GreatPhoto: Blog https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog en-us (C) GreatPhoto john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:47:00 GMT Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:47:00 GMT https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u445456646-o915767089-50.jpg GreatPhoto: Blog https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog 90 120 Looking for a present for Mothers Day https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/3/looking-for-a-present-for-mothers-day NOR_5636.jpgNOR_5636.jpg

Why not give your mum one of our portrait session vouchers ?  I am sure she would love to have some of the photos from a family photo shoot.

Check them out here

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Family photo shoot Portrait photographer Essex Portrait session https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/3/looking-for-a-present-for-mothers-day Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:47:16 GMT
Belt Craft Studios photoshoot https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/belt-craft-studios-photoshoot I had a fun time photographing at the Belt Craft Studios in London with the SWPP and John Denton last Wednesday. Belt Craft Studios is basically a disused factory with a number of interesting items which can be used as props, old bikes, tin bath etc. I can definitely recommend it as a venue if you want a different look to your photos, there is plenty of space and a lot of photographic possibilities. I photographed the beautiful model Charlotte in an art nude style. Charlotte-Jan2015-023Charlotte-Jan2015-023

 

If you would like to see more of the photographs I took they can be seen on my gallery http://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/charlotteswpp2015

Please be aware this gallery has some art nude shots and is definitely not suitable for work

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Art Nude Essex portrait photographer boudoir boudoir photographer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/belt-craft-studios-photoshoot Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:22:12 GMT
Looking for a Christmas present with a difference ? https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/11/looking-for-a-christmas-present-with-a-difference Why not give one of our portrait session gift vouchers

 

Special offer price £50, usual price £60 (offer valid 31st Dec 20114)

This gift voucher entitles the bearer to a portrait session either at our studio in Tillingham or at another convenient location nearby. The gift voucher is valid for the whole of 2015. Not only do you get the photography session you also get £50 to spend on photography products from the session. This can be any product from any of our range of prints, desk frames, wall prints or albums.

 

After purchasing the gift voucher on the link below please email me with your contact details so that I can get the voucher to you.

 

Or if you want to give a bigger gift and get an even better offer

buy a £100 voucher and get a voucher for the photography session and £120 to spend on our products. 

 

Offer valid until 31st Dec 20114. The vouchers must be purchased before the end of 2014 and used before the end of 2015

 
 
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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Christmas special offer Essex portrait photographer Family portrait photography boudoir photographer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/11/looking-for-a-christmas-present-with-a-difference Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:37:29 GMT
SWPP last Saturday https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/1/swpp-last-saturday I had a great time at the SWPP last Saturday afternoon. Photographed the beautiful freelance model Jade from JKW Modella.

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If you would like to see more of the photographs I took they can be seen on my gallery http://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/jadeswpp2014

Please be aware this gallery has some art nude shots and is definitely not suitable for work

 

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) art nude art nude Essex boudoir boudoir photographer Essex https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/1/swpp-last-saturday Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:08:43 GMT
Looking for a Valentines present with a difference https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/1/looking-for-a-valentines-present-with-a-difference Why not give your partner something a little different this year. Book for a photographic modelling session and give your partner a special album of your photos that they will treasure forever.

 

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Special Offer

·  model in our studio in Tillingham

·   receive a 14 page mini album containing your selected images from the session. This is a luxurious pocket sized, magnetic gate closure album that will make a perfect present.

 

For an all inclusive price of £69

(cannot  be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer valid until February 14th 2014)

 

Contact us now on

01621 834 854

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex boudoir essex photographer photography present valentines https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/1/looking-for-a-valentines-present-with-a-difference Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:41:00 GMT
Portrait session vouchers make a great Christmas present https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/portrait-session-vouchers-make-a-great-christmas-present Stuck for a Christmas present !

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Why not give a friend or loved one of our portrait session vouchers. These vouchers are valid for two years and so your friend will have plenty of time to book a portrait session with us.

Check them out here

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Christmas gift Christmas gift voucher Family portrait photographer Portrait session voucher https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/portrait-session-vouchers-make-a-great-christmas-present Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:21:54 GMT
Photographs make a great Christmas present https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/11/photographs-make-a-great-christmas-present Looking for a Christmas present

Portrait photographyA good presnt There is still time to book a photo session with us and have the prints ready to give as Christmas presents. Grandparents, aunts and uncle's love having a personal present like this and it is much more original than socks.

£60 for the session and you get a £50 credit to purchase the prints from the session

 

Alternatively why not give one of our portrait session vouchers. The recipient can then choose a time to come and have their photos taken.

Portrait session vouchers can be found at here 

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Christmas present Christmas present ideas Family portrait photographer Portrait voucher https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/11/photographs-make-a-great-christmas-present Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:47:19 GMT
Jinbei Energon EN350 Inverter Review https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/jinbei-energon-en350-inverter-review Jinbei Energon EN350 Inverter Review

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I don’t usually write reviews but this is such a new piece of kit that there are few reviews out there and so I thought I would give it a go.

I pre purchased the inverter in the UK before it was released from UKPhotodistro at £169.99 inc VAT and delivery. It seemed like a very good price for an inverter with such an impressive specification. (This was a special offer price from UKPhotodistro)

My plan was to use the inverter with one of my studio flashes for event photography. I do not like using mains power flashes at events. In the past I have had problems with circuit breakers tripping and some venues can be wary of allowing equipment to be plugged in. Much better to be independent from the mains. I currently use a Lencarta Safari battery flash, this is fine however it only gives me two flash heads. I would also prefer each head to be independently powered. This would remove my other worry of having cables across the floor, always a potential trip hazard even when rubber cable mats are used. The EN350 looks perfect for this it can be clipped to the flash stand providing some extra weight to the stand which is always welcome. It is relatively cheap and so one per head would not be too much of a problem. It also looked compact and easy to transport.

First impressions

The first thing that I noticed when I collected the package from the postman was just how small and light the unit is. It claims to be less than 2Kg and whilst I have not weighed it I imagine it is. My only concern on seeing this was whether it really could supply the power, more on this later. The build quality is adequate. It comes with a very smart padded carry case with Velcro moveable internal dividers, a substantial bracket for mounting to the light stand, and a fairly small charging unit with a UK plug adaptor.

The battery is a separate unit that slots into the main body. Assuming extra batteries can be purchased this would extend the capacity. I could not see any markings to indicate that the battery is lithium ion, which is what is claimed, however it is very light and it came with a full charge. Since it had obviously been in transit from China for quite a while it suggests that it holds its charge well.  This fact together with the low weight would be expected from lithium ion battery and so perhaps it is.

My first problem. The two output sockets on the top of the unit are not UK sockets they are Chinese. I contacted UKPhotodistro to ask how I could plug in, they in turn contacted Jinbei, who explained that the top was so small it could not take UK power outlets. They said that a cable was missing, this cable was a Chinese plug to IEC C13 connector. This would enable the connection to a standard flash head. UKPhotodistro checked all of their units and none of them had the necessary lead and so they were taking the matter up with Jinbei. I decided I could not wait and purchased the lead directly from RS Components.

Testing

Jinbei have some pretty impressive claims for the number of flashes that can be obtained from a single charge and I wanted to be sure it would meet my needs before I relied on it. Using the unit for event photography is a bit different to using it for a model shoot in that the flash head needs to be powered up for a fairly long period of time. Even when the flash is not being fired the fan is still powered up and my Lencarta Ultra Pro 300 head has a back lit LCD panel thus there is a constant power draw. For the unit to meet my needs for event photography it was going to need to power my Lencarta Ultra Pro 300 flash head for at least six hours. This being the time for an evening event 6pm to midnight.

For my test I left the unit running the flash head for nine hours. During this time I fired off 350 flashes on half power (I rarely need full power) in batches of 50 at various intervals. Each flash discharge was metered using my Sekonic L-478DR meter (perhaps another review of this meter would be good). The flash output remained constant for all flashes, this might be down to the flash head rather than the inverter. Flash recycling was fast less than one second, again this is probably a function of the flash head. At the end of my test the first of the three battery level indicator LED’s was just going out. Thus it was just entering “Mid” energy level according to the Jinbei instruction leaflet. (The instruction leaflet supplied is very brief)

I wanted to use the inverter with my Lencarta Ultra Pro 300 head but I decided to test it with my Interfit 300W head. This where I had my problem number two, the flash head continually tried to come up to a ready state and then seemed to start charging again. Thus the flash would not work. I have not investigated as to why this is occurring as I am happy to stick with my Lencarta head. To be honest I have had other incompatibility problems with radio triggers and the Interfit heads that I have. I would not recommend Interfit flash heads. I believe the Lencarta flash head is Chinese so perhaps it is happier with the Chinese inverter.

Conclusions

So far I am very happy with the purchase. The unit will meet my needs for most of the events that I cover. The performance is very impressive for its size and weight. Only time will tell if it will continue to deliver this performance and will stand up to rough and tumble of being transported about, but it looks promising.

Author: John Holliday - 24/07/2013

More information on my photography can be found on my website www.GreatPhoto.co.uk along with my contact details if you have any questions.

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex event photographer Event photographer Jinbei Enegon EN350 https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/jinbei-energon-en350-inverter-review Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:51:23 GMT
Tillingham Flower Show https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/tilling-flower-show Tillingham Flower showNOR_0752.jpg We are going to have a stall at The Tillingham Flower show this Saturday 27th July. Why not drop by and say hello. 

We have a fabulous offer on book a portrait session in our studio at the show for only £10 this includes one 10"x 8" print from the session.

There will also be some blank cards with local scenes on photographed by us, these are always popular.

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex photographer Essex portrait photographer Tillingham flower show https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/tilling-flower-show Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:53:16 GMT
Exhibitions of my photographs https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/exhibitions-of-my-photographs Some of my photos will be exhibited at a couple of exhibitions that are taking place soon along with work from other members of the Association of Essex Photographers. There will be a range of mounted and framed prints and cards.

 

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27th July at Althorne church a one day exhibition of work

17th to 26th August at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens, Hyde Hall, Rettendon 

Why not pop along and see some of my lanscape work

 

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex portrait photographer Landscape photographer essex essex photographer family photographer essex fine art landscape photographer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/exhibitions-of-my-photographs Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:52:35 GMT
Abseiling photography at Ingatestone parish church https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/abseiling-photography-at-ingatestone-parish-church  

Photographing a Christian Aid abseiling event this Saturday 20th April at Ingatestone Parish Church. Should be a fun event if you can come along and see us. This is a charity event in aid of Christian Aid.

After this we are photographing a Golden Wedding anniversary party in Burnham on crouch and so it is going to be a busy day for us. We will deserve a rest on Sunday.Abseiling event photographyD3N_0137

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex event photographer event photographer essex event photography https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/abseiling-photography-at-ingatestone-parish-church Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:47:16 GMT
Website makeover https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/website-makeover Our website front page has had a new makeover. The new page is developed using Adobe Edge Animate to give a smooth animated page that should be compatible with many of the modern browsers. Check it out at http://www.GreatPhoto.co.uk

Now all I need to do is refresh all of the other pages.

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex boudoir photographer Essex wedding photographer Portrait photographer Essex https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/website-makeover Fri, 01 Mar 2013 14:59:04 GMT
Looking for a special valentines present https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/1/valentines-present  

Why not give your partner something a little different this year. Book for a photographic modelling session and give your partner a special album of your photos that they will treasure forever.

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Special offer

·  model in our studio in Tillingham

·   receive a 14 page mini album containing your selected images from the session. This is a luxurious pocket sized, magnetic gate closure album that will make a perfect present.

 

For an all inclusive price of £69

(cannot  be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer valid until February 14th 2013)

 

Contact us now on

01621 834 854

 

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) boudoir photographer boudoir present portrait photographer essex valentines present https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/1/valentines-present Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:21:06 GMT
Looking for that last minute Christmas present https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/12/looking-for-that-last-minute-christmas-present Why not give one of our portrait session gift voucher

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Special offer price £50, usual price £60 offer valid 31st Dec 20112

This gift voucher entitles the bearer to a portrait session either at our studio in Tillingham or at another convenient location nearby. The gift voucher is valid for the whole of 2013. Not only do you get the photography session you also get £50 to spend on photography products from the session. This can be any product from any of our range of prints, desk frames, wall prints or albums.

 

After purchasing the gift voucher on the link below please email me with your contact details so that I can get the voucher to you.

 

 
 
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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Christmas special offer Essex portrait photographer photographer portrait https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/12/looking-for-that-last-minute-christmas-present Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:09:07 GMT
Christmas Special Offer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/10/christmas-special-offer "Portrait photo shoot"Nicola20120915-036


One hour photo shoot in our studio or on location and a 10" x 8" print from the session attractively mounted in an acrylic block.

This will make an ideal Christmas present for a parent or grandparent.

£60

(quote CHRISTMAS OFFER when booking)

 

Offer valid until 31st December 2012.

 

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Christmas special offer Essex portrait photographer acrylic desk print https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/10/christmas-special-offer Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:43:16 GMT
Summer special offer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/8/only-one-week-left  

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT for our summer special offer

 

One hour photo shoot and a 20" x 16" canvas wrap wall print of one of the photos ready to hang on the wall

£150

(quote SUMMER CANVAS OFFER when booking)

If you are looking for a good size wall print of a loved one then this is a fabulous offer.

Offer valid until 31st August 2012.

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) portrait canvas print portrait photographer special offer summer special offer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/8/only-one-week-left Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:03:04 GMT
Free Livedrive backup account for PC or Mac https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/7/free-livedrive-backup ]]> john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Essex portrait photographer Essex wedding photographer Free livedrive Livedrive https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/7/free-livedrive-backup Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:34:59 GMT Photography training https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/7/photography-training  

 I have been asked to run a private photography training course on a one to one basis which will be great fun.

 I ran a six week course for the Tillingham WI a couple of years ago and whilst this was enjoyable it was difficult trying to pitch the training at the right level. There were approximately sixteen attendees all with different abilities and equipment and so this one to one will be much better.

Is anybody else interested in training ? I would be happy to provide a full course spread over multiple days or perhaps just an hour's problem solving session.

If you are interested email me or call me on 01621 834 854

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) photography course photography training https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/7/photography-training Wed, 04 Jul 2012 15:04:08 GMT
Summer special offer https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/6/summer-special-offer  

One hour photo shoot and a 20" x 16" canvas wrap wall print of one of the photos ready to hang on the wall

£150

(quote SUMMER CANVAS OFFER when booking)

If you are looking for a good size wall print of a loved one then this is a fabulous offer.

Offer valid until 31st August 2012.

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) baby photographer boudoir photography canvas wrap family photographer family photographer essex maternity photographer portrait wall print portraiture https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/6/summer-special-offer Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:30:36 GMT
Adobe Creative Cloud https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/6/adobe-creative-cloud We have joined the Adobe Creative Cloud.

This is a monthly subscription that gives us access to the latest Adobe Creative Suite products. It also gives us Adobe Cloud space to share work and ideas. Subscriptions start fro $49.99 per month and so it is very good value.

If you are interested in photo editing why not check it out at http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

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john@greatphoto.co.uk (GreatPhoto) Adobe Creative Cloud Event photographer Essex boudoir photographer essex https://photos.greatphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/6/adobe-creative-cloud Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:58:23 GMT