Wilson Wedding

by on Jun.13, 2011, under Photography, Weddings

I was lucky enough to be invited to record the events of a very special couple’s big day in Chesterfield recently. Peter and Chloe Wilson – along with their friends and family – celebrated in style with a beautiful church wedding, followed by a fun-filled reception at The Riverside Club.

Chloe looked stunning in her beautiful dress and Peter looked dashing in his Army uniform – take a look at some of the photos from this wonderful day and I’m sure you’ll agree!

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Wilson!


New Reviews!

by on Jun.10, 2011, under Articles, New Cameras, Photography

Things have been hectic recently, with a wonderful wedding shoot and a ton of camera reviews, so I have some catching up to do!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve just started reviewing cameras for the excellent reviews site TechRadar, starting with a trio of new Canon compacts: the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, Canon IXUS 310 HS, and the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS. Click each of the camera names to access the full review – complete with tech specs, pricing and test shots, or head over to the TechRadar camera reviews section to browse their extensive range of comprehensive reviews.

Watch this space for more news and reviews!


Photo shoot with C’s Cupcakes!

by on Apr.11, 2011, under Photography

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy, with much of my time devoted to a fantastically fun (not to  mention tasty!) photo shoot commissioned by the very talented C’s Cupcakes of Bournemouth, Dorset.

Chief Cupcake Maker, Chelsey Gourgaud, created an exquisite selection of cupcakes, designed with ten different themes in mind, then gave me free reign to make them look their very best in a range of images for her website and promotional material.

The ten themes – comprising Summer Wedding, Adult Birthday, Kid’s Party, Valentines, Summer Picnic, Mother’s Day, Chocolate Collection, Easter, Baby Shower and Cake Pops – took a lot of time to conceptualise and source props for, but I found Chelsey’s designs incredibly inspirational and enjoyed the shoot immensely.

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Pentax 645D Review

by on Feb.10, 2011, under New Cameras, Photography

It’s been five long years since Pentax introduced us to their exciting plans to develop their first-ever medium format digital camera. With lots of exposure and an agonising ‘will-they-won’t-they’ debate over whether or not the camera would reach UK shores, the Pentax 645D is finally here, and I am one of the first to get my hands on a full-production sample to review.

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Olympus Tough TG-310 Review

by on Feb.07, 2011, under New Cameras, Photography

Coming from a long line of Tough-branded compacts, the new TG-310 has high expectations to live up to.

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Ricoh G700SE Review

by on Feb.07, 2011, under New Cameras, Photography

The new rough-tough compact designed to cope with whatever life throws at it.

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Canon PowerShot G12 Review

by on Feb.07, 2011, under New Cameras, Photography

The versatile Canon PowerShot G11 was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Canon has proven it’s possible to create an even better advanced compact, with the release of the feature-packed G12.

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Quick Tips: Beautiful baby bump photography!

by on Jan.11, 2011, under Articles, Photography

Mums-to-be are among the most beautiful women on the planet in my opinion. I was recently lucky enough to have the opportunity to photograph a particularly stunning young woman – we’ll call her Mrs A – just before her gorgeous son was born, and I thought it was time to share some of the best photos from our session, along with a few tips to try out in your own baby bump images – enjoy!

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Pentax K-5 Review

by on Dec.15, 2010, under New Cameras, Photography

Robust yet lightweight, with a weather-sealed body and similarly protected 18-55mm kit lens, the K-5 fits like a glove in the hand and is a joy to use.

Packed with high-end features, the K-5 boasts Full HD (1080p) movie recording with optional stereo input, a very good in-camera HDR mode, Live View and a great selection of more advanced features too.

I’m not sure why more manufacturers don’t offer the ‘more unusual’ exposure modes that Pentax stocks its mode dials with. Sensitivity Priority in particular makes perfect sense as a semi-automatic mode: you select the ISO you want and the camera chooses the aperture and shutter speed accordingly – a useful option if you’re not ready for full manual operation.

Image quality is superb under all manner of conditions – take a look at my selection of test shots to get a taste of what the K-5 can do. For my full review, in-depth ISO and white balance tests and the opportunity to scrutinise full-res images, check out issue 105 of Digital Photographer magazine.


Fujifilm Real 3D W3 Camera review

by on Nov.29, 2010, under New Cameras, Photography

Hot on the heels of Fujifilm’s debut of the world’s first consumer digital 3D camera last year – the W1 – the manufacturer has released the revamped W3 Real 3D camera.

Having had the pleasure of reviewing the original W1 3D camera at the time of its launch, I jumped at the chance to put the new model through its paces. The W1 – while undoubtedly a superb innovation – wasn’t quite as polished as it could be for a mainstream audience, so I was intrigued to see how Fuji had responded to the feedback received.

A full review will follow soon of this formidable piece of technology, however first impressions are very favourable indeed: Fuji has addressed just about all of the key issues I covered in my review of the W1 (Digital Photographer magazine), producing what seems so far to be a more ‘complete package’.

The new screen is one of the features that I find most impressive, really showcasing what this incredible little camera can do.I can’t disclose too much just yet, but stay tuned for further test shots and updates soon!

I’ve uploaded a few 3D test shots for you to peruse, however I’ve had to convert them in order to share them online* – you’ll need red/cyan 3D glasses (or similarly coloured Quality Street wrappers over your eyes will do the trick! Red goes over the left, cyan over the right). Note however that no glasses are required when viewing images on the back of the camera, or using a 3D TV for example.

Suffice it to say, the Fujifilm W3 Real 3D camera adds another dimension to your photography! Priced at £399, the W3 should be appearing in a store near you now! For more info visit Fujfilm’s website by clicking here.

*Images converted using StereoPhoto Maker – download yours here


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