Two Years on YouTube – A Sort of Review

A couple of days ago I noticed that my two year anniversary on YouTube was coming up and I took the opportunity to take stock of where I am, what been successful on the channel and what’s next. I hope you might look in, if for nothing else to see our puppy, Poppy say hello to you!.

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.

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.

Minimal seascape in Sizewell, Suffolk

In this video I use my Fujifilm X-T3 with a 10-24mm and an 18-55mm zoom lens to shoot minimal seascape photographs of a seawater inlet/outlet for the nuclear power-station at Sizewell, Suffolk, UK. For longer exposures I use a Lee Filters 6 Stop ND filter on my wider lens and a K&F Concept variable ND filter on the 18-55mm lens which is the only ND filter I have for the that lens. There is very little on the beach to create compositions so the seawater inlet/outlet sanction is serves as a simple focus for some minimal images.

London in Monochrome

Can a single body, a single lens and a single film simulation drive your creativity? In this video I picked my FUJIFILM X-T20, a single FUJINON 27mm f2.8 lens and the MONOCHROME+R film simulation to tell the story of a day out in London at the end of June 2021 as the city began to come out of lockdown and personal restrictions were beginning to be lifted. The choice to restrict my gear meant that only choices I had to make were those of subject, composition, and aperture (I was shooting in aperture priority with ISO set at 400).

The Seven Best Editing Features in Lightroom

The Seven Best Editing Features in Lightroom – In this video I discuss what I consider the most useful editing features in the digital darkroom that I use the most; Lightroom. I also offer three bonus tips on how to smooth skin (to erase those crow’s feet that you don’t like), enhance eye details, and deal overly contrast-y sun-stars in landscape photography.

If you like enhancing your photos using Lightroom, this video is designed to give you a leg-up to the next level in editing your photos. The biggest compliment I have received about editing is that for most of my finished photos, you can’t see the edit. This is always my desire – to enhance but not to make the edits obvious to most people. Therefore, I hope this video might help those on their photography editing journey and give them a few more arrows in their quiver.

Coming out of lockdown: Felixstowe Dawn

At the beginning of April 2021, as UK lockdown#3 began to lift, I headed for the nearest coastline from my home for a grey, pre-dawn photoshoot, with my FujiFilm X-T3, and shooting b-roll with my brand new DJI Pocket 2. I made some long exposures of Cobbold’s Point at high tide, some ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) studies of the beach, and some beach hut “street” photography.

A new video about using photography filters

I made a fairly long video (25mins!!) – In it I discuss the four main physical photography filters, and whether you need them all. I also show how to blend bracketed images in Lightroom and Photoshop and demonstrate graduated and radial filters in Lightroom and show how you can use make the filter more targeted with luminosity mask.