Simon Bray
Simon Bray is a freelance photographer from Manchester, UK, working on commercial shoots as well as photographing weddings, musicians and artists, and also taking time out to capture landscapes in the surrounding countryside.
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    10 Things You Need to Know Before Becoming a FreelancerFreelance pre
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    As permanent and contracted photography jobs become scarce, many aspiring photographers are left with no choice but to become a freelancer. However, going freelance isn’t for everyone and there are plenty of new challenges along the way, so here are a few tips on how to avoid falling at the first hurdle.Read More…
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    Tackling Your First Fashion ShootFashion sb prenew
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    Getting into the world of fashion photography can be a tricky business. In a market full of big-budget, high-concept shoots, it can be hard to find a way in and make your mark, but no one starts at the top. As a photographer, you’ll need to prove you can produce high quality imagery before someone gives you a chance. Having never ventured into the world of fashion photography, I wanted to give it a go for myself to see if I had what it took to produce some high quality imagery. Read More…
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    Escaping the Sunrise and Sunset Cliché400
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    It’s a compulsion that pretty much every photographer has, at some point, photographed the sunrise or sunset. Those seemingly magical colours in the sky are irresistible, yet we all know that it’s a photographic cliché. The chances of taking a shot that’s different to the millions of other sunrise or sunset images in the world is slim to none, but for some reason, we still do it! I’ll be exploring what compels us to take dawn and dusk photographs and what we can look out for to set our images apart from the rest.Read More…
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    12 Amazing Places to Take Photographs in Liverpool400x4001
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    Liverpool is a city steeped in history and culture. Now listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, there are 6 areas of the city under strict protection, which include most of its major historical landmarks.Read More…
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    Best Practices for Presenting a Photo Portfolio OnlineZenfolio prelg
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    Having a professional website to showcase your photography is an essential tool that every photographer needs. However, finding the right platform and means for presenting your work can be a headache. Thankfully though, the guys at Zenfolio have developed a series of tools that allow you to create a personalised online portfolio, giving you everything you need to run your photographic business.Read More…
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    Embarking on Your First Kitchen ShootKitchen sb in prelg
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    I recently was commissioned to take this set of images by a kitchen manufacturer after they had installed a beautiful new kitchen at the home of some close relatives. Having never photographed a kitchen before, I wasn’t quite sure how to prepare for the shoot, but they placed trust in my ability as a photographer and so after a bit of research I went along to take some shots, here’s how I got on!Read More…
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    Venturing into the World of Corporate PhotographyCorporatesb prelg
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    If you’re anything like me, you didn’t start taking photographs so you could take photos for other people, you started taking photos because of your creative energy and for the sheer pleasure of it. However, taking images for pleasure doesn’t necessarily pay the bills. For any photographer taking the step to make a living from their work, it’s important that you’re able to deliver high quality images for a client that meet their expectations. Having ventured into this realm of photography myself, I thought I’d share some thoughts based upon my experiences, having found that it’s an extremely rewarding experience that has expanded my skillset. Read More…
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    Understanding Photographic Style through Wedding ImageryWeddingpreview sb2 lg
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    Over time, photographers develop their own personal style, through the way they choose to light their images, the form and composition of their work, the equipment that they use and the post-processing decisions that they make. However, for each shoot, a photographer will make a decision about the style of the images needed. Working in a certain style needs to be intentional decision to represent your subject in a specific way. This may be because you feel it will maximise the impact of the imagery, or because that is how your client has asked you to present the photographs.Read More…
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    Taking Your First Steps With Product PhotographyCover large 1
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    From the outside, product photography seems like fairly standard photographic practice. But I recently asked a friend who works for an e-commerce company about how he engages with product photography and it completely changed my mindset. His job is to optimize online stores to encourage potential customers to make a purchase, and for him, the photography of the product plays a huge role in his success rate. He suggested I try a trial shoot, so here’s how I got on. Read More…
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    Load Your Canon with Presets and Nail Your Favorite Settings in Seconds 400x400 1
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    With the vast amount of options available to DSLR users, it can be confusing and time-consuming to select all the relevant settings to get the shots that you want. Thankfully, there are few ways in which you can set up your Canon DSLR to allow you to quickly select your preferred settings so you never miss a shot.Read More…
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    Everything You Need to Know About Lens Quality400x400 1
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    Understanding the physics of light puts you at a great advantage when trying to produce great photographs. Arguably, how light interacts with your lenses is the most important place to start. In this article, we’ll consider the physical construction of a photographic lens, allowing you to understand the elements that warrant the price tag. Trying to decide which lenses to purchase can be a real headache, there are so many factors to consider, such as build quality, cost, aperture and image stabilization, but what actually makes one lens different to another?Read More…
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    9 Fundamental Ways to Market Your PhotographyPhoto 111
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    When working professionally as a photographer, taking the photos can seem like the easiest part of the process. It’s the business side of things that photographers often find difficult. Being able to market your services to attract customers is an absolutely key part part of any business. the process is no different from professional and freelance photographers, so here are a few key ways in which to reach out to the vast number of potential clients.Read More…