Taking shape

These blog posts are becoming less frequent. Recently I use them to remind myself how much I’ve progressed since starting out. Looking back to when I used Auto settings to capture subjects in interesting perspectives. Slowly starting to understand some of the camera’s controls using Shutter Priority then finally going full manual mode. Getting accustomed to using different lenses, how, why and when to use them. Recently I’ve bought a film camera to make me think before firing, concentrating again on my compositions. I have now subscribed to Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom to add an additional creative step in my process.

I think every once in a while It’s useful, no, important that you look back to see how far you’ve come. I’m not claiming to be a master looking back on his journey, far from it. I look back and I’ve barely made it down the garden path. I’ve acquired all the tools and basic knowledge I need to take those first steps into the photography world.

Recently I’ve been approached to do some professional shoots, this fills me with anxiety and dread but at the same time hope and excitement. I’m faced with a choice; do I turn around and walk back towards the house to keep honing my skills and becoming more familiar with my equipment? or do I take these first steps into the world of professional photography and off my garden path?

I’m opting for the latter. That being said, I need to be careful. I need to know what’s expected of me and my equipment when I take that step. I’ll need to upgrade my equipment which will cost money, more than I can currently afford. I do have the option of getting a loan but loans need to be paid back. I’ll need a steady income to justify taking that initial loan.

This brings us to now. I’m looking at my options for regular Photography work, there are a couple of choices…

I still have a whole bunch of learning to do, and I want to ensure that my creative zeal isn’t smothered by my need to make income.


Daniel Dawson Album Recording 2016

We are coming to the close of the recording process, this was my first long commitment project for quite sometime. The recording process has rekindled my love for the science and adventure of sound capture. The love that I lost while studying the subject in my University days has progressively returned. Thus the reformation of this website.

Those of you that have experienced Daniel’s live performances will know how much of a dynamic range he demonstrates with his vocal.  Although this sounds excellent live this proved the first hurdle within the recording process. My current lack of external EQs and Compressors meant I had to find a viable work around to avoid clipping and distortion. My solution was to use a Dynamic Microphone as opposed to a typically used, more sensitive Condenser Microphone. This allowed me to record the performance with Daniel’s full dynamic and reduce most the horrible room  reverb that plights us Homestudioers.

Me and Daniel have worked together to produce the sounds that he wanted. I have remained a tool at Daniels disposal throughout the recording process. If he had an idea I would try my best to accommodate it. Remember I work for the Artist and my work isn’t complete until they are satisfied, even if I am not (in this case though, I am).

A single from the Album is going to be free to download once finished so keep and eye out for that in a later post, along with links to buy the full album.

For now here is an un-produced taster.