Changes…

JellyBean Photography

Hi everyone, I’m sorry it has been a while since I have blogged but it has been a crazy month for us with moving into the new house and getting everything settled along with get addresses changed on everything but we are now settled and unpacked.

New Studio and Office

So after some discussion and some convincing I have decided that I am going to convert our new garage to a studio/office for JellyBean Photography, this is a huge excitement for me as I have always wanted to have my own studio and I finally get to make that dream come true. It is still in the early stages of thinking things through but as time moves on we will be getting quotes to start the work so that we can get all the studio installed and running for some shoots.

Over the past 5 years I have been renting studios and there is nothing wrong with that as it allowed me to have professional space to shoot in and allow me to check out different studios and its helped me picture what I would like in my studio.

I will say its not cheap but moving forward its the best step forward for the business as this will allow me to have a consistent studio to shoot from and I can finally stick to one place for all my studio work.

I have come across a few companies that will be able to help me get my studio all laid out and stocked so that I wont need to keep hauling large amounts of backdrops and lighting and props around. The first of the companies I found, I have used before many times and I have spoken to them a few times at The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC but for anyone that is looking for photography equipment it a great place to start and these guys know their stuff and can help you find the tool you are looking for.

So as you can see it is all go go go at the moment but business is open as normal and we have been doing shoots and events which you can find on my portfolio page https://clients.jellybeanphotography.me.uk .

One final note…

I would like to thank everyone for their help and support over the past month or so as its been busy and has put some challenges in front of us but with all your help and support we have got through them and all is back on track again.

If you have an event coming up and you need a Photography please drop us a line either via email or by our social media pages and get a free quote to see how easy and cost effective to have a family run business as your photographer for your special event.

Inside my Camera Bag…

Inside a Photographers Bag

Ever wondered what professional photographers carry out in those camera bags and cases at every shoot? Look no further I show you what I have inside my camera bag and where its there.

I will start at the beginning, I choose to carry all my equipment around in a backpack, this is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong way to cart your equipment around shoots. I choose the bag as it has many pockets, pouches, attachments for Tripods, Monopods and much much more. The next key thing for me is that the bag had to be waterproof, this wasn’t an option, it had to be waterproof as I never know when I might get caught in a shower whilst on a shoot etc.

The bag I choose to carry my equipment around in is a Lowepro Vertex 200 AW

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW

The next reason I choose this bag was for the shoulder straps and waist strap, the bag has a clever should straps system that will allow you to move the weight of the bag and it’s contents off the top of your shoulders and onto your back, something I am very grateful for when I have it on my bag for a few hours at a time. Then there is the added bonus of the waist strap, this is fully adjustable and allow you to control the weight of the bag from the bottom close to your body and add an additional point of contact to you at all times.

Now here is the list of all the equipment I have in this bag at all times.

  • Canon EOS 5D MK1.
  • Canon EOS 30D.
  • Canon EOD 550D.
  • Sigma 70 – 200mm f2.8 Lens.
  • Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Lens.
  • Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens.
  • Canon 18 – 55mm f3.5 – f5.6 IS Lens.
  • YongNuo YN568EX II Flash gun.
  • FlashBender Pro Kit.
  • iShoot PT-04C Multi Hot Shoe Wireless Triggers.
  • Tamrac Belt System MBX5395 MAS.
  • BlackRapid Strap.
  • Lastolite Collapsible 5 x 6 foot Backdrop.
  • Portaflash small triple reflector.
  • Manfrotto 055XPRO Black Tripod.
  • Manfrotto Ball Head for Tripod.
  • Carbon Fibre Monopod.
  • Spare Camera Batteries 2 per camera.
  • Spare batteries for Flashguns (Rechargeable AA Batteries).
  • Chargers for Camera batteries and Flash Batteries.
  • CF and SD Memory cards in a Pelican case for Protection.
  • Lens filters.
  • Business Cards.
  • Notepad and Documents.
  • Cleaning clothes and lens wipes and rocket blower.
  • Rain cape for camera and lens for emergency use.

There are other items that we take on shoots but dont fit in the bag but these are only taken if we know we are going to be using them.

Here is a few pictures of the kit listed above you you can see the size of the items and then you can see them all packed into the bag.

I hope this has been a helpful insight to what a professional photographer will carry around and this is the equipment that I carry and use regularly whilst on shoots with my clients.

Examples of images taken with this equipment can be found at my portfolio page.

A review from a client | Wedding

Rebecca and Gareth's Wedding

Here is a review that was left by a recent client we photographed, this was a Wedding shoot for Rebecca and Gareth on the 1st June, the review was left on Facebook and we just had to share it, it was a great day with amazing weather, lots of fun, smiles, laughter and some tears of joy.

Thanks

Many thanks to Rebecca and Gareth for booking www.jellybeanphotography.me.uk for your wedding day and we are so happy you love the images and thank you for the recommendation.

Band Photography

How is Band Photography Used?

One part of my job as a photographer is to photograph for bands this could be photographing the band on tour or in my studio and both are really fun, it allows me to capture real life images and allows me to connect with the band.

Use of the images…

Once we have taken images of the band these then get edited up and presented to the client and from this we get to see the images being used for promotion on posters, leaflets, flyers or business cards. These images then get used on the bands website to help attract clients for bookings and even use the images on their social media pages to help fans follow where the band is and what the band gets up too.

Why choose Scott at JellyBean Photography.

I have experience inside a band as a Roadie and DJ for The Chip Shop Boys along with Tommy and the Fuse this has allowed me to understand how the band works and what goes into setting up and rehearsals prior to gigs.

As I have listed above I have had the opportunity to photograph for Tommy Lewis of Tommy and The Fuse whether this has been at rehearsals, the recording studios or at gigs during Race Week in Cheltenham at All-Bar-One.

I have also had the opportunity and pleasure of photographing at music events such as Cleeve Fest in Cheltenham with various artists on studio in-front of crowds of fans even after the sun went down.

Examples of Band Photography

Types of shoot

JellyBean Photography can offer a variety of shoots for Bands, we can offer shoots whilst you are at the Recording Studios or whilst at Live Events or Gigs.

An option that is used a lot for Bands on their websites and media and social media sites are images we take at the studio, this allow us to stage a photo whilst you are in our studio with all your equipment or whilst the band are posing together for formal images that get used for the profile and about pages for each band member.

Sound interesting ?

If you would like to know more about the Band Photography JellyBean Photography can offer you then get in touch using any of our contact methods and see what we can offer you and create the perfect Package to get your Band captured in the best light.

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Saturday catchup

Studio light

So it’s been a little while since I have blogged but I wanted to catch you all up on the in’s and out’s of JellyBean Photography.

What’s new…

We have recently changed our photo management system over to ShootProof, this was a ongoing process that we started back when we visited The Photography Show at the NEC, we spoke with the guys and we decided this was the best time to move this area forward.

I can honestly say the guys at ShootProof are amazing, they helped with any questions and queries I have prior and after the sale and I couldn’t have done it without them.

This now means that all our images for clients are stored in the cloud and are accessible on any device 365 days a year with full functionality to share to social media and to friends and family by email or to get those special albums printed, all this in a one stop shop, need I say more…

Shoots…

So in the last few weeks we had the opportunity to photograph Rebecca and Gareth’s wedding at Cheltenham Regency Hotel and the day was amazing, weather was perfect and the wedding was beautiful. I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Shellam for booking JellyBean Photography for their beautiful wedding day.

Images are being edited and processed and we can’t wait to be able to share them with Rebecca and Gareth and I will get a few shots up on our site once the happy couple have been shown and agreed.

Anything else?

One finally thing before I publish the post for today, by myself and Ami are currently in the process of buying our first home and this has been a big change for us and this is still ongoing but we are grateful this is now all going through.

Thanks

Thanks for reading the post and we look forward to seeing you all again soon and check in with our social media pages and our blog for images of this we are getting up to in between our blog posts.

Editing software I use

Adobe Cloud

As a photographer I have chosen to use the Adobe suite for editing my photographs. I mainly use Lightroom and Photoshop to manage and manipulate my images. Both pieces of software are bundled together in a handy package from Adobe.

https://www.adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/photography.html

The handy thing about adobe’s packages are that they are charged monthly which makes them very affordable and can be cancelled at any point, if needed.

The benefit to this is the software is cross platform so it will work on both Windows and Mac environments. Adobe also added the bonus that you can also use it on mobile and tablet devices. This is a advantage as you can edit on the move or at venues if needed.

Lightroom

I use Lightroom for my photo management, its the first place all my images get put into and you can store, arrange and manage all your photographs.

The RAW’s can be imported into the software from either connecting the camera or by connecting the CF or SD cards to the computer. You can also tag the images for better search capability. Plus you can sort all the images into various albums for better management.

I also use lightroom to edit my images. There is a huge arrangement of tools to allow you to edit images from exposure changes, Contrast and White Balance correction.

Photoshop

I use Photoshop for image manipulation, for editing out unwanted objects or corrections such as skin smoothing and whitening.

Photoshop can be used for a lot of manipulation from blending images to image stacking.

Lightroom and Photoshop work hand in hand, you can pass the image from one program to the other to make sure all progress changes are kept up to date in both programs.

Learning

Looking at both Lightroom and Photoshop looks intimidating due to the modules and amount of tools at the users disposal for image editing. I have found that Adobe offer a learning hub to help users learn and gain knowledge for free.

https://helpx.adobe.com/uk/lightroom-classic/tutorials.html – Tutorials for all areas of editing your images.

https://forums.adobe.com/welcome – Handy forum for all users to use and ask for help.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0iAkpqV5YaIVG7xkDtS4Q – Youtube channel with handy videos.

A review from a client I shot for recently.

NewBorn Photography

Here is a review that was left by a recent client we photographed, this was a Newborn Baby Photography shoot for Steve Hughes, the review was left on Facebook and we just had to share it, it was a great day, lots of fun.

Thanks

Many thanks to Steve Hughes for booking www.jellybeanphotography.me.uk for the NewBorn Baby Shoot and we are so happy you love the images and thank you for the recommendation.

What type of photographer am I ?

Scott Taylor | Wedding Photographer

Scott Taylor | Wedding Photographer

My photography career started as a Wedding Photographer for JS Photography, and here is where I found my passion as a Wedding Photographer and this has continued to grow even more when I start JellyBean Photography back in 2014.

Weddings are an interesting area of photography as you get to meet new people everyday and get to become part of their lives, you are there with them whilst plans for the wedding is being made and you are there at the point of marriage and this is amazing as you get to connect with Bride and Groom’s.

It is this connection that has always made me fascinated with Wedding Photography as you get to the start of joint life of a couple. I always try to make a connection with the couple because as a photographer there are other important times in the couples lives that will create memories and memories as always worth capturing.

Style of Photographer

As with everything style is a big part of making yourself ‘Unique’ and I class myself as a ‘Journalistic’ photographer. The reason for this is I capture important moments in time and record them as memories so that my clients can life them back over and over again.

Just a Wedding Photographer ?

I get asked this a lot and the answer is very simple, no I cover all areas of photography but my primary area is and has always been weddings. This is mainly because before I was a photographer I worked for a local band that covered weddings, I was the Roadie and DJ for The Chip Shop Boys ( https://www.chipshopboys.com ) which has meant I have been in the wedding industry for many years. This has helped be grow the skills of working in the industry.

I also cover other areas of photography such as Portraiture, Events and Newborn Photography along with mobile Photo Booths for events and celebrations.

More information and examples of my work for these areas of photography can be found in my Portfolio.

https://portfolio.jellybeanphotography.me.uk

You can learn more about me and my photography journey in a post from The JellyBean Blog –
https://www.jellybeanphotography.me.uk/jellybeanblog/my-photography-story-scott-taylor/

What camera gear should I buy?

What camera gear should I buy?

What camera gear should I buy?

A question I am asked when i’m a shoot or when with friends or when I’m out and about, and to be honest its hard to give an answer as I always seem to reply to their question with a question. My reply is ‘What do you want the camera to do?’ this is because it will impact how you use or carry it around.

In the camera world you have DSLRs, Full Frame and Crop Sensor, we now have mirror less cameras and I have to be honest its all about preference, I always say the best way to find out whats best for you is to go to a camera shop and try them out. There are many shops you can go to and they will allow you to have a go with the camera, in some cases they will allow you to take the camera out on a test run, this is a great way to really find what works for you and what doesn’t.

I would recommend try places like Jessops or London Camera Exchange they are great places to start and this leads me on to my biggest piece of advice…

Buy second hand

I save this every time to friends and family and people who email or approach me on social media, find out what your budget is that you would like to spend on a camera and they go to places like London Camera Exchange, MPB, Ebay or your local newspaper ads and look for second hand equipment.

The reason I say this to people is you may only be able to afford an entry level DSLR new and thats great but you will out grow it and then want to trade it in for a Pro Level DSLR and I always say to them that you will be surprised what comes up for sale on the second hand market as people are always out there to have the latest creation from Canon or Nikon and thats great because it gives opportunity for beginners or enthusiasts to get hold of a second hand Pro DSLR for the price of a new entry level DSLR.

These second hand camera’s also come with warranty so I would look around as even if you use it for 6 months and then choose it isn’t for you, or you choose you want to upgrade that second hand Pro DSLR is going to have a better resale value than they entry level DSLR so in my head its a win win scenario.

Canon or Nikon ???

How could I write a post without mentioning this question, which I also get asked a lot. My response is simple I am not sponsored by either manufacturer and they are both amazing brands and I have shot with both and the only advice I can offer you is go and try them both, you will soon start to know which is comfortable or user friendly to you ! and thats important, if you are going to be photographing weddings, events and portraits you want to be comfortable in using the system/tool in you hand easily without have to stop and look it up every 2 seconds.

Yes I am a Canon guy, I shoot with 3 cameras in fact, I have my Canon 5D MK1 my full frame camera I use every shoot without fail, then I have my Canon 30D a crop sensor camera but in a Pro body, I use this on every shoot too, and to round it all off if my first ever DSLR, I still have it and use it today as it was a gift from my Wife and it still comes with me as it has advantages over my 30D which is also a crop sensor DSLR and that is my Canon 550D.

Knowing where to invest your money

When I started out I was given a great piece of advise and I still live by it today and I want to share it with you too,

Put your money into the glass…

Simply put, invest your money into good, reliable, professional lenses as these lenses will stay with you and if you choose to change your camera body (as long as you stay with the same brand) the lenses will fit and work and you wont have to buy a whole new camera set-up.

But Lenses are a post for another time, I hope this has helped you with answering questions you may have.

Kick Start your Monday

Kick Start your Monday

Kick Start

Today I decided to write a post titled Kick Start your Monday. This is to help get the creative minds started for ready for the start of the week. My shoot went really well on Sunday and now its time for me to dive into the PC and get the images edited up for the client.

Whilst I was at this shoot I was starting to put share with you the method I use of how I go about my shoots. I start with the location and the weather. This covers the time of the year (spring, summer, winter, autumn) which affects the overall atmosphere of the image. Then we have what is the shoot about?. Is it a portrait session or is it a family celebration etc.

All of these things are tick boxes which helps me build up the scene to put my clients into to photographs I take.

I hope that this short process method helps you to arrange your photo sessions whether its in your studio or on location, I have found that this method always helps me.

On Going Work

Moving on from my Kick Start Monday I want to explain to you that here at JellyBean Photography I have on-going work with a start up business. I was approached about my photography services for use with the new site. After chatting with the client we both decided that maybe we could help create the new website for the business.

This isn’t a new area for me, but this is new to my business. I choose to offer my skills to this new start up business as I felt I could help them out.

I was approached after the client had been looking at my business website and they recommended me to the owner and it all started from there.

More information will be given about this business and the site once things have been finalized. I want to take the time to share this with you as this is something I am very proud about here at ‘The JellyBean Blog’.

This is an area I have looked at many times before as I have a passion for website development as this is a subject and course I studied at college.

Final Note from me

One final thing before I close my post for the blog. I wanted to take this time to share my portfolio to be able to show you some of my work I have photographed. I use all the images you see on my portfolio to show my clients when they book JellyBean Photography as their photographer for their special event.

https://portfolio.jellybeanphotography.me.uk