Finn Dudaniec Photography: Blog http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Finn Dudaniec Photography fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:10:00 GMT Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:10:00 GMT http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u388146124-o267634894-50.jpg Finn Dudaniec Photography: Blog http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog 120 120 Selfies on the fly http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2018/3/selfies-on-the-fly

This selfie was taken with the camera resting on a window ledge above head height so I was unable to actually focus in place. I tested my exposure settings, guestimated the distance from subject, pre-focused just short of that distance, set a decent aperture (f5.6+) to give me a margin or error then lifted the camera overhead to the window ledge. Image came out lovely and sharp.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) selfie http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2018/3/selfies-on-the-fly Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:09:33 GMT
Digicamcontrol - free tethering software http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2018/3/digicamcontrol---free-tethering-software

Tested digicamcontrol the other day - shooting tethered (via laptop). I love opensource software not just because it's free but because it tends to be more direct. This software is easy to use and I was very impressed with the accuracy of the capture, the sharpness of the images. Shooting tethered is commonplace for studio photographers but it's also the best way to take self-portraits. Highly recommend!

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) digicamcontrol self-portrait tethered http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2018/3/digicamcontrol---free-tethering-software Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:01:44 GMT
Light room, dark room http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/12/light-room-dark-room

A quick and easy trick for framing a portrait is to position your subject on the threshold between a light and dark space, such as a doorway facing onto a light room or towards daylight, with a dark room to the rear. 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) portrait http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/12/light-room-dark-room Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:13:26 GMT
Remarkable reinvention http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/11/remarkable-reinvention

Martine Wright MBE - her legs taken in the 7/7 London bombings, decided she'd make the experience meaningful, defining, and reinvented herself as a para-Olympian. It's one of those stories that reminds you of how so many cope with adversity but some are able, through positivity and determination to re-filter their perspectives on life, reinventing their freedoms and dreams in other ways.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) reinvention http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/11/remarkable-reinvention Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:28:58 GMT
The Leeds Club http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/11/the-leeds-club

Noticed that the Leeds Club had closed down the other day. It's probably been closed for a while. Pity, lovely venue with some history. I guess city centre is premium property. Hopefully somebody will do something tasteful when they buy it.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) club leeds http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/11/the-leeds-club Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:18:43 GMT
Talent http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/talent

I've said it before - I should be a talent scout! 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) faces new http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/talent Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:00:43 GMT
Frames http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/frames

Sometimes you've got to use what you have. This portrait needed an urban feel but the only vaguely urban surface available was a 4ft breezeblock wall but with a little creative framing, you'd never know the subjects are, in fact, kneeling.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) creative framing http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/frames Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:37:55 GMT
Print is back! http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/print-is-back

Yet again I am staggered by the value, quality and efficiency of Saal-Digital. Their photo booklet product is a real winner. Though we all still love the look and feel of printed images, nobody prints anymore. The quality of high-street printing is poor or expensive. The Saal-Digital photo booklet puts quality print into an affordable bracket - bound in a durable quality, bound, booklet format. The software is easy to use and the production/delivery times are unfathomably fast. The sizes and options allow you to easily flex to your requirements. Perfect for capturing the best images from holidays, occasions and events and having them accessible on the bookcase or table top to really appreciate.

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) album booklet photo print http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/print-is-back Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:16:35 GMT
Impromptu portraits http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/impromptu-portraits

One of the key areas a photographer is expected to make a difference is in respect of impromptu portraits. To maximise on impromptu portraits, firstly, you need to have the light - not direct light, ideally, diffuse light, window light, light reflected from a bright surface. On the street, you may need to get your subjects to raise their chins a little to capture light from above. Choose a simple, ideally, uniform background, if available, a door or wall, even use the sun as a backlight to over-expose and minimise the relevance of the background. Don't try to photograph people and landmarks in the same shot, you won't do justice to either. If you can, look for a connection/relationship between subject/subject matter and the textures of your backdrop. If you can't find a simple or uniform background, try for uniformity in chaos or make sure you fill the frame as much as possible with the subject (if using a mobile, filling the screen with your subject will stop the camera fudging the exposure so much). 

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) impromptu http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/9/impromptu-portraits Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:15:04 GMT
Get close! http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/8/get-close If you're trying to capture a sensory quality such as taste, smell or touch, it often pays to get close. There's a shot you could make of the cupcakes in symmetry on the table on their stand, a perfect pyramid (though, in reality, there rarely is the uniform background you want) but that takes the image into the realm of a visual aesthetic. Up close like this, it's about the touch and the smell and the taste, which is what you want your audience to experience.

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) cupcakes food photography senses http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/8/get-close Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:42:50 GMT
You can go your own way! http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/8/you-can-go-your-own-way As a photographer, I'm impartial...and mercenary, I'll shoot anything! but it's always nice to see a couple really enjoy their wedding day, without the stress, just doing things the way they want and celebrating with family and friends.

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) weddings http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/8/you-can-go-your-own-way Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:32:33 GMT
Protect and serve http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/7/protect-and-serve

Got to combine two of my passions at the weekend, training with IPA DTG on some adrenaline-fuelled self-protection scenarios. In between drills, I got to snap an image or two of the action. Great team and great to spend some time with the police - an amazing, noble tribe, committed to our safety and willing to step into the breach for duty and the greater good.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) police http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/7/protect-and-serve Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:01:36 GMT
To the air! http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/5/to-the-air

 

Spent a delightful week in the magical land of Northumberland. When in Rome...

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) Broomstick Harry Potter Northumberland http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/5/to-the-air Sun, 28 May 2017 08:49:52 GMT
Creative space http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/5/creative-space Yorkshire portrait photographerYorkshire portrait photographer

I love working in this creative space, which is essentially, a vacant shop unit in a basement. There is so much vacant space in a city like Leeds that could be put to some creative use. It's a shame really.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) creative space http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/5/creative-space Tue, 02 May 2017 22:26:15 GMT
Monochrome weddings? http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/4/monochrome-weddings   There is something timeless, authentic and honest about black and white images that makes black and white ideal for story telling (colour complicates and adds a new dimension of aesthetic that, though pleasing in its own right, can distract from the human story). One of my favourite wedding photographers, Kevin Mullins goes as far as to offer a monochrome wedding package. It's an attractive proposition to a photographer and Kevin's demand for black and white weddings is consistent. It would be interesting to trial.

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) black and white monochrome photography weddings http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/4/monochrome-weddings Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:09:51 GMT
The headshot http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/3/the-headshot A simple series of headshots designed to highlight different perspectives of the same face, from the straight-laced to the more enigmatic

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) headshot http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/3/the-headshot Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:53:01 GMT
Body of work http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/2/body-of-work Back in my favourite improvised studio space recently, shooting with Nicola P_ whose body is a canvas of tattoo art, a body of art.

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) Tattoo corn exchange improvised leeds studio http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/2/body-of-work Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:18:22 GMT
The beautiful ones http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/1/the-beautiful-ones Yorkshire wedding and portrait photographerYorkshire wedding and portrait photographerYorkshire wedding and portrait photographer - #Corn exchange

Spoilt myself on this shoot with two of my favourite young models - the cheekbones!

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) beautiful http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2017/1/the-beautiful-ones Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:18:39 GMT
Campness http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2016/12/campness

When I get in front of the camera, the extent to my own campness sometimes comes as a surprise. This is a Caravaggio moment. Still, it's very important for the photographer to remember what it feels like on the other side of the lens. Practice makes perfect.

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) Test shots http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2016/12/campness Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:56:34 GMT
New toy http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2016/11/new-toy Bought a Chinese copy of the Fstoppers flashdisc (£10 v £75, no contest) for working in venues with no bounce-flash potential and for working fast n loose when there's no option to set-up off-camera lights. Must say, I'm impressed. It packs away small and gives a soft enough light to rival a small softbox. Great for urban portraiture when you want to spend time with the subject rather than on the science and practicality of light-stands.

 

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fdudaniec@hotmail.com (Finn Dudaniec Photography) Modifier flashdisc softbox strobist http://www.finnphotographer.co.uk/blog/2016/11/new-toy Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:03:59 GMT