Take That Leap….

Back in 2011 I was working full-time as a contractor and part time in my own photography business, and I wanted to find away to switch these around. I have been a passionate hobby photographer for over 20 years, my aim was to make my photography business my full time job, but I didn’t want to be known as one of guys who picked up a camera and called himself a photographer. It was important to me that I could offer my future clients reassurance that I had a qualification and experience. At the time I knew my contract at the company I was working at was about to end, and I was keen to look at the options for further education to take my business to that next level.

I had two options College or University, but in both cases I would need to look into funding. At the time MK College had a full ad in the local paper and the course the caught my eye was the HND Photography. So I made an appointment for an interview with the program manager Antonio Longo. I should say at this point I was a mature student of 43 and family man with 4 boys and a mortgage to think about and wasn’t sure if would be eligible for the course or even the funding. I went to the interview and was welcomed with a very positive attitude and was accepted on the HND with content of my portfolio and subject to funding. This was just the start of my amazing journey at MK College, I had managed to secure a student loan and was ready for my first day of College life.

From the first day I never felt out of place even though I was the daddy of my class, I literally could have been dad to all of them. I knew the course was going to a personal challenge to me as this was the first time I had been in full time education since 1985. But the support from my tutors was second to none when came to helping me with the contextual side of the course work. Mind maps, essays, connotation, denotation and annotation are things I never had to do before. When I started my HND I couldn’t write a shopping list let alone an essay, but now I’m sitting to this laptop writing this and other pieces for my own blogs. Also I was given a great opportunity to help and talk to other students about my business, hopefully giving them inspiration to go on and succeed.

One of the reasons the Photography HND course at MK College was suited to me, was one of the modules was photography business. This was important because this is what I needed to take my business to the next level, as at the time I had really no idea how to do exactly that. This module was to run the whole of the second year which included Business Planning, Marketing and live jobs (paid and work experience). If I hadn’t done this HND I think I would still be running my business part time, this gave me the confidence to think about not having to find another full time job after the HND. And that’s what I did, I am now running my business DW Images Photography full time. College gave me an all of the other st
udents a great platform to grow and showcase our work, building a very relevant career path for each of us in the areas we wanted to go. Mine was commercial photography and college let me use every opportunity to grow and promote my business it could even letting me use the business module for my Final Major Project at the MK College Summer F
estival at Middleton Hall in Central Milton Keynes.

I finished my HND with a Distinction and I also won Student of the year. So not only am I now running my own photography business now, going to MK College and doing the HND has inspired me to carry on teaching others. I now have a contract with the college to go in and teach Level 3 and other HND students photography and business/marketing from my experiences, and I am always more than willing to let other students connect with me and ask questions. The opportunities I have now are just the best and have only been made available because of the great help and support I got from the structure of the HND course and all of the staff at MK College, I can’t thank them enough.

 

 

As I said I am now a full time commercial photographer specialising in Corporate, Acting headshot and Commercial Product Photography.

For more information on my work go to www.dw-images.com

Ask Yourself This

Ask yourself this.. When you look through LinkedIn for new professional connections. What the first thing you look at?

The answer in many cases if not all, will be the profile image. The image you see will make you in that split second click next or take the opportunity to look at the persons profile.

“By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone’s age, gender, race, emotional state, and even their trustworthiness,” You may be under the impression that it takes weeks of getting to know someone before you can trust them, but your brain has already done the job of decoding their personality within the first second of meeting them face-to-face.

Now ask yourself this.. Does my profile image make me stand out from the crowd?

If the answer is NO, “why haven’t you done something about it” Your looking through all of your social media platforms, judging people by their profile image, and thats what they are doing to you..

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Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry

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How many of you love to eat at Wagamama’s? I know I do. Their food has become so popular but one dish that seems to stand out is their Chicken Katsu Curry. It’s crispy breaded chicken served with sticky white rice and an aromatic curry sauce poured over it. Apparently it’s one of their most ordered dishes. So I thought lets try it at home!

Now I know what you are thinking…why bother? Well, it’s actually really easy to make and if you don’t eat chicken you can always substitute it for fish or vegetables such as aubergine or courgettes. Plus it’s fun and satisfying to make your own! If you can get panko breadcrumbs from your local supermarket, I would really recommend it. It makes the coating really crispy in a way that normal breadcrumbs can’t. If you can’t get them, then try and toast your breadcrumbs slightly so…

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Its All Gone Dark

It was a very chill out weekend, so as we are back to the grindstone today thought I would share this invisible black background set up with you guys.

I follow a cool photographer and retoucher called Glyn Dewis. He has been posting some new work which he uses an invisible black background. He photographs his subject in day light, but using a single strobe or speedlight creates a black background, while his subject get perfectly lit. So I thought I would show you how its done to.

This is done by being able to trigger off camera flash and doing the following.

1 Setting your camera to manual
2 setting the ISO to its lowest, normally iso100
3 Setting your shutter speed to its highest sync speed for flash, the Norm is 1/250th or 1/200th. I have a Canon EOS 6D for some reason Canon thought 1/180th would be ok, I don’t know why they have done this but they did.
4 Set your aperture just high enough, so when you take a picture its just black on the back of your camera with no flash firing.

When you take another shot with the flash switched on you will capture what ever is being lit by the flash and all other light will drop off leaving a black background.

As you can see by this first image I was set up in my garden in daylight.

DW Images Photography set up

The second shot below is from the back of the camera without the flash firing. Its given me a great starting point my aperture was about F10.

DWi Set Up

This third image is my final shot after I had been playing around with the flash position to get the look I wanted.

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