Bridal Image Photography: Blog http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Bridal Image Photography enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:29:00 GMT Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:29:00 GMT http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/img/s1/v19/u240286972-o733391514-50.jpg Bridal Image Photography: Blog http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog 120 80 The Wedding of Danielle and Joseph at the George Hotel, Edinburgh http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/10/the-wedding-of-danielle-and-joseph-at-the-george-hotel-edinburgh A few photographs from a recent wedding at the George Hotel Edinburgh between Danielle and Joe. My friend and colleague Bill Lamarra was Principal Photographer on the day with myself as 2nd shooter with some nice shots contributed by her keen photographer father also called Bill. I swore I wasn't going to say anything else about the weather, but this has been the worse year I can remember over the last 15 for poor weather. It basically bucketed down the entire day. Joe and Dani however did not let it spoil their enjoyment and really got into the mood and spirit of the day as did their family and friends. Everyone there, especially the couple themselves, was in an especially good mood  throughout the entire day and Bill managed to capture some good shots on the rooftop terrace despite the horrible conditions. I was tucked safely down in the library taking reportage and guest photographs, before we were both kindly provided with a meal by the Brides father. Terrible life being a Wedding Photographer.  The George Hotel is situated half way down George Street in Edinburgh and is an ideal location for a wedding with a mix of old world charm and modern up to the minute facilities.

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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) Airdrie Bridal Image Photography Coatbridge Photographer Competitive George Hotel Edinburgh Glasgow Photographer Photographer Photographer" Photography Scotland Scottish Photographer Wedding Wedding Photographer http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/10/the-wedding-of-danielle-and-joseph-at-the-george-hotel-edinburgh Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:29:12 GMT
Wedding of Joanne and Stephen at St Augustine's Church Coatbridge and Airth Castle hotel. http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/10/wedding-of-joanne-and-stephen A few photo's from the recent wedding of Joanne and Stephen at St. Augustines Church Coatbridge and the Airth Castle for the reception. What can I say. I've seen blogs where photographers in Southern California say they don't get very good light. Well try coming to Scotland mate and working with the light and weather we have. Another great couple and another crappy weather day. But it didn't spoil their mood in anyway. Joanne said she never even thought about the rain as the day flew past so quickly. Airth Castle is a wonderful location for a wedding reception. Nice grounds and good backdrops, but we were stuck inside all day and pushed for time. Still, I think that the photographs tell the real story of day and show just how happy the two of them were. Thanks Joanne and Stephen for allowing us to be a large part of your wedding.

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The Wedding of Gail and Derek at Glenskirlie House, Scotland http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/9/the-wedding-of-gail-and-derek-at-glenskirlie-house-scotland Just a few pics from a recent wedding we took on a DRY day in Scotland! No, not that kind of dry, I meant that it just didn't RAIN. Gail and Derek were great. Nothing was too much bother for them. Bridal Image always try and inject some fun into the day, and they were certainly up for that as you can see from the 'flower throwing,' pics. (Please be aware, no flowers were harmed in the taking of this photograph - they died a natural death a few hours later.) The Wedding was held at Glenskirlie house who as usual outdid themselves (especially with the night time barbecue.) I would like to thank Gail and Derek for giving is a marvellous day and the kids were absolutely fantastic. No fuss, no bother, just seemed to love every minute of it. I have attached a few pics 300_7005300_7005 700_0186700_0186 700_0191700_0191 700_0197700_0197 700_0221700_0221 700_0233 copy700_0233 copy 700_0465700_0465 700_0634700_0634 700_0643700_0643 700_0733700_0733 700_0805700_0805 700_0943700_0943 below and wave also added this as a link in my Bridalimage Facebook website. Please enjoy.

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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/9/the-wedding-of-gail-and-derek-at-glenskirlie-house-scotland Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:03:11 GMT
The Wedding of Nicole and Ross http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/8/the-wedding-of-nicole-and-ross Yes, you've guessed it, another crappy Scottish day weather wise. Nicole and Ross were married in the Radstone Hotel near Larkhall and if the wind had been any stronger we could all have put wings on and flown. Tried to do most of the groups outside as (sorry Radstone) you don't have much inside to work with. Proved difficult so I've shown a selection on pics that reflect the REAL mood of the day - happy, fun and loving. Nicole and Ross were great and the informal shots worked out really well. Thanks again to them for being so understanding. This small selection of pics show the real mood of the day - everyone enjoying themselves and basically having a good time - especially the B&G. A few effects added to some, but what's that Pic like of Ross coming up, the aisle after the wedding? Superb. 300_4030300_4030 300_4032300_4032 300_4100300_4100 300_4119300_4119

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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) Airdrie Weddings Bridal Image Photography Glasgow Weddings Lanarkshire Weddings Radstone Hotel Radstone Hotel Weddings Wedding Weddings http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/8/the-wedding-of-nicole-and-ross Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:35:05 GMT
The Wedding of Katrina and James http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/8/the-wedding-of-katrina-and-james Another typical Scottish wedding i.e. showers and sunshine. The Bride and Groom however were all sunshine. The wedding was held in the Tudor Hotel in Airdrie and everything went incredibly well. The hotel has done a bit of work and re-modelling, and the downstairs cloakroom for the function suite has been converted into an alcove with a fireplace. I haven't shown any of these as this is where most of the family photo's were taken, but it is nice when the weather (as usual) is not. Didn't get everything we wanted as the normal time pressures prevailed, but the dancing at night was good and the group were fantastic, changing into different costumes in the second half to reflect the singer. Scotland's answer to Elvis is shown, but Freddie Mercury also made an appearance at one point. I'd like to thank Katrina and James for working with us to get the best out of a bad weather day. They are a fun couple and the night was swinging. Most people don't realise that we stay and show them the photo's taken during the day on our laptops and if they want to buy one we can also print them out on the night. Anyway, it was a quick drive home afterwards as I live in Airdrie and the Tudor has upped it's game. Oh and btw, the zoom burst effect was done entirely in camera and not Photoshop - just trying to convince you all that unlike some other snappers, I know what I'm doing.

 

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The Wedding of Fiona and Dermot http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/8/the-wedding-of-fiona-and-dermot
Fiona and Dermot were married recently in Rankin Parish Church Strathaven and then on to the Stratheven hotel. Unfortunately they were married in weather resembling a hurricane but it did not put either of them off and their sense of humour was unwavering throughout the day. These are just a few Photo's with the main ones being on www.bridalimage.co.uk (although they are password protected - but there is a wee hint there.) Lovely couple and great guests from both Ireland and Scotland. 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding 001.jpg001.jpgFiona at home before the wedding
 
 
 
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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) Bridal Dermot Fiona Image McGinnis Neilson Photography http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2016/8/the-wedding-of-fiona-and-dermot Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:59:29 GMT
Bernadette and Roberts Wedding http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2015/8/bernadette-and-roberts-wedding Bernadette and Robert

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A nicer couple you could not hope to meet – shame the weather didn’t match them or their personalities. Wedding took place in St Patricks Church in Shotts which luckily had an interior that was fairly photogenic and allowed a few alternative pics to be taken together with the standard family shots. Visited Bride at her house and the Bridesmaids were great – well the youngest one was as she acted as my ‘technical assistant’ i.e. infill reflector holder whilst I was in the house.

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My better half was at the church taking pic’s of the Groom as he arrived plus photo’s of the guests in their finery.

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Had hoped to use the gardens after wedding, but as it was teaming down, was restricted to church and the reception in the Station hotel Shotts. Did most in the church as a pre recce of the hotel revealed that there was nowhere to really do any shotts without some kind of background distraction in place.

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However, got most of what we needed and Bernadette and Robert seemed more than pleased, which is the most important thing. The Station Hotel in Shotts were also very accommodating and helped a great deal with organising and re-arranging tables for us.

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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) Bridal Image Bridal Image Photography Bridalimage http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2015/8/bernadette-and-roberts-wedding Tue, 04 Aug 2015 18:38:36 GMT
Alanah and Allan's Wedding at Brig o Doon, Alloway, Ayrshire http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2015/8/alanah-and-allans-wedding-at-brig-o-doon-alloway-ayrshire Another fantastic day at Brig o’ Doon, this time with Alanah and Allan and their 165 guests. The wedding itself was in the beautiful St Patricks Church in Coatbridge. So an hour for the wedding,  a few confetti shots outside on the steps and then the 1 hour drive down to the seaside and Burns Country. The Bride and Groom had both been at another wedding where Bridal Image had been the photographers. They liked how we shot it, how we interacted with the guests, the fact that there were at least 2 photographers there and they booked us shortly thereafter before even seeing the other Brides album or DVD. This set of photos were taken in Alanah's mothers house before leaving for the church,

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Thankfully the weather, for a change, was playing along with us and we were able to shoot everything outside.  As usual, we were struggling for time, even with 3 photographers there, but we managed to pull it all together in the hour (and a bit) that the hotel said they could give us, but it also meant having to get the B&G and some other guests out into the gardens and onto  the bridge after the wedding to complete some of the shots that Alanah particularly wanted. Of course after a few glasses of wine (the couple, not us,) things got a bit more relaxed and fun(nier). Kudos to the bride and groom as well for the food they provided us with.

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After the main shots were over and before the dancing commenced, the laptop was brought out and photos downloaded both for backup and guest viewing. This went well, lots of people buying, so much so that we did not get home until 1.30am due to the fact that we print the photo’s for them onsite.

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Oh, I mustn’t forget to mention 3 things, the dancing shots in this incredibly high ceilinged hall at Brig o Doon were super, the Groom commented that we had gone ‘above and beyond,’ and we received the following unsolicited comment from one of the guests.

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"I was a guest at the beautiful wedding of Alanah and Allan at Brig O Doon . I'd like to compliment your photographers for the expert and stunning photographic record that the newlyweds have now been able to share with all of their guests via your website. Well done to all of the photographers for their work and skills on which was a perfect day. I'd recommend your team without hesitation. I purchased pictures at the wedding and I've saved a picture in my shopping cart and look forward to giving it pride of place in our home .Thank you. Helen Kirley"

Gives you a nice warm glow inside so it does.

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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) bridal image photography http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2015/8/alanah-and-allans-wedding-at-brig-o-doon-alloway-ayrshire Sun, 02 Aug 2015 22:11:56 GMT
Fuji X-T1 - Quick Review by Dominic G Smith - Bridal Image Photography http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2015/1/fuji-x-t1-quick-review At the outset I will hold my hands up and say that not only is this my first attempt at reviewing any of the cameras I have owned, but I have decided that my review will be about the usefulness of the X-T1 for my style of photography as opposed to a full, detailed technical review – basically because I am not technical and there are thousands of words in the wild discussing the technical capabilities of the camera.

First, a little history. Prior to buying the X-T1, I was (and to a large extent I still am,) a committed Nikon user, having owned an F300, F70 and F100 film cameras. I now own a D100, D2H, D300, D700 and a D5100. The D100 and the D2H are never used and are now virtually impossible to sell so just take up cupboard space. I also used to own a D2X but sold this some time ago to buy the D5100 as a backup and second shooter wedding camera (although in retrospect I should have sold the D300 and kept the D2X as the D2X was a lovely camera to use despite its none too clever performance at high ISO.) The D700, D300 and D5100 all have vertical grips attached. My main ‘goto’ lens is a 28-70mm f2.8, with an 18-85mm f3.5 for personal pursuits i.e. holidays. I also have a 28-300 Image Stabilised  zoom, but find this WAY too heavy for walkabout and not nearly good enough for wedding photography. There are also a 50mm f1.8, a 20mm f2.8 AIS and a Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro around somewhere. I bought the Sigma (foolishly as it turned out,) thinking it would be a good midrange telephoto for my weddings. However, it is too slow to focus, fairly soft at f2.8 and I now barely use it.

Why did I buy the X-T1? Simple. Apart from the generally excellent reviews, I wanted something lighter and more portable for travel and walkabout photography than the Nikon D700 + Grip + 28-70mm f2.8 lens + SB800 flashgun that I use daily. The Nikon kit weighs in at a mighty 2.67kg excluding batteries and the only way I can “comfortably” carry this is using a Sunsniper/Black Rapid style over the shoulder strap. To be honest, this is best way to carry all cameras, although lighter ones don’t have the heft to stop the strap moving around on your left shoulder.  A similar Fuji X-T1 setup weighs in at around (440g + 308g + 220g + 200g) 1.17kg. This will hopefully make it ideal for an all day shooting session and great for travel photography where lots of walking is usually involved. All of the images in this post are Jpegs straight out of the camera with no adjustments made. I'll try and add exposure and lens details later when I have time.

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I have now had the camera for around 10 weeks and it has been field tested in a number of environments, including a 1 week Western Med cruise, a wedding, some general walkabouts and at a gymnastics event where my company was actually providing a Green Screen setup. The ‘kit’ consists of a Fuji X-T1, an 18-55mm f2.8-f4 lens (bundled with the camera,) a small, hotshoe mounted flash that comes with the camera and a 55-200mm f3.5-f4.6 zoom lens bought separately. As with every new piece of kit there can be a steep learning curve and to a certain extent coming from a Full Frame DSLR with its press button and turn dial operation, the Fuji is no different, although I have to say that the electronic viewfinder (EVF) is superb.

Like most ‘know it alls,’ I thought that I my 35 years of SLR experience would allow me to dive straight in and set up the Fuji anyway I wanted. Huh! At one point it took me 10 minutes of front dial turning, various curses and a conviction that the damned camera was broken, before I remembered that you set the aperture the old fashioned way via that ‘uncommon’ aperture ring on the lens. The manual beckoned after this. The manual is a strange beast. It manages to cover the basics of the controls in a precise, functional manner which often takes Nikon and Canon at least double the number of pages to accomplish, but does it in a way that seems illogical to me. Some of the 'command' descriptions need a bit of thought to work out what they actually do. Example, there is an option for 'Image Preview in Manual Mode' which is set to ON by default. Makes sense you would think, as it allows for easier metering when using outside i.e. what you see in the EVF/Rear Screen is what the photo will look like. However, when used indoors with a flash at 'normal' settings of 400iso, f5.6 @ 1/60th sec, the image is usually too dark as the camera wants you to expose for the ambient light in the room. It just assumes the flash is not there. This setting therefore needs to be turned to OFF which then allows the camera in Manual Mode to perform more as you would expect, just like a DSLR with a pentaprism where you can actually see what you are about to shoot and the exposure is calculated when the flash fires, with any shutter dragging allowing some ambient light to come into effect. You can assess this roughly by looking at where the needle sits on the exposure line at the bottom right of the viewfinder. (See this DPReview thread for some additional insight.) http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55063540.

The flash is also disabled when either of the continuous shooting modes are selected, meaning you cannot take a sequence of shots using flash indoors e.g. Dancing. I often set my Nikon D700 to a fairly slow shutter speed and using the flash, pan the camera across a groupe of people dancing or using a hand held zoom burst effect. Combined with rear curtain sync, this often gives interesting shots with light streaks through them meaning the photo has a more dynamic feel to it. (Example below.) Again I would have thought this could be resolved with a firmware update (or perhaps there is a hidden setting somewhere I have missed??.)

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There are a number of ways to set up the Electronic Eye View Finder and the rear view screen, all done fairly simply by pressing a small butting to the right of what I would normally call the Pentaprism. My normal method of operation is to have the View Finder set up to be eye activated, which means that it only comes one when it detects that your eye is pressed to the view finder. However, if you have set the camera to go into sleep mode after a period of time, the only way to wake it up again is to press the shutter button. Most other cameras wake up when any button is pressed, so perhaps this is something that Fuji could (should) work on as a firmware upgrade.

When I first started to use the camera, I found that stray light coming in from either side of the EVF made it difficult to clearly see what you were trying to photograph. I had to set the brightness level of the X-T1 up to its maximum of ‘2’, but I understand that there might be an eye cup available that should make it easier to use and place less power drain on the battery. As I mentioned earlier, the EVF is superb. Basically what you see is what you get, so if it looks underexposed in the camera it will be underexposed on your PC. Recovery options for under/overexposed files are very good using either the supplied Silkypix software or the upgraded Adobe Camera Raw, which does give you some control over the various camera options. You need to convert to Adobe DNG to use your files in Lightroom below version 5.0.

But as photographers, we use our cameras to take quality photographs, and the 16 MP images (about 36 MP) on the card are superb. The little flash works great outdoors for some fill in, but does drain the battery somewhat. See the attached images for quality examples. They say lots more than words ever could. Some form of lossless compression would however be appreciated as cards fill up very quickly.

If you do buy this camera and associated kit then I would really advise you to invest in a number of extras. Get at least two 16GB SD cards, as if you shoot like me, you will easily fill these in a day. And buy at least one but maybe even two additional batteries as the camera/flash/chimping combination eats them like you do popcorn at the movies. The grip is not a ‘must have’ but it balances the camera when using longer lenses and as I have been using all my other cameras with grips for years I miss it when it isn’t there.

The dials and buttons which are the main ‘feature’ of the camera, are well placed and generally easy to use – if you have smaller, slim fingers. My smaller chubbier fingers meant that occasionally it was a little difficult to accurately turn the dial I wanted and the button press needed to turn the ISO dial can be a bit of a pain. You also need to keep an eye on the dial used to change metering patterns as I noticed that this easily moved when removing the camera from the bag,

Focusing is generally very accurate and as I am a centre point focus fanatic (probably going back to split image prisms,) I haven’t pushed it with other focus patterns. Metering is generally good, but like all other cameras can be fooled by bright/dark areas in part of the frame, especially the sky. The compensation dial is good to have, but I prefer to use the AE button on the rear of the camera to get the exposure I am after if in any mode except manual, and then hold this until the photo is taken.

Is this the best EVF APS-C camera ever made? To date in my opinion it certainly is. Lens distortions (which are all minimal anyway,) can be dealt with in the camera. You can shoot everything in Velvia mode if you want, but for people shots Astia or Provia are much better and they can be changed either in camera or via software. It is light and easy to carry, so light in fact that I sometimes forgot it was there and had to constantly check it hadn’t been half inched (pinched.) It is the perfect quality walkabout camera which can and will give you superb images IF you know what you are doing, What it is not is a novice camera, even if it does have the green ‘Professional’ mode (which works well actually.) I have used APC sized ‘Professional’ cameras for a long time now (since the days of the D100) but I still love the high ISO image quality from my D700 which I use for all of my weddings. That said, the high ISO of the Fuji is not too bad either.

I use fill in flash as I love catch lights in the eyes and at the minute, the X-T1 does not really have a flash that suits, although Nissin have just brought out a small but powerful flash that works with the camera. Would I use it for shooting a full wedding? Not yet as I don’t know enough about it but hopefully one day next year I will when I can get the Nissin flash. Some of the pics in the review were taken at a wedding where I used it as a second camera so there is a comparison.

What are the benefits? Well, I think I have listed most of them above. The only real down sides are that the function buttons are just a little too small.  When switched to ‘silent mode’ it disables the flash. When using continuous shooting it also disables the flash (as I said earlier, something I hope Fuji can fix with a firmware upgrade.)

There are probably a number of other quirks that will crop up over the next few months that I will try and update on, but at the minute it is a camera that I love using. I haven’t tried to undertake a technical review but have used the camera in mainly ‘practical’ situations to see how it performs. One point though, if you use anything below Lightrooom 5, you need to convert all of your files to DNG’s using Adobes free convertor. Seems to work well but don’t know exactly what effect it has on the overall file quality.

Also I haven't had time to upgrade to the latest Firmware which has just been released so can't comment on any effects it might have.

A wee quick update. At the World Athletics Championships held recently at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow we were employed to provide a Green Screen Photography Service. We normally use a D300 for this which works fine with the ambient lighting available, so whilst my colleagues were busily working away, I took a little time out to find out how well the X-T1 would perform as an action camera.

I was using the 55-200 f4 lens wide open at 6400 iso giving me a shutter speed of around 1/500 sec, not quite fast enough to stop the quickest movement, but I did not want to push the ISO much higher than this. To my surprise, he results were actually pretty good.

I still haven’t figured out all of the focus options (too lazy to read the manual properly,) but for the sequence of images of the vaulting horse I pre-focused on this and waited until the athlete began his jump. I zoomed out for this as I wanted to try and capture a start to finish sequence and it worked out not too badly. Some of the other shots were not just as good and some of the girls on the asometric bars are a bit out of focus, but I think it performed very well.

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enquiries@bridalimage.co.uk (Bridal Image Photography) Bridal Image Photography Eventprints Fuji Fuji Review Fuji X-T1 Review Green Screen Green Screen Photography http://www.bridalimage.co.uk/blog/2015/1/fuji-x-t1-quick-review Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:21:44 GMT