More info Mondays- a new weekly section on the blog welcome to ‘episode 1’ free reference card download for every reader

This weeks ‘More Info Mondayis about the shot I took last week (Friday 15th October) free reference card download with this post

Back story!

While I was taking a well earned break from writing new scripts for the New YouTube Channel

I was sitting in the bay window, Drinking a very hot coffee and munching on custard creams ! While watching the better half outside filling up the bird feeder .. on her new bird table,

Now if you’re a photographer like me this sparked the mind into capture mode. See I’ve taken a few weeks away from people photography.. ! So I’m missing the thrill of the shutter .. I thought ‘Let’s try and capture a starling’

Now you’re probably like most people and asking why a starling! There’s so many other birds like robins and blue tits ..

Well I love looking at starlings, there’s something about their plumage this time of year thats just beautiful! Now when I post the images below I hope that you will see what I’m getting at! . Also to me everyone seems to neglect the starling family and always head right for the money shot with a robin .. it’s too normal for me 😉

Main story

So I headed to the camera bag unzipped it and took out the camera of choice the Nikon D7200.

Again I bet there’s a question 🙋‍♂️ why the D7200 and not your Sony gear! The answer is simple .. the Nikon D7200 is a 24 mp Crop sensor not a full frame 24pm like the Sony bodies I have .. see the way I see it is I’m pretty close to the bird table and with the crop multiplying the lens choice by 1.5 ish this will give me a nice close up shot. while still being in a warm house with my coffee ! (Can’t forget the Coffee! )

Now lens choice was questioned as I do have a bunch of lenses for the Nikon one being the sigma contemporary 150-600mm but being close to the table I thought better of it and decided let’s use the 55-300mm Nikon lens, remember this on the D7200 is equivalent to 83 – 450mm due to the crop!

Perfect ! All set..

.. so once the good lady come back into the house I perched myself by the window (pardon the pun ‘perched’ ) did I mention that’s where the coffee was 😉 I opened the window and waited !

And waited …..

I could see and hear the birds but they wasn’t coming to the feeder because I was to close .. I could see them on the roof opposite my upstairs window ! New plan leave the comfort of the bay window and head for the bedroom window ..

New plan of action.

See when I was in the bay window there was a close wall as a backdrop the setting I would have used would have been pretty simple .. ISO 100 f6.3 and at least 1/250 as these bird would be standing pretty still .. and maybe I could get some wing movements .

Now I’m up in the bedroom I have a different backdrop .. the birds are on the roof and tv aerial so I have sky to deal with .. I want detail in the blue sky.. so I need to find a good balance between bird detail and sky brightness. First test shot I started with was iso ..

ISO. Native 100 to get the best for low noise .. I wanted a lot of light coming in so the widest aperture of the lens F 5.6 was best I could do.

Now this time the birds are moving a lot so needed a faster shutter speed and there was clouds so didn’t want to blow them out wanted some detail. So shutter speed 1/1000 I snapped a few shots and no detail in the birds and dark sky

I forgot to mention this is 5:30 ish pm evening setting in .. but still some sun behind the clouds . Giving lovely soft but bright light ..

A few winds later the shutter speed was set to 1/640s looked out the window and realised every starling was gone!

All but one ! The one you will see pictures shortly! He / she was stunning ! Beautiful colours .. deep black tone and speckles on it’s under belly.. I couldnt ask for a better looking starling .. though it was perched on the tv aerial it did look great with cloud and blue back drop.. but the distance was about 5 metres away could be a little far for perfect detail knowing this lens .

I pointed my camera at the sky a quick test shot and sky perfect lots of detail and perfect white clouds

Now’s my chance bird still alone .. I pointed the camera at the starling zoomed the lens to best fill the frame … focused and started reeling off shot ! About twenty total .. now I’ve worked with models but this bird was such a poser ! 😉 head up head down tilt to the side even a one leg pose !

I got a little carried away and,

Forgetting I didn’t take into account the bird deep tones before reeling off the shots I quickly pressed the review button and to my surprise pretty much perfect ! Just a tad under exposed on the bird but lovely detail, lovely tones and nothing a little post production couldn’t fix !

So in post all these images had done to them was. Simple adjustments in lightroom .. my normal

Shadow lifted , highlights dropped, detail clarity vibrance +10 and a little tone curve adjustment ..

Now this is the finished product .. well five images .. I’ve also done a card with shot details on that if you’re on a phone you can screenshot so that you have it so that you can try the settings to capture a few starling shots of your own..

If you do please tag me in the images on Instagram be great to see what you managed to get and how you got on..

Also if you liked this post and want to see /read more of how I got the shot.. settings so on.. please follow the blog I would love to have you along on my journey.. and more will be coming in the future like presets and review /news

Okay here’s the pictures and under that the card download file for reference.. let me know what you think !

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What would you like to learn about photography?

Been a while since I’ve posted a full blog post!

Now you all know I’m first and foremost a photographer .. a portrait and boudoir photographer predominately.. but over the last year I’ve been taking time out to gain skills in landscape and nature photography..

Also having won a number of competition with my landscape work I feel I’m doing pretty well! Like having my work shown at the fujifilm print life stand at the Birmingham photography show.

Fujifilm print life stand !

Now I know I’ve been doing short posts and running this is because I’ve been doing so many things I’ve not had time to do deep messages and long posts!

Well I’ve just started to add to that! Even more!

With a new section to my website and my Adrian Day YouTube channel this is going to be where I post tips, tricks and reviews of photography products and ideas to help all you guys and girls become better photographers and to enjoy the craft and the creative side of the industry.

But before I start posting videos and blog posts about this I would love to hear from others as to what you would like to see! .. I know what I look for but that’s me ! I don’t just want to post what I want to know .. I want to post at the needs of others !

See this could be anything for creative tips like using a prism or coloured lighting. Or it could be what I suggest to be the best lens for portraits or landscapes

It could be that you want to know about editing and how I edit my images using Adobe Lightroom or photoshop.. and what you want to learn specifically like colour toning or black and white conversion

Maybe you only have your phone to take pictures and that’s a perfectly great option as they say “the best camera is the one you have with you!” and want to know the best apps I use to edit the questions are endless!

But please feel free to comment below with your questions and I will write them all down and create future posts to answer your questions !

Also coming soon to help users of lightroom I’m going to start putting together downloadable products Things like brushes for photoshop and presets and Lut’s for both Lightroom and photoshop

These will be priced at silly prices ! So anyone can obtain them on the smallest of budgets to help them grow and learn faster! I currently have over 50 presets from colour to black and white! Ready to go! Just sorting out the website over the next few weeks to make them downloadable for you all!

There is so much more to come ! So if you have read this far please hit the follow button so that you can be notified when I post.. and as I say please leave a comment below if you find this page helpful and have a question you want answering!

Once again thank you everyone for your support and sticking with me over covid months ! It’s much appreciated!

BTW WHEN LEAVING A COMMENT .. YOU DONT NEED TO ADD EMAIL ADDRESS OR OTHER DETAILS BUT PLEASE LEAVE A NAME SO I CAN RELATE THE POST BACK TO YOUR QUESTION.. .. BUT PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BE GREAT TO CONNECT TO YOU ALL!

New posts coming tonight 12pm gmt

Hey all happy new year !

wow it’s been a tough start to January! Business has been a little bit! how can I say? all over the place!

But it’s time to get back to the regular schedule and start posting on a regular basis! Showing what we are doing! How you can do it! And honestly connect with all of our amazing followers

So tonight 12 pm GMT there will be a new post coming ! This will be a second part to one of 10 things new photographers may not know section!

So please keep your eyes out for the next post! And if you’re reading this post, give it a thumbs up and hit the follow button so that you don’t miss it

Also head over to our Instagram! We have some amazing new images coming as we have just started a #365 project where I’m going to be posting a minimum of one new edit every day for the year! We are currently on day twelve, of this year and already posted fourteen images !

This is just a few of the images coming in the next 30 days !

Black and white photography covid lockdown edits with jack

Here are a few images from the back stock of a shoot with Male model Jack

Do like shooting males and editing the images in black and white it gives a depth to the images unseen by colour images!

If you like what you see please show these images a little love!

Model: Jack
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jack
Photographer: Adrian
Model: Jack
Photographer: Adrian

Small selection of mini photo shots from back stock covid lockdown

Here are a few more images from the back stock collection.

These are just a few images created for clients over the last year or so!

I hope that you like what you see!

Model: Vineta
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: sarah
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Vineta
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Alice
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Vineta
Photographer: Adrian Day

Mini portrait sessions – images from the covid-19 backstock

These images are from the covid-19 back stock love these mini sets setting images out like this I find works for showing images to clients as a first impression set!

If this is something that stands out to you please show these images and posts some love.

Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Hazel
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Vineta
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jack
Photographer: Adrian Day

Just added 5 new covid-19 portrait image sets with different models

Day six of covid-19 lockdown and been creating some image sets for social media posts

These are pretty simple to do and something I like to issue to send image sets to clients of the three best images from each outfit I shoot!

Sometimes it takes a little time to get things right but these are simple and show just what’s needed

If you like what you see please show the post and the images on our social media pages some love 💓

Model: Hazel
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Sarah Jane
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Alice
Photographer: Adrian Day

Lockdown set four back stock edits Jade fashion set

This was one of a number of outfits for a fashion shoot with model and client Jade.

Really liked the way these images have come out and the way jade pops out the backdrop!

What do you all think of these images

Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day
Model: Jade
Photographer: Adrian Day

Three ways to Create that perfect crop

When I first started photography I didn’t realise how to crop a photo to get a better looking shot.

Now when I say crop this can be done in two ways

First and best is to crop in camera ! To crop in camera simply means using the full field of view of the sensor/lens. This will give you the best quality image and use all the megapixels to best advantage.

Second way is to crop in post. This isn’t a good as the first option, as it lowers the resolution of the image by taking away vital megapixels

But when you’re learning it’s one of the first ways to find what looks best! As sometimes you don’t see the full picture until you get into post. Where you then see that ‘ oh that looks better’ moment!

A few simple rules when cropping are not to cut limbs off such as fingers and such like!

Now this post isn’t going to be about the full depth of cropping! It’s just going to be a simple idea that cropping a body in the right place !

Below are three images to give you a better idea!

3/4 crop image
Cutting the legs of here give a much more pleasing look than cropping lower towards the knees you could crop a little lower but be very carful not to go to low!
1/2 Crop – this is a stunning crop for boudoir style shoots and for fashion too. Though with this shot the rule of not cropping limbs is used selectively but done to a point where it’s still pleasing to the eye.
This 1/4 crop is used more for portrait and beauty
Cropping here give a much closer shot of the subject and when shot like this in camera give plenty of detail to work with !
It almost makes the subject lifelike and in the same room!

The above is just a little of whats needed to create a more pleasing image! Over the coming weeks I will post a more in-depth post for what to look for and how to capture the images in camera

Until next time please feel free to try this and tag me on Instagram to show me how you got on! @adriandayphotography and please feel free to like and comment! Too