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I frequently get asked questions like the following, what Camera do you use, or lens or editing software. It is something I have considered writing about for a little while, but until recently hadn’t considered how it would benefit potential future client’s views. Although many of my lovely clients will already fully understand what I am about to explain in this blog (as it will be the primary reason they have booked me for a shoot) there may be some who haven’t fully considered it.

I was a little worried about releasing this, but Felt it was important, as it is espedially

In short, yes, I have spent a lot of money purchasing the best camera equipment for the job I do. In order to get the quality of images I need, so that if a client says I would like that in a 30″ frame, I can say “yes absolutely”, so I need a camera which takes massive photos (we are talking around 40 megabites per photo, compared to an iPhone image which is usually about 3 megabites). and there is no point in having the top spec camera without a lens with the highest quality glass to ensure absolutely perfect sharpness on every single image… but do my images look the way they do just because of the camera I use? I am afraid it isn’t quite that simple.

I can’t remember where I first heard the following example being made, but instantly I made the comparison between it and photography.

“The piano is nothing without a musician”

To explain, Beethoven I am sure will have had one of the most impressive pianos of its time, but no one could ever play it the way he did or compose music in his style. Being a composer was a talent he dedicated his life to and years of hard work, practice and experimenting lead him to creating the masterpieces we all know and love. in-fact, the piano itself had very little to do with it…

There are many comparisons similar to this which can be made, an artist with their paint brush, a writer and their keyboard and indeed, a photographer with their camera.

For every image I take, I consider:

The Composition

  • Direction of sun light (all of my images use natural light)
  • Pose
  • Mood/atmosphere
  • Angle
  • Backdrop
  • foreground
  • Props

In Camera

  • Exposure
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • White Balance
  • The crop
  • Choosing the point of focus
  • Metering

Post Processing

  • Colour Grading (Ensuring skin tones are accurate)
  • Shadows and highlight corrections in specific areas
  • Tone Curves

As you can see, although my camera and lens play a big part in the images I produce, it only happens because of the vision I have and the fact I input the correct settings in order to bring that vision to life.

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