Welcome

I love to photograph people. I love to capture a little of their character in each picture.

I've been photographing weddings for over 20 years, and during that time my style has moved on with the technology. These days my style would probably be called "photojournalist", but I like to mix a bit of traditional in with it.

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Professional work

Photography Workshop 8th May 2015

Photography Workshop – Corner Coffee House

2.30 – 4.30 Saturday 9th May

Cost: £15

Martin Smith Photography

This course aims to give you a good introduction to digital photography, helping you leave fully automatic modes behind and begin to master your camera. You’ll learn about composition and focussing tips, when and how to use the flash and what all those buttons do! 

Please bring along your camera – with a fully charged battery and any other accessories you might have! 

Due to the limited nature of camera phones, they are not suitable for this workshop. Cost includes tea or coffee. To book a space, call Martin on 07792 345203 or speak to staff member at the Corner Coffee House

 

 

Another Fuji X-T1 shot

I’ve been working away for a few nights, and got this shot through the hotel window on the 14th floor!

Big Decisions and Small Cameras

Changes

I’ve been taking photos for over 30 years, and I’ve been a Canon man for most of that time. I did have a Bronica ETRS 645 for weddings. I started with a Canon 600 (film camera, which I still have!) I’ve had an EOS 100, 50, RT(my fav) 300d, 20d, 40d, a pair of 5d classics and my current camera, a 7d. Plenty of Canon glass to match including an 85 f1.2, 35 f1.4 and 70-200 f4 IS

However, whenever I go out these days, I take my point and shoot, albeit a good point and shoot – a Canon S95. Why? Well, unless it was a paid job, it’s all too heavy. I’ve had a frozen shoulder in my right shoulder that was operated on 18 months ago. Now I have a frozen shoulder in my left shoulder! So I began to wonder. What could give me the best quality for less weight?

And then I discovered Fujifilm X cameras with their fantastic X-trans sensors and super sharp lenses. I discovered many pros had already switched their heavy Nikon or Canon bags for the Fuji X series. This outfit weighs less than 25% of my previous outfit, and yet delivers images better than my Canons!

I ordered one last week. A Fuji X-T1 with the “kit lens” – an 18-55mm F2.8-4 lens. If you want to know all the spec, just google the X-T1 for many in depth reviews. But let me say, after just 5 days I’m sold. From a few shots around the garden to shooting a Government minister, I’m seriously impressed. In fact, I’m blown away with the quality. Can’t wait to do some weddings…I will be trading the rest of my Canon equipment in the near future !!

One from the garden, taken yesterday – 10.4.2015.

 and some from the park 11.4.15

What more can I say? The images straight from the camera need little adjustment. Skin tones are lovely! Even the blue of the bluebell, which is notoriously difficult looks pretty good to me. The 18-55mm “kit lens” is as good as my Canon L lenses. Built in WiFi means I can remote control many of the settings – great fun when the camera is in front ot the bird feeder, and I’m in the conservatory! So 5 days with the X-T1 and I’m convinced – there’s no going back…..

Never work with animals or children…..

But I did! See the chaos here

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Norman and Beryl

Had the privilege of photographing Norman and Beryl today.. The rest are here.

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Felicity, Brian and Jake

At Bedfords Park, Romford. A bit wet and a bit windy! The rest are here

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St.Edwards Primary school Year 6 leavers prom, Hornchurch

Click for the main gallery.

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Jan and Neil are married

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The album is here

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Despite the wet and windy weather, Abs and Daniel were married at St.Elizabeths Church, Dagenham. All the photos are here

 

Abs and Daniel are getting married… soon

A quick bit of fun, getting ready for their wedding day on the 21st December!!

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