Cricket Match at Coombe Lodge Playing Fields, South Croydon

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph a local cricket match at Coombe Lodge Playing Fields in South Croydon.  It wasn't quite an international test match but was still an exciting game.  The weather was nice and warm and overcast, which is actually great for taking photographs.  Most people think that the sunnier the day, the better but this isn't the case.  The last thing you usually want is a really sunny sky as it causes very harsh shadows and highlights.  We've all seen photos of friends and family where one part of the face his bright white and another part is really dark.

Nothing like a fist bump to keep the runs flowing!


There are a couple relatively easy way to resolve this issue including; finding some shade, either from a tree or a building; using a diffuser of some sort; or by turning the subject round until the direct sunlight is off them.  I did a post about shooting in harsh light, which goes into the issues in some more detail.
However, there are times, like a sporting event, when you cannot control where you shoot from or where someone is standing.  My cloudy, overcast day was giving me soft, even light and so it was really an issue for me.

Here are some shots from the day.  They were all taken with a 70-200mm f2.8 (click to see the images full screen):

Photographing Children - Some Tips & Recent Photos

In my opinion, the most important aspect when it comes to photographing children is getting a natural expression out of them.  I want parents to look at the image and say "THAT is my child!". Photographs that show an emotion resonate much better with the viewer and have greater impact.  There are also a couple of other things to bear in mind:

  • Focus on the eyes.  You may have a photograph, with perfect lighting and a great expression but if the eyes are blurred and out of focus, then the image loses a lot of impact.  If the eyes are on two different focus planes, then focus on the eye that is closest to the camera.
  • I try to keep the eyes above the centre line, ideally in the top third or keep the face on one side.  This makes for a more interesting and pleasing image.  Composition is very important and I will be going into this in some more detail in a future post.
  • I personally don't mind cutting off the top of the head.  If you look at many magazine covers, you will see that very often, the tops of heads are missing.
  • Patience is key.  Whoever the subject is, you will only generate a natural reaction from them after they have warmed to the camera and relaxed.

Here are some recent photos that hopefully emphasis the points.  Make sure you click a photo for a larger image.

Family Portrait in Surrey

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to take a group family portrait.  The photos were going to be used in a collection along with other families shots from around the world and presented to the grandmother on the other side of the world for her 80th birthday!

I'm sure she will treasure them for years to come.  Here are some of the images captured. 


Pets are always an important part of any family!


Mother and daughter photographs are always special!


Probably the last time brother and sister will willingly pose for a photo together!