Allison treated herself to some professional photos for her 40th birthday, we had a make up artist work with us too and we styled the background to suit her outfit.
I love all the shots we got, Allison looked amazing and with some simple posing guidance from me we got these lovely photos. Click to see the full size images.
Would you like to treat yourself or a loved on to a confidence boosting photoshoot? Contact me and we will get you booked in or I'll send you out a gift voucher. Prices start from £135.
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Our popular themed portrait sessions guarantee you excellently crafted images of interesting subjects who can express and pose effectively to communicate our shoot narrative.
We learn portraiture techniques used by professionals including lighting patterns for faces, angles, poses and distortion and how that affects proportions. We use a variety of modifiers with Elinchrom flash heads. We also have a good selection of backdrop colours to work with. We look at the properties of light and shade and how slighting changes in positioning and angle make a big difference to the overall image.
There is plenty to learn on these studio days for people who are new to the studio. Or if you have experience in the studio you can come along to update your portfolio with something different.
We have had clown, medieval, steampunk and elven themed so far.
Spaces are £75 each and limited to 4 people so there is plenty of shooting time. Any camera with a manual setting can be used (except the canon 250d as canon took out the centre pin so you can’t use any other flash but theirs!)
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Sign up for this online photography course:
Learn how your camera takes a photograph and how to be super creative with the camera settings out of auto mode. Any digital camera with a mode dial and 'S' 'A' and 'M' or 'Tv' 'Av' and 'M' would work for this course, if you aren't sure if your camera would be appropriate email me and I can advise.
This is a jam packed course, taught at a beginners level, no one will be left behind and there's no such thing as a silly question. Each session is around 1 hour in length and will be taught via facebook or youtube.
You will learn about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how you can use each of those settings for creative effect. There will be homework to get you practicing what we cover and the sessions will be taught with live demos and you can ask questions live via a private facebook page.
You will learn how to freeze and show movement, how to take photos with blurry backgrounds and clear backgrounds and how to get the best image quality even in low light scenarios.
There will be lots of exercises and written worksheets, charts and images used to support your learning.
If you have any questions about this course please do let me know.
These are the types of photos you will learn to create as a result of this course:
This course is designed to give you the confidence and know how to use Photoshop to edit your photographs creatively and non destructively.
You will learn over 5 weeks with homework tasks between sessions, live video demos, questions answered as we go and after the lives if you can only catch the replays.
We will learn about layers, layer masks, adjustment layers, the toolbar, skin editing, compositing images including face swapping and removing distractions. There's loads we will cover, you will get a really good grasp of how to use Photoshop to improve your images.
The course is aimed at beginners and there's no such thing as a silly question. Course places are only £47!
To sign up pop your details in the form below and then check your emails (including junk mail) for the sign up paperwork.
Style Of Photography
I like to work with businesses and shoot with their brand and their mission statement in mind. As an example, if you're providing beautiful products with a colour scheme then I will make sure that your colours are incorporated into the shoot.
I have a good understanding of SEO practices and I ask for a set of your keywords in order to embed them into your images, this increases your visibility on the web and my specific resizing method will allow your images to load quickly on your website which customers expect when browsing. All images are provided for both printing and web use.
Your pre-shoot consultation will allow me to get a good idea about your company's ethos, this is important because it will allow me to photograph you or your work in a way that is representative of your company.
My Commercial Photography rate is £89 per hour, this includes shooting time, image editing and the images, so if you hire me to shoot your event for 2 hours you would pay in total 2 x £89 a total of £178 and this would include the images fully edited and an image usage license.
My Professional Portrait Rate is £135 for your shoot (up to 1 hour) and 10 fully edited digital files sized for print and web or £235 for your shoot (up to 1 hour) and 20 fully edited digital files.
Image Usage License
All final images and a license to use the images for commercial purposes worldwide is included at no extra charge. The license does not have any limits on print size, timeframe for usage or format, however permission to resell images on in the form or a printed product or digitally is not included within the standard license.
You also do not have permission to edit the image contents except for cropping when advertising in different medias.
Please enquire if you need these restrictions lifted.
Delivery of Images
Images will be delivered digitally via Dropbox where you will have three months to download and back up to a safe place. You will also receive a USB stick with the images. I would recommend making a couple of backups on different machines.
Once the images have been delivered via dropbox you will be responsible for keeping them safe. After the 3 month period I will remove the images from dropbox.
Images will be provided in a JPEG format in 2 sizes and 2 folders, one folder named 'print' with high resolution images suitable for printing up to billboard size and the second folder named 'web' with low res images suitable for uploading to your website and social media. The web files come with your specific keywords embedded to improve your search engine rankings and they are also sized to allow your website to load quickly to improve your customers experience.
You will learn how to import images, organise, embed keywords, how to edit in the develop module, how to cull and select and also how to export to use your images for different media. We will be looking at the import, library, develop and export functions in this course.
This is a 5 week course with homework tasks, we will be running in a private Facebook group using zoom and a live demo for interactive teaching where you can ask questions as we go.
The cost is £47 per person for the whole 5 weeks and sessions will run from 7pm for up to one hour. (You don't have to catch these live as the replay will be in the private Facebook group until the end of the course.)
If you have any questions please get in touch.
Last month we had actor and model Rafe in the studio with some Larping outfits from Gideon Lawrence who runs theoldwyvern.com. We got a really good range of shots with a variety of angles, light set ups and background colours. We had two students in attendance who also got a great range of images whilst they learned about where to position studio lights, what soft boxes and other modifiers to use for portraits and how to use their cameras in the studio.
At Devon Photography Training we cater for all types of digital cameras, this session had a Nikon D810 a Canon 6d mark 2 and an Olympus OMD EM 10 mark 2. We used Elinchrom lighting equipment including the D-lite 2 and D-lite 4 Flash heads with a large octobox, 150cm square soft boxes, a beauty dish and grid, a snoot as a hair light, coloured gels on a reflector dish and a reflector to help us manipulate light.
Working together we all got some great images. That's what these sessions are all about.
If you would like to come along to a studio practice day call or email me (details are top right of this window) you can also join our facebook support group to be kept up to date with future workshops, events and photo challenges. You can find that here.
Marketing Consultant, Cath Harris of Ipsa Consulting, shares her views on the importance of professional photography for your brand.
What does photography have to do with my business?
Business owners often think that their logo *is* their brand identity when in reality it's so much more. A brand identity is a way of visually communicating who you are, what you do, and even more nuanced things such as your price-point and audience type - all without a lot of text. Professional photography is a really good way to showcasing these things in a wider context.
Consumers here in the UK are extremely design savvy - to me, it's a hallmark of Britishness. For centuries we've been saturated with great examples of design from world-class fashion houses, luxury motor vehicles and even more practical examples like the London Underground's iconic map or G-Plan furniture.
Why not just use stock images?
In order for a business to communicate their value to a UK audience, photography can be a really useful tool in your tool kit. Compared to cheap, generic stock imagery, bespoke professional photography is uniquely yours - it is created to contain the very essence of your brand identity, from idea, to execution through to final edits.
Stock imagery has its place, however. For start-ups and those finding their feet it can be invaluable. But if you can afford professional photography, do invest!
Do I need a professional headshot?
The sort answer is yes. When you work with a photographer like Gemma, she'll set the lighting and angle right to make you look your absolute best! She'll also take quite a few images of you which means you can choose the right image for the purpose. Plus, Gemma is a whizz at editing images which means she'll be able to smooth out that zit without a fuss!
Plus, if you work with a team, a professional photographer can ensure the team are represented in sync with your brand and with one another.
**Top tip**: if you worry about looking weird in photographs then remember this: you're used to seeing yourself in a mirror and when you have your photo taken, you're seeing yourself from the other way round! This is how other people see you.
Why should I use a professional for my product shots?
Your commercial images through your website or social media are (metaphorically speaking) your shop window. A professional photographer will ensure each image is clear, in focus, taken in the best light, using the right background or props, at the best angle and using the right depth of field.
There's nothing worse than a gorgeous product that is represented badly through basic photo skills. Whilst it costs more to outsource commercial product photography than doing it yourself, you'll definitely notice the true value in your return on investment.
For more tips on marketing communications, follow Cath on www.linkedIn.com/in/cathharris1, or view her website: www.ipsaconsulting.co.uk
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