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I’m Simon, an unabashed geek who enjoys writing about photography, graphic & web design, technology, productivity and all round hustle. In my spare time I fly 120km/h racing drones.

My pictures would be better if…

My pictures would be better if…

Chase Jarvis posted on his blog last week asking his readers to finish a sentence: "My pictures would be better if...". So I did. I thought about it carefully and put my reply out into the world amongst the huge stream of comments. My pictures would be better if I got...

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Anatomy of a Location Shoot

Anatomy of a Location Shoot

I've known Emma for a few years and while we've done a few things at car shows, we have never shot together properly. Last weekend we put that right. Not only did Emma make the trek up from the Portsmouth but I was lucky enough to have my long suffering...

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Quadra ECO Ring Flash – First Impressions

Quadra ECO Ring Flash – First Impressions

Focus On Imaging is the biggest photography trade show in the UK - think of it as our version of Photokina or Photo Plus. While it's not as large, you still get a few product launches there and this year I was particularly interested in The Flash Centre's launch of...

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Rallying in the Rain

Rallying in the Rain

Last month, I spent a weekend getting up close and personal with some classic rally cars as they hooned around a wet and muddy Stoneleigh Park. It was all relatively low speed stuff on a tight tarmac circuit full of 90 degree turns but Race Retro is a great...

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Shooting Michelle

Shooting Michelle

I've known Michelle Westby from the car show scene for quite a while now but it wasn't until Autosport in January that we finally set a date to shoot together - part of my "Actions, not thought" motto for 2011. Unfortunately, the weather let us down so a lot of our...

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Light Painting A Car

Light Painting A Car

I'm lucky enough to have access to what can loosely be called some studio space (a huge empty room, large enough to get a car in that gives me completely control of the ambient light) so last night I tried a little automotive light painting. So armed with nothing more...

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The Girls of Autosport International 2011

The Girls of Autosport International 2011

Another weekend, another show at the NEC and another two days under horrific artificial lighting. The most popular way to work around it and get some good photos is to use on camera fill flash as you run and gun. But as each hall has a different flavour of lighting,...

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My Data Storage Workflow

My Data Storage Workflow

After watching a couple of Chase Jarvis videos lately about his studios approach to data storage and backup, I thought I'd wade in and give you my smaller scale version. I might not work on assignments the size of Chase's (yet!) but loosing my images, even if it's...

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Clothes Show Live

Clothes Show Live

Just a quick update today to showcase some of the photographs I took at the fashion show held at Clothes Show Live. A little bit of a break from the norm but surprisingly good fun! On the technical side, these were all shot with a 70-200mm f/4 lens so I had to take...

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What The Heck Is “Beauty Dish Mode”?

What The Heck Is “Beauty Dish Mode”?

I've had a few questions on Twitter about just what I mean when I say I use my 70cm Elinchrom Deep Octa in "beauty dish mode", so this quick post is to show what I mean.   This is the way you'd typically use a soft box with both layers of diffusion material in...

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