Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Photography Insurance

It is horrible when your equipment breaks or worse is stolen and then you find out you didn't have any insurance, that is depressing.  Fortunately, i have had always had some and occasionally needed to use it for my business.

If you are looking to insure your photography equipment and business the company that I highly recommend, having used them for years is Aaduki.

Based in Okehampton, on the edge of Dartmoor in the middle of Devon, on the way to Cornwall. They are brilliant, very helpful, friendly and they worked really hard and even managed to get me some money back from a eBay theft. eBay are totally useless when it comes to theft.

As a guide to cost for insuring your equipment I asked them for an estimate and for about £5000 worth some of which you may take off site £115 for a year, which is brilliant.  More importantly they want to help and excellent value.

A few years ago they used to have semi naked men selling insurance at the photography fairs and shows, which attracted a lot of women to see what was on offer, despite the complaints; who was complaining?  There were semi naked women at these shows for years, were there as many complaints, I doubt it.  I didn't.

Give them a call
01837 658 880

Okehampton is great and has a castle, plus you have either Exmoor or Dartmoor to explore and photograph.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Lee Ramsden's Photo is on page 3 500px

A stunning photo of Battersea Power Station by Lee Ramsden is on page 3 of 500px.  Using ND filters to control contrast and light with a 15min exposure to create the effect.

Why not put one or two of your images up there?

See it on page 3, if not it may have moved to page 2.

33 myths of the professional photographer - Digital Camera world

This is an interesting blog post

Just a few on that list

Myth 1 – To be a photographer, you just press a button, right?
Many believe with the clever technology of digital cameras today you simply point and shoot; however, this is simply not the case. You can have the best camera in the world but if you only use it on auto you might as well own a compact (see our 44 essential digital camera tips and tricks).

Myth 2 – Anyone with a nice or expensive camera can be a pro
Being a professional photographer is more than just the gear and equipment we own. It is about running a business and making a living to survive not just taking pretty photographs (hear more professionals sound off: 50 photography tips from famous photographers to jobbing pros).

Myth 6 – Everything can be fixed in Photoshop

Photoshop is another skill set altogether and you cannot make a bad photograph good in Photoshop. However, you can make a great image exceptional if you know how to use it to the best of its ability (check out our 101 Photoshop tips you have to know).

Myth 7 – Qualifications guarantees a good photographer
Becoming a professional photographer is like driving a car. The more experience you have the better you become. Qualifying is just the beginning.

Myth 9- Nikon is better than Canon – and vice versa
This is a debate which dates back many years but in all honesty, just choose the brand or camera you personally prefer and be happy with your equipment. All digital cameras are very good these days. The megapixel war will always continue, but remember it is what you do with them that counts.

Myth 11 – Presets and Photoshop actions make up for a bad photo
No. These should enhance a photograph but will not cover up a critical mistake such as exposure or focus (check out our in-depth guide to Manual Focus: what you need to know to get sharp images).

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Wedding Photography Course, Ashridge 15 June 2014: £25 Discount Code

Discount Code: £25 with the code from this blog post.

Gain valuable experience and portfolio images from this wedding photography course in this vintage setting Ashridge House.  
The course is fun, informative giving you experience of photographing on location with a real couple.

Course Content
The Wedding Photography course is paced so that you gain a realistic impression of photographing a wedding. Ashridge House is beautiful Regency/Victorian period building, including the 14th century Monk's Barn.  Ashridge House is near to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire and will  provide you with a variety of beautiful wedding images for your portfolio. With our expert tuition learn to take stunning images simply and creatively, including informal candids, constructed images and group photographs.

Aim of the course
The MelenCourses Wedding Photography Course will show you how to take professional looking wedding photographs creatively and effectively.   Learn from my experience how to plan and set up each image so that you are able do this when photographing your own wedding.  
You will photograph wedding details, the Bride and Groom getting ready, in the Ashridge chapel and on location inside and outside the building using ambient and off-camera flash.

Course Details
Cost: £225 includes food and drinks.
Date: 15 June 2014
Time: 7 hours

0945 Coffee
1000 Preparation
1015 Details: Rings, Flowers & the Dress
1100 Break
1115 Bride & Groom: Getting Ready
1215 Bride & Groom: In the Chapel
1300 Lunch
1400 Group Photography
1415 Exterior Locations
1515 Break
1530 Interior Locations
1630 Pricing, Albums and Questions
1700 End

£25 Discount
To receive the £25 discount please email the code from this blog MC15AshWed14 to before booking the course.

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