Outdoor Photoshoot by charlie www.charlottephotography.co.uk - photographer in somerset

A studio & outdoor shoot in Spargrove

This extended family of 12 came to see me last September to celebrate a special birthday for their lovely Mum. All her children and grandchildren came together and booked a family photo shoot for everyone, but once the easy bit was done they then had to sync their diaries and work out a day for them all, two of them live in Wales!

It was a lot of fun though, the kids really enjoyed dressing up as pirates and then they had a new lease of life when we drove out to Spargrove to run around in the great outdoors.

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www.charlottephotography.co.uk – Charlie is a professional Photographer in Somerset based in Evercreech but serving all the surrounding areas eg: Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Bruton, Frome & Shepton Mallet.

Benjamin - cake smash - www.charlottephotography.co.uk

Cake Smash

This was my very first cake smash, and I have discovered that boy do they make a mess! cake everywhere!
but having said that, they are very nice to photograph because a nice cake +  a baby = a happy baby.
And on the plus side, I got to eat some really yummy cake so i hope it’s not my last.

Benjamin who is truly adorable, i mean look at those curls! was just over one years old at this point, he came in with his brother and sister and mother (obviously) and we documented this milestone with a cake smash.
I took some photographs of him on his own and with his family before we introduced the cake, because pre-cake shots are important so that he looks all clean and gorgeous in at least some of the shots, and then we gave him a whopping great cake to play with. It took him a little while to warm up to the cake, because the icing was quite hard (note to self, cake smash icing must be soft and buttery) but once he realised it was edible he dove right on in there and the cake was all over the place.

I did manage to remove the cake before I had a weeks worth of cake to clear up but also to ensure I got to eat a little bit whilst it still resembled a cake and not just a mound of crumbs.

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www.charlottephotography.co.uk – Charlie is a professional Photographer in Somerset based in Evercreech but serving all the surrounding areas eg: Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Bruton, Frome & Shepton Mallet.

Knowing the rule of thirds and then breaking it, is the right thing to do. - http://www.charlottephotography.co.uk/camera-club-learning-the-basics/

Camera Club – Learning The Basics & Aperture

Last year I was asked if I would give a talk to a Camera Club (over near Weston-super-Mare) on photographing newborn babies.  I declined the offer in the end because it just wasn’t practical to do it but it got me thinking, i’d never even been to a camera club before so how would I know what to teach anyone else.

So I started my own camera club so that I could learn how to teach other people, and I managed to get a few people to come along, drink tea, hang out in my studio and ask me photo related questions.

Taking control of your aperture - http://www.charlottephotography.co.uk/camera-club-learning-the-basics/
Up until now it’s been very informal and friendly and it will always remain informal and friendly but after a little chat with Ian (one of the members who is actually paid to teach other people to teach other people) I’ve decided to step it up a notch and set us some tasks so that we can start to see how much we are actually learning.

I also thought it would be useful to pop some of the info up here so that others can read it too:

PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS
This info is intended to give you a basic understanding of the three key elements to understanding your camera and therefore taking better photographs.

With digital cameras, a photograph is recorded onto your camera’s sensor, when you push the button.
When you push the camera button your camera’s shutter opens and allows light to enter through the lens and records an image.
(Before digital the image was recorded onto film, which was made up of tiny light sensitive grains)

Although a lot of the time setting your camera to auto or P will give you good results, it’s only really when the lighting conditions change or you want to photograph something in a particular way, that you encounter problems. That is when it’s a good idea to understand the three key elements of photography.

The key elements to taking good photographs are understanding the following three things.

  1. Aperture (Depth of field)
  2. Shutter speed
  3. ISO (film speed)

And you need to work with all of them to get the particular photograph you want.

Knowing the rule of thirds and then breaking it, is the right thing to do - http://www.charlottephotography.co.uk/camera-club-learning-the-basics/


APERTURE
The aperture works in conjunction with your shutter speed.
The aperture sets how wide the lens opens when you take a picture, the wider it opens the more light is let in.

Understanding Aperture - http://www.charlottephotography.co.uk/camera-club-learning-the-basics/

 

How wide your aperture opens will also affect your depth of field and depth of field is very important as it controls what part of your photograph is in focus.

Aperture is measured in fractions and are called f-stops or f-numbers.
(F2, f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8, f11, f16, f22)

  • The larger the f stop – the smaller the aperture – the more depth of field
  • The larger the f stop – the less light enters the lens (this leads to underexposure, to rectify increase your ISO Speed and/or slow your shutter speed down)
  • The smaller the f stop – the larger the aperture – the less depth of field
  • The smaller the f stop – the more light enters the lens (this leads to overexposure, to rectify lower the ISO speed and/or increase your shutter speed)


DEPTH OF FIELD
Your depth of field is a result from your aperture settings and allows you to control what your viewer sees in your photograph.

Shallow Depth of Field – A classical portrait of a person usually has a shallow depth of field, where only the subjects face is in focus and the background is thrown out of focus (all blurry).
When somebody looks at this type of photograph, they only see the face, they don’t notice the background, the background becomes invisible.
(Shallow Depth of Field / Wide Aperture f2 – f4)

Wide Depth of Field – Landscape and travel photography usually has a wide depth of field, the photographer usually wants everything in focus.
If there is a person stood in the foreground, you still want to see those mountains in the background.
(Wide Depth of Field / Small Aperture f11 – f22)

 

Learning your depth of field - Understanding Aperture - http://www.charlottephotography.co.uk/camera-club-learning-the-basics/

 

In order to practice with your aperture, why not set your camera to aperture priority mode, on a Canon this setting is usually AV, on a Nikon it’s usually just A.
This link has more info on setting your camera to Aperture Priority.

 

Next time we’ll talk about Shutter Speed.

 

www.charlottephotography.co.uk – Charlie is a professional Photographer in Somerset based in Evercreech but serving all the surrounding areas eg: Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Bruton, Frome & Shepton Mallet.

Please do get in contact if you want me to add you to my distribution list or if you want to talk about a possible photo shoot, by clicking on this Contact Me link.

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Back in the summer time, when there was SUN!

This is evidence of just how rubbish I am at  blogging about my work! These photographs were taken in June 2013, yes June! And it’s now January 2014 and I’m only now getting around to blogging about them.

Yes I am officially rubbish, and should probably fail ‘social media school’ but hey on the plus side i’m now going to pop lots of strange random photos up on my website for my own enjoyment.

I will try to be better in the future and blog slightly quicker, but i guess the odds are against me because hey, i’m busy, but rest assured that’s no reflection on my photography or my ability to deliver you, your photographs.

 

I actually kind of love all of these photographs and wish they were of me and my family but they are not, they are of Trina and her gorgeous family.
All that long grass is actually their garden! Wish that was mine too.
I do actually have quite a big garden, but it doesn’t quite look like that, all picturesque and blossom and sunlight falling through the trees.

This shoot was done on a beautiful summers day when the sun was shining big time and it was hot and the small children were happy, oh and one of the small children fell off a wall but he was fine and the panic was over and he kept on smiling, thank goodness.`
** disclaimer – the small child falling off a wall was in no way my fault**

Anyway though, Trina ordered some framed prints and I so wanted to keep them all to myself too, but alas I did actually have to hand them over to her in the end.

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www.charlottephotography.co.uk – Charlie is a professional Photographer in Somerset based in Evercreech but serving all the surrounding areas eg: Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Bruton, Frome & Shepton Mallet.

Do get in contact if you want to talk about a possible photo shoot, by clicking on this Contact Me link.