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Posted on February 11, 2020 by Admin under Uncategorized

The rule of thirds is one of the first principles of composition that most photographers come across as they learn about photography. The basic principle is very simple—that you can make a more pleasing composition by placing the main point (or points) of interest one third of way in from the top or bottom and from either side of the image. An easy way to visualize this is to imagine a grid superimposed on the image. The grid divides the frame into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The four points where the lines of the grid intersect are said to be the ideal locations to place the main point of interest of the photo.
The model, Hayley, is placed more or less on one of the intersections of the grid. In theory, this creates a better composition than placing her in the centre, or close to the edge of the frame.
But in order to learn more about composition, and move beyond the rule of thirds and take better photos, we need to first understand what the rule of thirds is telling us to do.
Another place you’ll see the rule of thirds come into play is with landscape photography. The general advice is to place the horizon on one of the thirds so that you end up with one-third sky and two-thirds land (or the other way around).
The same advice also applies to portraits. The general wisdom is that you should place the eyes of your subject as close to the intersection of thirds as possible.

Does this mean that you should compose your photos according to the rule of thirds all the time? No it doesn’t. You should think of the rule of thirds as the “guideline” of thirds—a suggestion as to where you should place the subject. Sometimes it’s the best place for your subject, and sometimes it isn’t. The challenge is learning some of the other principles of composition that help you decide when to go with the rule of thirds and when to ignore it.
I’ll finish this section with a final thought on the rule of thirds from fine art photographer Cole Thompson, quoting his version of the rule:
A great image is comprised of 1/3 vision, 1/3 the shot and 1/3 processing.


Posted on February 6, 2020 by Admin under Uncategorized

1; Make sure you have a budget in place before you start

2; have estimates on your budget sheet to help ,give you an idea of costs

  1. Work with percentages so that you can calculate exactly how much of your total budget is going where
  2. Put someone in charge of handling and managing your budget especially if your not great at money management.
  3. Keep your budget sheet up to date so you know what has been spent and what is left
  4. Dont overspend as you might end up having to take out a loan to pay your suppliers

Save money on wedding flowers

Flowers will take up a large part of your Budget and what will happen to them at the end of the day

Bridal Bouquet Start with your bouquet does it have to be the most elaborate. Your guest have come to see you not your flowers.

Centerpieces the next most costly expenses Do you need them if you do choose flowers and greenery that is in season Start of minimalist and just put the odd expensive flower hear and there.

Flower arrangements to get that absolutely pristine arrangement is going to cost a fortune bearing in mind most of the pictures you see are staged for the camera and not real weddings. this is a DIY area where you can really save money

Lats Get back to money saving tips

  1. Large flowers take up more space so you will need less of them, I have seen a wedding done completely using sun flowers
  2. Buy direct from the flower market, for if you buy from the florist they would have already put there mark up on.
  3. Raid you Loved one’s garden for plants. such as greenery and the odd branch and succulents.
  4. Go on the cheap and opt for less in your Bouquet, the Bridesmaid Bouquets and table decorations.
  5. Consider using paper flowers or homemade and paper is recyclable. Bride and bridesmaid evening in
  6. To go for the more natural look make the wedding go for more greenery and eucalyptus. Be sure to check prices as this is where they will start to run away
  7. choose flowers that are in season
  8. Don’t use trendy or mainstream flowers for your wedding because wedding trends tends to push up the price before you start, do some research and then avoid these flowers
  9. Be very specific with your numbers when buying flowers because any left over is money wasted.

Groom and Groomsmen attire

Posted on December 26, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

Unless you want the groom to wear a particular colour or style its best left to him to decide

Groom Suit

Like your fitting with the dress the groom might also have to have fittings and adjustments made. If it doesn’t fit properly it will show in the photos later.

Groomsmen Suits

The suite of the groomsmen normally looks different than the groom, You can choose to have slight variations with them. For example they wear different ties. Or They dont have a waistcoat to save cost and the Groom does.

Other Bridal party members

The groomsmen suite should all match. Otherwise it is hard to tell who is the groom in the picture years later.

If they are struggling to choose step in and tell them which one you would like them to wear

Wedding Day Traditions

Posted on December 21, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized


As we are progressing in society. you will realise that drastic traditions are slowly fading away, and new ones are taking there places.

Old, new, Borrowed, and blue is slowly fading away

Like tossing of the bridal Bouquet is fading away

It is up to you to decide what tradition to keep and which ones to loss

Toasts and speeches

Make sure to ask those who you would like to speak at your wedding at least a month before the wedding to them them time to prepare, because some people find it very difficult to speech in public.

Give them guideline of what you want them to say and what to leave out. They should also keep it short and sweet.

Some couple do the speeches between courses at the wedding Breakfast and others leave it until the end Just make sure everybody including photographer and wedding co-ordinaters know.

Again let photographers know in advance if anybody and who they are will be doing a reading at the wedding ceremony

Bride and Bridesmaid attire

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized


Going wedding dress shopping can seam like a challenging task, having search the internet for the type of wedding dress that you want take a picture of it with you when you go to the bridal boutique

A good quality wedding dress will allow for multiple adjustments without falling apart. Cheap fabric will disappoint you when it comes to comfort and adjustments.

Always make sure you use a professional seamstress to make the adjustments, dont just use the lady down the road because she’s cheap, your bridal boutique would be able to help you on this.

Your Veil and headpiece should be purchased after the dress for you dont want a veil that will hide the exquisite detail on the back of the dress.

Bridal shoes.

When purchasing your shoes do you rely want them with 6 inch heals. If you are wearing a long dress sweeping the floor you might be more comfortable wearing a simple white pair of shoes. No one is going to see them.Bear in mind you will be wearing them for up to 12 hours.

Garter and Lingerie

This is something that is very personal to you. so when you go shopping for these items do you really need to take the bridesmaids with you. just ensure that the garter is not to tight that it cuts the blood flow off to your leg and also make sure it doesn’t slide down when you are walking or dancing. As with your lingerie make sure it is comfortable and doesn’t show under your dress, remember it is personal to you.

many couple’s don’t consummate their wedding on the evening of the day. So pack your lingerie away for when you have your special evening together.

Bridesmaids Dresses

Each Bride will have her own vision of how she wants to dress her bridesmaids, you could dress them all identical, or you could go for a style of dress but in different colours your choices are endless.

Flower Girl or Girls

This is much easier as little girls like to be princesses so let her choose a dress that will make her feel like a princess for the day.

Tips for bridal wear and attire

  • It is perfectly OK to fall in love with the first dress you try o n
  • Don’t visit 20 boutiques and try on 80 dresses keep to 2-3 boutiques
  • Go when you have a dress in mind, take your pictures from the internet and find your wedding dress.
  • Don’t be afraid to be controversial if you love the peach dress in the window buy it
  • If you give your wedding party the choice give them guide lines as well.

Parents. It is up to you if you choose there outfits if you do just be careful not to make them look out of place in the wrong type of clothing. eg strapless dress. Most couples tend to leave the parents to choose there own attire for the day.

Wedding Day Theme

Posted on December 16, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized


Your wedding details will all resolve around your theme. Will it be a simple wedding or are you going for an elaborate do.

What type of ceremony are you having is it a simple registry office do.

Does your venue have a licence so you get married at the reception venue.

Are you having a Church wedding.

Which ever ceremony you are having will be based around a theme it could be just a simple Theme as in a colour, summer wedding you might be going for roses and orchids.

The following aspects will play a role in your theme

  • Theme type – if you are working with a theme, you will have to choose flowers and decor accordingly
  • Spending _ A smaller budget will limit your flowers and decor choices
  • Location _ where your wedding takes place will also influence your style


Posted on December 14, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

If your wedding is far away you will need accomodation

Block booking Hotel rooms

Most hotels now a day give you the choice if you want several rooms, some hotel will even let you book the entire floor. This is great if your budget allows for it.

You will have the bridal suit, then let your parents and grandparents choose there rooms first, you will also need rooms away from each other for the bride and groom to get ready in. You will also need somewhere for the bridesmaids and the groomsmen to get ready.

Venue Accommodation

Some venue will have several different packages that they can offer you as part of your all in package.

Guest accommodation

Your guest will need accomodation too, so it worth scouting the local area and finding a couple of option, The hotels details can be added to the invitation letter. I have know for one wedding I did where they hired the entire budget priced hotel for the weekend.

Tips and advice for wedding accomodation

Always book accomodation well in advance. You will be looking around for odd rooms here and there if you leave it to long.

You don’t have to provide accomodation for guests who can’t afford it as you will go way over your budget. If you really, really, really want that person to be there think long and hard about it.

The wedding party’s accomodation is normally paid for by the bride and groom. Ecspecially if you want them to pay for there own outfits.

Peak and off peak seasons apply to hotels as well. As with you wedding venue and time of year so take this into account when choosing your date.

Booking your Photographer and DJ

Posted on December 13, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized
man holding black DSLR camera

Ceremony and Reception Music

Make sure the DJ you have booked will play music at both venues. Also make sure he has back up equipment and a Microphone that will be useful for the speeches.


The photographer is one of the main suppliers that need booking early. We photographer get booked up well in advance and any photographer that is going to charge you a reasonable fee will get booked, That leaves you with very expensive photographer or photographers that are just doing it on the odd weekend to make a bit of extra money that is why it is important to check out there past work and any reviews they may have. Most Photographers will have a couple of packages to offer you, Again check out there past work.

Booking an officiant

The next important supplier to book is the wedding officiant this can be a registrar priest, vicar or pastor. This is the person that will marry you to your partner. the wedding cannot take place without them in place. Again they get booked up early so dont delay book early.


  • Make yourself a wedding check list
  • Naver refuse help
  • Set your budget and stick to it Even a simple wedding will cost a couple of Thousand. With more lavish wedding go £10,000-£20,000 is not unusual.


Figure out how much you can afford to spend without getting into debt or taking out a loan.

So make your list of everything you would like for your Big day and then see where you can start to scale it down

So you should end up with a budget and stick to it. Make sure you pay everyone before wedding day.

Most suppliers will let you pay monthly making sure that the final payment is made before wedding day. You dont want the florist, DJ, or photographer not turning up because they haven’t been paid


Estimate your guest count

To start with create a list of who you would like to invite, Add everyone you know that you want to be there. If you need to go to your facebook page and see who is there. Don’t forget to add your family.

Starting your list

Start with family first as they are the most important guests at your wedding. Then add all the friends you wish to have there. Then colleges and bosses, if you really feel you have to have them there.

Who not to invite

Exes and past lovers no matter how close you still are, it’s just not ethical

Work colleges do you really want all the office politics at your wedding? Also are you going to offend some work colleges?

Acquaintances If you dont really know them that well why should they attend your big day.

Friends of Friends Fine but are they really your friends

A note on inviting people. It is your wedding it is not a High school, reunion. If you haven’t seen them for 5 years should they really be there?

Also if your budget is tight only invite the guests you really want there, you will be paying for each and everyone that is attending.

The rule about plus one

The same rules apply to guests having a plus one. If it a close family member, consider giving them the opportunity to bring a date. Then if your Brother is seeing a new girl every week, should he really get the option of having a plus one? will she be in the photo’s?.


Your wedding party members will be the ones who stick with you from the start of your wedding planning until you depart for your Honeymoo n. Choose the carefully and wisely

Your bridesmaids should not be people you barely know and tghe same goes for the groomsmen, choose people who are always there for you who you can rely on through thick and slim.

  • Don’t be afraid to eliminate people from your list in fear of offending them.
  • If you feel bad that you didn’t invite someone send them a card explaining the reason
  • If your parents are paying for the wedding, they get first pick on who is invited. It is not right that you invite 80 friends that you only see occasionally and they only invite 20 family members because the budget is small.
  • Manage your Guest list from day 1 Create as spreadsheet of names when invitations were sent when you get reply menu choice are they vegetarians.

Home Studio part 5 Lighting

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A Beginners Guide to Studio Lighting:- There are two types of lighting :- Continuous
:- Flash

Continuous Lighting has its good points and its Bad points
Its Good Points
• Its inexpensive, and makes a good starting point for a small budget
• You can see where its shining causing the shadows
Its Bad Points
• It produces more heat than light
• The light that it produces is not balanced daylight
The heat produced by the continuous light can make it very hot and uncomfortable to work in also as it is very bright it can close down the eyes not very good for a model and not very good for your portrait. Taking photos in artifial light and they can look yellow this is because daylight is measured at 5.600 Kelvin and tungsten bulbs are nearer 3.200 kelvin. This can be overcome with the use of Falters and the virtual dark room

Flash Light
With a normal flash light fitted to your camera you wont know what you’re taking a picture of until after you have taken it.
The advantage of studio Flash lights
• Most Modern flash lights also have a small lamp in the middle a Modelling lamp with this you can see exactly where your flash will go. The one thing you do need to remember is the Flash will be a lot brighter causing your shadow to be darker.
• With the continuous light we said it would get hotter with use the flash doesn’t so will always give off then same white light.
• Modern flash units can give off huge amounts of power can be adjusted down to half power or less
• If you can’t adjust the power you can always move the lamps closer or further away

Home studio Lenses

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Home Studio Lenses

Which lens do I choose will determine the quality of the image the camera will help you produce? There is no camera out there will produce a magnificent image with a bad Len’s. Whilst you have a budget in place for that shinny new camera body. Think about buying a high-quality lens.
A good lens will depend on what you are mainly going to be shooting. It doesn’t have to be the lens with the widest aperture. Most wide aperture lens’s are extremely expensive and may not produce the result you are looking for Whilst producing beautiful bokeh ideal for baby shoots but not ideal for group and family
You also need to consider where you will be using your camera. If it’s in a room in your home, consider the size of your room as you won’t be able to use a 100mm lens for a full length portrait.
There are two main types of lens. Prime lenses and Zoom Lenses
PRIME LENSES Autofocus prime lenses are great when your subject is moving around e:g fashion photography where you want full length images for this and group and family where you want a realy sharp images with about f7-f8 so you don’t need f1.8
The Nikon 50mm is a great lens for this and is relatively cheap
The Nikon 85mm is also a great lens that will produce a beautiful bokeh and sharp image both indoors and outside and is relatively inexpensive.

ZOOM LENSES can be great as they have such a variety of focal lengths whilst zooming in and out. I have several zoom lenses but my most recent is the Nikon 24mm-70mm F2/8 It gives great Images both indoors and out but expensive about £1000 mark.
Another great lens is the Nikon 18mm-125mmm great indoor and out about £800
Be sure when buying your new lens that it has Vibration reduction.
Camera straps are on e of those things you need that can become a nuisance and in the way. Some photographers take them off and just carry the camera in their hands. This is not without risk of dropping it. Neck straps are a good idea but they do tend to cause neck and back ache.
• CAMERA SLING STRAPS: These normally go over one shoulder with another small strap to go under the arm to secure it in place allowing you carry your camera securely by your side Amazon under £20
• HAND HELD STRAP these go onto your camera with a small strap around your wrist so if you do loose grip it doesn’t fall to the floor. I use this for casual shooting. Amazon for under £10
• DOUBLE SLING STRAP This is shoulder straps, but you can have a camera on each side of your body I find this very useful for weddings when you need two different lenses. Again Amazon for under £25
• HOLSTER This is where you carry your camera strapped to your chest similar to a gun holster worn around your waist. Amazon Approx. £25
On all these do make sure you also use a safety strap as I have had a attachment to the camera break