<![CDATA[Blog - Blog]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:12:23 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Sikh Wedding Engagement]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:45:03 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/sikh-wedding-engagementI was really pleased to be in attendance as photographer for my 1st Sikh wedding engagement last weekend.

​As is often the case I work with videographers who are there to capture the wedding as well. I have to say that having met and worked with the guys from http://thevideohub.co.uk and seeing their work, its fantastic and would highly recommend them.

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<![CDATA[Ice Cream for The Bride & Groom]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:22:21 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/ice-cream-for-the-bride-groomOut on a wedding video shoot with a quick thinking, up and coming photographer who asked one of the guests to order up an ice-cream from a nearby mobile vendor. The result , a quirky, cool, finger licking good composition.Check him out at http://dansphoto.co.uk/
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<![CDATA[Stage Photography]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:24:27 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/stage-photography
My Tips for taking photos of stage artists without a flash in dim light.

​Shoot in Manual model
  • ​ISO around 640 to 800
  • ​Use the widest aperture possible for example f1.8 or at least f2.8 if your lens only starts at that aperture.
  • ​Don't believe the exposure reading of the camera as there is usually a dark background that the camera thinks needs to be compensated for.
  • This will enable you to shoot faster at lower ISO. Quite often the camera exposure can be dialled down 1 to 2 stops from the camera reading resulting in a faster shutter speed.
  • ​Wait for any red flashing lights to turn any other colour, because digital processer find it most difficult to resolve the red wavelength of light and light spillage if possible.
  • Time value setting should be at least 1/80th to 1/100th to avoid motion blur. Anything higher may lead to unnecessary elevated ISO requirements.
​That's about it, other than that I recommend shooting RAW files as post production image processing is usually required to enhance your image.

Photo is of the late great Dean Zaccarini

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<![CDATA[TTL - "Through the lens" flash metering]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:56:20 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/ttl-through-the-lens-flash-metering
The science of photography, in its basic form, ​is about recording light onto a sensor. Without light it would not be possible to take a photograph (but you can record electromagnetic radiation as well).
​Cameras have become extremely accurate in calculating how much light is required to take an image.

​Without light, a photo would not be possible and it stands to reason therefore that you need a good quality of light on your subject  to record a good quality image onto your cameras sensor.

​As an event photographer, I have literally no time to play around with settings as the scene before me is mostly happening in seconds.

​Fortunately, camera manufactures have been able to devise a metering system which is referred to as TTL or "Through The Lens Metering".
​This form of metering is controlled buy a master flash and a series of "slave" flash units.

​The master sends a high speed coded signal to all slaves to fire a flash at 1/32 power. The light from the scene travels through the lens and our camera report back as to what it has determined as being the correct exposure. 

​Photographer can make adjustments to increase or decrease the power output and therefore the amount of light that they desire to achieve the desired exposure.

​Tip - Use MAHA Battery charger MH-C801D which charges 8 batteries and use Powerex 2700mha rechargeable batteries for best results for professional photography.
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<![CDATA[TFP-CD Model Photography]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:47:35 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/tfp-model-photographyI'm now offering TFPCD ​shoots  for models in the West Midlands, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

This is a an opportunity for a model to build up his or her portfolio, and explore new areas of modelling that they haven't done before.

Its also allows me as a photographer to try out my own new ideas and helps me perfect new techniques.

​There is a lot of time and effort that goes into building and maintaining a professional looking portfolio.
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<![CDATA[RAW SHOOTER]]>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:05:17 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/raw-shooter1572944
​The digital age of photography has brought with it a huge amount of control in the way an image can be enhanced post process.
Shooting RAW means that you will need to edit your photos in a software bitmap graphics editor like Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. If you don't, then these RAW images will come out flat and fuzzy.
When shooting RAW you will basically be able to process the image yourself, however when shooting in a format like JPEG, the image information is compressed and lost.
.JPG is the extension you will most likely see on your image file name and is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group who formulated the process.
Because no information is compressed with RAW you're able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem images that would be unrecoverable if shot in the JPEG format.
I have often come across individuals who pride themselves on relying solely on the camera settings. These are purists who's photos will be few and far between amazing unless its a bright sunny day. This is because they have decided to let the built in function of the camera process the resultant image automatically.
Now don't get me wrong, you can take a very good photo in standard .JPG and I would do that if I were on holiday when I take hundreds of photo's and really don't want to process manually myself. However if I shot an event or a wedding as a professional, it would be irresponsible of me not to afford myself the best chance of producing the best result for my client in RAW.
By the way, once a RAW image is processed in a bitmap graphics editor, it is usually saved as .JPG but can be saved as .TIFF or .PNG or any format of your choice. Also you can edit a JPG file in a graphics editor, but with limited options.
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<![CDATA[My Gear for wedding photography]]>Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://glennanderson.space/blog/my-gear-for-wedding-photography
​Mostly a photographer will have their own unique style of photography and some of that will be the type of cameras and lenses they use in part.

So what's in my bag?

​Canon 5D MKIII on my right hand side with a Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 lens. This camera will always have a Canon Speedlite mounted in case I need it. Approx. 75% of the images I take will be used on this camera.

​Canon 7D on my left with Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens. Interchange with 35mm F1.4 prime lens (= 58mm effective) and Canon 60mm F2.8 Macro lens.

​With those lenses I should be able to deal with anything from wide to zoom shots as well as dimly light first dance.

What Camera Settings?

In general I will use Auto ISO (Maxed out at 1600 on 7D and 3200 5DMKIII

Aperture priority outdoors

Time Value settings indoors set to minimum 1/100 second but higher if light permits to avoid motion blur.

Speedlite:

ETTL Mode
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