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Basic DSLR digital photography course! Great fun!!

Basic digital photography training in Shrewsbury, Shropshire!

I wish I’d thought of doing this sooner, it’s so much fun! Because this is a subject I’m really passionate about, its easy for me to talk about it and teach people the basics. Photography is a subject I know inside and out. When i first thought of the idea it was a bit daunting as photography is such a large subject. But it was actually a lot easier than it first seemed. After a lot of planning, I finally put together lesson plans which will take people from knowing nearly nothing, to shooting portraits in manual by the end of day one! The only real problem, is not getting carried away and teaching to much! I don’t want to overload everyone with too much information! The feedback from all those that have attended so far has been brilliant, everyone has left the course happy and bursting with a new found understanding of photography.

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How does the training work? We start early on a Saturday morning, with lots of tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches (brain food!) and pastries to keep us going through the morning. After introductions, we get to know how a camera works, where the various controls and settings are on everyone’s own cameras. Then with the use of a PowerPoint presentation, photos and lots of hands on demonstrations and practice we cover, aperture, shutter, ISO, exposure, white balance, metering and lots lots more! We then look at composition and fill in flash. Throughout the morning I constantly check everyone is happy and its all sinking in, my priority is for everyone to learn how to use their camera.

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In the afternoon, after a nice lunch at the boat house (incl in the course price) we start taking lots of photos! We cover so much I won’t explain all of it but most of the afternoon is shot fully manual, we look at depth of field, capturing and showing movement using shutter. We spend time starting to understanding light and using natural light for portraiture, eventually we start getting creative with portraiture, we even look at using reflectors. Plus during the whole afternoon everyone is constantly learning about composition, with constructive feedback on all there photos.

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On the Sunday we re-group and start looking at what to do with all the photos after you’ve taken them, I cover file storage and management, we then look at Lightroom 4 importing and editing your images. As a professional photographer all my editing is done in Lightroom 4 so I show you how I do it. Once everyone’s happy with Lightroom we then take a look at studio lighting and make use of my studio. Studio lighting is a massive subject but my aim is to give a taste of how to start using studio lights, everyone takes some portraits of each other to get a feel for it and they begin to see what can be achieved with their cameras and some studio lights.

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We finish of the weekend, with a good chat about what everyone wants to get out of photography, what are there aspirations, the next steps, what kit is out there they may be interested in or need. And what resources and training is available to develop them further.

Feed back has been great here are some comments from customers who have attended the training:

I had a fantastic weekend’s photography training and came away feeling motivated to go a step further with my photography skills. Everything I was unsure about was covered, and I learnt a lot of new things about my camera and feel more confident going out and about without using my auto button, I am so proud of getting to grips the manual settings after just a few hours. The highlights for me were taking the time to create amazing photos after learning about composition as I have never really looked into that before, and also having the opportunity to shoot in Mikes studio. I have always been interested in outdoor photography but now I would love to focus more on studio based potraits. Overall the weekend was professional, enjoyable and informative. Mike took the time to make sure we understood everything, and was eager to answer any questions I had. I’m already looking at investing in some new kit and the support forum he has set up is perfect for me to discuss my new purchases.”   –  Kate C

“A fantastic two day photography course covering all of the basics and much much more! Great advice given, knowledge shared and have come away from the course with a raft of new ideas and a renewed interest in taking great photographs. Cannot rate highly enough and would recommend to anyone wanting to improve their knowledge and skills.”  –  Charlie T

 

Here are some images taken by course attendees during the training, they have gone from complete beginner to taking these photos using fully manual settings:

 

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For full course information check out the webpage http://www.mikehubbardphotography.co.uk/photography-training.php

I have limited spaces left in June, July and August, I keep the courses to a maximum of 4 people so get booked in now while you can!

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I’m back and open for business!! Weddings! Portraits, Boudoir and Training!!

 

Well after 8 months away from Mike Hubbard Photography, I’m left with the challenge of getting business up and running again. But after 6 months in Afghanistan on the Army Combat Camera Team, the challenge I now face seems suitably small in comparison!

So what can you expect! LOTS! I’ve been back in the country nearly a month now, and only started working on my photography properly 2 weeks ago. In that time, I’ve attended numerous training courses, seminars, webinars and all sorts of self improvement “stuff”. All because I want to give you, my customers a great experience and more importantly amazing images!

Urban Portraits

I popped over to Bristol for a day to do some training with Damien Lovegrove where we worked on Urban Portraits, why? because I needed some inspiration, blow the desert dust of my cameras and get my head back in the game! Plus I’ve invested in new cameras and needed to give them a good run out. I’ve actually invested in alot of equipment since getting home, to take things to the next level. And with the combination of yet more training and new equipment it can only be good for you my customers! Here are some images from the Bristol shoot:

I now have the perfect shoot planned for around Shrewsbury which will capture imagery in this style, perfect for any one who wants some amazing photos! Female or Male, old or young, alot of teenagers are keen on shots like this these days. So mums treat your daughter to a fun shoot and some great images!

 

Weddings!

I’ve also got a couple of weddings booked already for this year. Weddings are a big deal for me this year and every year, I really enjoy shooting them. I must apologise to all those couples that contacted me in 2011 asking me to photograph there 2012 wedding, due to my forthcoming tour of Afghanistan I had to turn so many of you away! But thats not going to happen this year or the next I’m here to stay and I want to photograph your wedding!!

This weekend I met up with Marc and Claire to plan for there big day and as I always do we had an engagement shoot at the venue to get a feel for the camera and help get them comfortable with me taking there photos ahead of the wedding day. But also to provide them with photos for a signing book or Signing frame, which there guests can sign on the big day. here’s some of those images:

 

Family Portraits

And straight back into the family work, which I love! I met the Cheadles up at Haughmand hill near Shrewsbury and had a nice walk around and captured some cracking natural shots of the family having fun! By far the best way to get great photos of your family, steer clear of the stuffy studio and get out and have some fun!!! These booking are filling up fast so get in touch and book yourselves in!!

Boudoir

Over the coming month, I’m going to be working on some Boudoir shoots and packages. I am taking bookings for those now! So get in touch.

Basic DSLR Digital Photography Training

And finally, the biggest change for me as I re-launch the business, is I’m going to start providing training in photography, after 10 years of taking photos, I think its time to start sharing that knowledge. Which I’m actually really looking forward to!  I have my first weekend of training basic digital photography booked in for this month and 2 day courses planned for May, June and July, we will go from the complete basics of aperture and shutter, learn about exposure and composition, whilst also looking at editing in Adobe Lightroom 4. Plus much much more!

Full information can be found on my website http://www.mikehubbardphotography.co.uk/photography-training.php

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6 Months in Afghanistan with the Army Combat Camera Team

Well I’m home now and getting ready to return to BT, I’m making the most of my time off and getting my photography business back into full swing! During the 6 months I spent in Helmand Province, Afghanistan I experienced so much! The job itself was a far cry from when I last deployed with an infantry company, ground holding in the green zone. With a blog entry like this, I would normally post lots of photos but as my job this time has been working as a video camera man, I though I would show you all the videos I produced during my 6 month tour.

So here we go, all these videos were filmed and edited by me in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

 

Operation Tufaan (storm)

 

Combat Medical Technician

 

Apache Pilot (and Prince Harry)

 

Apache Arming Landing Point Commander

 

Senior Combat HR Specialist

 

Camp Souter (Kabul) Force Protection

 

CSE Show – entertaining troops

 

Gurkhas celebrate Dashain in Afghanistan

 

As well as my work filming everything that moved over the 6 months, towards the end of my tour I ended up on the other side of the camera! Some of you may have seen me on the TA Live adverts, these were a series of Live adverts broadcast from Afghanistan, it was an amazing experience and also the most nerve racking experience! Going out on Ops or patrols around Afghanistan I never got as nervous as I did moments before I went live to 10 Million people on a Saturday and Sunday night for 2 weekends!! in case you missed them here they are again!

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So there you go, my experiences in video! I”ll be updating you all very soon on my plans for my photography business…

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