One BODY, One LENS, One FILM SIM – Summer in St Ives

Last year I challenged myself to use just a single camera, a single lens and a single film simulation when I visited London as it was just coming out of lockdown. All the pictures were shot in monochrome which suited the sombre mood of the Capital. In this video I give myself the same challenge but using a colourful film simulation Velvia on a recent summer visit to St Ives in Cornwall. I spent the day walking round the town looking for interesting things to photograph. Watch the video to see how I got on.

video goes live at 18:30 on 12/8/2022

MTYC Show Images

Hi there – I recently photographed the fantastic Stageworks MTYC shows “Alice in Wonderland” and “We Will Rock You”. You can see the images here

For Alice in Wonderland – Here is the link

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzUteq

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzUteq

For We Will Rock You – Here’s the link

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzUtek

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzUtek

I am happy to sell individual images (electronic, full resolution, no watermark) delivered by WeTransfer at £5 each (or £15 for four).  All I need is the file name(s).  I can also do ALL the images for each show at £20 (+£3 p&p) on a USB.

Payment via PayPal or I can send a unique link via email or SMS

I hope that makes sense.

Best

Keith

Some Cornish images

I have been asked to talk about photography in Cornwall on BBC Radio Cornwall and thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures I have taken.

Here are some things you might want to consider to make the best of your photography opportunities in Cornwall

Location

For me, I like to find some peace and solitude so I seek out places that are perhaps a little less busy than the main tourist hotspots. You can find these by walking half a mile along the coast from most villages and you’ll usually find you have the location to yourself. Also if you want to shoot the most photographed locations, go either early or late. Remember some of the best light is before the sunrise or around 20 minutes after sunset.

Here are some of my favourite places

  • Holywell
  • Cape Cornwall
  • Land’s End (Half a mile in the opposite direction to Sennen)
  • Nanjizal
  • St Ives (esp. Porthmeor and Porthgwidden)
  • The mines at Chapel Porth and at Botallack
  • Gwithian
  • Porthleven
  • Kingsand/Cawsand
  • Porthcurno
  • Newlyn
  • Marazion (St Michael’s Mount)
  • Mullion Cove

I love the old fishing villages of Mevagissey, Port Issac, Polperro, Padstowe, and, of course, St Ives. Go early to capture fewer people and better light.

Capturing the scene

Virtually all cameras and most phones these days are capable of taking outstanding images. Here are some ideas to think about.

  • The best light (and therefore best images) is usually at the beginning and the end of the day. Blue skies are wonderful to enjoy but blue skies in the middle of the day can make for somewhat harsh images.
  • A sunrise/sunset doesn’t make a great picture in and of itself. Think about some foreground interest
  • Check the tide times on an app like “My Tide Times” and if you not sure about how to find a location/parking area, look at Google Earth.
  • Sometimes the best light and views are behind you. If you are looking at a sunset, the light from the falling sun will be making beautiful golden light on the things behind you.
  • In addition to taking big vistas, take pictures of small details that give the flavour and tell the story of your visit to a location (doorways, fliower pots, cobbles, steps, sand, shop windows, people).
  • Remember to capture your group – you’ll be pleased you have a picture of your granny in years to come.
  • A tripod can be useful if you want to capture moving water (waves – a 0.5 second exposure can be very pleasing). You might need to adjust your camera to make this happen.
  • Try using a wide aperture (the lower the “f-stop” number the wider the aperture to make backgrounds out of focus to make your subject stand out)
  • Move about (up/down/left/right) to find the best composition – small changes in where you shoot from can make big differences to the image

Using filters/editing software to bring the best out of your image

Phone apps like Snapseed and VSCO and even Instagram have some great features to edit and improve your image. Be careful as a little editing goes a long way. I prefer to edit carefully so the final image looks natural.

  • Correct the horizon
  • Lift shadows to bring out details
  • Reduce highlights if you have a very bright sky.
  • Add some contrast (this also adds more colour)

How I shoot and edit a theatrical show – The Wedding Singer with Stageworks

In this video I walk through the cameras I used to take shots of this fantastic musical, the settings I use on the cameras, and how I bulk edit a large number of photos quickly. I’ve also included some of the finished images.

The Wedding Singer – Rehearsals

After a couple of difficult years, I’m delighted that the brilliant Stageworks performers are putting on the very funny, and sweet romcom, The Wedding Singer, based in the Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore movie of the same name. A full set of rehearsal images can be found in the link below.

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzBzw8

As always I will be selling a USB with all the images from the show and the rehearsals for £20. If you want to order directly please complete the form below. I will be able to send you a unique direct payment link to your phone

Two camera set-ups. The Holdfast MoneyMaker vs. Peak Design Slide and Clip

So I’ve been meaning to make this video for a while. I bought the MoneyMaker dual camera strap system a while ago for weddings and event photography. I love it’s style but less keen on it’s usability. Since I moved to smaller/lighter Fuji mirrorless cameras, I found that using a Peak Design Clip and a Slide strap in combination seems to work fine.

Felixstowe sunrise

I set an early alarm for a drive to the coast last weekend and tried to shoot some new views of the beach at Felixstowe, getting some nice shots of a groyne as the sun rose and some pictures at the pier. Felixstowe continues to offer new photography challenges to me and is nearest coastline to where I live, and I needed a coastal fix.