Getting back into it…

I went out on a walk with my daughters today with the intention of taking some photographs and uploading them. It has been quite a while since I have photographed anything for my own recreation. Truth be told, after August (my second month as a freelancer) I just didn’t seem to have the time…

Its nice to start again:

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I have finally assembled and readied a studio within a stone’s throw from my house. It needs better ventilation but otherwise, it is a room which can be rendered completely dark.

One of my earliest projects was to try and capture the butterfly light effect under the nose of a portrait subject. There are so many videos on YouTube about the techniques for the classic looks (Rembrandt, Split Light, Butterfly etc.) as well as equipment (Softbox vs Hard Flash etc.).

I went for the overhead softbox in order to try and capture a slight / subtle butterfly light. Methinks that the technique would require more compliant subjects though…

This is a brief post on advertising.

My first web post is up for a year and I am advertising on a site called “Anglo List.”

The site is aimed at English speaking immigrants in Israel and perhaps it is a good idea to advertise within my linguistic group before anything else. There are over 10000 members in the “Anglo-List” facebook group and a fair number of English speaking immigrants from my area northwards.

Bear in mind that I live in the South of Northern Israel, so working in the centre is also a viable option for me.

My wife and I recently went on a Cruise from Israel to Cyprus. It certainly brought back memories from my contract with Celebrity Cruises in 2008.

I was a Security Guard for Six Months on the GTS Summit in 2008. Damn I look young in this picture!

Well, this is my last post about this exhibition. It was a great experience – so until the next one, enjoy the slideshow 🙂

For anybody wondering where on earth my Creative Writing blog has gone, please click here.

I have decided to keep my updates pertaining to creative writing on a separate page. Any month now, there will be a novella ready for purchase and it is best to keep the disciplines of photography and creative writing on separate sites – in my opinion anyways.

It was a wonderful experience to put together my first exhibition and the feedback was really positive.

I am posting the images from the exhibition here for anyone who is interested. There will also be a slideshow posted about it.

Well, somebody saw herself in my photo exhibition – I think that she was pretty impressed!

This little exhibition is drawing to an end in a couple of weeks and it has me thinking and pondering what theme or style I should go for next year.

Magnet Event

So last night, Mrs Findlay joined me for her first assignment as a professional magnet cutter. Now, magnets may not be my end goal as a portrait photographer BUT:

  • In general: there is a large demand for magnet photography at events
  • Last night was a fun evening with lovely clients
  • The wife cuts a mean magnet

There are numerous ways to provide a quality product. My own method (which I am happy to share) involves:

  • A combo of a my Nikon D750 with a D3400 as backup, black rapid strap, speedlight flash and memory cards
  • The Canon Pixma 7250 printer
  • A laptop with Lightroom
  • Laminator
  • Guillotine / Paper Cutter
  • 260g Glossy A4 paper
  • Laminating Sheets
  • A4 magnets

Obviously, I have other back up gear, and the magnet frames are designed in Adobe Photoshop.

My fellow photographers, this is a great way to get into the biz and start earning your way as a professional photographer.

Bill in Fancy Dress: The exhibition was at Bill’s behest, and I am truly grateful.
Or The Drummer: As is name implies, one hell of a drummer!!
Pensive Nino: Our Lone Soldier
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