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Photography Blog by Duncan Holmes

Ardgowan Estate Shoot featured in Tie the Knot

Just a quick post to say that some more photos from our shoot at Ardgowan Estate have recently been featured on Tie the Knot at http://tietheknot.scot/dream-teams-vintage-glamour-at-ardgowan-estate/ . Nice to give them an airing to the wider world!


Review - Sleeklens Forever Thine for Lightroom

Here I am with my reviewer's hat on so lots to cover:

Disclaimer, I was givenSleeklens's wedding presets, Forever Thine to review free of charge.

There are a couple of main aspects to any photographer's workflow following a wedding or any other shoot.

1. The cull.You go through the photos and eliminate the rejects and keep only the strongest photos. For a wedding you might cut out the blinks or the wandering looks or shots that just didn't work. For a fashion or beauty shoot you might be even more brutal in your selection to reduce the selection down to just the few that really convey the story or message you were trying to create.

Ardgowan Estate Bridal Shoot

Last summer I had the good fortune to go along and talk to Sir Ludovic atArdgowan Estateabout maybe doing a photoshoot at the house. There were plans in place to refurbish the house to make it a little more accommodating for weddings so in the end our shoot ended up scheduled for the end of February.

We were always chancing our arm shooting at this time of year, so to protect our models from freezing to death completely I planned the shoot indoors. With the event coordinator, Adrian's, help we were able to pull in Shona from

Photobooks - a photographer's view

Disclaimer: I'm basing this review on photobooks I have ordered from Blurb and Loxley Colour in the past and a free sample preview that SAAL Digital had kindly offered recently.

It's not uncommon in this budget conscious age for couples to seek to economise on their photography and cut out the traditional album or even photobook. They get their pictures on a disc or USB and are then left to their own devices. While it's not difficult to order up a print or two online it can be a little daunting to pick out a reliable printer to produce a photobook or album.

The Bride - Video Blog

Well, it took a couple of months to produce and our episodes are rattling out now as we hitepisode 7 of the video blog.

This started out from an idea at a conference/workshop day where one of the talks was about promoting your business on social media. As a photographer I'd always steered away from anything video related as I'm fully aware that I'll not be the next Spielberg, though I can take a pretty good photo. But as a tangent to the talk they were giving I thought it might be a fun idea to try and offer a bridal blog with a difference.

Fairground Attraction


Many moons ago I persuaded one of my winter wedding couples to jump on the carousel in George Square. It made for some colouful and unusual photos and was even featured in Tie The Knot Magazine (Best Scottish Weddings at the time) back in the day.

There's a big attraction to the sounds and sights of the circus, carnival and fair. So I was quite thrilled when discussing a shoot with Rachael, who I'd worked with a couple of times before, and she'd come up with the idea of being a clown on a carousel.

The Bride - Video Blog


I was sat in a photography seminar being told the joys of social media and how video was the up and coming thing that would save us all from obscurity. Naturally this is great news for a photographer, who takes still images.

However this did spark an idea in my mind. I could wax lyrical for hours in front of the camera about all things photographical, from posing and lighting through to different arrangements of family groups, reportage and candid photography and all sorts. The kind of thing, that might prove quite interesting to photographers and maybe include some useful information for brides.

Messing about on boats

The other week I had the pleasure of returning to the beautiful Newhall Estate for a shoot.

I'd been there twice before for bridal shoots, though this time I had something quite different in mind.

With the help of Victoria and Marlene we took a trip out on a reservoir in amidst the hills. The owner of the estate had kindly offered to lend me his 4X4 to get up the reservoir, though little did I anticipate that he would lead us over the top of the hill and down the other side for a somewhat nerve wracking roller coaster across the farm tracks.

Studio Shennanigans

Somehow I anaged to find a wee gap in my Spring/Summer schedule and organised a day at Dreghorn Photography's studio in Kinning Park. I decided, for a change, to try something different and put out a call in local steampunk and Cosplay groups to see if anyone fancied a quick half hour shoot and then arranged time slots throughout the day.
 
In the end 11 people signed up for the slots available (I'd left myself a 15 minute break at midday and at the end for packing up).  in the end thought we had a cancellation the night before and 3 cancellations during the course of the day, so my frantic schedule was a lot more relaxed in the end.

Strictly Mad for Good Causes

As more regular readers might know I've been able to offer my help directly to charitable causes in the past, such as the John Hartson Foundation and Sense Scotland as well as indirectly through supporting other events.
 
Anyway, not that i'm one to blow my own trumpet (well, I am, otherwise, what's the point of this blog!) I've managed to squeeze in a couple more trips to the charity counter.
 
Last Saturday saw me up at the Fernhill Community Centre, where a young ballroom dancer had put together a night in aid of Alzheimer's Scotland.