Photographing the Cabinetmaker

Continuing the theme of photographing genuine craftspeople in their work environments I took the opportunity to visit Paul, a skilled craftsman, a Cabinetmaker,  working from his garden workshop in the small village of Thurne in the English County of Norfolk, UK.

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It was a very frosty morning in December when I arrived at Paul’s historic home. The sun was shining in a clear blue sky but it was very chilly!  The visit had been planned but I hadn’t seen the space Paul works from, for all I knew it could be cluttered or untidy, cramped or dark or full of power tools. These situations can be tricky to photograph aesthetically.

gjn_0152We chatted over a warming cup of coffee before venturing around the back of the house into the workshop. I was in for a treat, as I stepped into the space the sunlight filtered through the window behind Paul’s uncluttered, tidy workbench. The ambience of the space was more than I could have wished for.

gjn_9993Positioning Paul between me and the light coming from the window ensured I got the soft, backlight I love to work with. As a skilled cabinetmaker Paul uses vintage hand tools in his craft. As he worked on the wood with these tools I captured moments as the particles of sawdust almost glittered as they floated into the air.

To avoid dark corners in some shots I used strobe light directed into them and kicked a little reflector behind the subject. I also tried to counterbalance the window light by experimenting with the added glow of an electric heater almost out of the frame.

For more small business, craftspeople images see here.

A Guide to Digital Photography workshop

Beginners guide to digital photography workshop

 

 

 

 

 

The first beginners guide to digital photography workshop was held on the 12th January it was a great event and we received an excellent testimonial.
‘I would recommend photography training by Gary Norman. He is a dynamic trainer with an engaging style and a massive amount of knowledge, that he communicates in a way that is easy to understand.’

More workshops are planned so keep an eye on the website here.

Portrait of Francis Guildea – The White Horse in Blakeney

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Yesterday in the cold and rain of North Norfolk I photographed Francis Guildea manager of The White Horse in Blakeney for Tilston Phillips publishing

The photograph was to be a feature in their annual magazine, Best of Norfolk. Classic big, cloudy skies and wide open landscapes  are the classic features of a Norfolk scene. The traditional public house is another traditional scene and the two are often connected, a walk along the Norfolk coast followed by a pint and bite to eat in the pub. With this in mind, I located a classic location in Blakeney, where the muddy waters at low tide against the grey sky provided the perfect backdrop for Francis’ portrait.

Now for a pint…..

Behind the scenes business portrait for IOD Suffolk magazine

Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre. For IOD Suffolk magazine.
Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre. For IOD Suffolk magazine.

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We recently photographed a business portrait for IOD Suffolk magazine featuring two high profile businessmen; Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre. Commission by Jane Chittenden of Format Words
Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre.

A behind the scenes video of the setup for the business corporate portrait created by Tom Martin Fast Forward Media.