was this auto exposure or manual, did the camera select the correct settings, creating the soft bokeh and the beautiful natural color balance?
Manual versus Auto Photography; what will you choose?
As the official wedding photographer; push yourself, be creative and produce those photographs to thrill your wedding clients, work with your couple, never push your ideas onto the couple, allow them to be themselves, make those small adjustments if the photo requires it, if you let the wedding couple be themselves, then you will really capture their personality.
The difference between an okay shot and a good one is often down to small changes. If you focus on the details and consider the image you may be able to transform it into something extra special.
So many of my Brides say how they have never had such amazing photos taken of them, one such Bride said “I cant believe its me, I look lovely” this is down to composure, looking for the light and being a part of the photograph before you fire the shutter.
Photographing weddings in Somerset can be a challenge due to the changes is weather, we provided our wedding services last weekend and we experienced every type of weather throughout the day, from brilliant sunshine through to those black overcast skies, very challenging and this is when is vital to clearly see the direction of light as it changes through the wedding shoot.
Its all about looking at the subject or scene infront of your eyes and understanding the light and how you want this to impact on the photograph you are about to take.
So many options are available to us as wedding photographers, understand the light and then control the camera to produce your art.
If you do have the opportunity to try some more artistic photographs using off camera lighting, you can take your images to a new level but ensure you get the safe shots first, once you have those in the bag, then play away.
Flash Photography and Low-light Flash Balancing
Love your role as the official photographer at your wedding and bring to life the memories through your images.
Wedding photography is an art, it’s not down to the camera or how much you have spent on equipment, it’s about your skill as an artist, be creative and as always look for the light.
If you practice with flash you will be amazed at what can be achieved, it’s really not that difficult but you have to play, if your photographing a wedding, nail the important photos first and then play.
Flash as the Main Light Source
I absolutely love photographing interiors; we have some incredible National Trust venues here in Somerset, where the rooms provide superb natural light and the furnishings bring back the memories of the Victorian or Tudor times, a favourite of mine, as a professional photographer in this beautiful Somerset area, it’s a photographers dream but also if you just love photography as a hobbyist, Somerset is the place to try your interior photography skills.
understanding flash sync to improve your photography
Using Video lights for your wedding or potrait photography
So after all said in this very short article, practice, don’t just look, see and take the next step and go fully manual.
The image I have chosen to add to this article was taken in Italy, I just saw the incredible lines of perspective the train, platform and tracks added to my field of view.
How to choose or select the best F.Stop when taking photographs, when to use F.16 or F.5.6
Take the challenge and see how you get on, gaining correct exposure in complete manual settings, you will be so thrilled when you realise, you can do this without letting the camera decide on what it thinks it’s looking at based on mathematical algorithms’.
Exposure & Light:, looking for great light to enhance your wedding photography
Katie & Dominic wed in St Thomas & Beckett in Bath
Planning For your wedding day and Photography Priceing structure
Tintinhull is a delightful formal garden in Somerset.
Street Photography in and around Somerset.
Enhance your Photography, get inspired feel passionate
Photography and The Golden Hour
Take on the Challenge and practice those in door portraits before you offer Wedding Photography
Natural looking Groups
Get passionate with your photography, go on break those rules and be inspired!
For you lovers of History, this venue recently provided the backdrop for the BBC adaptation for Wolf hall.
“The eyes are the window to the soul”
These lovely photos were taken on one of our walks through the somerset countryside not far from beckington
Wedding Photography for Stacey & Ben – 30th May 2015
Old Down Manor just outside Bath
We are the recommended wedding photographer Michael Gane for Orchardleigh House local to the Somerest border