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train on viaduct

The story behind the (soggy) shot –  Waiting for a Train

We’d spent an extremely wet but still brilliant week in Glenfinnan recently and I’d still got a hankering to shoot The Jacobite over the viaduct of Harry Potter fame even though I’ve done it before – it is a great sight even to people like me who aren’t particularly train enthusiasts.

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Charity Abseil

A few shots from the abseil last Saturday in aid of Roundabout, Sheffield. A brilliant day raising money for a great cause.

welder

Website, drone/video and photography packages

Every business needs a website, and every website needs professional content to help it stand out as your window to the world.

I’m collaborating with Scott England of Web&Go and Paul Stinson of Hovaloft to provide high quality websites, videos and images that help businesses to promote their brand, products and services.

Keswick

The story behind the shot – Derwentwater Sunset

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen photographs of the boats at Keswick so I thought I’d give it a go myself. Two long exposures to get movement in the clouds and smooth the water (and eliminate a number of ducks), blended in Photoshop.

The Couple

Do you wish you could take better pictures?

This is a shot of The Couple at Newbiggin by the Sea. I love talking about photography and last Wednesday I had the opportunity at Island Networking of showing this picture and talking through my thought processes regarding why and how I took it as I did.

newcastle bridges

Bridges on the Tyne

This was a shot I’d been meaning to get for some time. Sunset one January evening and a tad chilly but what a view! As a local I was chatting to rightly said “It’s a grand sight isn’t it bonny lad!”

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Headshots – one session, four looks

Headshots shouldn’t look like mug shots off Crimewatch in my book. It’s not that great for business! The object of the exercise is to show potential clients something of the real you. You know; confident, professional, friendly, relaxed, that sort of thing. And to do that you need a variety of images that create the right impressions. 

Humber Twilight Greetings Cards

The Humber Bridge taken from Barton Upon Humber just after sunset one May. A lovely evening. I’d never been as popular with mosquitoes though…

yorkshire chocolate festival

Yorkshire Chocolate Festival

I was at Kelham Island Museum last Sunday for the Yorkshire Chocolate Festival, an event organised by Roundabout, South Yorkshire’s local youth housing charity providing shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Strike the Pose

The dog owners among you will know that there are invaluable accessories to getting shots like this…

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The Birks of Aberfeldy

There’s something magical about woods after rain as it really brings the colours out. A gorgeous spot and almost deserted too. You know those times when you think that other people don’t know what they’re missing?…

Spittal Baech

Extended Range of Greetings Cards Now Available

I’ve added to my range of greetings cards. There are now thirty in total. They’re blank for your own handwritten message and so can be used for any occasion but you can also request that any message, text and/or logo be included.

welding

Website, drone/video and photography packages

Every business needs a website, and every website needs professional content to help it stand out as your window to the world.

I’m collaborating with Scott England of Web&Go and Paul Stinson of Hovaloft to provide high quality websites, videos and images that help businesses to promote their brand, products and services.

Antony Baker

Podcast with Veronica Broomes

Thank you to Veronica Broomes of Excel Property Partners for giving me the opportunity to guest on her series of podcasts entitled ‘Sheffield’s Hidden Gems’, talking about me and my business.

depth of field

Here’s a question… what’s depth of field?

Depth of field (DOF) refers to how much of a picture is in sharp focus in front of, and beyond, the part of the picture you’ve focussed on. You can use it to guide your viewers eye to where you want them to look.

Antony Baker

Ask me anything!

Well, when I say ‘anything’, I mean anything about photography. If you asked me to explain the principles of quantum mechanics there’d probably be a long silence followed by “Errr…” and you’d hear the frantic tapping of keys whilst I googled it! 😉

welder welding

Website, drone/video and photography packages

I’m collaborating with Scott England of Web&Go https://webandgo.net/ and Paul Stinson of Hovaloft https://hovaloft.co.uk/ to provide high quality websites, videos and images that help businesses to promote their products and services.

photography training

Another photography training day

I love doing these. I really enjoy helping people to understand the technical aspects of photography and get creative. It’s all about taking control of the camera and not leaving the result to chance. One of the benefits of this type of training is the instant, two way communication that takes place. It means that I can tailor the training specifically to the needs of the client. If you’re like me and learn best from talking to a real person and doing rather than reading through instruction manuals or looking at Youtube, I’d be happy to help.

stanage edge

Bespoke Greeting Cards

I recently provided three designs for bespoke greetings cards for Stephen Dawson Financial Planning, one of which is below in the order of front of card, inside front and back of card, leaving the inside back of the card blank for handwritten messages.

deb leonard tropic

A Shoot with a Tropic(al) Twist

I recently worked with Deb Leonard on a photoshoot for her business, Deb Leonard Tropic. At the planning session Deb talked me through some ideas and I added my suggestions.

birks of aberfeldy

Greetings Cards Now Available

I’m now offering a variety of greetings cards, all of which are blank for your own message and so can be used for any occasion.

dog jumping

The story behind the shot – A lowflying Wilf

There’s a steep field near us on which Wilf loves to do ‘Zoomies’, which is a term for when dogs run at top speed in largish circles because they’re happy, apparently. Wilf does these a lot, so I guess this must be a good thing.

chess match

The story behind the shot – Lockdown Chess

There was a deep seated, long standing grudge. We knew each other well. It was a hard fought match. I seemed to know every move that my opponent made even before he made it. He seemed to know mine. It was almost as if we could read each other minds – spooky!

gin and tonic

The story behind the shot – G and T reflections

This was taken on a black acrylic board with a white one as the background. Since the bottle was blue I lit the shot using a flashgun with blue gel to the left of the camera. I placed a silver reflector opposite the flashgun to lift the shadows on the right hand side.

rembrandt lighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Bringing It All Together

In seven previous posts I’ve gone through different lighting techniques for portraits. For the final post in this series I thought I’d post the seven images together so that you can more easily see the differences between them. This may seem a good idea but the downside is that they’re all of me. That’s lockdown for you!

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Portrait Lighting Styles -Short Lighting

The penultimate in my series of portrait lighting techniques. As usual this shot is straight out of camera and it’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

split lighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Split Lighting

The latest in my series of portrait lighting techniques. You’ve got me again (un retouched). This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

loop lighting

Portrait Lighting Styles -Loop Lighting

Another in my series of lighting techniques which may be useful if you need a DIY headshot given that most of us are in lockdown. You’ve got me again (un retouched). This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

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The story behind the shot – A bit of fun with flash

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts. You’ll need a darkish room as you’ll be lighting the shot with flash only (oh! And you’ll need an external flashgun so you can control the power output – from about £26 on Amazon if you don’t already have one).

Portrait Lighting Styles -Butterfly Lighting

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts given that most of us are in lockdown. You’ve got me (un retouched) as no-one in our house is keen on being photographed because it’s been weeks since any of us saw a hairdresser. This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

Portrait Lighting Styles -Lighting Ratios

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts given that most of us are in lockdown. Again you’ve got me (un retouched). This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

Portrait Lighting Styles – Rembrandt Lighting

Another of my ‘why not try this at home’ posts given that most of us are in lockdown. You’ve got me (un retouched – I could make myself look like George Clooney but it would take days of Photoshop work and life’s too short) as no-one in our house is keen on being photographed because it’s been weeks since any of us saw a hairdresser. This shot is straight out of camera. It’s in black and white so you can see the light pattern more clearly.

darth vader cheesegrater

The story behind the shot…

…(actually two shots in this case) – Darth Vader at home in his cheese grater Another in my series of ‘ why not try this at home’ blogs given that we’re in the middle of the Covid – 19 lockdown. I guess most of you know that Darth Vader lived in Fortress Vader on Mustafar

Sheffield Business Awards 2019

Sheffield Business Awards 2019

I was at the Sheffield Business Awards recently photographing all things front of house for Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the Sheffield Star.

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Bangers & Cash

I was really pleased to be able to help out Roundabout Sheffield last Thursday

salon

A salon shoot

Really pleased to be able to photograph Ph2 hairdressing salon in Crookes recently.

dog

Animal Antics

I spent a couple of hours on Monday photographing Treacle and Billie

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Headshots At Home

A couple of shots from a recent photoshoot for the clients’ professional portfolio at his house.

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Well Suited

I recently did a shoot for George who needed photographs for LinkedIn

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A Shotokan Shoot

I had the opportunity recently to photograph Sensei Bob Hague, Chief Instructor of Sheffield Shotokan Karate Club, for his website

fireworks

Fireworks in the Freezer

It was a tad chilly last night when I went up to High Hazels Park in Sheffield to shoot the fireworks at After Dark 2016

charity race

Endurer Dash 5K

I was delighted to cover the Endurer Dash at Sherwood Pines Visitor Centre, Edwinstowe

football

Team Photos for Hallam Under 14’s

Having been contacted by the Manager of the Hallam Under 14’s football team, I happily gate-crashed one of their training sessions recently to take the team photos.

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A Model Morning

I was delighted to have the chance recently to shoot a modelling portfolio for Jess