A Photographers Blog

Welcome to Silvergumtype,  My Photographers Blog.

After 25 years as a Fashion and Advertising Photographer, working in the creative industries in Photography, Directing, Agency Creative Director and Video – Video Edits,  In May 2020 was the best opportunity to begin sharing some of my personal and professional experiences learned whilst working on my own creative process or in the field for my clients. 

The Nader Academy is the chance to either work with me in some live workshops, join in some webinars, or be part of my workshop location experiences. Enjoy for now some of my personal projects bever seen before and here you can see some location posts whilst working for various brands, some behind the scenes could hook your interest.

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Making The Best
Of Opportunity

Creative Vision meets Opportunity,  Lockdown has certainly seen some dramatic changes recently and the very last moments of working on the 24th of March allowed me the time to free shoot!. Escaping the confines once more of what has become the status quo of phot life for me. Dropping the guard and trying something different has been enlightening as a photographer, this story shows how shaking the shackles is imperative right now.

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An Englishman in Manchester

Manchester shoot street photography allows me to find a chance at some Fine Art Photography with an “Englishman in Manchester”

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Adornments and Tattoos

“Vibrant Red hair, striking red ear hoops, eccentric tattoo art and to cap it all pointy things in her mouth with studs on her nose.”

Burlesque in Piccadilly

James when was the last time you shot any real people and away from your own comfort zones James”?… So here we go again find my preferred way!

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Developing Your Own
Photographic Personality

Developing your own style and workflow can be a challenge. I have been through this process quite a few times in my career, and recently about a year ago I hit the wall once again; I realised being everything to everyone had exhausted my creative flow. Social media was driving my creative vision and rarely would I divulge my photographic inspirations and abilities for the shame of not being that true fashion photographer. 2020 has seen me begin to show the real creativity in me.

Shooting the Floating Lady

Shooting the Floating Lady, Creative Photography concpet with a Client’s conceptual vision expectations and a producer’s visual set in stone on a mood board back in the office can set you up for failure on location.

Dynamic Tips for Monochrome

Magazine style black and white photography and beautiful images processed in Lightroom and the Adobe Photoshop darkroom – Notable Apps and plugins get a mention too!

Shooting Fashion on Location - Tips

It’s important to work with the Creative Directors’ vision for the client. You must make changes quickly on the fly bringing your creative team on board with your changes. Sell them the vision.

Street Life!

Street Casting is the process whereby production houses or in this case me, go into an area or location where there is a requirement for a specific type of artist for a brief. I had one now.

Individual Empowerment

A street casting with the subject of Tattoo and Adorments. A pure gamble capturing a subject outside of my usual comfort zone, to show photography is being able to photograph with light, shape and composition.

The price of fame

What is the price of fame nowadays especially for a model or actor? I“Getting yourself a stylist these days is virtually impossible”A model’sor actors’ investment in themselves is a costly thing.

The Day I used a Real Camera

Water has always been of particular interest for me ever since I was pulled up from the bottom of a pool, my stomach pumped and with all the fight of life in me gone in fact life almost gone, I had given up! Water now is like a magnet for me

My Alternative Iceland

27 people in our production crew and just 2 double rooms in our way out cabin, honestly what are you thinking about and why?. Cost saving costs crew!!! he had left the message asking if I would like to fly to Iceland on a 21-day shoot next month!

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Shooting from the hip!

Beach Photography, can this be classed the same or similar to Street Photography or is there less skill needed to accomplish this.? Ok so one difference is everyones wobbly bits on show

Crude So Photorealistic

I can work with a vast range of  photo lighting and light quality, mixing and matching but overall creating my own particular style of light. I can also replicate this style in Film lights, Arri lights, Flash

Capturing Canarians for Cash

Travelling anywhere these days for me, is all about maximising the true potential of any opportunity , but also looking at any other potentials hidden within searching out hidden opportunities is a must.

Plitvice Croatia - Sirona Composite

Sandy had just won the German version of Germany’s Top Model this shot was a filler shot for the calendar however I love this ans spent a little more time on the finished image. The background was shot in the superb lakes of Croatia.

My First Shots with a Fuji

So we found over 24 fabulous shooting locations in Iceland, We know this as I was given the task to create 24 spectacular stand-alone images for the Lambertz Calendar and we visited these plus many more.

Shooting 12,500ft and out of Air!

Logistically challenging trips in the mountain with the kit. Three cable cars would carry us to the top but the problem being the time getting there and setting up. Recce day cold and  very misty with cloudy.

Calling all Photographers - Get Your Work Featured

2020 sees Silvergumtype opens up to Photographers and Creatives and taking submissions of quality content for features, interviews and portfolio reviews. Successful submissions will be given a platform to show and tell. If you would like to participate, get in touch.

Vive La France! - Piccadilly Show Case

Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. A day in and around Piccadily provided some interesting content.

iPhone Mother of Invention

The hip name for using your iPhone and being a photographer is “iPhoneographer or phonography“ “I have been using the iPhone for all types of captures from recce work with clients to my own studies.”

Petzval Lomography lends test

Vintage paraphernalia perfect for your swirly Bokeh. Recently put the PETZVAL lens though its paces for Lomography UK whilst on location in Cumbria in the Lake District UK.

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Archive Blog Posts

All Blog Posts This link takes you to the full set of posrts on many aspects of my work over this last few years, from lighting to processing and from locations to studio. See which one of the posts resonates with you and your photography.

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes is now pretty much part of any photography shoot.  following this link takes you directly to a page that discusses some of the location shoots that I have been lucky to work on. Follow the link to see more.

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A Day with Lord Bath at Longleat House

With the recent passing of Alexander George Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath or as we knew him
Lord Bath. I wanted to share our experience when we were allowed to spend a day at his wonderful home Longleat with him and his wifelet as we captured portraits of him and his colourful waistcoats for a book. An extraordinary day with a larger than life exuberant character well known in the UK for being a classic extravagant gentleman

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