Exploring Nottingham City

I’d heard mixed reports about Nottingham and honestly did not know what to expect from the city. The whole aim of the trip to Nottingham was to go and get some photography of the city. I’m quite into the architectural style of photography at the moment so I am embracing that before I head off back to college next month.

Nottingham wasn’t as tall as I expected it to be, was massive in other ways, just not upwards and that disappointed me a little bit. I am a mass lover of Manchester though and I feel as though I was expecting Manchester on a smaller scale and instead I got Lincoln on a larger scale, which wasn’t all bad I guess.

What I liked about it was the fact it wasn’t home. It felt new and I love the feeling of exploring somewhere new, it was almost as though I was on holiday for the day. Exploring a city I’d never been to before, a city also that is quite close to home.

I was so busy using my eyes to look around and taking in my surroundings that I actually forgot to use my camera quite a lot of the time. I managed to get a few images but not near the amount I had hoped to come home with.

All images taken with a Canon 6D.

 

 

 

How To Up Your iPhone Photography Game.

iPhone photography is something I am extremely interested in due to the accessibility and how easy it is to just whip out your phone and take a photograph. I almost feel ashamed to say that I don’t take my camera with me everywhere I go. Sometimes I change bags and simply just forget or more likely, unless I am planning on doing some shooting that day, I can’t be bothered to carry a heavy lump of technology around with me. My Canon 6D is my go to camera these days and honestly, it’s not the lightest.

I do this crazy thing, where I also feel bad for my Fuji XPro-1 if I take my Canon out without it, and I feel like this with all my cameras so now, If one goes, so do the other 2.

However, with my iPhone, I don’t see it as a ‘camera’ as such. It’s my phone so just like most people it comes with me everywhere, and guilt free as I am not worrying about my other camera’s feeling left out.

iPhone photography is a lot more convenient in more ways than one, I think we would all agree.

It still requires attentive skill and care though when you’re taking a photograph on your phone. You’re going to need basic photography knowledge and what I mean by that is you’re going to need to be able to understand composition and lighting most importantly.

You’re also going to need a good editing app. There are so many out there in the market today that cost nothing and they work a treat. I’ve tried so many over the last few years and honestly, the one I find myself returning to is VSCO. VSCO is a great app to download if you want to up your photography game because it has so many built in features to help you construct your image. The VSCO cam shoots in RAW, Gives you guide lines to help with composing your images, exposure controls and even comes with free filters to help your images really pop. The list is endless as to why this app is so great.

I am also a massive fan of those lenses you can get to clip on to your phone. They enable you to be so much more creative with your shots and allow you to do things with your phone that you couldn’t do before, like the macro lens you can get is my favourite! You can get so close in on something and on occasions, it works a lot better than my actual DSLR.

There’s probably loads more blogs out there that go into so much more detail on how to take better phone photographs but I want to just focus on the basics and the stuff that I do with my own phone photography.

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Dogs Eye: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini macro lens | Edited in VCSO.
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Human Eye: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini macro lens | Edited in VSCO.

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Hartsholme Forest: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and a mini wide angle lens | Edited in VSCO.

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Butterfly Bush: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus in portrait mode | Edited in VCSO.
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Looking Up: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

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Morning Monitoring: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

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Banana Plant: Image was taken with an iPhone 7 Plus | Edited in VCSO.

 

I feel like phone photography helps me stay connected to the subject that I love, even when I want a break from it, or when inspiration is low, my phone is always in my hand for whenever and wherever inspiration hits me and inspiration hits me at the most ridiculous times.

Do you have any additional tips and tricks you’d like to add? Comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

Role Reversal; Being Infront Of The Camera.

As most of you probably know I am most at ease behind the camera, where my face is hidden by the chunk of technology I’m holding in front of my face. I’ve never really been very comfortable in front of the camera.

I decided to let Stewart take some photographs of me, under the strict instructions that I chose the lighting, backdrop, lens and clothing. All he was allowed to do was press the shutter and take the photographs. I just hate not being in control. God only knows what I’m going to be like on my wedding day. I even edited the images myself.

The reason I wanted to do this is that I was sick of having snap chat selfies as my display pictures and the ones that weren’t selfies I was getting bored of, I wanted something more “me” in my style of work, to help maybe promote my style of work.

I have a specific portrait style and at risk of sounding like I’m tooting my own horn, I really like it. There’s room for improvement obviously but I like where I’m going with it and I wanted some pictures of myself done in that way.

Being in front of the camera if you’re not used to it is very hard, even with Stewart being my “shutter presser” I was asking him to help me with posing ideas. You don’t realize how hard it is being in front until you’re playing model yourself, every photographer I believe should be placed in front of the camera instead of behind, just to gain a bit more understanding of how your model may be feeling and this will help you make clients feel at ease when you’re photographing them.

It’s hard sometimes as a photographer to think up poses for your clients but the more experience you get I do believe it gets easier. The best thing for you to do is plan before a shoot, that’s probably stating the obvious but there’s probably a surprising number of photographers out there who don’t plan their shoots and then they end up stood there in an awkward stare off during a shoot ( I know this because I’ve been there.), making it harder for your client to relax.