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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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My Year Of Microadventure
[ 0 ] January 26, 2015

My Year Of Microadventure

I’m planning to make 2015 my most adventurous year to date. Plain and simple. Now, I’m not talking about heading off to some far-flung corner of the globe or attempting some kind of epic expedition. Rather, I’m looking to extend my outdoor activities right here on my doorstep. That, after all, is the spirit of [...]

Episode #164 – Food Bank Photography
[ 0 ] January 26, 2015

Episode #164 – Food Bank Photography

This week: I’m talking about a super-quick photo shoot I recently completed. Not all photo shoots take hours to complete – this one was a perfect example! Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Test/Review – Peli 1510 Case Nikon D3 DSLR Nikon D800 DSLR Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikon SB-800 flash [...]

Test/Review: Vango Gourmet Set M
[ 2 ] January 21, 2015

Test/Review: Vango Gourmet Set M

I love food, it’s no secret. Whether I’m cooking a meal during a camping trip or making sure I’m stocked up ahead of a journey to my next photo shoot, the matter of keeping hunger at bay is never far from my mind. For many years, I used a Trangia stove exclusively; compact, simple and [...]

Episode #163 – Personal Trainer Promo Portraits
[ 0 ] January 12, 2015

Episode #163 – Personal Trainer Promo Portraits

This week: I’m talking through a recent health & fitness-related photo shoot. The latest step in my ongoing collaboration with a personal trainer recently saw me capture a range of portraits for various promotional uses. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Nikon D800 DSLR Nikon Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm [...]

Test/Review: Rab Latok Jacket (Initial Thoughts)
[ 0 ] January 8, 2015

Test/Review: Rab Latok Jacket (Initial Thoughts)

Well, winter is properly with us now and as you know, it’s one of my favourite times of the year. Much aside from the outdoor opportunities it presents, there is the added bonus that I get to test some great and interesting items of kit as the temperature drops and ‘bad weather’ sets in. Towards [...]

Episode #162 – Corporate Team Event Photography
[ 2 ] January 5, 2015

Episode #162 – Corporate Team Event Photography

This week: I’m talking about a regional team corporate event photographed recently. This episode rounds off my series of recordings discussing some of the corporate commissions I undertook in the lead-up to Christmas. On the day in question, I headed over to Southampton Football Club for a long-standing client. Some quick links to things mentioned in this [...]

Episode #161 – Corporate Conference Photography
[ 0 ] December 29, 2014

Episode #161 – Corporate Conference Photography

This week: I’m talking about a couple of corporate conferences I photographed before Christmas. With similar considerations on the day (or night), the kit choices for these assignments tend to be pretty standard each time, perhaps with a little tweaking here and there. But invariably, the images are previewed in Adobe Bridge – and it’s here [...]

Episode #160 – Photographing Corporate Awards
[ 2 ] December 22, 2014

Episode #160 – Photographing Corporate Awards

This week: I’m talking about a recent corporate shoot at an end-of-year awards night. The pre-Christmas round of corporate photography ended with a nice little awards ceremony for a long-standing client. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP Episode #59 – The Importance Of Keeping Fit And Healthy Nikon D3 DSLR Nikon D800 [...]

Video: Giles On The Business Of Photography
[ 0 ] December 17, 2014

Video: Giles On The Business Of Photography

Earlier this year, I was interviewed on video about the business of photography and what it takes to carry out my activities on a day-to-day basis. I first told you about the Q&A in this post, where I shared a few of the behind-the-scenes pictures from that day. Well, some months on, I’ve now been [...]

Episode #159 – Healthy Christmas Eating Workflow
[ 0 ] December 15, 2014

Episode #159 – Healthy Christmas Eating Workflow

  This week: I’m talking through the editing process of a recent Christmas-themed illustrative photograph. In amongst a bunch of recent shoots was one I did as part of my ongoing collaboration with personal trainer, Stephan Konrad; the final image was to be used in one of his blog posts. Some quick links to things mentioned [...]

Episode #158 – If You Don’t Feel Like Doing Something, Do It Anyway
[ 0 ] November 24, 2014

Episode #158 – If You Don’t Feel Like Doing Something, Do It Anyway

This week: I’m talking about the need to push yourself in order to make progress. I recently had a number of setbacks to my working week, all of which highlighted the need to take a deep breath and keep pushing to meet deadlines and reach my goals. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: [...]

Episode #157 – Working Late To Supply Pictures
[ 0 ] November 10, 2014

Episode #157 – Working Late To Supply Pictures

This week: I’m working late into the night, preparing pictures for a client. Sometimes, you just have to do what you have to do – and that can mean facing unsociable hours. Editing a recent shoot gave me the chance to talk about the process. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP Episode [...]