New Printing System Now Live

Quick update

We are so happy to announce that here at JustGreatShots Photography, we have now linked our online gallery ordering systems with Loxley Colour Professional printing services, this partnership will now allow us not only to offer our clients with more printing options but will also allow us to offer a one-stop shop, from order, to print, to your front door

New Online Galleries, New Pricing options and more printing sizes now live here at JustGreatShots Photography.  Click Here to find out more

 

Photography Workshops

Quick update

 

Here at JustGreatShots Photography, we are happy to announce that we are now offering Photography Workshops

  1. Beginners Guide into Photography (1hr course)
  2. Understanding Composition (2hr course)
  3. Moving Away from Auto (2hr course)
  4. Presets to Full Manual (3hr course)
  5. Seascape \ Landscape, photography (3hr course)
  6. Low Light \ Nightscape, photography  (3hr course)
  7. Long Exposure, photography (3hr course)

Please contact us here at JustGreatShots Photography for more information if you would like to enquire about small group bookings

 

 

Workshop Trip, Marwell Zoo

Out with the Camera

So the day had arrived to head off towards Marwell Zoo, as posted on our JustGreatShots Photography Workshops Group on Facebook.

With our camera gear, all packed we heading along the A272 towards Winchester, then following the local signs to Marwell Zoo to meet up with group members for a fun day out taking photos.

The idea of this free workshop was based on members just meeting up, helping each other whilst enjoying the environment and having a fun day

Trying our hand’s at Rugby

Out with the Camera

Ok’ay let me start off by painting the picture, it’s snowing with a wind chill factor of -3c and we get a phone from my daughter who says, Harvey is playing Rugby in Petersfield this afternoon, it would be great if you could pop down.

So camera in hand I head off down to the local Rugby in Petersfield, I have no idea about this sport. I just know it’s a little bit like Football \ Amercian Football which involves a bunch of men chasing after a ball, and trying to score a point at the other end of the field.

On arriving and setting up my camera gear, within seconds I can’t feel my fingers due to forgetting my long finger gloves, but I start to try and follow the game and capture all the action which is involved in this sport

At the end of the game, did I now have an understanding of Rugby NO,  but I had learnt a couple more tips when it comes to capturing action sports, and I did get to meet a really lovely bunch of people, Rugby truly is a thug’s game played by true gentlemen.

 

 

A trip​ to Bosham Harbour

Out with the Camera

 

It’s the weekend, so that can only mean one thing, and that’s time to get out with our cameras here at JustGreatShots Photography, so after getting an invite to join one of our Facebook Group Members to meet them down at Bosham Harbour, West Sussex.

With camera gear, all packed we headed off back down the A3, we had never taken photographs from this location before and therefore didn’t know what to expect.

On arriving at Bosham Harbour and parking up the car park, we walked down towards the harbour and as photographers, our eyes just went WoW what an amazing location, it has everything to offer the Landscape, Seascape, Long Exposure Photographer.

The plan was to wait around for the sunset, whilst trying our hands at more Long Exposure Photography, and to try out capturing something that little different within the camera by using our LEE Landscape (GR) Graduated Filters set, this set is designed to bring out colours which already exist within the scene (These Filters DO NOT Add Colour which isn’t there)

With Landscape filter kit at the ready, we started trying out different combination of GR and ND filters, with the GR filters pulling out the colours and the ND filters being used to increase our exposure times

The Above Gallery has been captured within Camera using LEE Landscape 100mm Filter set (No Colours Added in Post)

 

 

Long Exposure Photography, Old Portsmouth

Out with the Camera

 

So after beating The Beast from The East on Saturday, we head off out on the Sunday to Southsea, and Old Portsmouth, Hampshire to capture some Long Exposure photography.

With LEE filters at the ready, we head off down the A3 to Portsmouth, after driving around Old Portsmouth we manage to find a Free parking space (not that we are tight) we just didn’t have any change, Parking at Southsea \ Old Portsmouth cost approx £3.00 for 2hrs. with parking charges now in place 7days, 12 months a year unlike in the past, so make sure you check the parking meters when visiting this location.

Walking down the seafront we stop off at the pier, before heading off towards the hot walls at Old Portsmouth which is one of my favorite locations from Long Exposure Photography

On arriving at the jetty, we found it to be free of the fisherman who normally flock to this location for a spot of beach fishing.

With our camera’s set up we started to capture the above photographs using both LEE’s 10Stop (Big Stopper) and LEE’s 15Stop (Supper Stopper) ND Filters.

Exposure times before fitting our LEE filters, where reading around 1/125sec + so capturing Long Exposure photos wouldn’t have been possible by just decreasing our F/stops down to f/22

Example filter times, before and after fitting LEE ND filters

Exposure Time 1\30sec, ISO100, f/11 with 10Stop = 30sec

Exposure Time 1\125sec, ISO100, f/11 with 15Stop = 6mins

 

 

 

Our Trip to Portland Bill

Out with the Camera

 

It was that time on a Sunday morning to wake up and grab our camera gear and head off to Portland Bill, Dorset as planned.

This trip wasn’t about capturing a sunrise or sunset, it was all about spending the day capturing long exposure shots using our LEE filter sets. So no need for a crazy early start but alarms went off at 06:30 and by 09:30 we were in Portland, which is a 2hour drive from where we live in Hampshire.

On arriving at Portland Bill, what can I say apart from the wind was blowing and the temperature was around 3c with wind chill factor, the skies where overcast behind us and lovely and blue in front of us.

Let’s just say we had a very mixed bag of weather on this trip, clear skies, rain, and even snow but nothing stop us trying to capture that JustGreatShot

With LEE filters to hand, we started to capture the type of images we had traveled all the way to Portland Bill for, using LEE’s 10stop (Big Stopper) and LEE’s 15Stop (Supper Stopper) ND filters alongside LEE’s Medium grad filters we were able to increase shutter speed exposure times and slowing down \ extending movement without blowing out the sky

The above images were captured at ISO 100, 1/500sec, on F/11, the one on left without LEE’s Supper Stopper fitted, the one on the right with this stopper fitted.

Difference in exposure time between these two images is approximately 2 minutes, which as you can see, makes a lot of difference when capturing Seascapes

Various images captured from our trip to Portland Bill will soon be available to purchase online, in the meantime here is a sample below

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Online SeaScape Gallery coming soon

 

Finally up and running on Facebook

Quick update

It’s been a long time coming, but you can now also follow JustGreatShots on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/justgreatshots

If you already following us, then you will already know that we are photographers who hope you like what you see, and learn from what we post.

2015 was the begining for JustGreatShots, so it’s been little slow getting things off the ground. But we are now hoping to update and publish more to both our main site and through Facebook.

If you like what you see then join us in 2016 for what we hope is going to be a great year for learning more and more about photography.

 

 

 

 

Still Thinking about going Pro

Quick update, Uncategorized

As an amateur photographer at what point do you start thinking to yourself could I quit my day to day job and make a living out of taking photos and going Pro?, and if I did would I still enjoy it and could I cover the bills I need to pay!

Well as an amateur photographer learning more and more with every photo I take, these are the questions I ask myself on a daily bases.

(Q) if it went Pro and tried to make a living out of taking photos would I make it..?

(A) At this moment in time, I don’t think so..!

(Q) What if I didn’t make it, how would I cover my day to day bills..?

(A) I could loss everything..!

Only a couple of questions I know, but these are the two biggest questions that I think stop most amateur photographers taking that next step to going Pro. I for one look at Pro Photographers photos and say to myself I don’t think so, and there is no way I could ever take a photo that looks that amazing. But here is the true question, at what point do you stop asking yourself these two question and go from being an amateur photographer to becoming a Pro?

 

 

 

Family Wedding

Out with the Camera

So after my attempt at taking photographs at a total strangers Wedding, this time I got to take photographs at my sister-in-law’s Wedding. To be open and truthful I found this so much easier as the guest and the family all knew who I was lol!!

The Blessing

The Blessing

With the camera set to Manual Mode and ISO Sensitivity setting set to ON (minimum ISO 100 Maximum ISO 3200, I set about trying to capture images from inside the church, getting the white balance correct was a challenge as an amateur but managed it towards the end.

Bride & Groom

Bride & Groom

Switching the white balance between Day Light and Fluorescent Light I managed to capture a range of nice photography both inside and outside, however by setting my Nikon D7000 to shot in NEF (RAW) it did allow me to edit and improve the photos when I forgot to switch between the two white balance settings 😉

Mirror MIrror on the Wall

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

A great trick I also learned, is that converting Wedding Photographs to Black & White works really really well, it adds style to the photograph whilst also helping to hide those silly mistakes you make as an amateur photographer with still so much to learn.

Happy Couple

Happy Couple

Congratulation to the Bride & Groom,