My First book review by Paul White

A big thanks to The Scots Magazine for reviewing my book in the November edition, quite favourable. It is a slow old process to sell copies, but since May I am now heading towards 100 sold.

New Landscape Photography Book by Paul White

I have fulfilled a long standing ambition to publish book of Landscape images, of the North West of Scotland, where I have strong family connections, and have been photographing for most of my life.

The book is entitled " Second Coast" and tell the story of my branch of the MacKenzie family, interlinked with some powerful landscape images.

The cost is £20.00 and can be viewed at http://www.3secondcoast.com/new-products/

iphone photography by Paul White

Over the last couple of years I have shot a lot of personal images on my phone, I have really come to appreciate the almost filmic quality of iPhone images, and also to enjoy the freedom and spontaneity.

I have uploaded some of these images to my Personal work page.

My most Published picture? by Paul White

This aerial shot commissioned by York Minster, the Tower dressed for Le Tour, has appeared on the front of the Yorkshire Post and on the BBC and they are the only ones I have found, however no credits!

My best ever building? by Paul White

Every now and then people ask me which is the best building I've ever photographed? How long is a piece of string? I've been privileged to do make a living shooting architecture for over 25 years, and I have shot a lot of buildings both old and new.

However I am starting to come to the conclusion that the photography I did for Professor Vanessa Toulmin of The National Fairground Archive, in conjunction with Blackpool Council, has to be high on my list. Over three years I shot The Winter Gardens, The Tower, and the Illuminations, to Illustrate three books published by the council.

Here are a few images

Winter Gardens Ballroom 

Winter Gardens Ballroom 

Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

Tower Circus arena

Tower Circus arena

Tower Circus Arena

Tower Circus Arena

Tower Ballroom

Tower Ballroom

Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations

Tower Top

Tower Top

Wales, a very long Coast by Paul White

I shot various aerial sites in Wales this week, and we flew the whole length of the welsh coastline, The Bristol Channel along the south coast to Milford Haven, and then North along the west coast up to Holyhead. Some days my job is amazing but 5 hours in a Cessna does result in major discomfort!

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff City Centre

Cardiff City Centre

Milford Haven

Milford Haven

Welsh West Coast

Welsh West Coast

Holyhead

Holyhead

The joy of our job by Paul White

Once in a while I get to do work that actually I would probably do for free. Last week I did some aerial photography of a site at Fort William in NW Scotland, flying from Prestwick up the west coast via Oban, on a glorious day. From 3000' we could see for miles out over the inner Hebrides and north over the mountains. A real privilege and I got payed for it!

Fort William with Ben Nevis, still snow topped in late May

Fort William with Ben Nevis, still snow topped in late May

Looking up Glencoe with Ballachulish bridge 

Looking up Glencoe with Ballachulish bridge 

Our Industry Fee Rates by Paul White

A recent survey of photographers fees by the excellent people at Eposure, showed a staggering range of charges for day rates, from £100 up to £2000+.

The majority were in the middle, in the range of £5-600. this may sound a lot but considering that most of us only work one or two days a week, and overheads account for about 50% of fees, this is about right. 

What was deeply disturbing, was that some 23% valued themselves so low that they were charging less than £400 per day, of that 5% less than £200 per day and 1% less than £100 per day!

Come on folks get real! If clients have to see us as professionals we need to price our work as professionals and not give it away, stupid fees only devalue what we do. I personally have £30k worth of equipment which needs replacing every 3-4 years, and most photographers I know are the same. 

There endeth the rant.

Too Windy by Paul White

I've been waiting for three weeks to do a shoot in Leeds, sunshine and blue sky   essential. Now we have perfect light but it's too damn windy! Who wants pictures of beautiful people standing in front of a deep blue sky with their hair blowing all over their faces? What a sod.

The early bird by Paul White

The early bird sees the world renewed. As the tide receded early in the morning I shot this picture on Gruinard Beach in Wester Ross, Highland Scotland, the wonderful patterns in the sand highlighted by the low cross lighting from the early morning sun

Gruinard Beach March 2013

Gruinard Beach March 2013