October 7, 2017 § 2 Comments
I had the pleasure in doing a photo shoot with Scott Stanger, whom travelled all the way from New York to visit Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. During his visit to Glasgow we got together for a photo shoot at some of Glasgow’s unique backdrop’s.
Below are just some of the photos from our shoot.
A big thank you to Yemi King for being my amazing lighting assistant .
Scott’s amazing sense of classic/vintage style (see his instagram) allow me to experiment in different picture styles. Such as colour, black and white and Sepia. I love the fact Scott Stanger suits them all.
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February 8, 2017 § 3 Comments
I recently was hired by the partner of Jane, as a present for her birthday. This was a very special photo shoot on many levels. It was such a thoughtful gift, and the photos will last a lifetime and will become more precious in the passing of time.
I asked Jane what kind of photo shoot she would love. The answer was simple and a beautiful one. Jane want a mixture of portrait photos that said this is who she is at that given moment in time, and to include her love for the charm and character of Glasgow too. We discussed some of Jane’s favourite parts of Glasgow and I recommended a couple too, and off we went on Streets of Glasgow photo shoot.
In typical Glasgow style it was raining that day, but we embraced the wet streets.
With the rain now off we then made full use the overcast skies, which provided us with perfect natural light for some beautiful Portrait shots.
We then made our way towards the river Clyde, and included a bit more of Glasgow’s rich Architecture.
A big thank you to Jane Black for being such a natural and making the shoot such fun. And a big thank you to Alastair Clarkson for being so thoughtful!
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October 19, 2013 § Leave a comment
*** Sorry for the sound quality*** The GoPro camera was in a protected case, therefore the sound is muffled.
Episode 2… Part of a series of small quick clips to give you ideas and to show how I go about the different aspects of Street photography. This clip shows how I capture portraits of the public, asking for permission and directing them. The video was shot on a very wide angled lens compared to my Photo camera lens, so there will be a difference in field of view.
June 15, 2013 § 2 Comments
Glasgow Mela in on this weekend (Sat&Sun) 12-8pm at Kelvingrove Park. Apart from watching this cool culture event. As a photographer who may be scared of capturing portraits of strangers; as in approaching the subject and asking for permission. This could be an introduction to practice your craft. At any festivals / gatherings. People are more socially open, so you should improve your confidence, communication and technique at these kind of events before taking stranger portraits on the streets. Just a tip!
Here are some photos I had taken last year.
Approach the people whom you find interesting. Introduce yourself, tell them what you find amazing about them. Talk to them about their image, interest, hobby / profession. Ask to take their portrait. If they so “no”, that is the worst that can happen. If they say “yes” you capture them, and thank them. Smile! Be relaxed and be yourself, if you are nervous they may sense it. If you love, love photography! Then you should be relaxed and happy.
Another good tip especially if you are like me, and always shoot manual; is to have your camera setting ready to shoot. So you are not fumbling about with the buttons/dials when photographing a person, taking up a lot of their time.
After you have captured their Portrait. It is entirely up to you, if you want to show them the photo on the LCD screen (if digital), ask for their email to post them the photo you taken, and if photography is your business, then perhaps give them a business card.
Once you become comfortable in your technical skills, then you should try and be creative. Direct your subject to look in to the lens or look away from the camera. Choice of shot full body, 3/4 or headshot. Ask them to pose a certain way. The list goes on and on.
Remember there are people who say you can’t and people who say you can, both are right! No excuses, get out there and capture the photos.
May 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
This fine lady caught my eye at the weekend at Red Road, Glasgow. And rather than shoot my usual candid style. I just had to ask her permission to capture a portrait of her. She kindly agreed.
There are times when i really need the eye contact to make a more compelling photo, rather than shoot candid. And asking for permission was the correct choice in this instance.
Another point is normally when I take portrait head shots, I would use my Canon 85mm F1.8, but on that day I used my Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG, as it is my favourite lens these past few months. For it’s image quality, sharpness and it’s response.
What are your thoughts?
December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Just some of my recent Street Portraitures.
Whilst I enjoy shooting street photography, I equally street portraitures, as there are often times when the person is just too interesting. And a more direct connection through communication is needed, to ask a stranger to pose for you, and even a little about themselves.
September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you think you have got what it takes in capturing quality Street Photography, then why not post your photos in the group I run called Global Street Photography (GSP)
All I ask of you is to be really honest with yourself, and ask yourself is your photo memorable, tell a story, really unique or an amazing moment caught on photo…
Photos that are NOT LIKELY to be accepted are snap shots of the backs of peoples heads, far away street shots of random people, photos of easy targets such as street performers and the vulnerable homeless. Despite being photographed on a street are just not acceptable.
I heavily moderate this group and try to accept your best work.
So only memorable and cleverly composed photographs will make the mark. Try and put some thought, feeling, creativity into your Street Photography. So if you still have what it takes, then check out, join, read rules and post.
Click link below…