Making the Ordinary Extraordinary.

All artistic people critique their work beyond criticism, a wonderful quote by J.M Barrie “We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”

I was watching a television program the other evening and it's while watching, that brought me to write this small article.

The TV program was about the amazing and very talented, Scottish comedian and presenter, actor Billy Connolly, for you who my not recognise the name, probably one of his most memorable parts was playing Queen Victoria's (Judi Dench) close companion in the Film “Mrs Brown”

Anyway, the chap interviewing Billy, mentioned how Billy Connolly was becoming well known for his fabulous landscape photography. Billy’s reply was “It's not fabulous work, I’m just lucky enough to visit some fabulous places”

This got me thinking and made perfect sense to me as a passionate photographer and may well give you something to think about.

I absolutely love landscape photography and do my best to produce images that represent what I see when I travel around the Somerset area and /or when I have the opportunity to travel outside of the UK.

I arrive home from my trip and when I see the images, at times, I feel frustrated, the photographs are not up to the standard of some of the amazing images seen on line.

You know the Sunsetting above an Indian Ocean, or an incredible waterfall somewhere in the Amazon rain forest, you know the images I’m talking about however something we could all take on board are the words of Billy Connolly “It's not fabulous work, I’m just lucky enough to visit some fabulous places” Sometimes we may not have the opportunity to visit some of these incredible locations.

This image above was taken when I was out for a stroll around Beckington, one evening last year, I just noticed the farm equipment in the newly cut field, the sun was quite low in the sky, I could have easily walked on past but something drew my attention, so I lifted my camera and took the photo, after some editing in capture 1, I was quite pleased..what i'm trying to say is “you don't have to be in Rome to eat Italian food” yes I know it's nicer but you can still taste the flavours!

Tuscany

My profession is a Wedding photographer, I have had the opportunity to Photograph weddings in some of the most amazing venues throughout the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Nice, Italy, and many more, you know where the venue is located on top of a Tuscany hillside! Yes I've been there.

Let's be honest though...not every wedding is on some snow topped mountain or sun drenched beach, we don't always have the opportunity to take images of the Bride running through fields abloom with poppies, whist the groom looks blissfully on with the looks and body of adonis!

Bride in Tuscany

So how do we turn the ordinary into the extraordinary? How do we produce mind blowing images whether these be Wedding images or landscape, what can we do?

  1. Get the right kit; don't ever think that equipment isn't important. (I Use Fuji X Cameras)

  2. Understand your Camera, understand light, understanding exposure.

  3. Get out there and take photos of everything and anything, practice, practice!

  4. Allow yourself to be drawn into the subject, just as a chef puts passion into his food!

  5. Look at the subject with your eyes wide open, then lift the camera, then fire the shutter.

  6. If you are in a location that is not perfect, remember it's the subject that's important, focus on the individual, open the aperture (right open) to draw the eye away from the background.

  7. Never be afraid to use objects around, seats, walls, trees anything that is appropriate for the client and occasion.  ~I once saw an image where the Bride was stood next to a tractor in a field, fine if it was her tractor..but come on!!

  8. Remember the client booked you because they liked your work, your style, be confident, show your quiet confidence.

  9. Nail the important images first and then play.

  10. Never ever look disappointed with a shot, even if you're not happy, “it still looks great!”

  11. Believe in what you do, trust your skills.

  12. Never feel you know it all, I took my first photo when I was about 9yrs of age and I've been in the photography business for 35yrs and I’m still leaning.

We can all make the Ordinary look Extraordinary; Love your Art, remember it is an Art!

"Photography is a Journey; take it with Fuji" Michael Gane - thefxworks