Expanding horizons / by Philip Swallow

Well at last we have some colder weather here in the UK and I'm quite happy with that. We had a great October in terms of light and I was able to develop my portfolio by doing a couples portrait shoot for my good friend and his partner. We were able to take advantage of some beautiful afternoon light and use his garden which offered up a mix of backgrounds. They were delighted with the results as was I. 

I hadn't really done much portrait work up until then but it has fired up my enthusiasm to do more. I don't think a change in seasons will alter this, if anything it will be a chance to take more natural outdoor shots. I am looking at a couple of options for those shoots so keep posted. 

I have also lined up something else that is new for me, and that is some live music photography. I'm really looking forward to this one; a friend who has set up a folk club and is a good photographer himself, is happy for me to go along and take some for use in my portfolio. Researching that I've looked at some similar shots online, many of which were washed out with flash - I think I can make a better job of it. It will be high ISO and fast lens combo for this one.

Take care all, catch up soon.