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For the past few years I have been a member of The Guild of Photographers. Recently they redesigned and updated their website to make it easier for you to find qualified photographers who have to be not only talented, skilled and creative but also insured, professional and subject to a code of conduct.

It took me a while but now I have finally selected a few of my portraits and updated my profile which you can easily find at http://photoguild.co.uk/member/stephencotterell

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How often have you noticed that one aspect of your business life informs another in subtle but important ways?

An important influence on the way I create headshot and business portraits is my interest in macro photography.
It’s a bit like your ability to act within the big picture while focusing upon critical details.

This is especially important once you realise that, instead of you automatically putting on your ‘camera face”, that you present thousands of micro expressions to the world. Some of which are well worth capturing and showing because then you are seen at your best, most interesting and engaging.

How do you want others to see you?

I’d be interested in your response now.

Stephen
stephen cotterell photography
photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693

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How happy are you with your current social media profile photograph? It might be just your time to act quickly because, for only a few days, you can benefit from a special offer (20th to 23rd April 2015 only) and refresh your profile picture for all your social media needs!
Like most smart people you already realise that you will need to refresh your business, creative or personal profile photographs. So, if you are based in or around London, UK please get in touch as soon as you can to for full details.
Thank you
Stephen
stephen cotterell photography
photography@stephencotterell.com
07990 525 814
020 8549 3693
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Life Aquatic

Is it really not about the camera? I suspect that many of the people reading this will relate to camera troubles affecting the way that the think (and even beat themselves up).

Caroline and I had a fabulous holiday. We were fortunate enough to be scuba diving in one of the world’s most beautiful marine parks.

Apart from taking a few snapshots in the past this trip was the first time that I seriously intended to create 5 or 6 memorable underwater photographs. The only camera I had available was my old Canon G12 with an inexpensive underwater housing from Canon. Unlike my dry land photography I had no back-up or any kind of plan B. However, I had not expected what happened to the camera.

After only a few dives condensation developed in the camera housing and, inevitably got into the camera. One by one the camera controls started to fail. At first I was very frustrated as the zoom stopped working, then AV and TV modes so eventually I was only able to use the camera with a fixed focal length on either auto or programme mode with zero control over the focus points. During the last few days of our trip even exposure compensation failed me. Basically I was using a basic point and shoot.

By the end of the trip I was totally over my I-need-to-be-in-control-of-my-camera mind set. Instead I had decided to work with the tool at hand. Finally I was experiencing the truth from the oft quoted Chase Jarvis, “The best camera is the one that you have with you”.

Now we are back home, the camera has spent the past 24 hours sitting in a bowl of dry rice grains in the “faint” hope that it will function again. If not it has already done me proud, even in it’s limited functional state, by producing a good selection of RAW files that I am able to work on in my digital darkroom.

Here is a peek at some of my photographs from our trip:

https://art.tt/gjg

Thanks for reading.

Stephen

stephen cotterell photography

07990 525 814

020 8549 3693

http://stephencotterell.com

@stephensmiles
stephen@cotterell.net
photography@stephencotterell.com

  • Randell JohnMarch 19, 2015 - 1:26 PM

    Great post Stephen, and it’s very true, as we all tend to get hung up on the technical aspects of photography and trying to squeeze the best out of the equipment we are using at the time.
    I’d be over the moon to capture an images like these, never mind what camera I’d used.ReplyCancel

    • stephenMarch 19, 2015 - 2:00 PM

      Thank you for that. I am very happy indeed to be able to experience the Life Aquatic of Palau and share one or two photographs with you.ReplyCancel

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Stephen

stephen cotterell photography

07990 525 814

020 8549 3693

http://stephencotterell.com

@stephensmiles
stephen@cotterell.net
photography@stephencotterell.com

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