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The Canon EOS R

The Canon EOS R

November 15, 2018

A headshot photographers review The Canon EOS R is a full frame mirrorless camera with a 30.3 dual pixel CMOS AF sensor. All the images above are shot with a Canon 5D Mk III. You would not see any difference if they were taken with a Canon R. To begin with this is not one […]

What Makes for a Good Actor’s Photo?

What Makes for a Good Actor’s Photo?

November 9, 2018

What makes for a great headshot? Here Head of Publishing for Spotlight, Kate Poynton, is on hand to give us her advice. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>&lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/span&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; […]

Lexar Card Failure

Lexar Card Failure

November 1, 2018

Throughout my 20 years of being a digital photographer I have been very lucky in that I have only had one card failure in a Fuji XT-1 but for some inexplicable reason I had two fail in the same day recently. The very nice support team at Lexar helped out and this cured the problem. […]

Why Casting directors want your headshot to look like you?

Why Casting directors want your headshot to look like you?

September 30, 2018

In these days of the glamorous selfie some people have a warped idea of what they look like rather than what they actually look like? Research any casting directors’ thoughts on headshots on either side of the Atlantic and you will hear one piece of advice time and again. “Look like your headshot!” The Casting […]

Get Image Shoot Data

Get Image Shoot Data

August 26, 2018

If you post a lot of images to forums and blogs many times you may have to provide the image shoot data. Shutter speeds, ISO, f stop etc. Retrieving this info from Ps or Lr can be a laborious process but on a Mac with AppleScript and Exiftool the task can be made easy. Install […]

Does your headshot look like you?

Does your headshot look like you?

March 29, 2018

In these days of the glamorous selfie do some people have a warped idea of what they look like rather than what they actually look like? Research any casting directors’ thoughts on headshots on either side of the Atlantic and you will hear one piece of advice time and again. “Look like your headshot!” The […]

Workshop Testimonials

Workshops can booked through my main site

“Exceeded expectations!
Thank you for sharing so much valuable knowledge and your skills with me yesterday. You have given me a much sought after insight into the headshot sector. Seeing you work with the actors in your studio the interaction you have with the client and the resulting images portraying that person is first class.
Your work flow management is to be admired. I am still writing notes on this! To actually deliver the high end product to the client whilst they are still in the room is something to aspire to and you are doing it with ease and is actually quiet mesmerising to witness. Not only did your knowledge sharing exceed expectations but Jean’s  “light lunch” did I was not expecting that and made the whole day personable and friendly”

Ian Scott Perfect Light Photography

“I had a fantastic time with John and I gained so much from his workshop. It was a full and informative day, from watching John in action photographing clients, and then onto workflow management and editing and much, much more besides. This course really has given me the tools to improve my headshot business, it was a great investment. John and Jean were so welcoming and hospitable; I had such an enjoyable day. Thank-you.”

Rebecca Knowles Photography

” I have long been an admirer of John’s work.  It is without question that John is one, if not the best Actor Headshot Photographer in the UK and I was fascinated to find out some of his secrets.  His headshots standout not only because of the awesome lighting but the expressions and mood he is able to capture.  I spent the day with John and learnt more about headshot Photography than I could have ever imagined. Thank you John for sharing your secrets.”

Iain Gome. Gomes Wedding Photography

“John’s workshop was an awe-inspiring day – one that will leave you with a thirst for more and an immediate desire to practice what you have learned. You will leave his studio with a competent knowledge and understanding of equipment, work flows, and processes required to get the most out of your camera, client and, of course, yourself; as you embark on your career as a headshot photographer.”

Michael Cheetham – Startup Headshot Photographer

“Great to be able to tap into your life time of experience and have everything so well explained. A definite plus to join a consumate professional and observe him practicing his craft and have processes and systems explained simple yet comprehensively. Really recommend this full day workshop to any photographer who wants to step up a level with their headshot photography.”

Peter Mould  Headshot Photographer

“Spending a day with John was a great experience. The day included lighting techniques with the emphasis on the quality of light and how to get the ‘right’ expression along with improving workflow. My mind is still buzzing and I am looking forward to trying out some new techniques.  I would highly recommend this workshop. “

Mike Bell Portrait, Headshot & Wedding Photographer