Monthly Archives: June 2013

Author Photographs

This week I carried out a photoshoot of Rewan Tremethick aka The Hyperteller. Rewan is a Cornish author who is having his first novel, “Fallen on Good Times “, published in 2014. As part of the publication and ahead of the novel’s launch, he wanted to have a set of author photographs taken.

The novel is a paranormal detective comedy set in 1920s America and this set the tone for many of the portraits created.

The photoshoot was done in two parts, firstly using a portable studio set-up in Rewan’s own home and then on location in his hometown of Penzance.

Rewan Tremethick, low key Author, Rewan wearing grey coat Author Sitting and looking into light Rewan Tremethick on Penzance seafront Rewan against Sea Wall with artificial lighting Rewan Tremethick leaning against railings
Rewan Tremethick also offers professional copywriting services and can be contacted by email at [email protected]

Alternatively visit his Facebook page or website.

If you are interested in commissioning this type of photography for yourself then send me an email or call on 07979 301741 to discuss your requirements.

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A Wedding Photography Checklist

Recently I photographed a wedding and knew that a lot of the confidence I felt on the day had come from the thorough preparation I had done before the event, knowing I was prepared for any eventuality.

Hopefully this checklist I used will help other photographers make sure they’re fully prepared too.

  • Main camera body with battery (charged) and formatted memory card(s)
  • Spare body with battery (charged) and formatted memory card(s)
  • Spare battery for each body (charged)
  • Additional formatted memory cards
  • 2 standard range lenses (cleaned)
  • Wide angle lens (cleaned)
  • Medium telephoto lens (cleaned)
  • Macro lens (cleaned)
  • Speedlight with batteries
  • Spare speedlight with batteries
  • Extra batteries for speedlight/camera grip
  • Light stand and umbrella (x2 if weather prevents outdoor formal portraits)
  • Wireless flash trigger (transmitter and receiver)
  • Tripod and head
  • Reflector
  • Cable release
  • Light meter
  • Lens cloth, pen and blower
  • Proof of Public Liability cover

If you think I’ve missed something off then please comment below. You could obviously take even more kit but this is what I needed to feel I had all bases covered.

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The Cost of Commercial Photography

In the digital photography era, more and more people are thinking, I could just do it myself, professional photography is just too expensive.

Purchasing your own equipment

So I put this to the test by researching the cost of lower-end professional equipment. This is very much the bare minimum required.

Camera (d800 or similar)- £2000
Lenses (Macro, wide angle and standard zoom Nikkor lenses) £2500
Studio lights and modifiers £600
Speedlight £250
Random accessories £300
Tripod £150
Desktop PC for processing high resolution images (colour calibrated with external backup) £1000
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop £700
Public liability and private indemnity cover £300
Studio background and supports £200

Add to this the cost of obtaining a Degree level qualification and the non-quantifiable value of years of experience and you might find yourself thinking that actually professional photography is quite a bargain!

Assuming you’ve been quoted £400 for a job, you would have to do 20 of these assignments just to cover the costs of equipment. The training, years of experience and the cost for your own time would still need to be factored in!

Maybe the answer lies in renting equipment and hoping your skills are up to the job. These are the prices from Calumet rental (which guarantee price matching)

One day hire

Nikon D800 £100
Macro, wide angle and standard zoom Nikkor lenses £96
Speedlight £18
Tripod £20
Background £18
Studio lights and background support £90
Spare battery £8

So a total of £350 (15% more if you have no rental equipment insurance) and again no allowance for your own time and necessary training. Bear in mind that you also have no insurance and you will need to find somewhere to process the images. After all this, are you convinced your images would be as good as a professional would produce because it has cost you the same and used up hours of your valuable time?

As is so often the case, it just makes more sense to get a professional in.

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Using 105mm micro lens with TC-17EII as a medium telephoto

The Nikkor 105mm VR micro lens is well known as a great macro lens and also a good portrait lens. Further Google searching revealed it could be used with the TC-17EII to increase the magnification with superb results. See here for examples.

What I couldn’t find was how it fared as a 180mm medium telephoto lens for distant subjects. Here are my own personal findings when using the combination with a Nikon D800 camera.

For my Subject I chose the Headland Hotel in Newquay taken from South Fistral, 1 km away. I compared with my Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 as a benchmark. At 1/250s, f9, ISO100.

Images resized to 2048×1367, minimal processing in Lightroom. Click on them to see full size.

Full frame 105mm micro

Full frame 105mm micro

105mm Micro and TC17E

105mm Micro and TC17E

24-70 2.8 at 70mm

24-70 2.8 at 70mm

These are 1:1 crops from the images above

105 micro 1:1 crop

105 micro 1:1 crop

105 micro TC17E 1:1 crop

105 micro TC17EII 1:1 crop

24-70 2.8 1:1 crop

24-70 2.8 1:1 crop

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from these. Personally I’m happy to delay the purchase of the 70-200mm 2.8 VRII for a little longer but it’s still high up there on the shopping list!

Please feel free to add your own comments below.

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Zenah and Tim’s Wedding

As a commercial photographer, weddings are not part of my normal day to day work but I love telling stories through photographs and this was a fantastic opportunity to do just this. Zenah and Tim Aikman got married at the Glendorgal Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall and wanted their wedding to be fun, relaxed and as informal as possible. I captured this using a mainly photojournalistic style although we agreed that a short collection of formal group shots would be a valuable memory.

Zenah has make up applied professionally before her wedding

Wedding rings macro photograph

Glendorgal Ceremony Room

Wedding ceremony

Proud Father

Signing the register

Confetti at Glendorgal Hotel

Formal shot

Wedding cake - cupcakes

Black and White Beach Wedding

Bride and Groom Paddling

Bride and Groom on beach

Bride and groom jump off rocks holding hands

Bride and groom looking into each other's eyes

Dance floor

If you would like to discuss having me document your wedding then send me an email or call on 07979 301741 to discuss your requirements. Even if I am unable to help, I can recommend wholeheartedly a specialist wedding photographer in the area.

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