Monthly Archives: July 2015

Wedding Photography Tips part 2, Use of Techniques

wedding-443600_640Hopefully if you have found part two of our wedding photography tips, then you have already seen part one. That was all about the preparation and how to use extra equipment in order to create the best experience possible for the happy couples and guests, and also give them the best end product. Today we move on to a more technical side, and some quick and easy things that will really boost what you are trying to achieve.

Firstly, and maybe obviously, turn off any sound on your camera. Emotional moments at wedding like the signing of the register, vows and kiss are shrouded in silence. Don mess them up with clicks and bleeps. Turn it off upon arrival and keep it that way.

Use of light is key, and you need experience or at very least a basic understanding of of it for good wedding photography. Most traditional style churches have very low light, so consider how you are going to bounce light off surfaces. Do you need a diffuser, is it a coloured surface your bouncing it off. By combining this with the preparation work we described in part one, scouting the venue, you can get the best possible results.

The intimate shots we see and love in magazines can be the real big hits. A ring lying on a table, a champagne glass, a table piece. Snap everything, the smaller the details the better. They can be real hits and make the couples day. They are also perfect to use in a collage or your own portfolio.

In the spirit of capturing the unusual an intimate, consider switching to continuous shooting mode. Getting a lot of shots fast can really pick out the little emotions. It also helps just after posed shots, as once everyone is relaxed thinking the camera is not still going, can lead to capturing some truly beautiful moments.

Hopefully we have given you a brief insight into the basic tricks to achieve great wedding photography. We intend to do a third part advising on some of the more advanced techniques, but for now we hope this can be a big help. Keep looking for more articles just like this one.…

Wedding Photography Tips Part One: Perpetration is Key

wedding-443600_640We have eluded briefly in previous articles about why we believe wedding photography is so rewarding, and how it attracts so many of the casual, and full time members of the photographic community. Today we are going to offer you a few quick tips if you are yet to tale your hobby to the next level. Maybe you just like going out with your camera on the weekend, yet have attracted attention because of it. They saw your lovely country landscape shots and now want you to take pictures of the biggest day of their life. It’s OK is here to get your through.

Forward planning is one of the biggest and best tips we can offer. Get together with the couple and create a list of shot types they would like, even if its just a rough draft. Also make sure it includes exactly who they want in each one. Have a full and comprehensive list of every family member and friend they want, and al the different combinations. This way nobody gets missed out.

As part of the forward planning scouting out the venue in advance is also a huge bonus. This will help when suggesting the more abstract shot types, and quirky little intimate photos you see so often in those wedding magazines. It may not be something the top end pro’s do but I find it very handy.

Obviously in the mood of forward planning your own equipment needs to be maintained and ready to go. Fully charge battery packs, keep your memory cards free and clear and be prepared for all eventualities. Have back up plans and alternatives in case of rain, or any other unforeseen event.

When making your lost consider getting a second camera. This means you can set each one up in two different ways. We usually go for one with a narrow lens and another with a wide angle lens. With this though comes the need for extra battery packs, but the versatility and speed it will offer you cannot be understated.

You may also consider taking a computer or projector along with you to the event. This is simply to further your own exposure, and to give a fun aspect to the day. You can display your previous shots form the day as a slide show, and let the guests see exactly what is going on. The exposure it …

David Bailey in Profile: Biography Series

baileyphotoDavid Bailey is perhaps one of the worlds most famous living photographers. His work on portraits and fashion are hugely famous and revered within the community. He has taken pictures of some of the biggest names in the celebrity and fashion world.

He was born on the second of January 1938, in the east end of London. It was during the height of the second world war and particularly the blitz, and these experiences shaped him as he revealed later in life.

He had learning difficulties and really struggled at school. Back then nobody recognised his obvious dyslexia, developing a more creative mind. He developed a love for natural history that started leading him down the path towards photography. He is said to have only attended school thirty three times one year, and left once he was 15 to pursue his other interests. He became a copy boy on fleet street, and had several other jobs that lead to nothing.

He was called to serve his national service in 1956 and joined the Royal Air force in Singapore. Needing a  way to channel his creativity he purchased a rolleiflex camera. By 1958 his passion was ignited and went after it with both hands. He bought a Canon rangefinder and began to work his way up within the business starting off at the very bottom. He struggled to attend college due to his poor academic record, so it was Baileys only option.

In 1959 he became an assistant at the John French Studio, before becoming a primary photographer in his own right. His big break came when fashion magazine Vogue contracted him to work with them. Bailey thrived during the swinging 60’s in his home of London, and he photographed some of the biggest names of the time such as Mick Jagger, The infamous Kray Twins, The Beatles and many many more.

As his meteoric rise gathered pace, he shot to the top of vogue. Soon shooting cover photos and in one year contributing over 80 pages to the editorial. Models worshipped him for his talent, and his good looks, becoming  the biggest name at the magazine. He had many interesting and infamous pieces of work with rock star Alice Cooper, especially the controversial “Billion Dollars Babies” album cover.

Fame, infamy and endless talent all merge together to crate the perfect recipe for the modern day photographic legend. David Bailey was …

Why You Need a Tripod in Your Camera Bag!

tripod-390902_1280Any photographer, be they serious or just starting out will at some point or another be in need of a decent tripod. Free hand photography offers a flair and a raw look that can be amazingly striking. The truly skilled can use to this to their advantage to create some fantastic pieces of work and it really does take a knack to reach a top level with it.

The advantages of a tripod are numerous and the first, and probably most obvious reason, is the stability it gives you. Tripods can be solidly set, and fixed in place. A really handy thing when you are taking photographs of things that are in motion and that require you to remain steady as the object moves. Any extra bounce or slight twitch can really throw the final result off if there are too many moving parts while you try and get the perfect shot.

The next bonus is that most tripods will have an adjustable height level. This again means you can set your camera to a consistent and fixed level, or in a fixed direction. Perfect if you are patiently waiting for something to emerge, or to come travelling back. For example photographing a cycling race, or sporting event. This fixed level can lead to some super results and makes it well worth buying a tripod that can be extended or dropped down in height. Tripods are also great for shooting in low light as they allow you to have a much slower shutter speed and keep your images sharper.

It also may seem obvious, but it really does free up your hands for other things. You can concentrate on your lens and focussing it properly, looking at everything that is going on around you, and make any last minute adjustments that might suddenly crop up. If you’re shooting families and children you might have to focus more on positioning and even gaining the attention of young ones, that your hands will come in handy for gesturing and more.

Simply put tripods are crucial as you continue down your journey in the photography world. Look out for further articles on how to capture the best shots while using a tripod, and when it is necessary to swap to free hand, or even use a monopod for a bit more stability while still using the freedom we all love when shooting.…

Wedding Photography in Review: Part One


img src = brings you another look into some great wedding photography. We at Zanadu aim to make you as confident as possible when pursuing your love of photography, and hope that these reviews will bestow years of experience on you, in a relatively short amount of time. Being able to get experience of different photographs and situation can be hard to achieve on your own, and using our review will definitely get you ahead of the game. This time we look at a photo containing the bride and the groom.

The first thing we should reveal about our choice to look at this picture is that unlike our last review, it is very deliberately staged. Taking a staged photo offers a huge element of control over many things, but still requires careful planning to get it right.

The bride and groom quite clearly got married in this very specific venue, with a lovely outdoor area. The statue of cupid is a great touch. The photographer has used it in a bold way, choosing to separate bride from groom here. This is so the statue can stand between them, symbolizing the love they have for each other. Yes having a literal statue of the god of love may be a bit much for some, but it is done delightfully, and obviously makes the couple very happy. After all that is all that matters.

Although the groom is clearly there, the focus is on the foreground and the beautiful bride. A cute smile and an almost wistful look over her shoulder back at the an she will spend the rest of her life with. He is leaning on the cupid statue, as if waiting for her. With the rest of their lives ahead and a strong bond of love.

The looking away form the camera or over a distance at their new spouse is a great technique to use in wedding photography, but as always judgement is key. With scenery or other things that need focus it can be fantastic, but would also not suit a photo that need to be up close and personal capturing minute details and emotions.

Wedding photography is not easy, and we’re hoping that by breaking down some of the photographs we have found out and about we can bring inspiration and information to budding photographers everywhere.…

What Exactly is an SLR Camera?

dslrPhotography is a big, big world to explore. It has so many different terms, types of camera and bits of equipment that there is a lot of knowledge to gain. is here to not only offer advice and opinion, but make sure that you can get that experience. Finding what you need online to supplement the knowledge you will be gaining in your day to day photography work. Today We will be looking the the SLR.

SLR is a term that you have probably heard plenty of times when talking about cameras, and the pursuit of photography as a business, or hobby. To begin with SLR stands for single-lens reflex. So and SLR camera is a single-lens reflex camera.

This means that the camera uses a system of mirrors (which gives it the reflex in the title) that means the user of the camera can see exactly what will be photographed when looking at the desired object. This is an upgrade from the traditional style viewfinder camera which can lead to the user of the camera having a vastly different end product, to what they actually see through the viewfinder.

The first SLR cameras where produced in 1880’s yet the complexity of the design meant few where used. Yet the SLR was not to be kept down, and as mechanicals advancements where made and engineering moved forward they got better and better. By the 1960’s they had become the preferred method of photo capturing for most professionals.

The viewfinder struggled because of the way light travelled within the camera. It needed different paths between the viewfinder and the film, meaning somewhere at a set point it would need to intersect. This meant that the quality of close range photography could suffer. The SLR had not such problem and rose to prominence on the back of it. With big brands such as Nikon and Olympus taking advantage of it and continuously developing better cameras.

It remained the top of the game until the mid 1990’s, until digital imaging previews started to take over. The LCD preview was a big step up once again, and kept everything moving forward. But in the professional game SLR still remains the camera of choice for most high end companies and freelancers. SLR will always have less shutter lag, giving higher level of precision. The pixel resolution, colour, contrast ration and refresh rate can not …