What’s wrong with Lastolite and right with The Flash Centre

At Focus on Imaging, I decided that the time was right to get a couple of new soft boxes for the lights we use in our mobile studio when we are out covering events. I wanted something that was larger and quicker to assemble than the original soft boxes that came with our Elinchrom lights. I looked around the show …

Copyright infringement – an interesting article – an important lesson

I read today an interesting article on the Guardian’s website about copyright infringement. The article contains a letter from a reader who built a website for his sister’s hair salon and rather than hiring a photographer to shoot images for the website, he used Google’s image search to find suitable pictures. The states that he made sure he didn’t use any …

Making money from Photography in your spare time: Event Photography Training Course

Are you interested in making money from photography in your spare time? If so, have you considered becoming an event photographer? A very high percentage of events are held in evenings and at weekends and therefore lend themselves to part time photographers. Perhaps you are considering a change in career and want to move into photography over a period of …

Hartshill Riding Club & Rissington Kart Club

The first working weekend for us in 2013 is going to be a hectic one! We make our first visit to a new venue – Hartshill Riding Club, where we will be covering their winter schedule. Saturday kicks off with a dressage competition and is followed by the show jumping on Sunday. In between the two events we’ve got a …

Event Photography Training Courses

I am delighted to announce that I have partnered with Martin Grahame-Dunn from Images2Inspire to deliver a series of event photography training courses aimed at photographers who are looking at moving into the world of Event Photography. There are two separate day-long courses and a shorter evening course, all being held in Leamington Spa. Unlike other courses, these sessions are …

Working on the HIPA stand in Dubai – the follow up

Green Screen Photography in Dubai As many of you will know, I spent a week in October working for HIPA (the world’s most prestigious photographic award) on their trade stand at GITEX in Dubai. I’ve subsequently taken part in a webinar chat with Martin Grahame-Dunn and Oz Kharawala. During the 50 minute chat, we discussed all manner of topics related …

Event Photography in Dubai

[imageeffect type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” width=”600″ height=”400″ shadow=”shadow-medium” alt=”Green screen photography makes an excellent marketing tool at exhibitions” url=”http://www.simoncoatesphotography.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Corporate-promotional-photography-at-events.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]On a Wednesday afternoon I received a phone call that would change my working career. The conversation went something like this: “Are you available for a job next week? We need you in Dubai to do some trade show photography. The show  opens …

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Avoiding complacency – on-going training

Being a professional photographer can seem like the ideal job, especially to those who take pictures for a hobby. However, it can be a fairly solitary existence with limited interaction with others in a similar position. It is then very easy fall into the trap of  you know what sells, you know how to shoot it and that’s enough. In …

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Organising a school prom?

Are you organising a school prom in the Midlands? If so, why not invite us along to take the photos? [imageeffect type=”shadowreflect” align=”alignleft” width=”200″ height=”300″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Latest in Green Screen Technology at your prom” url=”http://www.simoncoatesphotography.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/rhscp_74360_0.jpg” ]We are a specialist event photography company, with full on site printing capabilities. By using our top-notch portable studio and some of the best camera …

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Here’s why there is next to no manufacturing in the UK

It is well known that the government is largely useless. It is also well known that, as a country, we are too reliant on overseas manufacturing. Long gone are the days where products were proudly ‘made in GB.’ We now happily import just about everything: even if the product is designed here. Why is this happening? Well there are, of …