Tim Butler AKA RundFunk

Last week I had the pleasure of going over to Crewe to take photos of my good friend Tim Butler AKA Rundfunk! The brief was he wanted some photos taken so he can use on his Facebook and Soundcloud profiles as well as other media if needs being!! Biggest moment of the day: My flash taking off down the road with my shoot through brolly. Thankfully my flash is okay but the umbrella is broken to say the least. But nevermind!! I ordered myself a softbox to replace it!! It was good catching up with Tim as I hadn’t seen him for going on 5 years!! I’m telling you one thing folks!! This young man is going to go far!!! I highly recommend you check out his work at:

RundFunk’s Facebook Page

Rundfunk’s Soundcloud Page

He has also been so kind to have made me a little soundtrack to add to my slideshow’s etc!! I’m super excited to show you all!!

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Enjoy everyone and seriously, Rundfunk IS a name you will be hearing more of in the future.. I really can’t wait to work with Tim again!

Volume at Embassy: Bangor, North Wales. 16/12/2011

On Friday the 16th of December 2011 I was asked to be the photographer at a HUGE night club event. It was the first time I’d ever done night club photography and it was the first time I’d ever taken part in an event of that scale! Throughout the course of the night roughly 700 people came and left. With the combination of an absolutely awesome lineup of BareNoize and Bar9, plenty of alcohol around and it being Mad Friday my trusty little 550D was put into overdrive. Roughly 800 photos were taken and was narrowed down to about 350 by the time they were uploaded to the Internet! The experience was amazing and I really cannot wait until the next time I’m invited to take part in such an amazing, electrical and exciting event!!

Here’s some of the photos.

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The event organiser loved the photos and I got a lot of words of praise from the owner of the club. Can’t have done that bad eh??

Andrew

Volume at Embassy Facebook Page

Louis and Alex – Promo Shoot

Louis and Alex promotional shoot, Location? Manchester City Center. Can’t believe how many places we were kicked from! But still. Cheers guys! Had a right blast this night!

Creative Stimulation

It’s really annoying me lately how little time I’m getting to shoot. Between working ridiculous hours and trying to get the money to create a business and trying to spend as much time as I can with my better half (which at the moment is also not half as much as I’d like it to be!) is really causing my portfolio to be seriously lacking what it should be by now.

This in return is not doing me any good.

Because I’m not seeing substantial improvement to my portfolio my motivation isn’t exactly sky high. So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Maybe that’s what’s causing all these riots. People are fuming that I, for a change, am thinking.

The amount of photographs I’ve looked at online is mind numbing, and most of them tend to look the same. All nicey nicey family portraits and people looking probably nothing like they actually do in real life. After all Photoshop can work miracles! I can understand that this is what some people are after, but these are the images I really don’t like producing. At all. Photoshoots and photographs should be all about fun and about having a laugh. No matter what situation you are in in life, no matter how bad, there is always something you can either laugh about or make fun of. And in my personal opinion this is the direction I will take advantage of.

One of my current favourite photographers is Matthew Coughlin. Matthew is a Graphic designer from Pensacola, Florida. He has, on flickr, one of the most amazing 365 Projects I have ever seen. He has an understanding of light that I am many years away from cracking. But I think what keeps me going back to his project is the fact that all of his photos are fantastically creative. Each photo he uploads is humerous and each one is painfully original and to me, this is what photography is all about, and that’s the direction I want to take. Make people laugh. Take photographs that they look at years to come and think back “Yes. That day was amazing”

So. What to do, what to do. For now, I have decided that I shall do some free work to build a reputable portfolio. I have a couple if ideas in mind of what I’d like to try and certain shots that I want. But my only problem at the moment is lighting. I have one flashgun (Canon 430EXii) and 3 studio strobes (Jinbei Delicasy…. They sound more like an oriental dish to me!) Now these aren’t the most mobile things in the world so when I’m out in the field I’m restricted to my single flash and my reflectors. I know that you can work wonders with a bit of sunlight and a couple of reflectors but sometimes they don’t give you that punch that you’d get from using flash. But I have to make do with what I’ve got for the time being. In return hopefully these free shoots will get my name out there and more and more people will get to see my name and therefore, hopefully, generate more income. No harm in trying eh?

So that’s about my ramblings going on for now. I know I’m most probably boring you with my constant whining. But I’m a man. I’m allowed! Might go home tonight maybe try another self portrait. If I can’t get anyone to be a subject for me at this time of night then I might as well do it myself!

Right now it’s your turn. If you don’t have much time to shoot what do you do to make time and how would you spend the little tome you have to shoot?

Speak soon people. And I may put some of my final photos up for you later. I do spoil you don’t I!!

Adios

Andrew

Photography Bucket List

Okay it’s been a very long time since my last post and recently I have purchased an iPhone so I can now update on the go!!!

I recently saw a post by a photographer and he had put up a “bucket list” of the things he wanted to do in photography. Those of you who aren’t familiar with what a bucket list is it’s basically a “to do before you die” list. One of the criterias he had placed was:

• You have to write everything you’d like to do. No not writing it down because you’re embarrassed that someone might see it and poke fun at you or not putting it down because you think it may be impossible.

This got me thinking about what I would love to do. So first I will be uploading just a couple of goals (it will definitely be updated and changed over the next few years!!) So for now here it goes!

• Earn enough to buy professional equipment. From cameras to lenses to lighting to software. I don’t know why but to me it’d be like a petrol head who’s always wanted to own a Lamborghini.

• Photograph a celebrity. Doesn’t matter who it is just want to photograph one.

• Photograph Machu Picchu. I’ve always wanted to go there ever since I was a child. The place amazes me.

These are 3 of my main things. Like I said this will keep being updated and I’ll keep you updated.

So to conclude do you have a photography “bucket list”? What is your absolute, ultimate dream when it comes to togging?

Thanks for reading people and keep snapping!!!

Adiós

Andrew