George and Leah’s Wedding, Upwaltham Barns, Chichester

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George and Leah got married right in the middle of last summer’s heatwave at Upwaltham Barns, right in the heart of the beautiful South Downs. I know how hard it can be to shoot in very hot weather, so my camera bag was weighed down as much by water bottles as it was by lenses. I liberally applied sunblock as well, as it is very easy to get burnt to a crisp without even realising it on days like this as I have learnt to my cost in the past. There is nothing worse than shooting groups, you start to feel that you are getting burnt, and there is nothing you can do about it!

I was particularly lucky at this wedding that I got an opportunity to shoot with George and Leah as the evening light  drew in and we got some really beautiful shots. One of the biggest challenges for a wedding photographer is dealing with available light, whether it is a gloomy Saxon church or shooting groups in the middle of the day. I have my tricks and things I’ve picked up over the years that help make the best of any situation, but a photographer has no greater ally than good light, and no light is better than the golden sunshine of a summer’s evening.

 

 

 

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Posted in Brighton wedding photographer, Chichester photographer, Chichester portrait photographer, Chichester wedding photographer, Sussex wedding photographer, Wedding Photographer Chichester, west sussex

Print What You Want to Keep. Preserve your Visual Legacy

 

 

 

When I travelled in the late 90’s I shot a lot of slides which I had scanned to Gold CD’s (what was supposed to be the archival gold standard of the time). Last week I found the CD’s in a box whilst I was looking for some old prints and decided to have a look at my old work. I put the CD in my laptop, it whirred to life and opened perfectly. The CD ran flawlessly despite being 16 years old, I found the scanned files and tried to open one up.

That’s when the trouble started.

Photo CD (PCD) files are an obsolete format. They won’t open in Photoshop. They won’t open in Capture One. They won’t open in explorer. I hunted around the web and found a freeware program that converted the PCD files into jpegs and the day was saved.  But think about this, Kodak Photo CD was defunct in 2004. 10 years later no standard program on your PC will read those files. Imagine that was your wedding. Would you want your pictures to be unreadable by your 10th anniversary?

Most families have wedding albums or prints  from their parents  wedding, my family still has photos from my grandparents wedding in the 40’s that their great grand children have seen.  Those of use in middle age have seen cassette tapes, then floppy disks, then zip disks disappear. CD’s are on their last legs. If you want to see your precious pictures in 10, 25 or 50 years time you cannot rely on computer media to keep your images safe.

There is only one thing you can do.

Print your photos. The only way you can ensure that future generations can see pictures of you is to put them print them onto paper. It really is that simple.  A portrait session or a wedding is not finished until you have a photograph or a picture in you hand. So print your pictures and preserve your memories. Don’t be left with an unreadable disk or obsolete files as your family’s visual legacy.

 

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Saying Goodbye to Friends

Photography by Tobias Key

The happy couple say goodbye to their friends as they prepare to leave the church.

 

 

 

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