Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Gardeners' World

Last week I completed a photoshoot for my current brief for Commercial Photography, it was a very cold and cloudy day and it was the first time I have had to lug around a heavy DSLR with many lenses and a very heavy tripod in a public. I visited Trentham Garden centre again, I have been many times but I had never been inside the gardens. Part of my brief was to shoot for a magazine and produce photos for a cover, single page and a double spread. I decided to choose Gardeners' World as macro flowers and gardens are pretty much my thing when it comes to photography. Before university I was very limited to what I could use for photography shoots and didn't have access to professional DSLR's and tripods. Now that I am studying photography at university I have the privilege to use all the equipment I have never used before.

If you haven't been to Trentham Gardens and you love walking around show gardens or just being outside! Then you will love to take a visit, maybe not so much in the cold. I was very freezing, my gloves kept getting in the way of the buttons but I guess I was doing a lot of standing so of course I was going to be cold. I was so surprised at how many flowers were still in bloom, there were a few flowers that didn't particularly look too healthy but I guess in the spring there would be a lovely show of flowers. 

I managed to get some great shots and I need to get started on editing in Lightroom, which I seriously love! I'm not at all great with Photoshop, I mainly used it for my fine art projects back in A Level but I still don't manage to remember all the techniques. But Lightroom is just beautiful, I get stuck into it straight away as it is my kind of editing that I like. I don't tend to like editing my photos, if taken well I like to leave it how it is but Lightroom has so many features that don't destruct your photographs and make them look beautiful!

Check out Trentham Gardens if you haven't already!


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Here's a little update and that Autumn feeling

So here's a little update...I have officially enrolled with a new university. I was looking at my options and I did some good research into photography courses near home. I found a course that seemed to suit me and so I sent out a few emails. I had a chat with the course leader and asked some questions about the nature of the course and it sounded really great. I'm not staying in halls which I think is a better option for me, it cuts the costs as the university is only half an hour away from home and I just didn't think living in halls was right for me. When you know something isn't right for you then you shouldn't do it, doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, you have to do the things that are best for you. The university is really great, the facilities for photography are pretty great. I am currently starting my first brief in one module. It's going to be interesting shooting with cameras I haven't used before. Keep a look out on my new photography Instagram page, I'll be posting photos from shoots over the next couple of weeks.

I haven't managed to do a lot of shooting at the moment but last week I decided to take some photos in the garden. I have that Autumn feeling, it's my favourite season. I love when the leaves change colour and when they fall to the ground and have that crunch when you walk across them. It's going to be a lot of fun shooting in the Autumn, it's getting cold so I might have to invest in some camera gloves!

My mum was chopping some of the old Conifer branches down in the front garden, I don't know how old this tree is but it's huge and very old. My mum had laid down the branches in the back garden and I thought I'd get my camera out and take some shots of the wood. I see a lot of photos on Instagram of woodland, so I thought I'd have my own take on it. I also took photos of the Virginia Creeper, I love how it turns red in the Autumn and the way it climbs up the walls of houses.

Always remember to do what is best for you, do what makes you feel happy, don't ever think it's wrong to say no to something you don't want to do. 


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