Variations

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Variety is the spice of life and a change is as good as a rest – here are just some of the different things you cover as a Photographer.

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Golfing Masterclass

Couples get pampered on a #Golfing masterclass at Horsforth Golf Club – Leeds

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The joining of a couple in Matrimony

I get to witness a #marriage at Leeds Town Hall and take candid shots in #Leeds afterwards

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After the Wedding – #Leedslife

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The Agility Dogs Team

Into another direction this time photographing Team Kit for Gforce Sportswear and The Agility Dog – Yorkshire

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Retro feel Family Photography

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Party Party Party

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Head-shots for Drama

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Commercial Photography

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Holy Communion Family Groups

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Pet Photography – Afghan Hound

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Studio Fashion & Swimwear

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Modeling

So I’ve been in the Studio again…

I was lucky enough to photograph Sophie who’s never been in a Studio before, and she was delightful, nice lines, curves and great posing!

 

IMG_0033_HDRWho would have thought this 21 year old Yorkshire ‘Lass’ has never done any Modeling before.. she is a natural in front of the camera.

IMG_0135-2Sophie wants to progress into modeling Fashion and Swimwear for Retail and Advertising

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She previously studied Performing Arts & Dance

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Some of her images from the shoot will help kick start a venture into Retail Modeling with a simple, clean and neat little Portfolio.

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If you’re considering Modeling and need images, or you want some posing advice, please get in touch – Harry Dwyer Photography

You can also contact me if you’d like to get in touch with Sophie regarding Retail, Catalogue and Swimwear modeling – Contact Me

All images are © Harry Dwyer Photography 2017

 

 

Rock & Roll Gold – Chantel McGregor in Triplicate

Blography, Music & Photography, Single Image Sunday

My Single Image for Sunday

Orderly & Korrect: OK.

Alright, I agree, when you look at my Image, it’s actually 3 Images merged into One, but as it’s  what’s commonly known in my part of the UK (think Taboo) as a ‘Day of Rest’ I’ve decided to deem this Holy Day in my ‘Blography as Single Image Sunday, so there you go!

Expect nothing more and nothing less from me on a Sunday from now on. Have a Super Sunday Morning, Day or Evening depending on where you are, and I’ll be back this coming Monday with original ‘stuff’ concerning Gold, Pans, Scotland and Photography;

How hellishly diverse can I be ?  believe me, Mondays offering is a really exciting introduction to the subject of ‘Gold Panning‘, and my forthcoming visit to Moffat , Scotland in August for The World Gold Panning Championships 2017

So, seeing as I’m a ‘Mine‘ of information, and to tie all of the aforesaid together nicely, I’ll leave you with this little Golden Nugget – Chantel ‘McGregor‘ or Clan Gregor, the Rock Blues sensation from Bradford has Irn Bru Roots, and here’s the proof… Clan MacGregor

-Harry.

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pictured in triplicate is Rock Blues Genius Chantel McGregor

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Truly Inspirational

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Chantel McGregor

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Above, Chantel McGregor at Bradford Festival 2015 – © Harry Dwyer Photography

‘Chantel Dawn McGregor (born in Bradford, England) is a British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter.’

‘Chantel McGregor attended Leeds College of Music where she achieved a number of awards, including the Leeds College of Music Prize for Outstanding Musicianship. She gained a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music in 2008,[1] and has gone on to develop a career in the UK and international blues and rock music scene, performing solo and with her band.’

Video – YouTube – Chantel McGregor at The Duck & Drake, Leeds 2009

 

Read more, Chantel McGregor, Wikipedia

Nice to have  one of my images chosen by Chantel and included in her 2016 Calendar

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Photographers with Obsessions

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Chamira Young

Chamira will readily admit it: she’s an art nerd, Photoshop geek, and photographer with an obsession for productivity and creativity. Through online teaching and podcasting, she loves helping other creative minds become more successful by empowering them with the knowledge and inspiration to up their game. Currently, ChamiraStudios.com is the hub of her creative mischief. It branches out to her other projects, and allows her to be an artist, photographer, podcaster at ProPhotographerJourney.com, and online course creator. You can also find her on Twitter.

Does Size Matter? Upgrading Your Gear For The Wrong Reasons

Let’s face it, many photographers believe that “bigger is better.” I know I initially did years ago. Large is in charge, and it’s easy to assume that success is a reflection of how impressive or expensive our camera body or lens is. However, I personally believe that this is less and less true these days. In many cases, advancements in current technology have made high quality equipment very affordable at a relatively low price point.

Manufacturing companies have found ways to make smaller and more compact cameras, and these cameras are giving the larger camera bodies a run for their money. The mirrorless camera movement is a prime example of this. Granted, there is a time and place for specific camera bodies and specific lenses, such as in the case of architectural photography where a tilt-shift is useful, or large-scale print photography where a full-frame DSLR is quite handy. However, if you are just starting out as a photographer and believe you have to immediately get your hands on the most expensive equipment, you may be mistaken. More important is to learn how to use the gear you already have, and then outgrow it.

Are you considering upgrading to keep up with your photographer friends? Before you do, consider this short list of common mistakes we often make when deciding to upgrade for the wrong reasons.

Common Mistakes We Often Make When Upgrading

Mistake 1. Assuming that size is the only thing that matters.

The first mistake young or new photographers often make is thinking that size is all that matters. It’s folly to initially assume that the value of a camera or lens is based solely on how hefty it is. Here’s a question for you: When has a happy portrait client ever asked you about the size of your camera, or what lens you used? You might have a computer-sized camera hanging around your neck, or a camera no bigger than a pair of glasses while making pictures, but a satisfied client doesn’t care about the size of your gear. They often don’t even know the difference. All they know is that they want high quality images from you, and it’s your job to deliver. Your gear doesn’t automatically do that for you.

Case in point: If you’re an entry-level portrait photographer just starting out, one of the most handy (and inexpensive) starter lenses you can purchase is a 50mm 1.8 prime lens. This small, unassuming lens can be easily found for under $150, and is an absolute gem. It allows you to produce professional level images without breaking the bank. Below is a photo from the very first wedding I shot years ago using this very lens. At the time, I was a total newbie shooting under low-light conditions with no external light. Of course I look at it now and see where it can be improved, but at the time it did the job.

Mistake 2. Assuming that more lenses equals more success

Do you know that photographer friend who seems to collect lenses? They have an outrageous number of them, and they keep them for the “just in case” moments. Their newest lens is often their best lens…that is, until they buy the next one.

It’s much better to have a lens that is the right fit for the type of photography you do, as mentioned in the portrait example above. You are the one doing the work, and with the knowledge and the equipment to match, you will still be able to produce amazing images. Yes, having more than one lens is a good idea. However, be careful of going overboard too quickly.

Sometimes, renting equipment is the way to go. There are many resources where you can inexpensively rent gear for a short time, such as at LensRentals or BorrowLenses. This is something I often do. It allows me to give it a trial run. Test equipment out before you dole out hundreds or thousands of dollars for it.

Mistake 3. Assuming your camera body makes you better

When I first started working at a print magazine years ago as a staff assistant photographer, I started with a Canon Rebel T1i body. Yes, you read that correctly. And guess what? The readers of the magazine never asked me what type of gear I was using. Fast forward to today, and of course I’ve outgrown that body and graduated to a more advanced model, but not before learning it inside and out. Below is a practice photo I made from years ago with that very Canon Rebel:

Concluding Thoughts

There has never been a time in history when a sculpture molded itself. Knowing yourself and your gear inside and out will be the difference between “good” and “great” in terms of the images you produce and keeping your clients happy. Yes, there is a time and place for upgrades, but those are in due time as you have the resources and the strong need. Don’t buy into excessive camera bodies, lenses, or other gear just to say you have it. If you don’t know what you’re doing or cannot make the most of the gear that you already have, then you are seriously jeopardizing your chances for success.

The camera cannot make the photo without you and the image cannot be what it is without your creative vision. The camera is and always will be just a tool that we use to produce the images that we do. The composition, the artistry, and the magic is within us, not in the gear that we have. We are the sole difference between good and great.

It’s all a balance of practice, experience, and resources. These factors are the most important parts of being a photographer. Don’t waste them

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Instagram for Photographers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Instagram has become one of the most powerful tools for modern photographers.

The platform empowers photographers across the world to have their work viewed thousands, if not millions, of times over. The community behind the social network cannot be underestimated either, openly sharing a wealth of knowledge and inspiring their like-minded peers to take their passion to the next level.

Yet, as Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben once said, with great power, comes great responsibility.

The Good

For me, personally, Instagram has been the driving force behind my interest in photography.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passing interest in capturing images. However, it wasn’t until after downloading the Instagram app mid-2013 my casual hobby really took off.

Exposure to the abundant amount of stunning imagery on the platform inspired—and continues to inspire—me to go out in pursuit of capturing just as beautiful photos myself.

It’s what drives me to set my alarm in the wee hours of the morning to check on the cloud conditions. It’s what sends me halfway across the world to explore and photograph new lands so different from my own. And it’s what opened my eyes to entire new fields of photography (such as astrophotography and underwater photography), encouraging me to try my hand at them myself.

The supporting community cannot be understated either.

The shared appreciation for photography brings millions together across the globe on a daily basis. People of different race, creed and class together, sharing their common interest. It brings down cultural barriers and unites people in mutual encouragement and constructive feedback on their work.

Yet—as much as we may prefer to remain ignorant—the platform isn’t all sunsets and rainbows for photographers.

The Bad

While Instagram initially fuelled my passion for photography, at times it did—and still does—do so for all the wrong reasons. Too often I find myself chasing likes, rather than being inspired through the art of photography itself.

It’s a fundamental aspect of human nature to revel in others’ appreciation of us and our work. The little hit of dopamine straight into our bloodstream when a red heart appears on the screen is highly addictive. So much so that I—and, I’d wager, many of my peers—pursue it in the absence of a genuine love for the field.

We begin to pursue a digital metric, one seemingly always out of reach. After receiving our first 100 likes on a post, we’re then chasing 200. After attracting 5,000 followers, we move the goal line to 10,000 followers. We pursue short term hits of success at the expense of long term fulfillment. It’s like constantly chasing your tail up a mountain, and never quite stopping to appreciate view up there.

There’s also the wealth of stunning photos which can provide inspiration for some, but has the opposite effect for many others.

When we compare our work to that of lifelong professionals, quite often we can feel deflated—as if their extremely high quality of work devalues our own. Yet this approach can lead down a dangerous path driven by fear. We fear producing and sharing sub-par work, and so it’s safer to take the easy route: do nothing. Don’t shoot and don’t share.

Yet this approach is obviously a self-defeating one. My advice? Don’t let the fear paralyze you. Be bold. Be courageous with your photography.

The Ugly

Then there’s the ugly. It’s one thing to value digital metrics of success, but it’s something else to achieve them artificially.

How many has-been reality stars or Instagram famous models have you seen claim impossibly high follower numbers? Those with highly suspect low levels of actual engagement on their posts. There’s no sense of community with their followers. No respect. Just an artificially inflated follower count so they can sell influencer reach onto gullible brands who don’t—or choose not to—know any better.

And then there’s the fake accounts which drop completely out of context gibberish comments on your photos.

Now, I’m all for hashtags. They’re a fantastic way to have your photos seen and (hopefully) shared by larger content hubs on Instagram. They’re also a great tool to collate photos from certain locations when you’re planning your next shoot. But unfortunately, these ghost accounts prey on certain tags, unceremoniously splurging out offers of want more followers?, check my page!

Finally, there’s the accounts which steal others’ photos without attribution or consent. The worst thing is, because there’s no attribution or link, it’s impossible for us photographers to track when the theft (and it is theft) actually occurs. It could have happened to me every day this week and I would have no way of knowing.

Final Thoughts

Looking back on the above, you’d be forgiven for running scared from the platform in fear of what it’s doing to you and your photography. But please, don’t. Instagram is a wonderful (the best?) platform for photographers to share their work, inspire others and form genuine communities and friendships.

Sticking our head in the sand on the unpleasant issues isn’t doing us, and the photography community, any favors.

While we can’t directly control the fundamental nature of social media and Instagram, we can actively choose to minimize its negative influence on us. To not let it define our worth as photographers and to leverage its power as we continue sharing our passions with the world.


About the author: Mitch Green is a Sydney based Travel and Landscape Photographer. He can be found via his website, through Instagram, or down by the beach at 5am waiting for sunrise.

A Day Out With A Difference

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Family Days Out Photo Sessions

At Harry Dwyer Photography & 121 Family Photography I offer Families and Individuals the chance to have their Photos taken in Beautiful Natural Locations on Family Days Out, without distractions, and Document this in images with Photo Book Albums to tell Your Family Story

Book a Full Day Out Session with me before 31st March 2017 and get a Free Photo Book Album worth £30 – Have your Family Story captured The Professional Way!

I’m taking bookings now for Spring into Summer 2017 – Please contact me if you would like a quote for a Family Day Out Location Photo-Shoot. Please tell me where you’d like to go and I’ll ‘story board’ the day out for you, and quote you an all in price for my service.

Whatever the event, whether it’s a Festival, Christening or Family Day Out at the Zoo, Natural Candid Images are so much better than posed ones, Adults and Kids alike tend to be much more relaxed whilst they’re having fun.

Natural images tell a better story in lots more ways than random photographs can ever do, and I love this concept! I’ll be there, but you wont be aware of me, I’ll use my skill and expertise to capture Key moments from your day.

I carry Full Professional Indemnity & Liability Insurance. I am also DBS certificated –If you choose to contact me you may wish to read my  Privacy Policy

View a map of the Yorkshire area here – Map Link – Yorkshire Region

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Youths Journey

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© Harry Dwyer Photography

My image ‘Youths Journey’ was included in the The Royal Photographic Society’s Digital Imaging Groups Projected Image Competition in 2015. Although I didn’t win one of the prizes, or the Gold Cup, it was great to score enough by the judges for it to be included in the DIGIT Magazine, and be shown at Warwick University’s Digital Imaging Expo in September 2015.

 

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Although I make the argument for DSLR v Compact and Smartphone Images, this image was actually one of those ‘grab’ shots using a Samsung DV300F compact camera.

 

Originally shot in colour I felt Monochrome worked better. Technically the image is ‘blown’ out on the whites. The image is cropped and some of the dark areas are painted even darker with Photoshop. No other manipulation has been applied.

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I’d be interested in your comments on this image; what does the image convey to you?

Harry.

Up-Cycle Sew Down

Charity & Fashion

Three groups of Leeds University School of Design Students were challenged by Oxfam Online to Up-Cycle damaged garments for Charity in a 12 hour marathon ‘Sew-Down’

Over the course of the ‘Sew-Down’ a whopping total of £6030 worth of clothes were repaired and given a fresh new look by students and were ready to be photographed and listed on Oxfam Online Shop.

This blue vintage but damaged coat (modeled by Rheanna) was up-cycled by Design Student Bryony Hatrick, and repaired with the addition of re-cycled silk scarf patchworks to create this amazing new look.

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Bryony Hatrick (pictured right)

You can view all of my images from the day on Flickr at this link Oxfam Sew-Down – If you want to check out what’s for sale go to Oxfam Online Shop

Leeds University Student Up-Cycles for Oxfam

Images © Harry Dwyer Photography