Bought my first speed light last week — used off eBay for a decent price — as well as some Rogue flash accessories: Large Flash Bender and Diffuser.
I’ve included some shots of the speedlight, and FlashBender with Diffuser, to provide you with an idea of how big they are. Moreover, I’ve provided picture examples of the different lighting effects further below.
I had the opportunity on Saturday night to fill in for a friend as the club photographer at The Cuban in Canterbury. I had never done this before and, outside of taking pictures with a point and shoot on a night out, nearly turned down the offer because it was last minute and my inexperience. However, I told myself you have nothing to lose and went for it.
I had a great time and learned so much working in the peculiar dynamic: working with patrons, staff, communicating with hands and facial expressions over the music. There is definitely a moment in the night where people go from tipsy drunk and cute in photos to a hot mess.
I’m now looking into getting myself a speedlite flash because I can appreciate the difference it makes when I compare the photos I took to those of my friend…
Since we’re approaching the Christmas season I decided to try something new and got my hands on a pack of star filters: 4, 6, & 8 point :) Took the 8 pt around Canterbury and made it really changed the way I considered the scene I wished to capture as well as anticipate a city smothered in Christmas lights. As I become more adept at employing these filters I hope to add some interesting works to my portfolio.
Since I now live in the UK I try to experience every part of British culture and therefore have taken advantage of different pub centric activities. To aid in this endeavour I bought CAMRA’s London Pub Walk book . The book rates every walk in terms of the ale variety and architecture.
Such a marvellous way to explore London, become familiar with great establishments, as well as take some great shots.
Last week I bumped into a friend in Canterbury while he was sitting outside a cafe with a friend of his. Through this random meet up I ended up being invited to come take pictures of musicians as they performed that night, and the proceeding Saturday nights. This kind of activity has encouraged me to experiment with my iso. time and aperture in horrid lighting conditions, but also convince me even more that I need a new lens. However, seems like I have a new challenge: mastering the art of shooting live performances :)
My friend, who knows me so well, bought me a gift certificate for a night photography tour around Big Ben and the London Eye! The touring company, Photography Tours at Night , was great! The group was less than 15 people, and the guide provided instruction as to suggested shutter speed, F Value etc. for 2 hours.
As you can see from my recent posts I walked away with some gooders. If you’re visiting London anytime soon consider booking with them :)
Canterbury is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you enjoy photography. From the Cathedral, to the various cafes, there are many different buildings to use as subjects and there are so many visitors that there are all sorts a different people to shoot. The council has now turned the West Gate into a pedestrian and bicycle only zone, so now there are different kid of pictures you can take while walking along the High St. So if you enjoy ancient or modern architecture, lovely parks and gardens, and people watching, this city provides it all.
Took a stroll from Canary Wharf, through the Isle of Dogs, via the Greenwich foot tunnel under the Thames, to Greenwich. Been using this fantastic guide book Secret London – an Unusual Guide which has taken us around some of London’s hidden sights. Thoroughly recommend it.