Documenting My Daily Walk COVID-19 Photography

2020 has been such a strange year and one that I’m not going to forget in a hurry! With lockdown still in effect and COVID-19 putting everything on hold, it’s a strange time to be in at the moment. Personally, I’ve been using this time to work from home to update the website, catch up on editing as…


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Charlotte and Rob

On Saturday 8th June I was back up in the awesome Dedicated XL gym up in Liverpool. A gym I’d shot at previously however, this was before their huge Watson Equipment refit! So not only could I not wait to see the new gym I couldn’t want to capture some stunning photos with Charlotte and Rob. The…


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How to: Editing Fitness Photos using Adobe Lightroom

Since I started shooting fitness photography, it’s always been a bit of a learning curve. It’s not something you can really study or just pick up and start shooting. Magazine after magazine I’d look at the photos shot by some of the best and kept wondering “how can I be…


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New York New York

NYC, The Big Apple, home of TV series Friends or Marvel’s Luke Cage (on Netflix) – however you know New York everybody knows something about this city. The city that never sleeps and awash with the famous yellow taxis. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. Countless…


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Sunset Fitness Shoot

Recently the weather in the UK has been incredible! Sunny day after sunny day. So when you get a phone call from your friend Gaz asking if you fancied a rooftop shoot to try and capture the evening sunset, you can’t really say no. Plus what better to enjoy the sunshine than on a rooftop in…


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Matt Tapp Memorial Jam 2018

Farnborough skate park was once again for the 5th year home to the Matt Tapp Memorial Jam, created and organised by the amazing Charile Norton aka Big Boss. The previous years (2017, 2016, 2015) have set the way for this event to bring not only Matt’s family together but close and distance…


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Paris – Week in the City of Lights

The last time I visited Paris was back in 2009, so almost 10 years ago! This was for a short break skateboarding around the French capital, with a few friends. However, the main purpose of this was trip to capture some stunning photography of this wonderful city. There was no real set plan in terms…


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2BroPro Royal London Show

On the 10-11th March, I had the pleasure of being invited to the very first 2BroPro fitness show in London. This was the first bodybuilding show I’d been asked to photograph, so there was a mixture of excitement and nervousness. However, working with a great photography team I knew that I…


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Fast Kicking Action Photography

The other weekend I was approached by a local IFBB bikini athlete, Effie Parnell-Hopkinson, to create some unique photography for her social media channels. The main idea for the shoot was to capture some fast-paced action photography down at Kickboxing Cheltenham. Boxing, roundhouse…


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2018 Photography Checklist

As another year comes to an end, it’s time to prepare for what’s in store for 2018. This might be looking over all the shoots from 2017 and seeing what worked and where the improvements are needed. Maybe it’s time to update your equipment, buy a new lens or even a new camera…


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Winter 360 Gloucestershire

The festive season is well and truly upon us. Christmas parties, plenty of food and as of today the magic that is snow! It might have been two days for a “white Christmas” however nevertheless, the feeling of Winter was ever present. Therefore, I tried to capture this magical moment by…


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2017 Review

As the year is finally coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months. 2017 has been quite an eventful one. So sit back and enjoy this short round up of events and various projects!! 2017 Review - The Year of Fitness Photography!I’ve been shooting fitness for about 2-3…


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Developing your Style as a Photographer

Being a photographer can sometimes be a stressful job but most of the time it’s a very rewarding one. Creating images that others enjoy as well as meeting new people with inspirational stories. When I first started photography my passion was capturing my friends skateboarding. Now however, my…


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Owner vs King 2017 – Battle of the Beasts

Owner vs King is a well know event hosted byThe Gym Gloucester. The other monthly competitions include the Queen and King of the Gym events. The theme with all these different events are about proving your strength, endurance and willpower. Saturday 15th July it was the turn of the owner, James…


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First Look: Elinchrom ELB 1200

If you’re passionate about location photography and use a lot of flash, then you would have heard back in February that Elinchrom replaced their old Ranger RX system. The new system would be a revolution in portability and the ideal power-tool for the most adventurous of photographers. Say…


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A Week Along the Amalfi Coast

At the start of June, I was boarding a plane to visit the sunny area of the Amalfi Coast. This was my first holiday in quite a while, therefore I was rather excited! The views along the coastline looked stunning and I couldn’t wait to explore the city of Sorrento. Before leaving I wanted to…


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Colburn Homes – Project Overview

Colburn Homes are a residential development company based within Gloucestershire. For their latest project in Warwickshire, I was asked to capture a bespoke 360 virtual tour. The purpose was to highlight and showcase one of the new properties at the Devereux Close development. The final tour would…


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Matt Tapp Memorial Jam 2017

This is the fourth year of the Matt Tapp Memorial Jam and this year was bigger and better than ever! Not only down the massive support from various different sponsors but also the increase in support from friends, family members and loved ones. It was safe to say that a quite a bit blood, various…


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Fitness Photography Lighting

I tend to get a lot of questions asking about my fitness photography lighting and what I use. I therefore decided on my recent shoot with Mark Weston to give a quick run down on my lighting. Lighting is something that can make or break a shoot in my opinion. With a poor lighting setup you’ll…


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Holiday Planning 2017

It’s been quite a while since my last holiday or trip away, 2015 I believe. Therefore this year I just had to get away! The issue with trying to plan a holiday is knowing where to go and what to take. Should it be the traditional “beach resort” or more a city break and an…


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The Gym Gloucester Bench Press a Boeing 747-400

On Saturday 15th the guys and girls of The Gym Gloucester teamed up to lift not one, but two Boeing 747-400’s planes. The reason why was to raise money for Meningitis Now, a local charity and one that is close to member Ryan Newman’s heart, as he recently lost his sister Keely in…


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Take a New Direction with Facebook 360

Facebook 360 was launched back in June 2016, which gave the ability to post 360 photos directly to timelines and also Facebook pages. When it was first released it allowed Facebook users who had captured a panoramic image on their smartphone a fun way of viewing these almost 360 photos. However on…


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First Look: Elinchrom Umbrella Deep

If you’re like me and sometimes you get a little excited over new photography products, then you are in for a treat! Elinchrom just launched some new accessories and one that caught my eye was their new Elinchrom Umbrella Deep. The main feature that makes this different from the other…


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Looking ahead to 2017

2017 is almost here and if 2016 is anything to go by – I can’t wait!! 2016 has been a very successful year with the content and quality of photography I’ve been producing. Whilst my passion might of changed in terms of the subject matter I’m shooting now, from action sports…


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Christmas in London

As the festive season is now here and the Christmas cheer is in full flow, it was only right to pay a visit to London. Why London? Nothing says Christmas like seeing some of what London has to offer with their Christmas lights! Which from the previous year’s I’ve visited, they have been…


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Gloucester Cathedral 360 Virtual Reality Tour

Gloucester Cathedral is a glorious sacred space as well a spiritual house of prayer. This magnificent and historic place is simply breath taking. Therefore this was reason for the creation of my biggest 360 virtual tour to date. For this 360 virtual tour however I wanted to do something a little…


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Churchdown Jam 2016

On Sunday 18th September Maverick Industries held the annual Churchdown Jam. Although this years jam was actually put back due to the poor weather back in June, which seems to be a common theme when it comes to the Churchdown Jam, the crowds and riders were still out in force. Nevertheless the…


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Gloucester City Marathon 2016

Today saw the city streets of Gloucester over run with runners all ages. The reason, to take part in the Gloucester City Marathon. A marathon around the city and surrounding areas, on what was a hot day for running. There were two reason why I wanted to go out and…


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Gloucester 360 Virtual Reality Project

360 Virtual Reality is one project I’ve been working on recently by building and creating a complete tour of Gloucester cathedral. You might be wondering what a 360 virtual reality tour actually is?! However, don’t worry I’ll explain all about the idea, project and…


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Matt Tapp Memorial Jam 2016

This year was the third annual Matt Tapp Memorial Jam down Farnborough skate park. A gathering of skateboarders, BMXers as well as friends and family brought together to celebrate and remember the life of fellow skateboarder Matt Tapp. The past jam’s have been a huge success so this years…


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The Gym Gloucester in 360 Photography

I’ve always enjoyed 360 photography and how technology keeps changing and adapting to this new format. Especially with smart phones and tablets having gyroscope control, it’s like you’re actually there moving around the scene. So now Ricoh have bought out their new 360 photography…


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Review: Elinchrom Skyport Plus Receivers

I remember when the very first Elinchrom Skyports were launched back in 2007, they were my go to remote for the start of my flash photography. Fast forward to 2016 and Elinchrom have totally redesigned the Skyports in the form of the new Elinchrom Skyport Plus – so what’s new and how do they…


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Lighting In Layers

Lighting has always played a massive part in my photography ever since I started. I remember the first time I got into flash photography and the photos were very much – flash one side and then shoot and guess. Now I’ve learnt how lighting a scene is more about using the flashes to build with the…


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Santa Scrumpty 360 Photography

Gloucester has been home to the Scrumpty statues for quite a while now, ever since the Rugby World Cup. Now the others have gone a new face has popped up for this festive season…Santa Scrumpty. However rather than just some normal photography, like above, I thought why not create a 360 photo…


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Parkfields 360 Virtual Tour

Parkfields Country House is an elegant setting for weddings, corporate events and special family occasions which is located in Herefordshire. I was approached by the team at Parkfields to produce a 360 Virtual Tour of their location which would then be published online show to their website for…


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My Love For Film Photography

A lot of people who don't know me, don't realise I started my passion for photography by learning about film and processing. This was all from my college days and learning the basics of black and white. All of which I still enjoy now - measuring out chemicals, trying to struggle to spool the film…


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Cirencester’s Annual Scratch N Skate 2015

A year on from the opening jam and the crew at Decimal wanted to make their second year skate comp bigger and better than the last! Which was going to be tough as last years was something special to say the least. Luckily Gaz from Decimal had the helping hand from a lot of big sponsors to make the…


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Street Skateboard Photography

I haven't really shot any street skateboard photography for quite a while, which is surprising when that's all I used to photograph. I guess it's always a good thing when your photography has taken you down different paths of creativity - more portraiture/model work, travelling to foreign lands and…


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Churchdown Skate Jam 2015

Every year the guys and girls at Maverick come up to Churchdown skate park to host the parks jam, and 2015 was no different. Seeing as the skate park is 5 minutes from my house I thought I’d go along and capture the action of the Churchdown Skate Jam 2015. At least the sun was out providing a good…


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Matt Tapp Jam 2015

As it's June time again this means one thing to the skateboarders and BMXers of Farnborough/Aldershot area, time to get together and celebrate the Matt Tapp Jam. This is the second annual jam after the massive success of last years. The whole idea of the Matt Tapp Memorial Jam is to celebrate the…


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Time for a Short Break – Dubai

As it’s half way through the year it’s only fair to have a short break to somewhere hot, that’s what most of us Brits do anyway. Last year I went to Barcelona for a short week, this year somewhere a little bit different, Dubai in United Arab Emirates! This is somewhere I’ve…


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Hands On with a Pentax 645Z

I’ve been a long time Nikon shooter ever since my very first film camera, a Nikon FM2n. Since then I’ve bought quite a few Nikon DSLR’s and currently my camera of choice is the Nikon D800. I did a short piece about this camera a few months ago. So when I got the chance to play around with an…


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Cheltenham Night Photography

As it’s Christmas time now is the perfect time for dusting off the tripod and doing a bit of night photography. The main reason being, you can get quite creative in what you shoot. Christmas lights, bokeh and light trails are all perfect ways to add something special to a photo in the month of…


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Fast Paced Location Lighting with Joe McNally

On Saturday 29th November I booked myself onto one of the many training courses put on by Nikon UK at their Centre of Excellence in London. The main focus on this course was looking at off camera flash control to create quality flash light to work with ambient light. The course was presented by the…


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Why I’ve Given In and Bought a Nikon D800

Back when Nikon announced the Nikon D800 in 2012 everyone went crazy for it! Back orders and stock shortage because everyone was after a full frame DSLR that can shoot 36.3 megapixel, which was more than half the price of a Hasselblad or Phase One body. The image quality was amazing, however there…


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Review: Think Tank Photo City Walker 10

Having the perfect bag is always a tough choice when you’re a photographer. There are soo many different shoulder, backpacks and roller bags out there. For my trip to Barcelona I needed a bag that was small, able to hold a decent amount of equipment and didn’t actually look like a…


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Travel Photography Checklist

My little trip away to Barcelona is fast approaching, a city I’ve always enjoyed and somewhere I’ve wanted to head back to after my overnight there years ago whilst working on the cruise ships. Therefore I booked the first week of September to do just that. However having so much camera…


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Cirencester Skate Park Opening Jam 2014

Whilst this park has been open a short while since the fences came down, there hasn't been an official cutting of the ribbon, until now! So it was time for the Cirencester Skate Park Opening Jam at long last. Never have I seen the park soo full of skateboarders from all over, everyone from the…


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Churchdown Skate Jam 2014

After what has seemed liked the most rescheduled jam ever, the Churchdown skate jam finally was able to be held on Sunday 29th June. The sun was shinning, amazing BBQ food and some awesome riding from both the skaters and BMXers of all ages! The turnout compared to the first opening jam was a…


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The Basics of ND Filters

With summer approaching sometimes the bright sunny days can be a little tricky to capture that lovely depth of field or blurred motion, which photographers enjoy when shooting portraiture or a longer exposures within landscapes. A lot of the time you can’t correctly expose the photo due to there…


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Behind the Lens with Matt Thomas

Seeing as quite a few people ask what I carry in my bag and how I shoot, I thought I’d make a little behind the lens video from a photo shoot. Nothing too tech just a friendly look at what I do and why. Here’s the video, with a special thanks to Howard Colin for the filming and editing…


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How To: Use Manual Focus Nikon Lenses on a Nikon DSLR

A lot of Nikon shooters such as myself use the old Nikon lenses (pre-auto focus) on their digital Nikon bodies. This might seem a little strange sticking a lens thats 15 or more years old on a fancy modern SLR, however there are a few good reasons why you would. The main reason why I bought a few…


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Skateboard Photography 101 – Quick Guide

Whatever skateboarding magazine you pick up there are always photos that make you stop and go “Wow…wish I could get a shot like that.” (or that just me) That’s what I thought when I first started to get into photography, however seeing as photography is such a big market in terms of different…


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