Pinterest Inspired: Travel Photography.

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you will be aware that I am converting my social content to a more travel based theme. I have always been interested in travelling and exploring which is why I want to focus directly on that. As well as Instagram, I will be slowly transforming my blog content and Twitter into ONLY travel/exploring content. I think it’s important for me to let you know, so you are also aware of the changes. Of course, I will be posting about things thta interest me, but it will be more structured.

I am completely aware that to be a travel blogger I will need to go travelling which is why this year I am going to adventure out. I have a few little trips coming up this year (2019) such as, a weekend in London, Paris, Italy and Barcelona. I want to create content based on seeing the world and helping others to make the most of their trips. I want to create a travel blog that can be aimed at those, like me who aren’t as fortunate to be able to go travelling all of the time.

For me to make a decision like this, I had been on Pinterest AGAIN!!! The place where all fo my inspiration comes from, honestly you need to get it….IT’S AMAZING! I came across the most inspirational travel photography which just persuaded me to do the things that I love. I think that by having this bit of inspiration, I will gain the motivation to save up and to travel to all the places I have only dreamed of visiting.

I believe that you should be able to do what makes you happy (for me that’s exploring).

Here is my travel photography pinterest board:

Where are you visiting next? And do you have any recommendations for me?

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HP Sprocket Plus Printer (White) Review + Printing Guide.

For a couple of months now, I have had my eyes on this beautiful little gadget, the HP Sprocket Plus Printer. I have seen a few YouTubers, such as Zoe Sugg and Mark Ferris advertise this on their channels and if I am going, to be honest, it looked pretty darn amazing. As you can imagine, for a photographer, as soon I saw it, I just wanted it!

I love being able to print out my photographs and display them around my room to remind me of all the perfect shots I’ve captured, as well as all the amazing adventures I’ve been on. Fortunately, I actually received the HP Sprocket Plus (White) as a gift, from Kevin’s parents for Christmas. I was so happy to have received this as I honestly loved it from the moment I saw it and was saving up to purchase it myself. I do actually own an instant Polaroid camera, although it doesn’t save the photos and the quality isn’t great. So, this was just perfect.

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I have decided to review the HP Sprocket Plus (White) on my blog as I think it’s important to read a range of reviews about whether to make a purchase like this or not. I am going to be completely honest and share with you my exact thoughts about this, including the printing process and the quality etc,.

Here’s what HP has to say about it:

  • 30% larger than the standard sprocket
  • Use the HP sprocket app to quickly print your favourite photos via Bluetooth
  • Filters, borders, emojis and more are available to edit your photos
  • No ink cartridges required – just the paper

(HP Development Company, 2019)

How does it work?

  1. Download the HP sprocket app from your smartphone app store
  2. Complete the required steps –> My Sprocket –> Sprocket Plus
  3. Follow the steps to turn on, load paper and connect using Bluetooth
  4. YOUR DEVICES ARE PAIRED!!! Time to start printing

How to use the HP Sprocket Printing app?

  1. Choose a photograph that you would like to print
  2. select the amount of copies (i.e. 01 or 02)
  3. Click the middle button underneath with the printer emoji

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As soon as you have pressed that little printer button with the green dot your photograph will transfer to the sprocket and begin to print. Only press the button once and wait for the screen to change to the white printing section. Sometimes it can take some time to send over, and if you press the button twice, you will get two photographs printing.

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How to add filters, borders and emojis? 

  1. Choose a photograph that you would like to print
  2. Click the pen on the top right corner
  3. Then, play around with the different options along the button (i.e. filters, borders, emojis, cropping and many more)
  4. When you’re happy with your photograph, click on the tick in the top right corner
  5. Select the amount of copies (i.e. 01 or 02)
  6. Click the middle button underneath with the printer emoji

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I absolutely LOVE this little gadget…I THINK IT IS PERFECT! This is incredible, not just for someone like me whos interested in photography, but for anyone who loves to treasure their memories. It is very easy to set-up, as well as editing and printing. I think the quality is amazing, especially for a small version coming out. It is really difficult to make the photographs being printed in good quality because that will always go fuzzy, as I am taking a photo of it. But, you can still see how incredible they look.

I am looking forward to print many more photographs, as well as putting them around my brand new flat in the next few weeks. If you would like to see how I organise and place these photographs around my home, please comment and I will create a post based on that.

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I hope you found this post useful. Do you have the HP Sprocket Plus?

5 Useful Tips For Editing Headshots Using Lightroom CC?

Although the concept of taking a headshot is generally not that difficult; the editing side of photography was definitely a struggle for me. I think that Lightroom is the easiest editing software to use, especially if you are new to photography and/or editing for the first time. Fortunately, I was able to shoot for a couple of people, to take headshots, which enabled me to figure out Lightroom for myself.

You should definitely speak to your client beforehand about the type of headshot that they are wanting so that you can edit the photographs to suit their preferences. However, here are just some of my top tips on how to professionally edit headshots using Lightroom CC that will make your clients headshots look much more professional.

Cropping 

Before I begin the editing process, I always choose the photographs that can be cropped; to be more zoomed in and then zoomed out if need be. Not only are you able to compare both of these, but the client will then receive two different kinds of headshots that takes zero effort from yourself. It is also important to keep the ones that may be too far away, as you can always crop them to suit their needs. Every person, every headshot and every situation is always different, so keep the photographs to edit, in case they can be used.

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These 4 things are all the tools that you need in order to edit the photograph itself.

Clarity is great for softening the skin to make it perfect and flawless. The amount that you use does matter, however, I always use it a little bit to smooth the skin for a finished look.

Noise Reduction is used to smooth the whole photograph; if it is grainy and loses its quality. I always use this tool in all of my edited photographs as it is brings the photograph to life. It draws out the light and enhances the photograph making it fresh and perfect which reduces all blemishes.

Highlight is not always necessary, yet it can be used in contrast to that as well. If you have an image which is too dark, then you would use the tool to make it lighter. Alternatively, if you have an image with extreme lighting and that is very bright, you can tone it down by down-lighting the image. As you can see, both of the headshots use highlight to enhance areas within the images to create a more natural look.

Vibrancy is designed to add colour (to make it vibrant) into your photographs. It can be used to brighten up the background, the person’s face, hair and/or clothing. The reason why I like to use vibrancy is that you do not have to use the saturation which can sometimes ruin the photograph. Vibrancy is specifically aimed to bring out the colour in the areas that need it most.

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If you are new the whole editing part of photography, then I 100% recommend using Lightroom CC to start off with. It is very easy to get the hang of and has saved me and my photos which is great because my clients have loved them all. If you would like me to do a step-by-step tutorial on how I have edited these or any other photograph, please just let me know in the comments.

 

What posts/topics would you like to see on my blog?

 

 

 

 

How To Photograph A Wedding For The First Time?

As you may or may not know, I have a huge passion for photography that I would love to pursue further in the future. I am currently in the process of creating a professional website to present all of my captured photographs. About 3 weeks ago, I had the most amazing opportunity to photograph a wedding in Basingstoke (as a second shooter)  for the very talented Isla. I have been wanting to photograph a wedding for a long time now as that is the area of interest that I would like to develop further. This was an amazing opportunity for me as I was able to gain experience without feeling under pressure of capturing the desired shots. I am looking forward to sharing with you all the beautiful photographs as well as give you some tips for shooting your first wedding.

Research is key! As soon as I found out I was taking on this amazing opportunity, the first thing I did was research wedding photography as a whole; including poses, shots, photo editing and how to dress like a professional photographer. I found this very useful as I was able to learn from these photographs. I remembered a few shots I wanted to take and how I needed to take them. Wedding photography is very different to the standard portraits I am used to taking which is why I knew I had to get more of an understanding prior to the shoot. I really enjoyed experimenting with my camera and capturing the different shots. Take a look at my Pinterest board for inspiration: Wedding Photography Ideas.

It is very important for you to take the correct equipment, not only to make sure you get the best shots possible but also to not carry too much whilst in the venues. Unfortunately, I do not own a lot of photography equipment, however, this was good for this wedding shoot as you want the carrying to be at a minimal. It is so much easier to get to the places you need to as well as keep the noise down when you need to move around. For this wedding, I took with me my camera (Canon 1300D) and two lenses (18-55mm and 75-300mm) as well as my camera bag. It was a sunny day, therefore I did not need my flashgun.

I would 100% recommend observing the venue beforehand to get used to the surroundings as well as adjusting the camera settings, as well as finding places to shoot. You will also know what equipment you will need which is very useful, so that you are prepared. I wasn’t able to view the venue until 10 minutes before the ceremony, so if you can get the chance too, I recommend doing it. As I was a second shooter for this wedding, it did not matter too much as it was purely for experience. However, I now know that if I was to shoot at a venue that I am unfamiliar with, I will view it first.

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A photoshoot checklist is a must! I did not know anything about this until I met up with the photographer where she explained to me that we were on a tight schedule and therefore we had to make sure that we got all the appropriate shots possible. A photoshoot checklist is a list of all the group photographs and any main ones that the bride/groom really want. You can tick these off your list once they are done. As a photographer, it is your job to ensure that all of these shots are done to fulfil the married couple’s wishes. Group shots are really important at weddings as the guests and bride/groom get very bored. You must ensure all the necessary shots are taken as when they are looking back at the album they will be very happy at what you have created. Personally, I think that for any shoot that requires numerous poses and groups of people, I would definitely use a checklist.

Of course, it is important as a second shooter to assist the main photographer by helping them with any photos needed as well as capturing candid’s of the guests. These are the kind of photos that the guests like to see most which shows everyone having fun throughout the day. It is important for the main photographer to get all the right shots and then for the second shooter to capture as many extra as possible. I think that having a second shooter is very important and handy at the same time. Some weddings can have a lot of guests, so getting some photographs can be tricky. I think that Isla and myself worked very well to ensure all the appropriate shots were taken.

REMEMBER… YOU’RE NOT JUST A PHOTOGRAPHER. You might even be a help in hand to assist with any major problems. It is your job to help in many ways as possible, whether if that is keeping track of the time and schedule or helping the bride get ready. Never get in the way and give space if anyone needs it. Always keep a positive manner to make others feel at ease. It is so important for you to be chatty to ensure there is no silences or awkwardness. It is always good to know a few jokes or ways to make everyone laugh. THESE CAN BE THE BEST PHOTOS!

Now, it’s time for the best part… THE PHOTOS! As a second shooter, it is important for you to send your best photos over to the main photographer, so that they are able to select appropriate ones to edit and add to the wedding photo album. However, once you have done this, you can experiment and edit as much or as little as you like. As I am just an amateur photographer and still learning everything, I am not an expert at editing. However, I was told by Isla that a majority of photographers edit wedding photos and that I should try it out. So, that’s what I did. I decided to download DxO and Lightroom as I wanted to try out different software’s to figure out which one I prefer. I would definitely recommend getting the practice in before you have to edit a whole wedding album as it will take some time.

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Everything that I have learnt is from the incredible Isla Ng who has given me this incredible opportunity. There are so many more things that you have to do as the main photographer, of course, but if you follow these simple steps you will be a very helpful second shooter. If you are an amateur photographer wanting to pursue a career as a wedding photographer, I recommend finding a photographer and being their second shooter. It is a perfect way to get experience as well as learning what to do and what is expected of you.