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Full-time professional photographer, writer, podcaster, outdoor type, gladly embracing all manner of technologies, old and new, in the pursuit of greater things. www.gilesbabbidge.co.uk / www.theactivephotographer.com

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Loving The Photography/Outdoor Community
[ 0 ] February 23, 2017

Loving The Photography/Outdoor Community

We all know that the desire to ‘belong’ is part of human nature. Realising that you share beliefs and are able to connect on the same level with friends and peers is a very satisfying thing – and I feel very fortunate that there is plenty of scope for this in my line of work. Over […]

Episode #232: Location Portraits Using Peli Lighting
[ 0 ] February 20, 2017

Episode #232: Location Portraits Using Peli Lighting

This week: I’m talking about a quick Test/Review sunset photo shoot. I recently headed out on location to see how Peli’s 9490 RALS lighting would cope during an evening portrait photo shoot. In this episode, I’m talking about the resulting images whilst running through some of the considerations we faced along the way. Some quick links to things […]

The Building Blocks Of Great Photography
[ 0 ] February 16, 2017

The Building Blocks Of Great Photography

Today’s post takes the form of an analogy related to my own activities. Its relevance to photography may not seem obvious to begin with, but bear with me… When I set about getting my exercise fix, my mind can sometimes wander. I currently do my workouts first thing in the morning (at which point, if […]

Episode #231: When Things Don’t Quite Go To Plan
[ 0 ] February 13, 2017

Episode #231: When Things Don’t Quite Go To Plan

This week: I’m talking about the need to make alternative arrangements. This week’s show has a dual purpose. On the one hand I’m discussing the matter of how we work around situations which don’t quite go to plan – and at the same time, I’m bringing you up to date with my current activities. Some quick […]

Episode #230: Volkswagen Photo Location Scouting
[ 0 ] January 16, 2017

Episode #230: Volkswagen Photo Location Scouting

This week: I’m doing a spot of location scouting for a forthcoming photo shoot. In conjunction with Volkswagen and my good friend, musician Tom Kent, there’s a lot to think about in advance. It’s important to get a head start in order to address multiple considerations – from vehicle access and lighting setups, through to any health and […]

Why You Need To Slow Down Your Photography
[ 0 ] January 12, 2017

Why You Need To Slow Down Your Photography

Have you noticed how life moves at an ever-increasing pace these days? Of course you have – it’s hard not to. The same is true with the world of photography, especially when it comes to the development of technology. As we progress and evolve, a strange thing is happening – whilst embracing the ‘latest and […]

Episode #229: Foggy Shoreline Photography
[ 0 ] January 9, 2017

Episode #229: Foggy Shoreline Photography

This week: I’m returning to the water, in search of some elusive pictures. In last week’s show, you heard me talking through a series of images as I shot them down by the water’s edge. This time around, you join me as I revisit that area, taking advantage of the foggy conditions which I really needed […]

Episode #228: Early Morning Shoreline Photography
[ 0 ] January 2, 2017

Episode #228: Early Morning Shoreline Photography

This week: I’m down by the water’s edge, capturing the early-morning light. My take on this set of images for a feature article was slightly different than one might expect. Rather than shooting wide angle sunrise pictures, I favoured a longer lens and concentrated on the more selective details within the scene in front of me. […]

Episode #227: Chatting With Alec Soth & Scott Kelby
[ 0 ] December 19, 2016

Episode #227: Chatting With Alec Soth & Scott Kelby

This week: I’m throwing a little inspiration your way in the form of a couple of conversations recorded earlier in the year at the Photography Show. First up, you’ll hear my chat with renowned documentary photographer Alec Soth, in which we discuss the idea of narrative and the state of documentary photography today. Then, a name […]

Episode #226: Discussing Client Photography Needs
[ 0 ] December 12, 2016

Episode #226: Discussing Client Photography Needs

This week: I’m heading back from a meeting where a client’s photography requirements were discussed. The process of collaboration between a photographer and client is often a very fluid one, starting with the very first conversation where details are discussed and a plan begins to form. Working out what is required versus what can be achieved whilst […]

Episode #225: Chichester Christmas Lights Photography
[ 0 ] December 5, 2016

Episode #225: Chichester Christmas Lights Photography

This week: I’m talking through the pictures from a recent Christmas-themed photo shoot. In last week’s show, I discussed the photography kit I’d be using. As promised, in this edition I’m bringing you a follow-up to that, talking through how the shoot itself went and analysing some of the pictures I produced on the day. Some quick links to things […]

Video: Sunrise Shipwreck Photography
[ 0 ] December 1, 2016

Video: Sunrise Shipwreck Photography

I was recently going through a bunch of files which, for one reason or another, never did see the light of day. In the mix was some behind-the-scenes footage from a trip I took down to the shoreline one cold morning. My goal on that occasion was to capture a shot or two of a sunken ship […]