Showing posts from 2017

IBC 2017

Mr Beaton and I made our annual trip out to Amsterdam to cover IBC the massive trade show for the world of film and television. The show was 50 years old and we've covered just about all of them from its humble beginnings at the Brighton Metropole to its home at the Rai in Amsterdam. We have outlived many organisers and marketing teams but I still get lost sometimes around the areas of hall 11, 12 and 13.

  We cover the entire show , its events and conferences, award ceremonies and various goings on its a great job I love it but boy is it knackering. This is event photography at its best and most satisfyingly the images are widely used across all the social media platforms.

  There's obviously a lot of awesome kit around must of which you need a production company budget to afford but its interesting to see each year what the new kid on the block is as far as trends go. Some things become mainstream others disappear and are quietly forgotten about.  All things VR rule at th…


A new comedy series on C4 has just hit the screens featuring 2 of my single sided backdrops shot on location in Buckinghamshire. Photography was carried out with the Gigapan and the Canon 5dmk3 to generate the large file sizes necessary for printing. I don't use Photoshop for the stitching  which works great for small numbers of images but find PTGUI is a much better solution for large image generation.

Check it out its rather good.

Coming up

Starting soon on BBC, I shot two large day to night backdrops for this series using the canon 5d mk2 and the trusty Gigapan. Tricky shots as the window access was not easy and the street was very narrow causing lots of distortion.
Night version was created from a combination of the actual night shot and converting the real day image in order to maintain perfect registration.

Highland Plotagraph

Another Plotagraph (animated still image) looking back over Loch na Leachd after taking the boat from Elgol to the end of Loch Coruisk. Again just a bit of subtle movement in the sky and the water gives this image a new lease of life.

The Moving Image

So when I say the moving image this time I don't mean cinema I really do mean a moving image. This is another evolution of the digital world. Using the Plotagraph software its now possible to selectively animate elements of a still image in this case a jpg. I shot this image of Henley on Thames on the Canon 5D mk2 on a panning head, I've scaled down the very large file to a jpg and put it through the Plotagraph mincer saved as a giff it now moves. I've kept the movement quite subtle which often works best.
 I'm on a learning curve with this but I think you'll be seeing lots more of these images popping up.

The software is Plotagraph Pro

Photographing your Holiday home

A conversation with an Airbnb owner this week went something like this.

Me. So your local to me so we can spend some time getting these pictures right, if the suns not in the right position I can pop back when it is . We can work round any guests you have and do a bit of staging so everything looks great. Images  will be carefully edited so as to get the best out of your property. Person. Ok that sounds good. Me. How many images would you be thinking of. Person. About 20 Me. Ok that’s fine so I would be thinking between half a day but less than a day. Person.  Ah I’ve been told this would only take an hour. How much would this cost? Me. I could do this for you for £x (this was a small hotel so price was adjusted to suit) Person. Ah its just I’ve been told it will only cost £75 and will only take an hour and I’m very busy.
Can you feel the disconnect establishing itself between me and my potential client.
So this is the bit that annoys me, why do people running such businesses not understand …

Living an active life

Summer is here so been working on some new images for one of our Instagram pages. You can check it out HERE

Its all about having an active life in whatever way suits you and for whatever age sex colour you are. We use mostly our own generated photography and also some stock from Adobe Stock

Pearls Airport , Grenada.

On 25thOctober 1983 US forces combined with those of the Regional Security System invaded Grenada. To cut a long storey short this was to counter the growing influence of Russia and Cuba in the area and at the request of both Barbados and Jamaica. During the invasion US Marines from the 8th Regiment landed near to and captured Pearls Airport where they found 2 Cuban/soviet aircraft. One a single engine crop sprayer and a twin engine passenger plane.

A few of the more enthusiastic locals will tell you they were shot down by the US, in reality they were simply disabled by the Marines and have sat there ever since. Nature, trophy hunters and people who just needed some new seats for the veranda have all taken their toll on the relics but they are all the more interesting for it.

The airfield is no longer operative it sees a bit of drag racing, is part of the driving test system but mainly just has cattle grazing on it. What’s wonderful is you can just rock up and have a good poke round the…


The first sale came through this morning from a set of images I'd shot on #microbeads, nasty little beads of plastic added to some body scrubs and toothpastes to act as a rubbing agent. Unfortunately no one considered where these would end up after going down our plug holes, well we now know they are ending up in the sea and in the stomachs of fish. I'm going to take this concept forward soon with some more hard hitting versions. Watch this space.

What Cranes do when you're not looking.

In my work as a translight photographer I'm lucky enough to have time to kill on various rooftops. This means time to play with the iPhone 6s plus and various apps. The above was shot with Lapse it a great little app recording for 37mins and capturing 1113 frames. As all the normal tripods were in use I carry a Gorilla pod and a Shoulderpod grip for the iPhone.

How did the toad cross the road.

For the last few weeks I've been working with truly great bunch of people who relocate toads that are making their way to their spawning pond via a busy main road. The toads are collected on one side of the road in buckets and relocated to the other side and safe spawning in the pond. Its simple satisfying and it works. I've learnt to love toads and frogs and newts they are all full of character and so far we have moved 7700 toads 1050 frogs and 200 newts.

 Photographing these little guys was more of a challenge than I thought. On the first night of toading I noticed how the shape of the toads was silhouetted on the side of the bucket and I wanted to use this in a shot. On the first night I ballsed it up completely it was already too dark I'd brought the wrong tripod plate the torch I had was too bright and the floor around our feet was full of randy toads. Back with a plan this time, get there early find some toads, set the shot up while it was still light and wait for la…