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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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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 [...]

Nikwax Blog & Newsletter Feature – Part 1
[ 0 ] October 28, 2014

Nikwax Blog & Newsletter Feature – Part 1

I’ve been aware of Nikwax and their products for many years. Back in my school and college days, I had a Saturday job in a local ski/outdoors shop (no surprises there, then!), where I used to sell the stuff. Nikwax’s range of waterproofing/cleaning products is ever-expanding. But even way back when, a best seller was [...]

Episode #156 – Making Money From Picture Sales
[ 2 ] October 20, 2014

Episode #156 – Making Money From Picture Sales

  This week: I’m in conversation once again with photographer/writer Hugh Graham, who was one of my lecturers when I studied photography at University. It is with great sadness that I now have to share the news that Hugh recently passed away. But, as they say, the show must go on – and in this week’s [...]

Gearing up For Wet Weather
[ 0 ] October 10, 2014

Gearing up For Wet Weather

As I write this, I’m sat in my car overlooking one of the many footpaths that line the south coast. On a fine day, this route is one of my favourites; you can follow it for about 2.5 miles, camera in hand, stopping for lunch at one of the local pubs overlooking the water before [...]

Episode #155 – Outdoor Trade Show 2014
[ 0 ] October 6, 2014

Episode #155 – Outdoor Trade Show 2014

This week: I’m giving a quick rundown of my activities at this year’s Outdoor Trade Show. One of my more recent trips up-country was my annual visit to the Outdoor Trade Show in Warwickshire. At the event, I get the chance to catch up with colleagues from many of the brands whose products feature in Test/Review [...]

TAP #154 – Stealthy Corporate Portraits In London
[ 0 ] September 8, 2014

TAP #154 – Stealthy Corporate Portraits In London

This week: I’m talking through the first of two shoots recently undertaken for a long-standing corporate client. On this occasion, the requirement was for a range of posed, studio-setup shots as well as unposed candid images captured during a meeting. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Test/Review – Peli 1510 Case Nikon D3 [...]

This Is NOT #Microadventure
[ 0 ] September 5, 2014

This Is NOT #Microadventure

A quick heads-up – this is going to be something of a rant piece, I’m afraid. I generally don’t write many highly-charged pieces, instead preferring to deal with topics in a more level-headed (usually, offline) way. But on this occasion, I feel compelled to say something more publicly – because a recent experience really… well… [...]

Episode #153 – The Photo Shoot That Never Was
[ 0 ] September 1, 2014

Episode #153 – The Photo Shoot That Never Was

This week: I’m giving an insight into a photo shoot which, for one reason or another, didn’t happen. Last week, I caught up with young adventurer, Alex Staniforth, for what was supposed to be a wild camp and photoshoot. In the days leading up to that, I headed out to scout our chosen location and make [...]

Episode #152 – Storytelling, Planning And Preparing
[ 0 ] August 18, 2014

Episode #152 – Storytelling, Planning And Preparing

This week: I’m talking about how to build a story, either for a series of pictures or a short film. When I set out to capture pictures for a client, I always tell them that the more information I have ahead of a shoot, the better. When I’m writing a feature, especially if it’s photo-heavy, I [...]