MAY – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

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The collaboration The Sixty Second Photograph is dear to my heart. It’s a commitment to make a film each month alongside some really lovely & talented artists.

It should be fairly easy for me, as I’m making films all the time, but actually it’s been tricky to separate what I want to make as part of this project from the other creative projects and films I’m working on. I’ve been over thinking it… and trying to do something different each month. It’s not possible every time and I’ve got to be ok with that.

So this month is using footage collected throughout May… snippets from my Week In The Life and from a monthly Time Capsule film I’m creating. The theme is the light and that hopefully threads it together and it reminds me that looking for the light always makes me smile…

Do take time to check out the other films in this collective… it’s bubbling with inspiration.

The film is shot on Canon EOS 5D3.

 

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May 25th, 2016 at 8:47 am

FIVE FAVOURITE FRAMES

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May 19th, 2016 at 9:46 am

MAKE FILMS STARTS TODAY!

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MAKE FILMS - The online course starts TODAY… I’m so excited to offer it again.

Check out all the films made as part of previous courses - #makefilmscourse… These films blow my mind! over 1000 films brimming & bursting with creativity. Also, take a look at this blogpost sharing some of the amazing testimonials the course has received.

Let me tell you more about the course -

TEN WEEKS OF MAKING FILMS

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making mini films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films! We’ll focus on making a different type of film each week – see some of the examples below…

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

All the details are HERE. The course starts TODAY. Hope you’ll join us!

Here are some one of the films you can make -

SCENES FROM THE WEEKEND

STOP MOTION

VIDEO PORTRAITS

DAY IN THE LIFE

SLOW MO DETAILS

TIMELAPSES

DEMONSTRATION FILM

 

ONE MORE STOP MOTION (Coz I love this one!)

 

 

 

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May 17th, 2016 at 6:18 pm

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MINI TIME CAPSULES – DAY IN THE LIFE FILMS – MAY 2016

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The best films to look back on, are those sprinkled with little details, that when viewed altogether, create the bigger story of your life.

That’s why I LOVE the Day In The Life film.

In the MAKE FILMS course this week, the project is to create a Day In The Life film…

Last year, instead of one day of filming and creating a long DITL film, I started making daily mini Time Capsules to share on Instagram. A film every day for a week, full of everyday details and the little things that happened that were worth taking notice of and a few of the moments in between.

Have a look at previous weeks here - March 2016 & Sept 2015 & May 2015

I’m joining in with everyone on the current MAKE FILMS course… and loving it… especially when I can compare some of the details to this time last year.

Another round of MAKE FILMS starts next week (May 17th) and I know not everyone has the means to take part, so I’m hosting a giveaway for TWO places – one place by leaving a comment here on the blog & one place by leaving a comment on my Instagram feed - on the mini version of this film.

Let me know what little details you would like to capture in your Time Capsule film in the comments. I’ll announce the random winners on Monday here.

*Edited to add the winners - Rhadonda Sedgwick & @eliza_charlie_tilly

All the best!

 

All films shot on mostly Canon 5d3, with additional footage from iPhone 6s and Canon G7x

 

 

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May 13th, 2016 at 8:46 am

LATEST ONLINE FILM MAKING COURSES

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Let me share with you my latest offerings for learning to create your own films…

Creating Time Capsules starts TODAY (registration will be open till the 12th) – this six week online course, shares all you need to know to start making family films full of memories. You’ll love watching the little details of your life, as those memories will be safely locked away into beautiful films to be viewed in years to come. We look at making films with photos & video and combining them to tell your stories!

The course materials will guide you through shooting tips, tons of project ideas for inspiration and bite sized tutorials showing you the editing process in iMovie.

Head over here to join the fun.

Or take a look at MAKE FILMS which begins on May 17th.

With weekly prompts and inspiration, this 10 week course will look at different shooting & editing techniques, and the various stories you can tell through making films for Instagram or to share online. MAKE FILMS is packed with tips and tricks of how to make all my favourite films!

Check out the Instagram films that have been made on previous courses – nearly 1K films!

This course isn’t just about family or personal films. You can use the films to promote your business or brand e.g. make stop motions of your stationery products or time lapses of your surroundings or mini films of your events. There is so much scope for telling stories through film.

Hope you’ll join me on one of these experiences!

Films shot Canon 5D3, Canon G7x & iPhone 6s

 

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May 6th, 2016 at 5:51 pm

FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S7

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I love a new gadget to play with, so when the lovely people at Three.co.uk offered me a chance to play around with the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, I said yes, straight away! I’d heard tons of great things about the camera and was looking forward to checking it out for myself…. and maybe seeing world in a new way.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a beautiful bit of kit. My teenage sons swooned over it as I pulled it out of the box. I had to prise it out of their hands, as we all fell in love with epic screen wrapping around the edge. So very cool.

I loved that the screen was as large as my iPhone 6s+ but the device was smaller and felt more comfortable in my hand – amazing design! Everything looks crisp, colourful and extra special through it.

I’d read that the phone was waterproof… but didn’t feel brave enough to test this out on a borrowed device. But I can imagine that would be handy if you’re shooting in the rain… which seems to be most of the time here in the UK!

I took the phone out on my recent instameet #wwim13colourlovers to see how the colours would look in the photos… and I was impressed.

Bold and bright… vibrancy shone through the screen as I shot these gorgeous balloons. Plus, knowing it has the ability shoot in RAW so the photos can be fully edited, if needed afterwards.

The camera is one of the best I’ve tried on a smart phone. I was sad giving back, but not as upset as my fourteen year old, who was straight away trying to figure out how he can trade his iPhone for one immediately.

Note about the collaboration – Three.co.uk very kindly lent me the phone, to try it out and share a review here – All opinions are my own.

 

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May 5th, 2016 at 4:29 pm

MARRAKECH MEMORIES

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This trip was a spur of the moment thing to celebrate our birthdays. We were all needing a change of scenery after weeks of solid work.

Somewhere warmish and colourful were the top of my list.

There are more photos and stories to share, but I thought I’d start with the film.

I imagined I would make a film of quick blasts of colours and action, but actually I found Marrakech quite overwhelming and full on, so I spent most of the time seeking out the quiet and calm.

These are the moments I want to remember.

If you’re interesting in creating your own Time Capsule films of your life – holiday memories or everyday moments… Then take a look at my online course Creating Time Capsules, which starts later this week… On this course, I share everything you need to know to create these magic films for your family. Come and join the fun.

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May 3rd, 2016 at 6:24 pm

APRIL – THE SIXTY SECOND PHOTOGRAPH

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The Sixty Second Photograph is a monthly collaboration of beautiful stories by such talented artists. We’re telling stories of our lives through movement… playing and experimenting along the way.

This month came round so quickly. I wanted to carry on exploring the idea of a moving portrait… like last month. So I kept the film really simple. I’ve used The Photo Booth idea in other films of mine, but not for a while and as there is so much change in the boys lately… it’s good to revisit concepts that bring out a certain feeling. And it’s good to get everyone in front of the camera!

This film makes me smile for so many reasons, but mostly I’m grateful for this project to push me to create something I might not have got round to making.

Head over HERE and spend a while getting inspired by the wonderful films on offer this month.

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April 22nd, 2016 at 10:00 am

TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT PHOTOWALK OR INSTAMEET

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I love a photowalk or instameet – totally LOVE it!

I’m hosting one on Saturday 23rd April for #wwim13 – There are a couple of places left… Details are here if you’d like to sign up.

A photo walk or instameet is group of creatives gathered together… walking… chatting and photographing the beauty around them, sharing tips and Instagram stories… and making fun photos with the people they’re with.

It can be such a good time… opening your eyes to new things to photograph, a chance to learn and see how other creative people work.

If you never been on a photo walk or instameet before…

HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS -

PREPARATION – Charge your batteries, gather your memory cards and make space on your phone. My iPhone is always bringing up the dreaded warning sign of “No more photos” – make room for plenty more photos!

Choose which camera/s you’re going to bring. Bring what you’re comfortable shooting on or a camera you’d like a chance to play with.

Check out the weather – Bring an umbrella if it’s raining or shades for a rare bit of sunshine! and dress appropriately. I think it’s fun to wear colourful outfits, especially if you are on a walk where you might be photographing each other. I always say shoes can be practical, but they’re much more fun, if they’re pretty!

It’s up to you but consider bringing water, snacks or even both. So your energy levels stay up.

DURING THE WALK – Play with shooting your surroundings in a variety of ways – looking up & down, get in close, shoot wide, even shoot along the ground. Be creative… Look for interesting light, shapes, textures, lines and colours. Shoot in abundance & play, this is chance to experiment! and see how other people shoot and approach photographing the same subject differently.

Think about hashtags you love and creating photos for them – some of my favourites are : #doortraits #caughtgramming #instagrammerdown #colorcolourlovers #thisislondon #jumpotd #strideby etc – there are SO many and you might learn some new ones from your new friends!

It’s likely that there will be photographers of all levels, shooting with all sorts of cameras. Don’t get caught up on comparing your skills or equipment. Ask questions about camera gear, photo apps and shooting preferences. Connecting, making new friends and conversation is a big part of the experience. Most people are willing to share what they know – I certainly try my best to share anything you’d like to know.

Be brave… if you have an idea for a certain shot – go for it. There’s nothing worse than going home wishing you’d tried that creative idea in your head. If you like photographing people, ask someone or a group of people to pose for you… if you see something round the corner away from the crowd – sneak off, shoot it and catch up with them after. If you’d like your photo taken, ask someone to snap it for you on your device. If inspiration strikes, embrace it!

But most of all – enjoy this time to play and be spontaneous and open your eyes to this amazing colourful world!

HAVE FUN!

 

 

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April 21st, 2016 at 9:15 pm

THE TILES OF MARRAKECH

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Fell in love with all the tiles of course…

More tales and photos of Marrakech to come… but I loved all these colours and textures, so they deserved a post all of their own.

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April 21st, 2016 at 7:03 pm