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Going to the movies!

On a windswept Sunday morning a few intrepid film makers were seen in Gullane. I got the privilege of capturing a few action shots as well as the movie poster for Bass Rock Films’ new short film: Us/Alone, set to debut at film festivals in the UK in 2015. I can’t wait to see the final results. A huge thanks to the cast and crew for being such great fun to work with.

Cast:
Aynsleigh Turner – ‘Jessica’
James Thackeray – ‘Jack’

Crew:
Sarah Cairney – Producer
Sophie Cogle – Associate Producer
Kieran Hennigan – Director

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Photography for Business – 5 Top Tips

Recently more and more people have been asking me how to improve their photography for business. Not using expensive equipment, but tablets, smartphones and their other existing equipment to generate higher quality more engaging images for their websites and social media channels.

As I can never say no to an interesting idea, I’ve put together a training course to help SMEs and start-ups improve their photography. Click here to see more of what is covered on the course.

However, if all you’re looking for is a few quick tips here are a some things that can make a huge difference with very little effort.

Look: Look for light and interesting angles. Is the light coming from as strange direction? What colour is it? Are there reflective surfaces where you can see yourself? Picking an unusual angle of an everyday subject makes it more interesting.

Ask: Ask people to move closer together in group shots. It makes them awkward to get into each others personal space, but leads to better pictures. Ask if people mind having their pictures taken. It keeps people happier to be considered and can raise awareness of your company if you encourage them to check out the pictures on your social media channels.

Move: Move closer to your subject. Too much dead space is not (usually) that interesting. Move to change the perspective. Get lower or higher so your image is not what people would expect to see.

Use: Use the apps on the phone or tablet to make the best of your images quickly before you upload them. Use something to stabilise the camera like resting your arm or the camera itself on a table to keep the picture sharper, especially in low light situations.

Think: Think about the composition. Peoples eyes move from left to right across a picture, so put something there for them to look at. Think about a plan before the event. What is going to appeal to your target market? The venue, people, food, entertainment? Have a plan and you will save time on the day and be more likely to get the pictures you need.

Here are a few examples of different looks you can achieve from a camera phone and if you want to learn more come along to the training courses on the 15th and 31st of July in Edinburgh.

For other enquiries contact me claire@clairewatson.co.uk

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Business with personality – SpinTop Media

A few weeks ago I had a great shoot with the girls from SpinTop Media. We had lots of fun doing profile pictures, team photos and lots of stock images for them to present their brand.

Need someone to look after your social media marketing? Check them out!