Redland Green School - Winter Theme Photography Competition

Back in November, we released the RGS winter photo competition and now the results are in and the judges have decided the winner. A huge thank you to everyone who has entered the competition, the quality of images entered by students was incredible! 

1st Place Winner-

A huge congratulations to Thomas Ormsby who was voted by the judges as first place winner in this terms photo competition! The judges said they love the low vantage point of the leaves and the atmosphere in the image od the image. Congratulations!

- 3 Runners Up -

Lulu Watts

Lulu Watts showed the judges their photographic talent with this stunning snowscape which placed as our first runner up. A very tough decision for me and the judges! Congratulations.

Nathan Cartlidge 

This image entered by Nathan Cartridge won itself a place as a runner place because the judges love the quality and colours of the image.

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Stefan Henney 

Our final runner up chosen was Stefan Henney who's image impressed the judges with its wintery feel and intresting depth. 

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Another thank you to everyone to entered the competition including, 

Emily Spence

Stefan Henney 

Dominic Fonseka 

Nathan Cartlidge 

Lulu Watts 

Tomas Ormsby

Below is a gallery of the shortlisted images and the images entered. Have a look through and put who you think ahs the strongest image in the comments below! 

- Shortlist images and all Entrants - 

- People's Choice -

Do you agree or disagree with the judge's decision? What was your favourite shot? Let me know by commenting below!

Christmas Holidays -

Over the Christmas holidays, I have spent the time over in Spain with family and friends. I spent a lot of the time taking photos of family dinners and events which I won't share on here, however, I also shot a few portraits and have begun working on some ideas for a new project.

The project is one that I am not sure how it will grow but I kust watend to try new techniques and skills around portraiture which I think look really nice! What do you think?

Urban shoot with Scarlett Last

As I will be away for Christmas and won't be able to shoot and edit as often, I thought it would be a good idea to get in a shoot and work with the new lens before travelling!

- Quick Tip -

Check the weather before the shoot! Overcast days usually work best on outdoor shoots as the light is nice and soft so no harsh shadows. And, with a reflector, the light is easy to work with. 

I wanted to try more of an urban type shoot so I went out the day before and cycled to find different locations that we could shoot at. All were relatively close to each other. We started the shoot at 9:30am as I was travelling on the same day as the shoot meaning I would not have much time to shoot and then edit.

- Model and Assistant -

Overall it was a very fun and quick shoot that allowed me to try different techniques and establish my style more and more!

- The Final Images -

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Redland Green School Enrichment - Term 2

 

Over the course of this year, I have been working with my school and documenting the new "enrichment scheme" that has been put into place for students". My periods for shooting are split into 6 sections for each term and so far I have shot 2.

It has been really interesting and fun working with and around the school, students and staff challenging myself to capture creative and story telling images.

- The Events and Activities - 

RGS did an amazing job in creating a huge range of activities which I was lucky enough to be able to shoot. 

Golden Oldies -

Golden Oldies is an activity where a group of students go to a local retirement and spend time with some of the residents. It was really nice to spend time with people who had such amazing stories and were very interested in what I was doing! The lighting where I was shooting was even and soft meaning that my only main focus was on creating images that would show the students talking and having fun with the residents.

- Bouldering

Bouldering is one of the most active activities that students are offered with. We would go down to Bristol Clip n Climb and the Students would begin climbing according to their different strengths and abilities. Whilst shooting, it was interesting to find different angles and vantage points from where I would be able to get some creative shots.

- Quick Tip -

When shooting climbing, get all the way above your subject  and shoot down on them. This can really help you to get close to your subject and show focus. 

I had never shot climbing before and I definitely learnt a lot from shooting this activity. The lighting wasn't great and shooting above and down a wall is definitely an angle that I'd never thought about before but worked really well.

 

School Activities 

Alongside the off-site activities, I also wanted to document some of the many activities that took place in school. Some of the activities that I shot included, 

Young Enterprise -

Food For A Fiver -

Martial Arts -

Forensic Sciences -

Gardening -

Art and views from the school -

Below are a selection of the best photos from across al the activities- Enjoy!

- The Final Shots -

Outdoor Portrait Shoot - Anya and Poppy

I enjoyed the shoot not only because the images turned out really well but because will was easy to work with and made it an enjoyable eperience overall!
— Anya Wheatley

I recently was hired to do a shoot for some friends of mine and we decided on an indoor type shoot with one or two shots outside. My initial idea was to do some shots inside in a kitchen and then move out to a cafe and outdoors where we would shoot some different styled shots. 

This was also my first shoot with my new Sigma 50-100 F1.8 lens so it was interesting to challenge myself and see  how it performed in a real world situation!

- The Models -

- Quick tip -

When shooting with models, make sure you are relaxed, fun and help them with posing. By being confident behind the camera your models will feel more comfortable resulting in better images!  

It was a very dark and rainy day on the shoot meaning I had to push the camera to high ISO's, low apertures and slightly slower shutter speeds than usual. However, overall, the shoot was very fun and the images turned out great Anya and poppy were a pleasure to work with .

- The Final Shots -

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100 Follower Print Sale! - Thank You!

This discount code does no longer work and has expired however stay tuned to the blog post to make sure ou don't miss the next one!


I recently have hit 1000 followers on Instagram and to say thank you to each and every one of you I am doing a print sale with 20% off of any print from my store! The discount will be live until Friday the 25th so be sure to grab yourself a print! 

I set myself the goal of hitting 1000 followers by the end of December and to see that we have hit the target a month early is amazing. Whilst I know 1000 is not a huge amount, it is definitely a step in the right direction. In the future, I can only hope to grow more and keep shooting! 

- How can I get my print? -

To get your 20% discount, head on over to the Store - Prints part of the website and choose your print, size and finish. At checkout, use the code LPP1k to get 20% off your order! Hurry, the offer only lasts until Friday the 25th.

I would like to say a huge thank you again for hitting this milestone and if you are not already, be sure to click the social buttons below to follow me on my Instagram and keep up to date with the latest news! 

Lake District Trip

Whilst I find that landscapes are not one of my strongest sides of my photography, I think it is very important to practise whenever and try new techniques and what better day to do this than in the Lake District. 

 

I drove up there with my dad on Sundayand had a few ideas in my head as to what I wanted to capture. It was a short trip as we were only there for two days. On the first day I got up at six in the morning and we drove down an hour and a half to Buttermere to capture it during sunrise. 

The weather was absolutely stunning during the two days and overall it was good to get out and shoot. 

Powder Paint Photo Shoot -

I have had the idea to do a shoot like this for a very long time and have done shoots similar to this in the past with flour and fire but, I wanted to try a similar technique with lots more colour.

Will was easy to work with and overall it was a fun, creative and exciting shoot.
— Caston

This shoot was in a way build up to a big shoot with lots of people that I have planned and I wanted to try and see what worked and what didn't in this shoot so that I can improve it before the final shoot.

We began the shoot with some of the shots on a skateboard as that as one separate idea that I had thought of but towards the end we switched and focused on the colour portraits. 

- The Models -

- Quick Tip -

When shooting these kinds of situations, with smoke, flour or powder paint in the shot, use a speed light to backlight the powder so that it pops more from the model and is brighter. It can also help define the edges of the models face a bit more.

I bought 12 packs of bright neon coloured powder paint and mixed them with a bit of regular flour to dilute it a bit. I had two people throw the powder from behind the model so that it gave an explosive look behind their heads. 

 

Expert Self Care Student Health App - Promotion Video

6 months ago, I became the official photographer and video producer for Expert Self Care team. I have been working with them over the last few months helping create an app promotion video that would showcase how the app is used, how it can work and be beneficial to those who use it. 

- What is ESC Student? -

ESC Student is an app that is designed with students in mind but contains information that is useful even when you have left school or university. It gives detailed and reliable information about common health conditions we are all likely to experience from time to time. The app explains the symptoms, warning signs and how to treat it. All in one, simple to use app.  

“Will created a fabulous promotional video for a student health app, and it’s been a huge pleasure working with him. Apart from bringing a huge amount of energy, creativity and photographic skill to the project, he was hard-working, conscientious and paid strong attention to detail. In addition, he communicated well, was extremely responsive to our needs and suggestions. If you’re looking for an excellent and able photographer, I can strongly recommend Will.
— Knut Schroeder, GP and Founder & Director, Expert Self Care Ltd"

Whilst I do not tend to shoot as much video, I knew I could challenge myself to create something that would fit the project specifications and would showcase the app clearly. I had meetings and briefs at the start of the project that talked about what they were looking for and also some alternative ideas. I also met with them further into the shoot so that we could talk about what I had done so far and what they would like to change, move or reshoot.

Simplicity was one of the main things we wanted to show with this promotion video, we wanted to show how the app can be used effectively wherever and whenever but also discreetly if need be.

 

- The Final Video -

Overall, I could not be prouder to say that I am part of the team for ESC, being a part of the team and being able to help them promote the app by creating a promotion video has been a great experience and one that I have learnt so much from.

I absolutely love feedback so let me know in the comments below or via email what you think! If you have anything questions, be sure to get in touch.  I can't wait to hear what you have to say or need!

Do you have an app or business you need stunning visuals for? If so, then get in touch by clicking the button below I can't wait to work with you and shoot!

Autumnal Portrait Shoot -

Shot on the 8th of October

This shoot was a shoot I did just to practise some composition techniques and just to get out and practise shooting to get some colourful portraits. 

Autumn is one my favourite times of year to shoot portraits, the light and colours are just perfect and in this shoot, I wanted to use those factors to get some stunning images.

- The Models -

My light modifiers in this shoot were simply a white and silver 110cm Neewer reflector and a diffuser. In the day of the shoot, the light was mixed between cloudy and harsh light so every now and then I would have to use my diffuser to soften the highlights on the models face. 

- Tips for Composing your Portraits -

One of the most important things to Understand that can lead to stunning portraits, light and expression aside, is composition.

When shooting, I look for these three things that can help create a visually pleasing and successful composition.

Leading Lines- Look for lines when shooting and use them in your shot to draw into your subject. This can be as simple as a wall, bench or railing.

The Rule Of Thirds - The Rule Of Thirds is also a key and very effective composition technique. By composing your image with the key part of it near/ in one of the 4 crosses, the eye is drawn into the key part of the image more.

Top Third -  When shooting a portrait that focuses a lot on the model's expression and face, you should try and place your model's eyes just above the centre line of the image to create a more flattering portrait.

- The Final Shots -

Below is a gallery including some of the best shots from the day.

MacMillan Cancer Charity event-

Shot on 1st October 2016

I was recently hired to shoot a charity fundraising event that was set up with the aim to raise money in support of the Mc Millan Cancer trust. 

I found that Will made everyone seem so comfortable whilst shooting. The pictures look incredible, he managed to capture every special moment there was! I am so grateful.
— Milly

A cake, coffee and tea sale was held with a huge amount of people coming and donating. Milly raised over £300 pounds just from people's donations and her aim was to raise people's awareness. It was a hugely successful, enjoyable and memorable event and I am glad to be able to say that I was there as the photographer to capture it.

"My aim for the day was to try and make as much money as possible and raise lots of awareness to young people, as I don't think many of us are fully aware of the tragedies that are happening around us on a daily basis. Cancer is something that is very close to my heart and is something that everyone will most likely experience at some point in their life. I saw an advert on TV about a MacMillan coffee morning and thought why wouldn't I do it, there is nothing stopping me and it would help so many people come to terms and deal with cancer" - Milly Carter -

Below is some of the best shots from the day.

- The Final Shots -

 

 

 

Studio Head Shots With Scarlett -

I wanted to try a new lighting technique in this shoot. I wanted to try a new and different style of lighting with only two lights ( strobe and a speed light. I am still relatively new to shooting with studio lights, however, I wanted to try and shoot some shallow depth of field headshots at >F/2.5 with just the eyes sharp and the rest of the image falling away.

- The Model - 

- Quick Tip -

When lighting a model, try and avoid long shadows across the face as it can distort the face. Keep your shadows soft and if you can fill them in with a reflector to get a nicer look.

I shot a two light set up for this shoot, My key light was a Godox DE300 strobe with a beauty dish and a honeycomb grid up in front of the model and I placed my fill light (Speedlight) light on the floor in front of the model to fill in some of the shadows formed under her nose and neck.

I found that when shooting at F/2.5 and lower it is so easy to move and miss focus off of the eyes. When shooting that low of an aperture you have such a thin line of focus that even things like the model breathing or any camera movement could throw it out of focus. If I was to shoot again next time I would definitely use a tripod.

- The Final Shots -


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Studio Strobe Light Shoot

I recently was looking for something that would take my portraits to the next level as I have usually only shot my portrait shots with natural light and a reflector. I invested in a basic studio light ( Bowens DE300 and a 42cm Bowens beauty dish )l so that I could learn more about portraiture in studio and lighting techniques. 

- The First Shoot - 

After playing around a bit with the light and getting used to setting it up, I wanted to use it in a real world situation so that I could try different techniques and lighting to learn more about studio strobes and beauty lighting techniques. I have shot once before with studio lights over the summer and I instantly fell in love there are so many ways you can change the mood and look of a shot just one light that the creative possibilities are endless

- The Model -

- Quick Tip! -

Key light = the main source of light usually frontal or to the side.

Fill = A light that is used to fill in shadows usually created by the key light.

Hair/Key light = A light that is used to define the edges of the face or hair separating the from the model and the background.

 

I shot the majority of the shoot with two lights and a fill. the key light being the strobe with a beauty dish  a speed light as my rim light that I used to define the model's cheek bones and jaw line and then my fill was 32' white soft reflector.

I tried quite a few different lighting techniques the main one having the beauty dish above and behind me looking down on the model with my reflector as fill in the shadows under the nose and  neck.

This is a technique that works really well with the beauty dish because of the definition that the light gives on the model's face. With a soft white reflector as a fill light, the shadows from the beauty dish are not as harsh giving a classic beauty look. You can see in this comparison gallery the difference of the shadows n the nose when the light is placed above and at 45 degrees.

I then placed a Speed light on a tripod behind Amy to try and really define her cheekbones and separate her from the backdrop.

 

 

Below is a gallery of some of the final shots from the shoot with Amy, I am looking forward to doing more shoots with strobe lights in the future and showing you guys the results. Stay Tuned!

- The Final Shots -

 I hope you enjoyed! leave a comment and a like below telling me what you think and make sure to go over to my social links to see more of the photos!

 

 

 

"Under the stars" photos now for sale as prints!

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I have added two new photos to the store have you seen them? 

The two milky way images are now available as 12 x 8, 15 x 10, and A3 print. These images as prints are sure to stand out wherever you put them and with a glossy finish over the print, the colours and vibrancy of the milky way really shine, though.

So, what are you waiting for, be the first to get your hands on one of these stunning prints.

The Fish Markets Shoot

Shot on the 27th of August-

The shoot began at 6:30am in the south of Spain in Huelva. It was a half an hour walk to where I had to go to see the fishermen loading their boats before sunrise.

My goal for the shoot was to tell a small photo story of the fishermen's life and them loading their boats and taking them out to collect their nets that had all their fish in it. Then after that, the fish is taken into the market to be sold early in the morning. 

When I arrived on location at the beach I caught the first of the fishermen starting the engines and pushing their boats out to sea. I wanted to arrive a bit before the sunrise so that as I began to shoot the light would be warm and soft but I had no luck as the light from the sunrise was mostly covered by haze and clouds meaning I had to shoot at very high ISOs for the first part of the shoot.

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- Quick Tip -

When shooting at high ISOs and dark light if your lens is struggling to focus in  darkness, switch it into manual focus and place a small light on your subject to get your focus locked in!

By 7:15 the boats were out and the fishermen were out of view. I had an hour to kill on the beach before they would come back and unload the fish. 8;00 am and the sun was up and as the boats came in I was ready waiting to get the shots of them coming in. They unloaded the boats and spend hours carefully untangling the fish fro the nets and placing them into buckets to be taken to the market 

Once I arrived at the market at 9:00 I started shooting and was trying to get a shot of when they cut up the fish and start shouting to draw attention to their stands. I got low and shot wide trying to make the fish and workers look a bit bigger.

Overall, It was a very fun and challenging shoot, I f you would like to see all of the images, head on over to this gallery,

Back from Spain!

I have recently just arrived back from Spain where I spent 6 weeks spending time with family and shooting as much as I could wherever, whenever. 

I shot everything from portraits to Astrophotography and am very happy with the results 

I will be updating the galleries and my social media pages with lots of new content so make sure you stay tuned so you don't miss a thing and if you are not already, follow me on my social pages.I will also be posting blog posts where I will go into more detail about certain shots that I did. I will talk about how I planned and shot to get the images I was looking for. 

 

 

Below is a gallery with a selection of the best images that I shot over summer. I hope you enjoy!

Summer Valladolid 2016