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Photography Blog by Lensi Photography, covering thoughts, events and all things related to photography. We also provide photography courses, if you are interested then please feel free to contact, we always provide some tips to our amateur photographers so that they are ready to compete our professional.

Recently we have been involved in various kinds of photography projects, either they are business events, or some wedding occasions. Covering various kinds of wedding occasion means knowing different culture and meeting different people, and learning about, what they like and how they perform it.

We also talk about various types of camera, then whether they are digital camera, SLR or DSLR.

We have created various photography galleries to cover various occasions, you can see them and if needed please let us know if you need to have them on your social channels or website or any where else, so that we can cover the legalities for you, so that you are not in any kind of trouble.

I Hired the Wrong Photographer

I Hired the Wrong Photographer

Professional Versus Amateur Photography

Why hire a professional photographer when you can get an amateur or hobbyist or even a student training to be a photographer at a fraction of the price – even free! You can save yourself thousands, that you could spend on extra food, a nicer car to drive to the venue in, a bigger cake to cut up, a more expensive dress for the day, nice favours for the guests … so many other things!  This is the question that keeps rearing its head for me as well as every other professional photographers out there. Professional versus amateur Photography.

It is only April and already this year I have had three enquiries from people people who hired a much cheaper (better value) photographer in their earlier opinion, to only find they had later regrets. They hired the wrong photographer! This is with both commercial and non commercial clients.

With non commercial clients, its not a major deal, the conference or event images were not great, they can correct their mistakes next time, and it is simply a lesson learnt.

But wedding clients, I talk about this all the time, you do this ONCE IN A LIFETIME! Should how you capture this day be dictated by price, instead of product and quality? When this does happen and I have couples contact me for reshoots, its hard not to think “I told you so”. The “I hired the wrong photographer” line weighs heavy, compared to the ‘great deal’ and ‘better value’ they were getting with the person they hired.

It is the number one comment I hear from couples who cut corners with their wedding photography. “I wish I had spent more” “I wish I had done more research”. If that sounds like me touting for more business, speak to couples that hired cheap, and get their feedback.

This article recently made the news, and has been debated in various Facebook Wedding Groups.

Wedding Day Ruined by Terrible Photographs

My thoughts were, wasn’t all of this clear to the bride and groom? But obviously not, as couples are still making these regrettable decisions of hiring ‘better value’ photographers, friends with a camera ‘that takes nice pictures’ or aspiring professionals.

My thoughts were, your wedding is not the time to ‘give someone a chance’ or to let someone use it as a test opportunity to update or start their wedding portfolio. There are lots of examples of this not working out great for couples

 

yet Facebook Wedding Groups are littered with brides happily announcing students from the local college are shooting their wedding, or their friend who is a professional product photographer is shooting their wedding. Let me tell you this, I cover lots of different types of photography, and wedding photography is the most difficult type of photography their is! So i thought I would produce this blog, using the recent article as an example of where the couple went wrong, and how not to fall into that trap. Amateurs, and hobbyists are cheaper for valid reasons …

How to Not Make a Wedding Photography Mistake

Hiring a Professional Versus and Amateur

Insurance

So who cares about insurance? What does that mean anyway? would you hire a catering company without Health and Safety Certificates? A driver without insurance? This should be self explanatory. In this case the photographer ended up having to pay out more than she charged for the wedding, so this was an expensive lesson for her as well as the couple.

 

Fun and Love vs a Job

As an amateur photographer most shooters will be producing work for the fun and love of it, this is not to say that they too cannot be great, but they may not be used to producing work under the same pressure contraints as professional photographers, a wedding is one of the most pressurised photography environments there is, everything is often running late, different people are asking for different things, the light is constantly changing, as is what you are having to shoot, you are on a tight timescale, and you are using different lenses and lighting equipment to produce your results ….doesn’t your wedding not deserve someone who is used to this? Professionals perform at a consistent level through practice and perseverance. The amazing images on their website will not be a magic fluke that they are not sure how to recreate, a random setting on the camera that somehow managed to do the right thing when needed. Our images are managed, created, and produced, with knowledge of the what the final outcome will be.

Adequate equipment

A DSLR is only the very start of a photography kit capable of capturing a wedding. If you have a consultation with a photographer that has just this, no separate flash (even if there is one on top) no second camera, no change of lenses. It is very possible that you pictures will also be very dark, as the dance floor images for the couple in the article. A Professional Photographer will have back up kit, cameras capable of capturing images in low light, lenses that will do the same, and flashes (as well as other lighting) in case something extra is needed. Although it seems unfair of the couple to be quoting her equipment after the event, this is something they should have asked before. It looks as though the photographer in this article had one camera, without any extras. I bought backup kit upon doing my second wedding many years ago. I was still not the artist I was today, but I was conscious of how important it was to have a plan B.

 

All images on a disc

Professionals will only ensure their best images go public. We all get images of eyes closed, wonky mouths, out of focus shots, but they never see the light of day. They are deleted before the back up, no one but the photographer ever gets to see them. If a photographer you have spoken to has anything less then perfect in their portfolio, politely walk away. Images are also valuable, most professionals will charge a premium in additional to a basis package to receive images on disc, and even then, they will not come copyright free.

 

Snapshots vs Photographs vs Artwork

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These are some photographs we created from a recent wedding. I say created because as a professional wedding photographer we see ourselves as creating art. Couples and families look to you to guide them, tell them where to stand, how to hold their heads, what to do. We decided how to light them (yes we use light in the daytime to create a particular look) where to place the couple, where to take the image from; amateurs will not be experienced in this. Thereby you will get what I call ‘snaps’ instead of images. Snaps are images that could be captured by and uncle bob shooting with a phone or basic camera over your shoulder.

Understanding Their Equipment – Booking an Experienced photographer

All that Glitters is not gold! I deliver workshops to photographers called “Spent the Dough, but still Don’t Know”

 

Photography Workshops

Photography Workhops

 

 

 

 

 

especially for photographers that have more than capable equipment, but no idea how to use it. There are many people in this category! This is a harder one to figure out with the photographer you are thinking of booking. Ensure you get to see lots of their portfolio! Scantily resourced websites with only a few images on give me cause for concern. As do images that are not shot in the same fashion.

How well a photographer shoots often only comes to light through direct comparisons. Here is a wedding I found online shot at the beautiful venue of Dunchurch Park and another wrecked set of wedding photos.

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photographer that Wrecked a Couples Photos

These are some of our images from the same venue. It is an amazing venue, and we could have shot all day.

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

Dunchurch Park Wedding Photography by Lensi Photography

 

 

Can you see the difference that experience, creativity and great kit gives you, even with all the will in the world? The photographer that shot the images in the link will no doubt have been shooting on Auto, without a full understanding or control of their camera. Sadly many people under prioritise their photography until its too late.

Plan B, and Plan C

What if it rains on the day, what if you have to do the family photos inside? What if you drop and break a lens on the day? What if you are stuck in an accident on the way from the church to the venue? What happens if a flash unit fails? What happens if you have to shoot in a really small room? I know of no professional photographers who have not had unexpected things happen on the day, the difference is professionals will have back up plans should this be the case. Each of these things have happened to me. As a professional I had back up kit, back up lenses, professional second shooters, a range of lenses to be manage different shooting conditions.

Business Entity

The couple claimed the photographer in this example confirmed attendance the night before the wedding. If this was the case, would this not ring bells earlier. A Professional will be a business entity with contracts outlining terms and conditions, receipts, invoices, logos, and online (not just Facebook entity). We had this logo professionally designed once we were in the position to step up our business. Little signs like this are good examples for considering hiring a business rather than just a person who ‘does photography’.

Photography Business Logo

Photography Business Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing People and Images

You do not want to have to worry about whether all the right images are being captured. An experienced photographer will know all of this, and anything that is unusual to them, they will talk through a timeline of your day to ensure to they are up to speed with everything. Managing people to be standing in the right place and looking int he right direction (this takes a little people management skills), knowing where to be standing at the right time to get the key shots, the first kiss, the first dance, cutting the cake. Being able to ensure guests do not get in the way of these key shots. all of this takes experience. I have attended two weddings where I witnessed amateurs struggle with this, with one photographer admitting she was ‘scared’ to be firm and direct the bridal party, thus resulting in everything taking twice as long, as the couple not getting any bridal portraits of the two of them … at their own wedding! Another where the photographer struggled with the louder culture of the guests of that wedding, and just took all candid (no posed shots) throughout the whole day. In this article it looks as though the photographers in experience lead to her not knowing what the capture during the reception, leading to the number of incredibly low images that were handed over. The couples complaint about the bride being lead off to take images alone, in an area that the groom could not walk to, may have again been inexperience, or the photographer wanting these images for her own portfolio, rather than what was best for the couple.

Wedding Photography Prices

The couple in this article paid £500 for what seemed like all day photography. While it is difficult to put a price on how much this product should be, just like how much you should pay on a dress or a venue or a ring. I would say this is unrealistic for all day photography. From experience however, I have found that couples commonly tend to book photographers between 1 – 4 times the cost of their dress. Yes this is a wide range, but that is my experience!

Planning Your Wedding

You spend all that time carefully picking out a wedding dress, asking your friends how your bum and waist and hips look in it, you spend months scouting venues, their location, their menus, the available locations for your couples portraits. Time is spent deciding whether the cake should be sponge or fruit, multi tier or one tier, this can be said of everything in your wedding, lets not even talking about the wedding rings. On your wedding day as you look around at the fairytale you have created, surrounded by everyone who means the most to you in the world. Do you want to see the photographer you settled for, the friend who did you a favour, the student wanting to practice on your big day, the guest at the wedding who has a DSLR as the person responsible for capturing this world you created for a day?

And Finally

Your day deserves the best photography that you can afford, question the idea of spending 15k on a wedding then cutting corners with the imagery to remember that carefully created day? It could be the worst decision you ever make.

Alternatively

Learn from the mistakes of others that have hired the wrong photographer. If your friend who is attending the wedding and “has a camera that takes great images” offers to shoot it for free, politely refuse. If your friends daughter who is in her third year at University studying photography offers to ‘save you money’ while she/he builds their portfolio, don’t become the guinea pig on such an important date. Most professionals will allow you to spread payments with payment plans, so just like most other items you want but cannot pay for in cash, you can soften the cost by spreading payments.

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

That does not mean someone who has been shooting landscapes for many years, or the sports photographer that shoots for the local paper. Hire someone that understands and shoots weddings as a major part of their work. It could be the best decision (second to marrying the love of your life) that you make during the whole wedding ….

If you want to not have to work through this list in order to not hire the wrong photographer, give us a call on 07944 040 760 or email us on info@lensi.co.uk.

We promise to talk you through everything to ensure you know if we are right for you. If we are a good fit we will capture your day in all the magic that it is, by both a male and female wedding photographer.

Book Your Pre Wedding Photoshoot in London, Paris or Vegas

Pre Wedding Photoshoot in London

Many couples now choose to do pre wedding photoshoot in London and other major cities across the world. Paris, Las Vegas, Venice and so on.

The demand for a particular type of scenic backdrop that is recognised by all drives couples to travel across the world for this.

Some couples do their couples photoshoots in London by getting up very early in the morning to be part of an eerily quiet London backdrop before the work commuters kick in.

Others climb up mountains after driving hours to again get a particular type of backdrop.

Others brave the stares from crowds bemused at wedding photography taking place away from the wedding on Tower Bridge or in front of Big Ben or St Paul’s Cathedral which are all favourites for pre and post wedding couples photo shoots with Chinese or Asian Couples.

In some cultures, such as with Asian (if you are reading this from the US or other countries around the world) or Chinese (if you are reading this from the UK) couples, the traditions is to have pre wedding photos before the wedding, often wearing the wedding dress and suit, with many couples having pre wedding photoshoots in multiple cities across the world; or even to have a couples photoshoot in your wedding attires months after your wedding has taken place.

Other couples do this as a post wedding shoot after the wedding.

Whether you call it a pre wedding photoshoot in London or post wedding photoshoot? You may ask what is a pre wedding shoot? It has been described as a couples photoshoot but on steroids! It shows the couple looking their best, their most loving, it shows a fairytale, scenic backdrops, hollywood lifestyles, suits and cocktail dresses, fun laughter ….all with a professional editorial photoshoot edge. It shows the couple as people they have seeing celeb lifestyle magazines; and creates that memory of them that they can preserve forever.

Brides also often have Rock The Frock Shoots alone with a chance to get to wear their dress once more, without all the stress and time restraints of the big day!

With excellent knowledge of these cities Lensi Photography regularly shoot pre wedding photoshoots in London and post wedding shoots, creating a very personal piece of art for the couples. We are booked by Bride and Grooms from the UK, as well as by Bride and Grooms abroad. We also travel and shoot all over the world.

We also have a fashion background and are one of the photographers for London Fashion Week which influences our Pre Wedding Photoshoot Photography.

Contact us via the website or our Facebook Page for more information about creating art for your pre wedding photoshoot.

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Jago / Jaago Ceremony Photography – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition

As a Female Wedding Photographer in Birmingham, who also covers Asian Weddings, even though I am not Asian, I often have anxious photographer colleagues who are covering their first Asian Wedding approach me for advice and information; knowing that as I too shoot Weddings from Culture’s and Religion’s different to my own, I would have at some point been in the same position.

After having to have done this a few times, it made sense to write a few blog posts on aspects of Asian Wedding and Asian Wedding Photography.

Jago / Jaago Ceremony Photography – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition

This is a ceremony that happens before the main wedding, often part of a pre wedding party. Often held in a hall, but lower key than the main wedding.

 

Jaago means “wake up”. Before the days of Wedding Invites and Interactive Wedding Invites relative of the Bride and Groom used to go around their village the night before the wedding days carrying candle lit pots  – before the days of electricity on their heads singing songs as a way of telling everyone that a wedding would be taking place the following day and as an open invitation to attend.

The traditional folk song is “jaago”, so they would encourage people to wake-up and join in the festivities.

The modern day conversation of this will see the family gather at a venue before the wedding, for a pre wedding party. At some point during the evening the main family members will disappear to another room and re enter the main room carrying Jaagos (pots with decorated lights) and Jaago sticks (decorated sticks) , which will be passed from person to person, who will carry them for a little while.

 

Traditional songs will be sung …and then …its time to PARTY! During the Jago / Jaago – Sikh Punjabi Wedding Tradition people will also share a meal, but then hit the dance floor (and also bar) hard. It is a reason to celebrate and people will do. As a Wedding Photographer, photographing a pre-wedding party, you will be expected to capture

  • Guest entering and being greeted by the family
  • Group shots of as many people at the event as possible
  • Roaming shots of what is going on
  • Venue Shots
  • The procession coming into the main room for the Jago, close ups of the pots and sticks
  • Shots of each person that has the Jago on their head
  • Shots of all the close family members (siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents)
  • Then Party Shots, stopping people on the dance floor periodically to get a shot of them posing for the camera.

Photographing a Wedding or Pre Wedding Party or event such as a Jago / Jaago from Cultures and Religions different to what you are familiar with does not need to be daunting, its simply about the familiarity. There are no restrictions on photography, after having done a few you will look back and wonder what al the anxiety was about!

 

If you are looking for a Wedding Photographer in Birmingham to cover your Wedding or Pre Wedding Party such as your Mendhi, Maiyan or Jago, contact us for a quote

 

 

 

UK Based Destination Wedding Photographer

If you are looking for UK based Destination Wedding Photographer, to travel to cover your wedding internationally, then look no further than Lensi Photography.

We have covered weddings, pre and post wedding shoots in many countries with the furthest away being 6,500 miles away in Rwanda, Africa. If you are marrying abroad or living outside the UK we can still photograph your wedding.

This is a short blog about being a UK Based Destination Wedding Photographer covering a Destination Wedding in Africa.

So you are looking for that special wedding photographer to photograph your wedding, but they are based in another country from you, is this a problem? For most photographers this is not problem, as it wasn’t for us. It may cost you a bit more, but you will be getting exactly the people you want to document your wedding and create the images you want to remember your day by.

How to choose you wedding photographer

see our blog post on this Choosing your wedding photographer

For the photographer – What to bring?

You will have to travel a bit lighter than when you are covering a wedding at home, but travelling with a good airline will allow for a decent baggage allowance. Put anything you need, can be broken easily and cannot do without in your hand luggage. You have to allow for your baggage not arriving, and IF it does not, what do you deliver to your client? Not all countries have easily available shops that equipment can be rented from. This is exactly what happened to us (but that story is for later). Between the first and second photographer we bought, four bodies, 8 lenses, a range of flashes, umbrella, batteries, video lights, boom arm, and reflectors. For a wedding in the same country would carry Quadra Ranger Packs and Ice Lights (but as all of these looks could be replicated with other lights) we opted not to carry these.

 

Preparation – before the wedding

Being a UK based destination wedding photographer, all the normal pre planning is required, and possibly meetings over Skype. In addition to this you may have to get additional jabs that you may need to factor into your wedding expenses. We had to get Yellow Fever vaccination at £70 so not cheap.

 

Travelling

Some countries will need you to state that you are going there to work, which may cause some extra administration and incur extra money and problems. some countries also do not allow you to do jobs as a foreign person that can be delivered by their own citizens, such as Canada. This is all worth checking out before you travel.

 

Plan B, C and D

As you are UK based working in another destination will mean that you do not have easy access to your usual back ups should something go wrong, so have a plan B, C and D. Ours was to travel with four bodies, in hand luggage, and only to have reflectors and stands on the main suitcases. Very lucky considering as the lead photographer, my cases did not arrive! And did not arrive until the day we were returning home, I literally went to the airport collected them from arrivals, walked to the other part of the airport and checked them back in to come home. But due to pre planning our client we still able to receive a quality product. Hiring Equipment in Rwanda is impossible, equipment is expensive so very precious to local photographers, and has to come all the way from South Africa or further afield. We needed to borrow a reflector, and ended up hiring one from a local studio twice the price of the cost of buying one in the UK.

 

Leading Up To The Wedding

Rwanda and Kigali was not what we expected, but getting to know the area a little before the wedding, gave us time to plan for pre / post wedding shoots should there be time. Our couple were extremely busy people, and this was always only a possibility even though we are in the country for a week. It is a beautiful country, although most people still (20 years later) only associate it with the Rwanda Genocide.

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I had the opportunity to go  Gorilla Trekking with Wild Gorilla’s (6 feet away from a wild silverback and its family Gorilla in the Wild by Lensi Photography visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre and got to experience a side of Africa that we are rarely shown in the Western World, beautiful homes, trendy wine bars, posh restaurants, thriving town city centres, with sky scraper buildings, and lets not forget the motorbike taxi’s….which were scary for a car driver, but very economical!

 

On the Day of the Wedding 

Rwanda Weddings are very similar to Indian Weddings in many respects. Much of the ceremony involved the families, gifts are exchanged between families, outfits are very similar, there are even ceremonies involving milk. As in any other wedding ensure everything is charged up and your back ups at hand in cars / rooms nearby if possible.

As our luggage did not arrive, we were not dressed as appropriately as we could be… however the most important thing was creating the images we had been hired to create!

 

After the Wedding

The issue of how to get your products to your couple. We use online viewing platforms for the images, and biased via Skype and whatsapp. Postage of our album would cost about £50 but our couple travel so frequently that we were able to meet them in Birmingham and hand their album to them in person.

 

If you are looking for a UK based Photographer to cover your destination wedding, look no further than Lensi Photography.

 

Event Photography for Festivals – Ten Tips on How to Photograph a Festival

Event Photography for Festivals – Ten Tips on How to Photograph a Festival

Lensi Photography offer event photography for festivals and all types of events, from conferences to corporate events to personal events.

This year Lensi Photography were one of the event photographers for The Parklife Festival in Manchester. As always The Parklife Festival 2015 did not disappoint, a great mixture of Artists and DJ’s, a myriad of tents and stages that festival goers would be entertained by, great security and planning, all in all a great festival.

If you are a photographer, and are covering a festival for the first time, this blog may be of use.

HOW TO COVER A FESTIVAL

1 – GET THERE IN PLENTY TIME BEFORE THE FIRST ACT YOU WANT TO PHOTOGRAPH

Photographers will all give you stories of no one knowing how to direct them to the press room, confirmed passes not being where they should be, having to drag heavy kit across a field of drunk revellers or the press room simply being miles away.

 

So if the first act you plan to shoot is on at 1, get there at at least 12, especially on the first day.

2 – FOOTWEAR AND CLOTHING

As a photographer, although it is hard work covering a festival (wear the most comfy footwear you have) and don’t be fooled by there being no rain, the festival WILL be muddy, wear your your wellies to be safe. Also bring a number of layers to pile on as it gets colder in the evening, I started out in shorts and a top, built up to a sweater, then a hoody on top of that, then changed shorts for leggings, and finally added a coat … once the sun drops it gets pretty cold, and although it may look and feel great in the day to be in your summer festival clothes, many women looked on at me envious by the time night came.

 

3 – ACTS PERFORMING

Know your acts!! There will be a host of celebrities and public figuresThe highlight of this years festival for me was Grace Jones, what a legend! What an honour to be able to shoot (photograph in none photographer speak)  someone like her, the trail blazer for artists like Lady Gaga, and even at age 67, she still has it, and all minus cosmetic surgery! The press pit was full for her performance, which shows this was the shot that everyone wanted.

Grace Jones performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 in Manchester, true to her usual form Grace appears on stage bare chested wearing only body paint.

Grace Jones performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 in Manchester, true to her usual form Grace appears on stage bare chested wearing only body paint.

It will be impossible to cover everything, so work out who you want to cover beforehand or at the start of the day so that you have a plan. This will depend on who you are shooting for, some photographers need lots of crowd shots, some only need main stage acts and so on, you just need to be clear on what you need to shoot.

 

4 – EQUIPMENT

I carry two bodies on a Black Rapid Double Strap to a festival like this. Two Canon 5d3’s a wide angle and a telephoto zoom, one body would be lighter, but I prefer to carry two for speed when a shot appears and you need to suddenly have a different angle. Carrying my camera around my neck simply does not work for me, its painful and uncomfortable, being able to carry my equipment on my body is much more comfortable.

 

Some photographers also bring a 300mm (or above) in case we have a shoot from the mixer. Others also bring a super wide angle (if we are really close to the stage) or a fish eye (for those fun type shots), but this is just too much to carry around for me.

 

5 – WALKING, GETTING TO AND FROM STAGES

Most photographers will be filing back to their respective agencies / magazines / publications, so there will be a lot of time spent doing and fringe getting to the various stages, then heading back to the press room to upload your images. A plus for this year was that we were transported via buggy a few times, which really saved on the legs! (image courtesy of fellow tog and Friend Paul Torode)

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6 – HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT TYPES OF IMAGES YOU WANT

Research images from pervious events, it will give you an idea of what kind of spaces and backdrops you will be working with. From an image point of view images taken at night or in the various tents look amazing as the lighting is always well put together.

 

The more you photograph these events the more you learn and know what to look out for, for example Rudimental who have won awards for their festival performances always enter stage with a jump from their front guy, going out into the crowd to shot the main stage from far away once your press pit time is over also may get you some exclusives as well as a great full stage shots, such as the ‘Disclosure’ shot in this set.

I also shoot video snippets (which can be found on our YouTube Channel) as it adds a little more life to your coverage, and is great for most agencies and publications.

 

7 – SHOOT WIDE AND TIGHT, NEAR AND FAR, USE YOUR 15 MINS / THREE SONGS WISELY

You will get the first three songs or 15 minutes of a DJ set in the pit. Use this time effectively. Resist any temptation you may have to let go and enjoy the music, you are not there to party! Get your shots, and then you may relax for a bit …until you have to head to the next stage.

It can be tempting to get close up shots of some of your favourite artists, shots where they can clearly be seen, but be sure to also get wide ones, where they form a tiny part of the image. Some of my favourite shots from this year are shot way away from the stage, after your time has finished in the pit, don’t be scared to walk into the crowd to get a different angle. I shot these once our 15 mins were finished in the pit.

House DJ Duo Disclosure close Day one of Parklife 2015 performing live on stage

House DJ Duo Disclosure close Day one of Parklife 2015 performing live on stage

Manchester, UK, 06 June 2015 Stage Crowdsshots at The Parklife two day festival 2015 at Heaton Park in Manchester © Denise Maxwell/ Alamy Live News

Stage Crowdsshots at The Parklife two day festival 2015 at Heaton Park in Manchester

Manchester, UK, 06 June 2015 Stage Crowdsshots at The Parklife two day festival 2015 at Heaton Park in Manchester © Denise Maxwell/ Alamy Live News

Stage Crowdsshots at The Parklife two day festival 2015 at Heaton Park in Manchester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 – MAKE FRIENDS!

Your first time at a festival can be daunting! The pros will know where to go for what time, the quickest way to the different tents and so on. I remember my first festival I fought my way through crowds many times to get to a particular stage, to then find out that photographers can take a backstage route!

 

Festivals are generally friendly places, (not all photography environments are!) and I have made some really good friends who are also fellow photographers there. I have helped people out with batteries and memory cards and shooting, as they have me. It’s also nice to be able to work and have someone to talk to and laugh with. It is most definitely still work, but it is great fun too!

 

9 – EARPLUGS

Bring some unless you wish to sacrifice your hearing for the sake of getting your shots! The speakers are designed to project to thousands of people in front of a stage, and you are standing next to them ….figure that one out!

 

10 – TOILETS

Bring sanitiser and tissue, these are festival toilets, need I say more?!! Unless you have VIP tickets, which have assigned cleaners who monitor the tissue, cleanliness etc.

 

Roll on next year, and more festivals!

To book #LensiPhotography to #photograph and #event (#EventPhotographer, #EventPhotographerBirmingham) or #festival (#FestivalPhotography) contact us via our contact sheet or :

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Not one to be in the spotlight Award winning DJ EZ DJ's in no lights focussing on him at the main stage

Not one to be in the spotlight Award winning DJ EZ DJ’s in no lights focussing on him at the main stage

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Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

2015 evicted Big Brother Housemates spotted at Parklife 2015

2015 evicted Big Brother Housemates spotted at Parklife 2015

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Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Jessie Ware performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 Festival in Manchester, UK

Jessie Ware performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 Festival in Manchester, UK

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

Crowds enjoying the Parklife 2015 Festival held annually at Heaton Park in Manchester

 

Manchester, UK, 06 June 2015 George Ezra performing live on stage at The Parklife two day festival 2015 at Heaton Park in Manchester © Denise Maxwell/ Alamy Live News

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Rudimental Performing Live on stage at Parklife 2015 Festival in Heaton Park, Manchester, UK

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Rudimental Performing Live on stage at Parklife 2015 Festival in Heaton Park, Manchester, UK

Rudimental Performing Live on stage at Parklife 2015 Festival

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Grace Jones performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 in Manchester, true to her usual form Grace appears on stage bare chested wearing only body paint.

Grace Jones performing live on stage at Parklife 2015Grace Jones performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 in Manchester, true to her usual form Grace appears on stage bare chested wearing only body paint. Grace Jones performing live on stage at Parklife 2015 in Manchester

Sports

Lensi Photography offer sports photography coverage in Birmingham and beyond. Providing outstanding images for your sporting event.

See our blog post on The Sainsbury’s Diamond League here :

Sainsburys Diamond League and Grand Prix

And the page for British Athletics Meets here :

British Athletics

To know more about, which all events we have covered in past, and what we are doing at the moment, please follow us on our various social channels. Links are listed below the left menu. We are looking forward to share some interesting facts and news with you always.

This is not the only event we cover, we cover all the corporate events, whether it is new product launch event, services providers event, conferencing, board meetings coverage, re-launching of organisations with new looks and ambiences, model photography, still-life photography, coverage of a complete business process.

Music

Lensi Photography specialise in live music and concert photography in Birmingham and beyond.

We have photographed some of the worlds leading music artists including Mary J Blige, Snoop Dogg, Disclosure, Jay Z and Pharrell Williams.

See our blog post on photographing one of our lifelong idols Mary J. Blige here :

Photographing Mary J. Blige

Fashion

Lensi Photography are Fashion Photographers based Birmingham and working nationally. We cover catwalk, look books, fashion editorial and model portfolios.

We are one of the official London Fashion Week Photographers and have shot some of the worlds most famous models including Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and Chantalle Brown-Young (aka Winnie Harlow); on the catwalks of world famous designers such as KTZ, Topshop Unique and Ashish.

See our blog post on shooting London Fashion Week here for an example :

Shooting London Fashion Week

Contact us to commission us for your look book, catwalk show, fashion editorial or model portfolio

Photography Courses in Birmingham

Photography Courses in Birmingham

Are you looking for photography courses in Birmingham?

If you are looking for photography courses in Birmingham, you have come to the right place.

Do you want to learn with a full time photographer who actually earns their living from photography, not only someone who teaches the theory of it? Do you want to learn with a photographer that covers weddings, fashion, celebrities and sports as some of their work? Photographers that have shot people such as Barak Obama, Tom Hanks and Jay Z.

 

Now that you have a new camera, do you have the following questions?

What does this button do? What does some of the terminology mean when photographers say x y or z? How do I photography fast moving subjects? how do I take those pictures where the background is all blurred? How can I learn to edit?

How can you get to understand more about your camera in a person friendly way?

How can you make your images look like some of the ones you see online?

How do you finally moveaway from ‘auto’?

Lensi Photography Learning may be just the thing for you. We offer starter to intermediate courses in many different aspects of photography, from understanding your camera and knowing how to get desired effects; to wedding and event photography, and even bespoke ones.

They are run by full time photographers, with backgrounds in teaching and training, with both training and photography qualifications.

Lessons can be booked as single lessons or in blocks (dependent upon numbers), however there are some core lessons we would suggest everyone do as a grounding for all photography. Lessons can also be on a one-to-one basis or in groups. These can be planned around your schedule.

onLESSONS SUBJECTS INCLUDE :

  • UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAMERA
  • THE LIGHTING TRIANGLE (iso, shutter speed and aperture)
  • WHITE BALANCE
  • SHUTTER SPEED – LONG EXPOSURE / GHOST TRAILS / EMPTY ROOMS / LIGHT PAINTING
  • SHUTTER SPEED – SHORT EXPOSURE / FREEZING ACTION
  • INTRODUCTION TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
  • INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
  • INTRODUCTION TO ON SITE STUDIO / PHOTO BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY
  • INTRODUCTION TO STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY (PARTS 1,2 AND 3)
  • INTRODUCTION TO PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY
  • INTRODUCTION TO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
  • UNDERSTANDING AND USING THE CORRECT LENSES
  • EDITING AND POST PROCESSING PART1 (PHOTOSHOP)
  • EDITING AND POST PROCESSING PART2 (LIGHTROOM)
  • PRINTING SERVICES
  • PROFESSIONALS IN THE FIELD
  • PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 1
  • PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 2
  • GETTING KNOWN AND NOTICED
  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • ULTIMATE WISH LISTS

Some courses are location based (wrap up warm for these, which include walk around courses) others are studio / office based, if you book one-to-one tuition in many cases this can taught in the comfort of your own home.

 

The example images below show what can be produced, with some of the knowledge from the courses, as well as the kinds of images on my gallery in general.

 

ON THE LONG AND SLOW SHUTTER WORKSHOPS, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PRODUCE IMAGES SUCH AS THIS :

 

 

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO ON SITE STUDIO / PHOTO BOOTH PHOTOGRAPHY – after this set of workshops you learn to produce images such as this.

 

  • INTRODUCTION TO FASHION

You will learn to produce images such as this : Fashion Photography by Lensi Photography

  • INTRODUCTION TO PRESS PHOTOGRAPHY

You will learn about getting into press photography and producing images such as this : Press Photography by Lensi Photography

PRICES :

121 Tuition – £75 per hour

£300- 350 per day

Group Courses – 1 day course £149 (minimum and maximum numbers apply 5 – 10)

Evening Course / Half Day Course £95 (minimum and maximum numbers apply 5 – 15)

*we also provide a limited number of cameras for those who have yet to purchase one for a minimal hire fee

 

For more information contact info@lensi.co.uk