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BEAUTIFUL VENUE | WONDERFUL VENUE SOMERSET | KINGSTON LACY


Kingston Lacy, wedding is beautiful for your wedding Photography, Kingston Lacy perfect for your wedding Photo's, take a tour of this house

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BEAUTIFUL VENUE | WONDERFUL VENUE SOMERSET | KINGSTON LACY


Kingston Lacy, wedding is beautiful for your wedding Photography, Kingston Lacy perfect for your wedding Photo's, take a tour of this house

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House for your Wedding

The day was incredible at the beautiful Kingston Lacy in Somerset; everyone was out enjoying this fabulous English weather.

It was wonderful, people watching, children playing whist their parents sat on the warm grass.

Naturally I took my camera with me, never wanting to miss an opportunity to grab some photos.

There’s plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs and even strange curiosities such as an ‘I owe you’ note from a king.

Its what art lover’s dream of, the rooms are magnificent, paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. The Egyptian Room has the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK.

You can enjoy taking a summer picnic with you and enjoying this on the many beautiful lawns, or the children run around and there are lots of play areas.  Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house or take a stroll through the surrounding woodland. You can even learn how to grow your own food in the ‘Community Growing Spaces'.

Iron Age forts, to stunning heathland, water meadows and even a Roman road, there’s a load to see on the 8,500 acres of estate, its well worth taking a visit at this incredible House.

www.thefxworks.co.uk

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WEDDING PORTRAITS | LOCAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER | BATH PORTRAITS


Wedding Portrait Photo Shoot in Bath, Portrait and Wedding Photographer Michael Gane based local to Bath, on Somerset Border for your wedding Photo's

WEDDING PORTRAITS | LOCAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER | BATH PORTRAITS


Wedding Portrait Photo Shoot in Bath, Portrait and Wedding Photographer Michael Gane based local to Bath, on Somerset Border for your wedding Photo's

PHOTO OF FAMILY

"I really don't like having my photo taken"

I real don’t like having my photo taken; no this isn’t the start of a story, really having my photo taken is really difficult for me, standing behind the camera is where I ‘m naturally comfortable but in front of the lens does tend to make me feel rather awkward and I always look 10 Ib heavier.

My youngest daughter who is now 13 has always been the only person I know who manages to capture me looking good, where I can at least save the image instead of automatically deleting.

She has a very natural ability of capturing and seeing the best side of me, if that s possible!

This just goes to show that everyone has a better side, it’s just recognising this and taking the photo, I know I do have this same natural ability; I can visualise this nearly instantly, It could be down to my fascination with Portrait paintings and how from a very early age I have studied many famous artist viewing their incredible work and looking to see how they captured the light and made subtle changes to the angle they were positioned.

One thing I can promise to you, for your Portrait photos, you’ll be thrilled and after the photographs feel very comfortable about having your photo taken in the future.

The FX Works - 46 Bath Road Beckington Village Nr-Frome Somerset BA11 6SH  

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PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIGHT | NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER


Fabulous Artistic Photographers in the world understand light, how to capture this within the image, this is very much what inspires me, natural lighting

PHOTOGRAPHY IS LIGHT | NATURAL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER


Fabulous Artistic Photographers in the world understand light, how to capture this within the image, this is very much what inspires me, natural lighting

Light is Photography

Photography; its all about the light

Incredible artwork has always had a major impact on how I see the world around me, from an early age I have been moved by beautiful scenery and how so many famous artists captured the light within their paintings such as claude-monet, looking at a stunning scene and then capturing this through Photography around somerset and the bath area has become a passion for me!

Unfortunately in today’s fast paced world the feelings associated with photography have become a throw away hobby, take the photo and then upload to Facebook etc as soon as possible!

There are still some fabulous Art Photographers in the world that understand light and how to capture this within the image, this is very much what inspires me and I am never without my camera whist enjoying the Somerset Countryside always having my camera with me to ensure that if a particular scene grabs my attention I can hold onto this for life.

I absolutely love street photography whist strolling around Bath and looking of those natural moments, this is where my love for portrait photography also comes from, when I photograph a wedding, always looking out of those special moments, looking for eye contact from one person to another, those subtle glints in the eyes.

I want you to be taken into the story with my photography; I want you and all your friends to understand the emotion behind the Wedding Photographs and visualize, feel connected to that millisecond of history, that’s why I know you will love your wedding photographs Bath, Somerset or anywhere in the world, that we capture on you wedding day because that emotion is in the image. 

Look for the natural light in photography

WEDDING VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHY BATH | BATH BASED VIDEO


Photography and Video in Bath, Videoing your  wedding, wedding in Somerset, Bath and Southwest Wedding Video & photography by Bath based The FX Works

WEDDING VIDEO PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHY BATH | BATH BASED VIDEO


Photography and Video in Bath, Videoing your  wedding, wedding in Somerset, Bath and Southwest Wedding Video & photography by Bath based The FX Works

Choosing Photography & Video Srvice

Wedding Video and Photography Dual Wedding Service

More and more couples are wanting to have their Wedding filmed, video is now becoming one of the biggest media madness; we have been photographing and videoing weddings for over 25 years. However we now only provide the Dual service for a limited number of weddings.

If you are interested in the dual service, call or email us ASAP - the price for the Dual Service collection is £3500.00.

The FX Works has recorded some incredible weddings over time, including Connie Fishers in the Vale of Glamorgan for Hello Magazine. We have worked for Disney and many more famous and Big corporate companies.

Why should you have your wedding filmed, well our Photography is world class, the images you receive from us are stunning, natural and beautifully captured, just take a look at one of our latest weddings we recorded in Somerset; this wonderful couple also went for the Dual Service, Wedding Photography and Video, there comments are here for you too, Ciara said “

We collected the photos from my parents and just saw them. They are fantastic thank you!! A lot of friends had managed to get great shots, but when we saw yours we realised, that’s why you get the professionals in! Fantastic, Great music choices too (including our first dance! and by chance a favourite of mine - Eva Cassidy Somewhere over the rainbow) you manage to capture so much when didn't even realised you were there, so pleased we got you to do our photos and Video, we have any friends getting married in the area we won't hesitate to recommend you in to them.

This fabulous, extravagant gay wedding was filmed at the wonderful manor at Castle Coombe Somerset, the lads had chosen to have the famous choccywoccydoodah to make their incredible wedding cake, they were over joyed with their wedding service, they both said how they had spent an absolute fortune on their wedding however the best spent was on the Photography and Video!

Photography and Video is the perfect way to record your wedding, so whether you are tying the knot in Somerset, Wiltshire or for that matter anywhere in the world, contact us today.

Choose to have your stunning wedding filmed and photographed by The FX Works.

46 Bath Road, Beckington Village, Nr Frome Somerset BA116SH 

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PRO PHOTOGRAPHER | BOOK PROFESSIONALS | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY


Professional Wedding photographers out of date, improvements in technology with cameras, made the need for a professional at your wedding not important

PRO PHOTOGRAPHER | BOOK PROFESSIONALS | WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY


Professional Wedding photographers out of date, improvements in technology with cameras, made the need for a professional at your wedding not important

Are Professionals a thing of the past

Are Professional Photographers a thing of the past

I was reading an article last evening where the question was asked “are professional photographers a thing of the past?” it then went on to talk about the huge improvements made in technology form the latest IPhones that capture amazing images the Samsung S6 that fires a burst capturing images and then you select the best form these.

I absolutely love technology I am always looking out the latest lenses cameras and appreciate what technology provides us with!

However then I looked at some of the work of these professional world renowned photographers and their work form the war photographers, landscape, wildlife through to Wedding photographers.

When you view their work there was something within that image that drew you into the photo they had a connecting with the object, the person, the landscape etc. this connection, emotion was captured within a millisecond.

With all of today’s technology and the improvements that continue to be made, I firmly believe that there is a connection between the photographer and what he/she views through the lens, experiences and then this emotion is captured into that image.

Therefore with all of today’s technology with all the improvements made within the latest cameras iPhones and equipment, there is nothing that will ever duplicate the passion the anticipation and the connection between a professional photographer who loves his work and the image that he’s capturing.

Will professional photographers ever be a thing of the past absolutely no and that’s why you need to think about who you book when you’re securing your wedding, portrait photographer to capture these photos because nothing can ever replace this passion

You won't go wrong with a professional Photographer

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Photography Bath | Photographer in Bath | Wedding Photographer Bristol


Bath based Wedding Photographer Michael Gane, highly recommended wedding Photographer, looking for an outstanding wedding photographer in somerset

Photography Bath | Photographer in Bath | Wedding Photographer Bristol


Bath based Wedding Photographer Michael Gane, highly recommended wedding Photographer, looking for an outstanding wedding photographer in somerset

Photography & Video

Photography & Video,Portrait Photography,Photography Somerset

Capturing a wedding video in the early years of this format involved bright lights, cables and microphones however technology has advanced, creating smaller and light sensitive cameras. You do not need to have large the cumbersome cameras to capture your wedding day.

Real-time television has dispelled the myth that "bigger is better" when it comes to producing images suitable for TV. The smaller and less obtrusive digital cameras allow these to be carried by operators, to places that many years ago would have been near impossible.

In any case, most brides are more concerned with their wedding day being captured through imagery.

Make sure it is the hiring of an experienced professional cameraman and skilled editor that sets your choice and a team that film in an unobtrusive manner for your weddings video.

For a photographer who truly captures those moments for your wedding, then you've come to the right place.

On this website you will find great wedding photos and video from The FX Works photographer and video.

With the Wedding Photography husband and wife team, based in Somerset, just outside Bath, Michael and Tracy are sure to provide you with the quality you expect with your wedding photos.

Your Wedding day cannot be duplicated this means you need to book your Photographers carefully with experience in photographing wedding’s.

“Photography with us is always professional and service oriented. This means that we know exactly how to perform, how we position ourselves, and most importantly ... When we press the shutter”

Michael and Tracy over the years have become very well-known enjoying recording many celebrities and working with Hello Magazine due to their creativity and vision. It allows you as couples to enjoy your wedding day and then after your wedding day be thrilled with your photographs and/or video because they use their creativity to the fullest for Your Wedding.

Professional photographers:  who will not compromise on the quality of images from your Wedding Photography in Bristol, Bath and Somerset.

The best service around for your wedding photography

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BEAUTIFUL SOMERSET | WEDDINGS IN SOMERSET | PHOTOGRAPHY SOMERSET


Where to choose to take your wedding Photos The FX Works will provide you with stunning Wedding Images of your wedding day Photographer based near Trowbridge

BEAUTIFUL SOMERSET | WEDDINGS IN SOMERSET | PHOTOGRAPHY SOMERSET


Where to choose to take your wedding Photos The FX Works will provide you with stunning Wedding Images of your wedding day Photographer based near Trowbridge

Weddings in Somerset

Somerset is the place to have your Wedding; Stunning Photography in Somerset

 

Are you getting hitched in Somerset? Looking for a brilliant wedding photographer?

A wedding is one of the most important days of your life. Understandably, you’ll want a photographer who understands this and will capture the most stunning images of your special day.

Good photographers tend to be those with a lifelong passion for the art. Somerset Wedding Photographer Michael Gane can certainly vouch to this. He’s been a keen photographer ever since his early teens and now shares this passion daily with his wife, Tracy.

The FX Works undertakes wedding photography commissions throughout Somerset and the surrounding areas. We are based in Beckington, near the heart of Somerset.

 

Passionate about photography

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Sudeley Castle Wedding | Paddy Brennan wedding |Coltswold Wedding


Fabulous wedding for the Gold Cup winner Paddy Brennan and his beautiful Bride Lindsey at the Stunning Sudeley Castle Wedding Photography &/or Video

Sudeley Castle Wedding | Paddy Brennan wedding |Coltswold Wedding


Fabulous wedding for the Gold Cup winner Paddy Brennan and his beautiful Bride Lindsey at the Stunning Sudeley Castle Wedding Photography &/or Video

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Gold cup winner Paddy Brennan Wedding at Sudleley Castle

Gold cup winner Paddy Brenna wedding at Sudley Castle and many of the top event Jockeys and international breeders were there to wish them good luck, Lindsey looked absolutely fantastic in her VERA WANG wedding dress, an absolute dream for wedding photography in Cheltenham. The reception being one of the most beautifully decorated we have had the pleasure to photograph in the Cotswolds, the floral displays were out of this world, vintage wheel barrows around the grounds filled with ice and magnums of champagne for the guests to enjoy, a truly magical wedding day. 

This incredible Venue is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cotswolds, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Sudeley Castle & Gardens is just eight miles from Broadway & Cheltenham.

It has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past, with royal connections that stretch back over 1000 years. Today it is a much loved family home and popular visitor attraction.

Inside, the castle contains many fascinating treasures from ancient Roman times to the present day. Outside, the castle is surrounded by award-winning gardens and a breath-taking 1,200 acre estate – all in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives.  Today our visitors can explore the beautiful 15th Century church where she lies entombed.

For the perfect location for your wedding photographs in the Cotswolds look no further than Sudeley castle and thefxworks to produce your wedding photographer in Gloucestershire

Sudeley Castle is perfect for your wedding photography

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Fuji X cameras are superb, Fuji xt1 camera reviews, Award winning photographers use the Xpro2, best Fuji X cameras, Fuji Wedding Photographer

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Fuji X cameras are superb, Fuji xt1 camera reviews, Award winning photographers use the Xpro2, best Fuji X cameras, Fuji Wedding Photographer

Fuji x100s

Award winning Photographers & the Fuji Xpro2 Camera

I have been a professional Photographer & Videographer for many years and I must admit, if there was a new camera on the market, I just had to have it!

Well as I learnt with Video cameras, (when I used to carry huge video equipment, battery belts, lights, tripods around with me) that size really doesn’t matter I found the same with my camera equipment.

My first try with Fuji was the little x100 a superb retro looking little camera, having five children and wanting to grab as many photos as possible, carting my huge 5D around with me became an absolute pain, on holiday, it was a nightmare.

I decided to set this little Fuji x100 camera to full auto (Normally shoot full manual) and just have some fun, it was so light, I could grab shots anywhere, silently too it was incredible however the real wakeup call was the image quality, the dynamic range was fantastic, yes it did tend to be a tad slow focusing but I didn’t find this a real cause for concern because I was so pleased when this little camera caught the photograph I was after.

Well since then I am a fully committed Fuji photographer, I have them all and absolutely love them.

If you haven’t got yourself one of these beauties yet, just try the x100s, take your time with her, it is a completely different style of photography but oh so worth it!

This image was taken yesterday evening, I didn’t spend ages composing the shot, it just looked beautiful and I wanted to grab it and save this view forever as we always do as photographers.

What a brilliant camera the Xpro2 and all the Fuji range

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WEDDING VIDEO CLIP | WEDDING VIDEO SOMERSET | WEDDING VIDEO BATH


Check out our Wedding Video Clips that have been filmed around the Somerset area, we've filmed some of the best Wedding's in the Uk and abroad!

WEDDING VIDEO CLIP | WEDDING VIDEO SOMERSET | WEDDING VIDEO BATH


Check out our Wedding Video Clips that have been filmed around the Somerset area, we've filmed some of the best Wedding's in the Uk and abroad!

View this fabulous Wedding Video Clip of this incredible wedding at Orchardleigh House

Choose the Dual Wedding Photography & Video Service to receive all you require

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BEAUTIFUL BRIDES | BEAUTIFUL WEDDING IMAGES | AWESOME WEDDING'S


Beautiful Skin tones for your wedding, look fabulous for your wedding photo's, look no further than our photography service, you will look gorgeous

BEAUTIFUL BRIDES | BEAUTIFUL WEDDING IMAGES | AWESOME WEDDING'S


Beautiful Skin tones for your wedding, look fabulous for your wedding photo's, look no further than our photography service, you will look gorgeous

BEAUTIFUL BRIDE

Beautiful Bride deserve stunning photos

Your model or your Beautiful Bride has the right to look stunning in her photos; many of my bride's express how soft and wonderful their skin tones look when they receive their wedding images, even photography shoots for models, they say a similar thing.

The secret is lighting which ensures the skin tones look fantastic which is what everyone wants (unless you’re going for the harsh look that some male models prefer) make up is too quick to be used in cosmetic advertising it essentially to lighten the skin, soften any lines and to ensure there's no harsh lighting at all, this is great however if your lighting is incorrect or as the photographer you haven’t really looked at your subject, you may be tempted into thinking that makeup will hide any flaws, beauty lighting is a sure fire way to make anyone look beautiful but it isn't a one stop solution lighting should be like carefully rendered just as the artist Rembrandt portrayed incredible lighting in his portraits which in my view is a better solution.

If your subject has fantastic bone structure perfect makeup and no issues about her face makeup may help however beauty lighting is the way to go, learn how to look for light if not avoid for modifying light if you are unsure, remember to study your subject, check for contrasting as reducing this will ensure that your model, bride looks stunning, that’s what every woman deserves.

Lucy in the above photograph looked absolutely Stunning on her wedding day for her photographs which we took just outside Bath, I felt so privileged to be her wedding photographer.

Beautiful Brides Deserve Stunning Images

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OUR COUPLES SAY


Testimonials from a few of our Clients; check out our 5 Star Facebook and Google reviews too, wedding Photography that is artistic and simply outstanding

OUR COUPLES SAY


Testimonials from a few of our Clients; check out our 5 Star Facebook and Google reviews too, wedding Photography that is artistic and simply outstanding

Testimonials for our work

“Have you won any awards Michael?” “Yes hundreds over the years from all my clients; I never enter award schemes where you pay for the privilege of being entered, it’s really not my thing and we let our work speak for itself not because we’ve paid for someone else to say how good we are!”

TESTIMONIALS

Hi guys, Wow - we absolutely LOVE all of the photos! They are absolutely fantastic, thank you so so much. 

Both Paul & I are really grateful to you both for capturing our special day, you were both fantastic & we have had so many compliments on the photos people have seen so far! Goes without saying that we would both highly recommend you, and we cannot wait to see the video! Thanks So much again.

Bex & Paul xx

On behalf of my husband and I we would like to say a massive thank you for flying out to Italy to photograph our wedding, we always wanted a British Photographer to capture our day; the Photos of our wedding day are amazing, they are out of this world photos. I came home and noticed thefxworks parcel and a smile beamed across my face. We cannot thank you enough xx 

Flavia & Felix

Michael is superb! There is no other way to describe your photography. The most friendly and helpful man we could have wished to have, he totally en-captured everything we wanted and I would totally recommend you to anyone! Thank you for making our day so memorable!

Kelly & Adam

From the moment we met Mike we knew he was a total professional and we knew we had made a great choice. Before, during and after the wedding day he made life easier with his genuine care and attitude. On the day he was calm, cool and collective and was never in the way but always getting the right shots. The DVD arrived perfectly on time and the quality is amazing capturing all the best moments of the day, attention and skill. So, many thanks Mike for helping Theo and I have something to look back on that won't weary, grow old or boring even when we do. “We relive our wedding day every time we watch the Blu-ray Gallery and view the incredible photos” Big Thank you to Michael Gane

May & Theo

WOW WOW WOW-just watched our Wedding Gallery and OMG its amazing!! We’re SO happy, we couldn't have wished for anything better than what you have given us. Thank you soooooo much" Mike you did such a fantastic job as our wedding photographer, the Photos brought tears to my eyes, they are beautiful :) All we can say is WOW!!!!!  

Simon & Brena"

We are so impressed we knew the wedding photographs would be good but they have blown us away and that is really saying something from David as he's a perfectionist!!”

 Krista & David

We feel you have captured the spirit of the day a joyous and happy wedding. I sincerely wish to thank you and Liz feels the same; from the time we met you, we knew we had someone whom could deliver a quality presentation of our day and we were right. We cannot thank you enough for the memory you have made for us, our deepest thanks.

Neil & LizI

I’m sure we have thanked you 100x already but honestly you and Tracy were professional as well as relaxed from start to finish and actually made our day even more amazing! There were tears from bride and groom and family when we saw the photos the final results are  amazing!!!   I suffer anxieties but not once did you make me feel uncomfortable ( I don't like being centre of attention) but you just kept everything focused and allowed us to get all photos done!   THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!  I will stop going on now, but you will be highly recommended and sure there will be something that you will be booked for, for the future. 

 June & Daniel

 We would like to thank Michael and Tracy at The FX Works for the outstanding images you captured at our wedding. Their professionalism and experience exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend their services to anyone."

Diana & Luke

Fantastic couple who made our wedding day complete my family and friends felt very comfortable with Mike & Tracey and our photos are simply superb. Highly recommend these guys xxxx

Georgina & Alan

Arrived home from honeymoon to our gorgeous wedding photographs; We are just blown away. I have watched the DVD 100 times already and will cherish it forever! The FX Works were by far the best thing we did when planning our wedding. Thank you Mike and Tracy for being the professional photographers on the best day of our lives. Keep doing your amazing work - you will make many people very happy x 

Rebecca & Jamie


MAGAZINE STYLE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SOMERSET BATH AND THE UK

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GOOD LIGHT | PHOTOGRAPHY IS ABOUT THE LIGHT | YOUR WEDDING IMAGES


Light is photography, when it comes to wedding photography without light photography wouldn't exist, we look for light when taking your wedding exposures

GOOD LIGHT | PHOTOGRAPHY IS ABOUT THE LIGHT | YOUR WEDDING IMAGES


Light is photography, when it comes to wedding photography without light photography wouldn't exist, we look for light when taking your wedding exposures

Photograph with light

Quite simply light is photography without light photography would not exist

Quite simply light is photography without light photography would not exist, so it is imperative that we train ourselves as Photographers to recognise good light if you don’t know how to find good lighting then the most amazing pose could be lost if captured in poor Light.

When taking posed images there can be no excuses at all for photographing in good light as we are in control of the situation, it may be that the bride and groom wish to have a photograph taken in front of a particular building but the light is poor in this instance, our skill as professional wedding photographers is to create good light via flash video lights or reflectors.

Working in direct sunlight can be problematic for the amateur photographer, harsh light cangenerally unflattering light that can highlight any flaws in a person skin when the powerful light can render shadows under people's eyes noses and chins, unless you pose very carefully in addition it can make exposure difficult if the Bride is wearing a bright dress and the groomer dark suit exposing, an amateur is more likely either to blow the dress out or block up the blacks in the groom when posing.

The photograph in this article was taken at a lovely venue in Bath, you can see how I used the harsh sunlight for this wedding photo to enhance the scene.

Your Professional photographer is in control and can of avoid this situation either by shooting in open shade or working with the bride and groom in the direct sun to produce stunning Photographs, he may even consider using fill flash.

I absolutely love working in Bright summer days as I personally love the colours and contrast that the sun can produce, wedding photography Bath and the surrounding countryside has some incredible venues, where the weather doesn’t affect the beauty of your wedding photos and your wedding day, my personal advice to the Bride and Groom is please don’t worry about the weather, enjoy your wedding day.

Look for good light and your photo's will shine

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LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY | PROFESSIONAL PHOTO'S | PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY


Our work is to show the expression of love through your wedding photograph's we capture the magic of your wedding day with the Art of photography

LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY | PROFESSIONAL PHOTO'S | PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY


Our work is to show the expression of love through your wedding photograph's we capture the magic of your wedding day with the Art of photography

Artistic Photography

Expressing your love through the art of Photography

My daughter recently was speaking to someone; a photographer who said they were in the process of editing their friend’s wedding Photos, she said that within the first hour she had taken well over 1300 images; It made me think about this article, so many new photographers use speed and technology to try to document someone’s wedding day!

Photographing people at weddings is not photography by numbers scenario each couple is different physically and emotionally our profession is to match the pose to the couple for the most outstanding results story telling their true personality and letting this shine through; I make it my aim to slow down to think about the image I am creating and how best to achieve, I consistently challenge myself to develop images in my mind’s eye and then translate them into beautiful photographs.

This isn't something easy we need to work at it persevere its tenacity, perhaps most importantly its practice, I always look carefully at the images I produce to make them shine above others, creating magical memories for my clients.

I always try to visualise how I can transform the Portrait; I am constantly thinking about what happens if you change the position of the body the hands and legs the head; will the expression of light or I direction I shoot from create the impression I want to translate into the image.

It’s my responsibility to photograph someone's wedding, I need to invest in knowledge to increase my natural abilities, I constantly try to improve on every shot I take, again this quite means slowing down and thinking in terms of quality not quantity, I  visualise specific poses that I wish to create that will complement each bride and groom.

Some of my Tips would be…..

I strongly recommend that when providing this service for couples you focus initially on mastering the basic poses before you progress into fine art portraiture, this is probably one of my top tits for any new photographer also developer a connection between you and your subject it makes all the difference. A couples wedding is all about the emotion of the couple, the love that they have for one another.

Our work is to show this expression of love through the photographs we capture during the wedding.

I love studying people, it’s interesting to notice people’s expressions, and how many times can you count where your loved one, children or a close friend has said so much to you with just the slight eye movement or adjustment of their posture, body language?

This is what I look for when I capture the photographs for my weddings or portrait photography.

The art in photography is noticing these expressions; this can take a photograph to the next level where all who view the image can understand the story being told.

If you sit and watch people when you’re out and look at the eye contact between two people, (Without being intrusive or nosy) you can tell what is being spoken without hearing a word, one can understand whether someone’s enjoying the conversation, is board, happy so many different emotions are clearly visible to everyone if we just spend the time.

I have five children and over the years I have learnt how vital it is to listen with my eyes not just my ears! Then I can truly understand what they have been asking me or telling me, the hidden meaning behind the words being spoken and I suppose this is what I have learnt to utilise with my photography that helps me capture those intimate feelings within my photographs.

Go on give it a try, you may be surprized how your photography improves, become immersed in your passion for the scene you are seeing in front of your eyes in order to tell the story to all who look at your photographs.

Artistic Wedding Photography that show's your story through the Wedding Day

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CAMERA BASICS | PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS | PHOTOGRAPHER TIPS


Camera basics to help with Wedding Photography helping to explain your camera and the cameras settings to improve YOUR Wedding photography

CAMERA BASICS | PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS | PHOTOGRAPHER TIPS


Camera basics to help with Wedding Photography helping to explain your camera and the cameras settings to improve YOUR Wedding photography

Camera basics – taking you through the basic settings on your digital camera.

When I was at school I wish my teachers had been as passionate about their particular profession as I am about Photography; Through experience after many years of Photographing people, landscapes and weddings, I do know that Photography is much more involved than learning the basics, its more about connection to your subject however I still believe that one has to understand the basics in order to help you meet any challenge facing you with your photography, you can face the challenge.

This is why I have put together this article; I’m pretty confident that it takes you through the basics of Photography and helps to explain those areas that you may have heard or read about; hopefully if you are just starting out or maybe even at college taking media, then maybe this may help.

Any questions or if you do happen to spot any errors please do get in touch with me either directly through my website – www.thefxworks.co.uk or email me.

CAMERA EXPOSURE MODES

Most digital cameras have one of the following standardised exposure modes: Auto (), Program (P), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter Priority (Tv), Manual (M) and Bulb (B) mode. Av, Tv, and M are often called "creative modes" or "auto exposure (AE) modes."

Exposure Mode and How It Works

Auto ()  Camera automatically selects all exposure settings.

Program (P)Camera automatically selects aperture & shutter speed; you can choose a corresponding ISO speed & exposure compensation. With some cameras, P can also act as a hybrid of the Av & Tv modes.

Aperture Priority (Av or A) You specify the aperture & ISO; the camera's metering determines the corresponding shutter speed.

Shutter Priority (Tv or S) You specify the shutter speed & ISO; the camera's metering determines the corresponding aperture.

Manual (M)  You specify the aperture, ISO and shutter speed — regardless of whether these values lead to a correct exposure.

Bulb (B) Useful for exposures longer than 30 seconds. You specify the aperture and ISO; the shutter speed is determined by a remote release switch, or by the duration until you press the shutter button a second time.

Each of these modes influences how aperture, ISO and shutter speed are chosen for a given exposure. Some modes attempt to pick all three values for you, whereas others let you specify one setting and the camera picks the other two (if possible). The following charts describe how each mode pertains to exposure:

 UNDERSTANDING EXPOSURE

The exposure triangle – How Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO

A photograph's exposure determines how light or dark an image will appear when it's been captured by your camera. Believe it or not, this is determined by just three camera settings: aperture, ISO and shutter speed (the "exposure triangle"). Mastering their use is an essential part of developing an intuition for photography.

Achieving the correct exposure is a lot like collecting rain in a bucket. While the rate of rainfall is uncontrollable, three factors remain under your control: the bucket's width, the duration you leave it in the rain, and the quantity of rain you want to collect. You just need to ensure you don't collect too little ("underexposed"), but that you also don't collect too much ("overexposed"). The key is that there are many different combinations of width, time and quantity that will achieve this. For example, for the same quantity of water, you can get away with less time in the rain if you pick a bucket that's really wide. Alternatively, for the same duration left in the rain, a really narrow bucket can be used as long as you plan on getting by with less water.

In photography, the exposure settings of aperture, shutter speed and ISO speed are analogous to the width, time and quantity discussed above. Furthermore, just as the rate of rainfall was beyond your control above, so too is natural light for a photographer.

SHUTTER SPEED

A camera's shutter determines when the camera sensor will be open or closed to incoming light from the camera lens. The shutter speed specifically refers to how long this light is permitted to enter the camera. "Shutter speed" and "exposure time" refer to the same concept, where a faster shutter speed means a shorter exposure time.

By the Numbers. Shutter speed's influence on exposure is perhaps the simplest of the three camera settings: it correlates exactly 1:1 with the amount of light entering the camera. For example, when the exposure time doubles the amount of light entering the camera doubles. It's also the setting that has the widest range of possibilities:

APERTURE SETTING

A camera's aperture setting controls the area over which light can pass through your camera lens. It is specified in terms an f-stop value, which can at times be counterintuitive, because the area of the opening increases as the f-stop decreases. In photographer slang, when someone says they are "stopping down" or "opening up" their lens, they are referring to increasing and decreasing the f-stop value, respectively.

The above f-stop numbers are all standard options in any camera, although most also allow finer adjustments, such as f/3.2 and f/6.3. The range of values may also vary from camera to camera (or lens to lens). For example, a compact camera might have an available range of f/2.8 to f/8.0, whereas a digital SLR camera might have a range of f/1.4 to f/32 with a portrait lens. A narrow aperture range usually isn't a big problem, but a greater range does provide for more creative flexibility.

ISO SPEED

The ISO speed determines how sensitive the camera is to incoming light. Similar to shutter speed, it also correlates 1:1 with how much the exposure increases or decreases. However, unlike aperture and shutter speed, a lower ISO speed is almost always desirable, since higher ISO speeds dramatically increase image noise. As a result, ISO speed is usually only increased from its minimum value if the desired aperture and shutter speed aren't otherwise obtainable.

Common ISO speeds include 100, 200, 400 and 800, although many cameras also permit lower or higher values. With compact cameras, an ISO speed in the range of 50-200 generally produces acceptably low image noise, whereas with digital SLR cameras, a range of 50-800 (or higher) is often acceptable.

Centre-Weighted Metering

This mode weights exposure towards the centre of the viewfinder, as per the diagram above.

Centre-weighted metering works well if your subject is in the centre of the frame. If not, you have to point the centre of the viewfinder at your subject, hold the shutter button half-way down to lock in the exposure, then reframe.

Centre-weighted metering has been around a long time – if you own an old film camera it may be the only metering mode that it has. It’s predictable and easy to use once you understand that the camera is metering from the centre of the viewfinder.

Partial metering

Works just like spot metering but with a larger circle. Like spot metering, it works well for metering brightly lit subjects against dark backgrounds. You can use partial metering for taking a reading from a larger part of the subject than the spot meter.

Evaluative Metering

Note: Evaluative metering is Canon’s term and the one that I’ll use in this teaching aide. Nikon uses matrix metering and Pentax and Sony use multi-segment metering.

Centre-weighted, spot and partial metering all take an exposure reading from the centre of the frame. Given that most photographers prefer to place the main subject off-centre for compositional reasons, this means that taking an exposure reading with one of these modes is not always the easiest way to work.

Evaluative metering was developed by the camera manufacturers to make it easier to measure exposure with off-centre subjects. The camera divides the viewfinder up into zones and compares exposure readings from each zone to come up with a suggested exposure setting. The above diagram shows the way the viewfinder is divided up into 63 zones on some EOS cameras.

The camera weights the exposure reading towards the active autofocus point (or points) as they are likely to be covering the main subject. It takes into account the readings from nearby zones and analyses the contrast of the scene to come up with an exposure setting.

Each camera manufacturer uses a slightly different process in their evaluative metering modes. While the manufacturers don’t release precise details of how their cameras calculate exposure in evaluative metering mode, there will be a guide in the instruction manual. It’s well worth a read so you understand how it works on your camera.

My preferred way of working is to use evaluative metering, take a photo, look at the histogram and then adjust the exposure if necessary. For me, this is the simplest way of arriving at the optimum exposure. However, everybody works differently and once you understand how the other metering modes on your camera work you may find one of the others is best for you.

Exposure Compensation

Now that you understand more about your camera’s exposure modes, and why they may get the exposure wrong, you need to know what to do when the exposure is incorrect.

If you are using an automatic exposure mode, the easiest way is to use your camera’s exposure compensation function.

If you’re unsure how to set exposure compensation then check your camera’s manual – each camera is different. On mine, I just turn the Quick Control dial (circled above) on the back of the camera with my thumb. I like this way of working because I can dial in exposure compensation while looking through the viewfinder.

If the photo is underexposed, use exposure compensation to increase the exposure by a stop or two. Then check the histogram to see if the exposure is correct using the histogram.

If the photo is overexposed, you can use exposure compensation to reduce the exposure.

The Zone System basics

Zones are levels of light and dark.

ZONE SYSTEM IMAGE

A Zone System is a system by which you understand and control every level of light and dark to your best advantage. It works in digital just as it does for sheet film. Having a system allows you to understand and be in control, instead of taking whatever you get. Ansel Adams was asked in the 1950s if he thought the Zone System was still relevant in that then-modern world. He replied "If you don't use the Zone System, then what system will you use to know what you've got as you photograph?"

Spot metering for correct exposure:

Grass, grey tarmac, soft blue sky and many pastel colours will produce a good quality exposure.

COLOURS FOR CORRECT METERING
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Wildlife Photography


Wedding Photography is my profession however I'm passionate about photography in general, I have put together this Wildlife Photography Page to document my experianeces  

Wildlife Photography


Wedding Photography is my profession however I'm passionate about photography in general, I have put together this Wildlife Photography Page to document my experianeces  

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Barn Owl - Sheer Water - Warmister

Wildlife Photography


I've always loved photography, it's in my blood as it were, right back from my youngest memories, I loved being able to see something in front of my eyes, a scene a beautiful landscape and how amazing to be able to save that view forever on film. I know it seems crazy but even the simplest of things, apples in a bowl anything, I loved seeing those images developed in a photograph.

Deer in Beckington near Bath

Deer in Beckington near Bath

Well, portraiture and wedding photography has been my main journey as far as my profession for about 25 years, I always have my camera with me, still loving Landscape photography and travel photography, I have even had the privilege of being placed in print on many occasions, one recent article was in Fuji Passion, you can view that particular article (HERE) travel photography in Italy, it's one of my favourite places to travel.

Heron - Ham Hill Somerset

Heron - Ham Hill Somerset

Wildlife photography hasn't ever really captured my attention, to be quite honest, if you have the privilege to go on a safari, you're bound to be able to get some incredible images of Lions, Giraffe, Hippos and Elephants, or should one have the opportunity to travel to the icy oceans of Antarctica, then with the right camera, the right location, surely one is bound to get a few shots of sea lions or whales? Come on you can't really miss a shot of a lion, they are rather large!

Wedding photographers tend to get a lot of stick with regards to our profession from other Photographers that feel, fashion or media photography is somehow more Pro! Well, over the years I've worked with Disney, Sony, Sky Sports, etc etc and I have to say ‘Wedding Photography is one of the most challenging with regards to the Photography profession’ (If you do it right) it's a one off magical moment, documenting a wedding through photography is all about telling the story of the wedding.

Short Eared Owl

I’m one of those Photographers that feel photography takes the photographer through a constant learning curve, I would never feel I know it all, there is always new things to learn and experience.

I’m a great Fuji fan, I love the cameras, the prime lenses are second to none and the 56mm lens and the 16mm lens tend to be my go to lenses, the 16mm is fantastic to use for landscape and the 56mm is wonderful for portraits, never been a fan of Zoom lenses however I was recently booked to photograph a wedding in one of the biggest churches I have seen in my 25 years of wedding photography, not a problem but the Reverend has been very stubborn and has told the Bride and Groom that “no one stands behind him and God!” so i had to get hold of a great Zoom and the Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 WR OIS XF Lens is the lens I chose and it's superb.

Sheer Water Lake

Anyway, I obviously wanted to give this lens a test and so went for a stroll around the country lanes here in Somerset. 

Canada Goose

A new Journey:

From that first walk with my new (Fuji 50-140mm f2.8 WR OIS XF) lens, I was completely hooked, I saw a herd of Deer in a field and took a few shots in burst mode, amazing, I loved it, just quietly watching these wonderful wild animals, from that moment on, I never walked with my eyes to the ground again, the next shot was a short eared owl, wow, fantastic, capturing this magical bird in flight was incredible. 

So it just shows that even after 25 years as a professional Photographer, there is even more to experience, I have now joined the RSPB and am absolutely loving the incredible nature reserves here in Somerset, desperately trying to get that shot of maybe a kingfisher taking a fish or maybe a Marsh Harrier looking for lunch.

So this page is going to be my Wildlife Page, I doubt I’ll get any images of Lions or Beers in Somerset but i'll hopefully capture some of the wonderful British wildlife.

I hope you enjoy this journey and with all of my blogs, (My Diary) show the progress and challenges that this journey will take me. I shall be adding my Wildlife Photograph's here in future, so do check back