Simon Bray
Manchester, UK
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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    Photographing a Band for Their Album Cover400x400 2
    Photographing a band or artist can be a tricky process. There are often lots of people involved in creative decisions. As a result, it can end up being a combination of ideas rather than the photographer's creative vision for the image. However, this tutorial will take you through each element of the process and hopefully enable you to take eye catching images for a band’s album cover.Read More…
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    How to Take Brilliant Photos on a Cloudy Day 400x400 1
    Living in the north of England, I've gotten used to shooting on cloudy days. I’d love it if we had blazing sunshine every day, but when it comes to weather, you have to work with what you’ve got. I recently took a trip out to the Peak District National Park with some friends, and lo and behold, it was cloudy, but that didn’t stop me from being able to take some exciting images.Read More…
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    A Step-by-Step Look at an Outlandish Musician Shoot200x2001
    Thinking up interesting and engaging ideas for promotional portrait shoots is one of my favourite things. To try to engage the viewer and to represent the subject all in one go can be a challenge, so here's a look at what I did with Brighton-based musician Stuart Warwick to get you thinking outside the box and bring fresh ideas to your promo portrait shots.Read More…
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    Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Retail Photography200x200
    Retail photography may not be something you’ve ever considered as a photographer, but it covers a lot of similar ground to commercial shoots, so if you’ve ever worked commercially, then these simple steps may well help you convert your skills to the retail market. I was recently asked to photograph the opening of a new coffee house in Manchester, so I’ll be running you through my experiences step-by-step as I go.Read More…
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    Toby Lewis Thomas: Instinct and Opportunism Tlt 11
    Toby Lewis Thomas is a young photographer from London, who never intended to start taking photos, but has managed to define his work with an exciting freshness through his use of light and an instinctive approach. We caught up with him recently to find our more about his journey, outlook on imagery and where he’s headed next.Read More…
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    Terry McNamara: Delicious Food Photography200x2001
    Terry McNamara is a freelance photographer based in Manchester, UK. Having started as an enthusiast, he's gone from photography student to photography tutor, Only recently a professional, he has built up a great reputation from sheer hard work. We caught up with him recently to quiz him on his journey into photography and why he enjoys capturing food!Read More…
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    Using Light to Shape Landscape Photography Sbprev
    My favourite landscape images don’t grab my attention purely because of the place they capture, but because of the way in which they are represented in the photograph based primarily upon the available light and the compositional structure, so here are a few tips on how to understand natural light in your landscape images.Read More…
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    Capturing Portraits, In Flight and Hands On Photos of Birds200x200
    Birds of prey have fascinated me since I was a young boy. When we were out in the countryside my dad would spot them, point them out to me and tell me which bird it was, and I just couldn’t get over how beautiful and dangerous they were. This fascination remains with me today, and I still get excited when I see the birds in the wild. Like any wildlife, they can be difficult to photograph, so here are a few tips on how to make your shoot a successful one.Read More…
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    10 Top Inspiring New Year’s Resolutions for Photographers200x200
    It’s the new year and for many, time to make a fresh start, energised by the prospect of new beginnings and opportunities, now is the time to set in motion all those things you’ve been putting off and give your photography that boost to take it to the next level. So here are 10 new years resolutions, you could pick one to put into practice, or you could even pick all 10, just don't miss the chance to develop your photography!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Simple Steps for Avoiding Camera ShakePreview
    Camera shake is a problem that all photographers face. Although lots of lenses come with VR (Vibration Reduction) or IS (Image Stabilization) technology, not everyone can afford this feature - and even the best of us don't have a totally steady hand. Here are a few tips to help you out with reducing the affect of camera shake.Read More…
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    Jonathan Cherry: Cities and PhotographyJc 01
    Jonathan Cherry is a young photographer with a passion for taking engaging photographs. His images have offered him opportunities to travel and photograph new locations and communities. He also runs the extremely popular Mull It Over blog, profiling contemporary photographers from around the world. We caught up with him recently to give him the chance to be the interviewee and find out more about his work.Read More…
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    The Complete Guide to Photographing Classical Musicians200x200
    For those of us who regularly take promotional shots of bands and fashion, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of approaching the same clientele over and over, when actually, the skills used for those shoots can be easily transferred to allow us to broaden our client base and vary out shooting style. I’ve found that working with classical musicians is an absolute pleasure, they turn up on time and more often than not, they know what they want!Read More…