Gander Photography: Blog http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Gander Photography julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:34:00 GMT Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:34:00 GMT http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u133569732-o1040855702-50.jpg Gander Photography: Blog http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog 120 120 Shooting outdoors http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/shooting-outdoors All photography is inspired by light,  light that we either create with flashes and the like to more natural light of the outdoors.  As I shoot I'm always looking for great light to pose you in. 

So the winter is rolling away and it's time to look towards Spring.  Winter brings about a flat, non inspiring light with mostly grey overcast days.  Once in a while a snow day appears but they are so bright with all the light bouncing off the snow that it can be hard to create texture.  Spring with the blue skies, cherry blossom and daffodils, pockets of light and shade in the Spring sunbeams.  It's the perfect opportunity to get out and take some portraits in the park.  The light is not so bright it hurts your eyes, the sun not so hot it burns the skin and the ground not so dry that the grass is brown. All in all Spring is a great time to get out with a camera and snap away.  

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It also lends it self to a search for locations and venues.  Somewhere that is both suitable for the shoot brief, is it a family shoot, is it an individual portrait ? What if any props are going to be included ? What is the story being told ?

 

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Over the years I've found a great number of locations to take you to for a wide variety of shots.  From local parks, to places in London that really shine through.  Parks with playgrounds, walk ways, coffee shops all lend themselves to great photo opportunities.  

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I quite like the aspect of having to travel light ( pun not intended ) on an outdoor shoot.  Often in the studio the choice of equipment, camera, lens, light, background and so on can be a little overwhelming and whilst build a set for interest it can be draining.  

Outdoors is a little different,  I often take a single backpack with a limited selection of equipment.  I can't take just one camera, I've never had one fail but it just worries me too much.  Then maybe 2 or 3 lenses and that can be it.  Often I find that I could have left a lot of that behind and just picked up a camera and single lens for the entire job.  On occasion, because the mood of the shoot dictates it, I can take a light stand and a single flash for the addition of a bit of mood lighting or  fill in, but then I need an assistant also. 

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An outdoor shoot is often a more organic session than shooting in the studio. So many factors provide flexibility and unique opportunity and you can be almost certain that each time you visit a location there will be something different about it.  Whilst studios are great to shoot in the familiar feel of the backgrounds needs to be overcome.

 

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Shooting outdoors can also be different during different times of day, the soft light of the morning is different to that of the harsher light of midday that will create deeper shadows and then of course the golden hour just before sunset and night-time ...  I certainly want to do more outdoor and location work in 2018 even with the unpredictable aspect of British weather.  

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/shooting-outdoors Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:34:17 GMT
So How Far Do I Walk At Function ?? http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/so-how-far-do-i-walk-at-function When I work I give everything 100% ... from the preparation before hand, getting to know you, getting to know the venue and the event shoot itself.

 

A function shoot can easily be 8 hours or more.   From travel to arrival. Set up for portraits and then the party and the journey home.  I've long wondered what sort of distance I cover on foot during that time and have previously used a pedometer to at least count the steps.

 

For me bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings and parties are once in a life time functions and need to be treated just like that.  During those 8 or so hours I barely take a break.  There is always something going on somewhere that needs to be captured.  Not only that but some venues are large and need you to have one eye over your shoulder and a sprint at the ready.

 

So how far do I walk ... 

 

I got a phone upgrade over the last few months and the fitness apps on the new one are incredible.  After a trial at the last function  of 2017 I decided to properly GPS track a full night, fingers crossed the battery would make it through the night.

 

Here's the track ...

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If you want to know it's roughly 15000 steps and just short of 5 miles.  Not only do I cover all that distance but I do it with 2 cameras, lenses and flashes hanging off each shoulder.

 

According to the app I used roughly 2500 calories during that session.  It's no wonder I've lost roughly a stone since becoming a full time photographer.

 

But more over the bigger question is why am I telling you this ... why do I think you maybe even remotely interested.  Well I think it's important for you, and come to think of it me, to understand what it means to me to be a function photographer.  I'm one of those people that likes to party hard ... and I like to do it with you.  So I'm not that photographer that stands on a ladder in the middle of a dance floor and shoots pictures like a sniper shoots at a target.  I wear out a pair of trainers every 3 months.  There is a additional benefit.  If I am part of the party then it's easier to edit ... I take roughly 2000 pictures on the night... I aim to deliver 600 hundred or so of these.  You might think that's easy ... but once you remove the bad ones, and there are always bad ones. The ones where the focus isn't right, the flash didn't fire, the subject isn't in the frame or people blink, those ones. Once they are out of the way then it's about choosing the meaningful images. The ones that tell the story. The ones that matter. 

 

Above everything else I'm a story teller ... grabbing the bits you know about and those that happen that you don't see.  I'm capturing this once in a lifetime event for you, for now and forever.  Some of my own previous pictures are not of the events I was at, or even of people I know but rather of generations before me.  The window on that world is a treasure trove of connection, knowledge and stories told by those who were there.

 

So I don't care how long I stand for, it's interesting to know how far I walked but if you asked me to do it for twice as long over treble the distance I'd do it in a heartbeat.

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah batmitzvah gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/so-how-far-do-i-walk-at-function Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:45:27 GMT
I'm a bad blogger http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/im-a-bad-blogger or Oh my word is it really that long since I wrote a blog ??

OK so I'm a bad blogger, it's been almost year since I wrote post ... in that amount of time I could

  • have had a baby OK so I'm a bloke so it's a bit hard but you get my drift
  • grown 4 1/2 inches of hair 
  • Boiled roughly 40,000 eggs

and a whole lot of other things

Instead what I have been doing is taking pictures, building websites, creating books and a whole lot of other stuff

Infact last year I took,edited and delivered over 75,000 photos over 105 different shoots. 

That's a whole lot of barmitzvah's & batmitzvahs, quite a few portraits,  a few dogs and quite a bit of contemporary boudoir portraiture.  Not only all of that but I also held my own gallery of work ... a first for me and quite a strange night all round.  45 pictures printed in a large format hanging on walls and being displayed to selected invited guests. 

So I'm taking the unusual step of making a new years resolution now and promising to share more of my work here.  You see I think that the power of photography is lost in the Snapchat generation.  The click here and now, but a true photograph one that captures the essence of the day is a thing of wonder.  Not only that but, if printed and this is getting rarer and rarer as time goes by, it is there for all future generations to see.  How many of you spent time ploughing through the family photo albums laughing and learning all about family life. 

So be prepared, be prepared to see a lot of bar mitzvahs, a lot or bat mitzvahs, some weddings, some portraits and maybe some corporate work.  I live to keep my photography wide and varied, as long as it includes people.  I'm not much of a one for still life, landscapes or food.  But I do like to experiment, to create and to exist through photography.

In the mean time here is a little bit of what I got up to last year ...

 

If you have anything you want to know, or see then let me know and I'll what I can do to help.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) barmitzvah batmitzvah gander london photographer photography portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/1/im-a-bad-blogger Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:19:36 GMT
Xmas, it's so last year http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/xmas-its-so-last-year OK so it's been and gone ...

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but before we forget about it all together and start looking forward to Spring and then Summer where without a doubt we will complain about being hot, I thought I'd share these with you.  

 

My final shoot of the year was a bit of a personal project, an adventure around London with a camera bag, it started off light but after 6 miles was really quite heavy.  Anyway the whole idea was to have some fun and take some pictures that I don't normally get the chance to take.  It was quite a techincal challenge with the camera getting quite confused with all the different light sources.  

We did all the tourist sites,  Covent Garden,  Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Regent Street and so the list goes on. 

We weren't the only ones out and as is so often the case we had to be patient, wait our turn and not get in anyone else's way.

I had a great time and it was a great way to finish off an incredible year of shooting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander Lights London Photography Xmas http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/xmas-its-so-last-year Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:22:50 GMT
New Born Photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-born-photography New Born Baby

There's something about taking pictures of a new born, ideally in the first few weeks whilst they are all still nice and scrunched up, generally asleep.  Wait a little longer and they know you are there and make life just a little bit harder.  Babies can be unpredictable at the best of times so I always make sure to have plenty of time when shooting them.  

So here I was taking pictures of this little lad.  I only got the call the evening before but that didn't stop me from planning the shoot and thinking about the best way of doing it.   

It's important for me to get a variety of images both of the baby with the parents and then on their own.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Born Gander New Photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/new-born-photography Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:34:58 GMT
Having a good back up strategy http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/having-a-good-back-up-strategy Back It Up

 

I'm paranoid, it's true.  First you've invited me to take your pictures, that in itself is scary enough to some people.  But then what if the camera breaks, the cards fail or once we are editing the drives all crash.  

It's not impossible is it ...

That's why I do the very best to protect against all issues.

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I use 3 cameras on every job.  Not because it makes me look great with all that kit hanging around my neck, infact quite the opposite and it weighs enough, but because if one should fail I have a back up.  I'm swapping between them all the time and spreading the pictures across them.  Often those watching me will ask, What's the difference between the cameras ? Whilst they may be set differently it's also to make sure I'm minimising risk.  One of those cameras uses 2 cards at a time so, if one card fails the other one has all of the pictures.

When I get back, on the night of the function, I upload everything.  It takes time.  Then I back it all up locally to 3 additional drives, and then it all goes off to the cloud.  

The only problem right now is that I'm so busy taking pictures that even with a fibre internet connection, my cloud backups can't keep up !!!

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Backup Barmitzvah Gander Photography Portraits Wedding http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/7/having-a-good-back-up-strategy Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:26:55 GMT
Photo Tip : Shoot from a Low Angle http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/photo-tip-shoot-from-a-low-angle On from The Rule of Thirds try getting down or high up to really make the picture pop ... look for a different angle and be rewarded with an unusual image

 

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Photo Tip : Composition Rule Of Thirds http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/6/photo-tip-composition-rule-of-thirds Here's a really quick tip for photography composition use the Rule Of Thirds

Instead of putting the key subject in the middle consider breaking the image into a 9 square grid and using the intersection points as places to put things of interest in the picture.  

So if you are taking pictures on the beach have the sea in the bottom third line not the middle.  

Have the people to the left or the right not in the middle.

Many camera phones have grid lines you can turn on in the options to help you balance the picture.

 

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A bitter sweet shoot http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-bitter-sweet-shoot The end of a long road

 

It started just before Xmas and came to an end almost 6 months later.  Over that period we shoot nearly 20 times and took almost 800 pictures.  

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I know this will stay with the family forever, I know what it's printed it's going to look spectacular.  

Each week we took a set of pictures, in a series of stances, later I seelcted the correct one, cut out the background, laid it out.   What you can see is the growth of a new life, a baby over that period of time, and right at the end little Sofia in Mum's arms.

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Not only did we take the baby bump maternity images but we also took some great pics in the last few weeks.
 
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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Born Gander Maternity New Photography Pictures http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-bitter-sweet-shoot Tue, 10 May 2016 09:34:06 GMT
Some times I do corporate work too ... http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/some-times-i-do-corporate-work-too OK so when people ask me what I do I tell them I'm a photographer and I take pictures of people and pets.  If it has eyes and a heartbeat then that's me.

From time to time that changes.  I've done some work for the Spire Bushey hospital, headshots and the like, and I got a phone call late last week.  This isn't a word for word transcription but it will be quite close

 

Them : "Hi it's xxx from Bushey Spire, I know it's really late notice but don't suppose you are free on Saturday morning are you"

Me : "I could be, what time, whatcha got"

Them : "Well it would be quite early, we are having our new MRI machine delivered and a few pictures of the whole thing would be great"

Me : " Yeah sure no probolem, oh 8am you say, that's fine, done in an hour or so.  Great see you then"

 

I dropped in on the Friday for a quick site survey, as all good photographers should and that was that.

The weather on Friday evening was abysmal, 4 seasons in one day and a howling storm through the night.  Saturday morning came bright crisp blue skies.

For those that don't know MRI machines are basically a huge magnet and some casing, they weigh a great deal and cost a lot of money.  This was quite a significant thing.  I guess you never really know where one job will lead you to and I'm not sure I'd get the chance to shoot this again so here's a few pics for you.

 

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Finally a selfie of me with a hard hat, no idea what that would have done to help me but always happy to comply.

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Bushey Delivery Gander MRI Machine Photography Spire http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/5/some-times-i-do-corporate-work-too Wed, 04 May 2016 15:49:55 GMT
New Year's Resolutions ... How are yours doing ? http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/new-years-resolutions-how-are-yours-doing Gander Photography Barmitzvah Batmitzvah Wedding PortraitGander Photography Home Page 1Gander Photography London Event Photographer

 

Back at the beginning of January I wrote a blog about New Years Resolutions.  You can read  it here.

I live in London, where this weekend just saw the London Marathon.  For many of the runners it would have been a resolution to complete that race.  If you took part, well done to you. 

I'm wondering how we are all doing with any other resolutions you may have.  Have you managed to stick with them, tick any of them off the list yet.

I challenged you all, I suggested that you do something that scares you.  Something to remember. Something rewarding.

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I'm back again to make that same challenge just in case I've managed to slip to the bottom of your list.  We are a quarter of the way through the year, a few weeks back we changed the clocks but before you know it the nights will draw in and we will reset them once again.

For many having a picture taken can be just as hard and challenging as taking part in the London Marathon.  It takes courage to stand in front of a camera and as some of those that have had a session will tell you it takes a certain amount of physical stamina and indeed mental ability. 

So come on and do something you've been putting off for some time and have a picture taken it's a rewarding experience that will be transformational in so many ways.

Portraiture or boudoir it doesn't matter which contact me today for more info julian@ganderphotography.co.uk

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Boudoir Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/new-years-resolutions-how-are-yours-doing Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:10:00 GMT
A Lot Can Happen In Year http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-lot-can-happen-in-year Ok so every now and again I take a look over old work, find some of my best pictures, and dare I say some of my less best pictures. There's a lot to learn from old work and it's a rewarding exercise.

Those of you that know me will know that whilst I've been taking pictures of people forever I've only been full time for a little over a year.
 
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In order to build a portfolio,  practice a few ideas and just generally have some fun I ran a portrait marathon. On reflection I must have been brave or mad,  or a combination.  It turned into 7 sessions in a single day.  Some individual,  some group. I forget the details but it was over 12 hrs of shooting.  Add to that that my chosen subjects were all teenagers ranging from 13 to 18. Anything could happen.

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What did happen was actually quite good.  I learnt a lot, tried a lot and enjoyed myself  lot.  Now 12 months on and looking at some of those pictures again, although my style and technique have advanced some of the pictures from that day still rate as my favourite ever.

 
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So thanks to the model volunteers, for their time and their patience on that day you don't realise how much you helped me.

If you want portraits give me a call 07949 026 334 and lets chat

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander London Photography Portrait Teen http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/4/a-lot-can-happen-in-year Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:45:43 GMT
A-Z C is for Chuppa http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a-z-c-is-for-chuppa There are lots of candidates for C

Celebration, Caterers and many others but I've settled on Chuppa

A chuppah is the ceremonial canopy that a Jewish couple stand under for their wedding ceremony.  Made of a cloth sheet supported by four poles.  A chuppah can be a portable structure held by attendants to the ceremony or more often a temporary structure erected where the ceremony takes place. 

This temporary structure symbolizes the home the newly weds will create, showing that it is open to all from all sides.  

The beauty of this, and it's simplicity is that a Chuppa can be erected anywhere, there is one here that was used to march the bride and groom into the Old City of Jerusalem

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a-z-c-is-for-chuppa Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:14:59 GMT
A - Z of function photography B Bands http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a---z-bands A-Z B Bands

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Music at a function is an absolute must.  Setting the mood for the occasion the entertainment is one of the things a wedding or barmiztvah is remembered for. 
A live band can react to the audience, interact with them and provide a special kind of atmosphere.   The good ones also interpret the songs and a little of their flavour to the music.
 
The type of music you choose can set the tone of your function and solidify a theme. And remember, it's the thing people most often remember. Think about what musical genre best reflects your personalities and inspires the ambience you want to create: Groovy funk or subdued string quartet? Swanky swing or kick-off-your-shoes-and-sweat disco? The way the music is delivered also affects the ambience. The type of music you choose may dictate the choice too -- big band sounds are generally best live, for example.
 
Ideally, you will want to see a band in action before you commit so that you can gauge firsthand the way they dress and work the crowd.  If that's not a possibility, ask for a playlist, and look for songs you know and love. If a band gives you a CD, cassette, or video, be sure that the musicians you hear or see are the same musicians who will play at your reception. Also, ask for referrals from the last few weddings the band or DJ played. Consider your first-dance song a test. If the band doesn't know it and is unwilling to learn it, or the DJ doesn't own it and is unwilling to get it, move on.
 
See more function photography here and here
 
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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) BarMitzvah BatMitzvah Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a---z-bands Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:24:31 GMT
A-Z of function photography A http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a-z-of-function-photography-a A Coming of Age

 

A is for coming of age, a young Jewish boy becomes a man at 13 and a girl a woman at 12.  Seems young to shoulder the responsibility of adulthood when you've not had a chance to choose your GSCE options or drink a glass of wine but hey that's religion.  From the kid’s point of view, it’s about getting dressed up, reading publicly, and leading a congregation in prayer. From the adults, there's tears of pride and joy from close friends, a reason to buy a new dress for the women and good whiskey for the men.  It's nerve-racking business for a new teen and a fine reason to eat and have a good party.

 
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Barmitzvah and Batmitzvahs come in all shapes and sizes, different themes and plenty of different styles.  What you can be sure of is that there are lots of photos to take.  I'll often take upwards of 1500 images, that need to be selected, edited and the best ones put in a book to you remember the weekend by.   The photos are the way to remember the night, show you the bits you miss and a way for the women to make sure they don't wear the same dress twice with the same group of people.
 
It's a manic and magical night of work but it's an honour to share it with the family and always fun.
 
To enquire about function photography click here
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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) BarMitzvah BatMitzvah Gander London Photographer Photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/a-z-of-function-photography-a Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:15:37 GMT
and now it's Colour's turn http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/and-now-its-colour-s-turn Last week I blogged about the lasting appeal of Black and White photography, this week I thought I'd give colour it's turn to fight back.

There is no doubt that modern cameras, even the one's on phones are getting better and better.  One of the best advances has been in the way colours are captured and then printed. A vibrant photography has the ability to put you right back in the moment.  For weddings, barmitzvahs and batmitzvahs the selection of colour theme has often been a difficult choice and there are lots of articles on many blogs directing people how to choose colours.  

Some pictures just won't work in black and white take these for instance Note : These are not my pics
 
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Colour has it's place and is more likely to stay and dominate than Black and White I keep promising myself that I'm going to embark on a black and white only project.  Pictures taken in Black and White that are meant to be Black and White not just conversions at a later date.  Maybe this year I'll get round to it.  In the mean time I'll carry on making the odd conversion and seeing what happens.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Black Colour Photographer Photography Portrait White http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/2/and-now-its-colour-s-turn Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:40:54 GMT
The lasting appeal of Black and White photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/the-lasting-appeal-of-black-and-white-photography  

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We live in a high definition, ultra bright, technicolour world.  Televisions have developed in a short number of years from a 14 inch square box on top of a sideboard into 60inches of flat screen beauty on the wall that deliver a picture that is better than looking through a window.

Why is it then that in all of this hyper realism there is still a draw to black and white photography.  That hark back to history of monochrome.  In every set of images I deliver there is always a black and white or two.  These are the images that people comment on the most.
 
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It is true that in the modern world we have far more control over the way black and white works, the tones and contrast, in my mind the modern black and white looks far better than some of the classics.
 
It seems to me that black and white evokes different emotions than colour.  People are reminded of old historical pictures, maybe of family history their parents or grandparents wedding.  It also seems to me that black and white is a more personal medium, a portrait can be far more connected, far more personal.  Is a black and white image better at telling a story, being part of a documen ?
 

I'll let you decide but one thing is for sure the photographer has it easier, we can decide if a picture will be black and white after we take it, we can control the tones of the black and white image and make digital images taken on modern mega pixel cameras designed to give the best colour images be the best black and white pictures we can.

 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/the-lasting-appeal-of-black-and-white-photography Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:03:09 GMT
Excuse Me ... Can I Ask You A Question ? http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/excuse-me-can-i-ask-you-a-question blog3blog3

Picture the scene, it's the end of the night, the party is over and I'm packing away.  Somewhere in the corner of the room, the hobbyist shooter of the night is also packing his kit away  He comes over, asks the question .... So erm, on a night like that what are your camera settings ?

I don't mind that he asks, in fact it reminds me of when I was the hobbyist in the corner watching the professional do his thing.  The thing is, I nearly always don't have a clue what my settings are. 
 
Long ago I moved away from Automatic mode, frankly the camera can't make decisions for me that I can trust.  I skipped right past the semi-automatic modes, never bothered with them, and landed on fully manual. So now I make all the decisions all of the time.
 
One of the best bits of being a digital photographer is the instant feedback on the screen,  shoot, take a look, adjust as required. Almost like a chef tasting food I guess. To that end I have  my go to settings to achieve the look and feel that I want.  From there, I can change things to be more precise but here is the thing, I make those changes without even realising, tiny adjustments through a set.  Click this, turn that, press and push.  It just happens as I shoot, review and adjust, can tell without looking at the back of the camera how the picture turned out from the briefest moment of the image in the viewfinder as the shutter drops.
 
As with many things with photography there are many, many ways the achieve a look, there are rules and they are made to be broken once you understand them.  If you want to understand how a photographer works watch him look at the less technical aspect of his performance.  Ask yourself this
  • how active is he ?
  • how does he positions himself with respect to the subject and the light ?
  • what sort of relationship does he have with the people in the room ?
  • is he looking around, making sure he misses nothing ?

 You can learn all the technical stuff, it's like learning to play an instrument it takes some knowledge and a whole lot of practice that's true.  But once you know that, the chords and the scales so to speak, you need to be able to make music and that to me is a true skill and talent.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander London Photography http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/excuse-me-can-i-ask-you-a-question Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:30:00 GMT
Function Photography ... What price are your memories http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/function-photography-you-pay-for-what-you-get OK so how many people have had a disappointing photography experience ?

I meet more and more people that tell me that their photographer let them down.  The fave picture of their wedding was not one they paid a photographer for but one that their friend took ... How can this be ?

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It seems more and more that there are a lot of people calling themselves photographers ... I can't complain I was once just a hobbyist too.  Back when people used a film camera and specialist equipment and more than likely had there own dark rooms then it was harder to get into.  

But reader be ware, just because I can buy a camera and a lens doesn't make me an event photographer.  I have to know what I'm doing, where to be and when, understand the flow of the night, and I have to have plenty of kit, at last count I have 3 cameras, 9 lenses, 5 flashes you get the drift ... is that because I like spending the money ?  No it's because I need the right tool for the right job, you don't want a surgeon to do brain surgery with a plastic knife do you ?  Nor do you want the surgeon, with a scalpel, to cut into you without knowing what he's upto ...

So all of the kit, the insurance, hours of training both with a camera and photoshop it has  a value ... back to the brain surgeon, if you saw him on a Private appointment you'd expect it to cost you a fair price ... if he said 'Sure come see me, it'll only cost you £50 you'd wonder how good he was ... 

Sometimes it can be hard for people to appreciate the value of photography and in many cases it's only after the event, which cannot be recreated that people understand.  I see more an more people who tell me that their function was not well photographed for one reason or another ... please don't be one of them 

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) BarMitzvah BatMitzvah Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait Wedding http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/function-photography-you-pay-for-what-you-get Sun, 10 Jan 2016 12:53:47 GMT
New Year's Resolutions http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-years-resolutions Hands Up ... how many of you woke up in the last few days  sat down with a cup of coffee and went, either out loud or in your head ... This year I will ...

I bet I can name a few of them
  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Be more active
  • Write my first novel
  • Take a trip to China
  • Learn to play a musical instrument
I suggest this one
 
Do something that scares you ... 
 
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Having been a photographer for some time it seems to me that most people are scared of having a picture taken. 
 
Most of us look at a picture think we are too fat, have a few too many chins, we are a bit grey, the list goes on and on ...

So why is it ... simply we are programmed to look for the bad rather than the good.  Although the vast majority of us are not as blessed to be a David or a Victoria Beckham we are not as bad as we may think.  It seems even models, actors and Miss Universe don't like looking at themselves so what chance for us mere mortals ?
 
My mission for 2016 is to alter people's perception of themselves, and let them see their own beauty. So if you want to do something this year, something a bit different how about letting me point a lens at you and getting the picture you always wanted.
 

Interested mail me at julian@ganderphotography.co.uk and lets have a chat.

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julian@ganderphotography.co.uk (Gander Photography) Gander London Photographer Photography Portrait http://www.ganderphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/new-years-resolutions Mon, 04 Jan 2016 15:13:44 GMT