2011-12-23

New dedicated mobile pages and website

Just completed... though I expect to update it, much more in the new year.... a dedicated set of web pages and domain name for the mobile version of my site.

www.paulempson.mobi

10% of hits on my site are via mobile devices at present and it's increasing. I've sized this to be 320 pixels wide which is on the small side, but with little size comes great speed... ;-) so the theory goes... even on my very poor GPRS, limited, blackberry.. it loads OK..

The animated, non-flash, photos may be replaced with a static photo.... depending on feedback...

feel free to comment.

* after listening to feedback... already, I've removed the animation and just gone single photo plus very basic, it's now even super quick on my GPRS limited Blackberry.

2011-12-18

Wedding photos, what is in the edit?

"fully edited images included on DVD"

It's quite clear that people have different ideas of what things mean.  People can both say the same thing, yet take it to mean something very different.  It can lead to, at best, a misunderstanding; at worst a big disappointment.

My Digitally I Do: photos on a disc package, you will receive all your best images lightly edited and ready to print at high resolution.  Like the first image below: colours, exposure, contrast and white balance all checked. 


The second image is what I consider to be fully edited.  When I take a photo I very often see in my mind more than the scene as it is.  This setting at Wynyard Hall is one of my favourites and lends itself to rich black and white tones. 

I just asked the bride to sit on the seat, she talked and joked with friends as we waited for the groom to arrive.  All very natural and not over posed.  You can see, and I hope appreciate, the time I've taken to remove distractions and to style the digital image in to something much more than the photo as it was captured. 


The image above took me about 2 hours to create.  To do, just the light edits, of your images will take between 5-10 hours to complete.  This is often longer than the wedding photography itself.  

I understand you want to print, share and use your wedding photos on the web. I provide you a license, not copyright, for you to do this. 

My album inclusive services are where your fully edited wedding photos are presented, at their best, in professionally printed albums, canvases, framed prints and other media.


There is far more than just the removal of the lamp from the images immediately above and below.  I could have framed the scene with the lamp removed.  I felt the strong lines added to the setting and left it in knowing I'd edit the lamp for the album photo.


I want to ensure my hard work is presented in a way fitting the dedication I've invested in your wedding photos.  I create a gallery of your images online, which you can share with family and friends, I provide big discounts on a range of prints, canvases, acrylics and more presentation options.  All processed by a leading UK photographic lab.



My wedding photographs are available to view on a range of presentation options.  Arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements and you can see for yourself the quality of each. 

So when you see 'fully edited images included on DVD' remember to some photographers, fully edited, does not mean the same as mine or other professional: full-time, photographers.... 'fully edited'

my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk 

2011-12-06

Tim and Helens wedding, Brompton & Helmsely

A few images from Tim & Helen's wedding in Brompton and then at the Black Swan in Helmsley.  A bridesmaid at her friends wedding, that I photographed, the year before.  A cold crisp winters day with big smiles and laughter throughout the day.  Much fate and significance was detailed throughout the wedding, tiny details even made their cake a masterpiece of decoration. 


















my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk 

Lifestyle Family Portraits in natural light.

A few portrait photos from a recent lifestyle portrait session.  I find location based portraits help, especially children, to relax and just have fun.... which helps create expressive photos, I hope.

The first two photos I feel demonstrates just how colour can reduce the impact of an image or conversely, how Black & White can emphasise the subject.  Other than convert to B&W and work on the tone curve.. and a few other little tweaks... the images are identical.  While the autumn colours are great, the B&W image really snaps your eye to what is important in the photo... the little lad laughing & having big fun!



This next image, for me, works just as well in either B&W or colour, possibly because there is little colour in the colour image: red & blue are strong in two areas of the photo, the rest of the image is very neutral.



Though I have some ideas in mind before I start a session I prefer to let the events happen and try to anticipate as much as I can: keeping it natural, real & fun.  The first image I had in idea for at the start, though the bike was a big bonus and adds to the look.


The second image below, was just a complete fluke.  The ducks waddled along behind us, I turned and he just crawled towards them, perfect.


my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk 

2011-12-05

Photography training courses - new for 2012

Having previously conducted one to one and couple camera and photography training days I've decided to expand training to small groups of people wanting to expand their understanding of both their camera and photography.

Full details are available on my main website, including the introductory fee - course voucher £50 until January 31st 2012, valid for 12 months, then £75.

I've expanded the photography courses I've previously taken to create two distinct photography training days:

One to move people away from the AUTO mode explaining the modes and functions and how to make them work for you.

The second course looks to develop photographic composition, now you are confident with using your camera.

The courses will make a superb Christmas or birthday present.  A gift that will benefit anyone keen on photography or eager to expand their knowledge.

All training will take place in the Northeast & North Yorkshire on location: hands-on photography training, the best way to learn.  Your questions ansewred as you use your camera.


2011-11-16

Tees Barrage Macro, Contrasts & Reflections

I should have been editing wedding albums today, but having a pain in the neck from tooooo much editing I decided to step away from the keyboard today & have a little relax taking some photos: just for fun. 

I'd read that the Tees Barrage white water course was open again, well it isn't: at least it's still barbwired & fenced off so I had a wander around the site I took photos of things that just caught my eye: contrasts, details & reflections.









This last one is a grated walkway reflected in the water.

2011-10-24

Paul and Catherines wedding, Evenwood & Walworth Castle

My last wedding in October, Paul and Catherine's wedding in Co Durham and reception at Walworth Castle, just outside Darlington.

Another very relaxed and stress free, well that's how it seemed to me, wedding.  Icy chill in the strong wind had everyone heading inside, though in the sun it was warm. 

The day started with some candid bride preparation photos.  If the light is good enough I find it's always best to use natural light, especially for the bride prep' photos.  Nothing gives the game away like a big flash.  Bride and bridesmaids would be on edge and the natural expressions would be lost.

Paul and Catherine braved the wind, I did find them a spot away from the worst of it for a few of their photos then a few inside the castle itself.

A few photos from Paul and Catherine's wedding.

>>> provisional wedding album ready to view - click here <<<












my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk 



Emma and Michaels wedding at Croft & Headlam Hall

Emma & Michael's wedding at St Peters in Croft, a brilliantly sunny day.  Emma's bridesmaids arrived in a fantastic VW camper van: Chaz, provided by www.lovedubcars.co.uk Emma arrived, in Mr Bennett, a classic VW Beetle Karman Cabriolet.

The grounds at Headlam are just about the best kept of any venue I've photographed weddings at.  A little soft under foot as we'd had 4 days of solid rain though Emma was not put off by that. 

They were both just so relaxed as we strolled around Headlams grounds for a few photos, possibly because we'd done their pre-wedding photo session at Headlam they knew what to expect and breezed through the photos with real natural expressions and few poses.  I just asked them to be themselves while I wandered around at a distance to capture their images.






 






my main website is: www.paulempson.co.uk