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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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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 [...]

Episode #151 – Considerations For Basic Vehicle Kit
[ 6 ] August 11, 2014

Episode #151 – Considerations For Basic Vehicle Kit

This week: I’m talking about the importance of kitting out your vehicle to be as comfortable as possible. When it comes to selecting the equipment we use, immediate thoughts inevitably turn towards choosing the right cameras and lenses, etc. But it surely makes sense to also give some proper thought towards the vehicle you’ll be spending [...]

Episode #150 – Research Walk At Kingley Vale
[ 0 ] August 4, 2014

Episode #150 – Research Walk At Kingley Vale

This week: I’m taking a walk around Kingley Vale on the South Downs, doing a spot of research for some forthcoming features. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Pre-Test/Review Video: Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW backpack Test/Review: Manfrotto Compact Photo-Movie Kit tripod TAP article: How To Select A Set Of Sticks (tripod buyers’ [...]

Video: The Writer’s Tarp
[ 0 ] July 30, 2014

Video: The Writer’s Tarp

A lot of you will be aware that whenever I head out on the hill or into woodland, I always pack my lightweight tarp. It is such a versatile piece of kit and offers great protection from the elements – whether that be sun, rain, wind, snow, whatever. I’ll be writing in greater detail about [...]

Episode #149 – Always Carry A Camera
[ 0 ] July 28, 2014

Episode #149 – Always Carry A Camera

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. We’ve heard it all before – you should always carry a camera. But which to choose… and does it really matter? Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP article – [...]

Test/Review: Mountain Warehouse Merino Explorer Socks
[ 0 ] July 23, 2014

Test/Review: Mountain Warehouse Merino Explorer Socks

When it comes to choice of footwear, including socks, it never pays to cut corners. Whether you’re a casual weekend walker or someone who is on their feet from first thing in the morning until last thing at night, poor selection of kit will only end in tears (often, quite literally if your blisters are [...]

Episode #148 – In Search Of Star Trails
[ 0 ] July 14, 2014

Episode #148 – In Search Of Star Trails

This week: I’m trying a new process for capturing the sky at night… Or at least that’s the plan! Just for fun, I recently caught up with a couple of fellow photographers, to shoot a local night time scene featuring star trails. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Stansted Park, Hampshire StarStaX stacking [...]

Episode #147 – Shooting BMW At Goodwood
[ 0 ] July 7, 2014

Episode #147 – Shooting BMW At Goodwood

This week: It’s the first of my podcasts surrounding this year’s Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Part of my activities at FOS this year involved shooting track action for BMW at Goodwood Motor Circuit. In this episode, I’m talking through some static shots I produced for glossy brochures. Some quick links to things mentioned in this [...]

Top Tips For Goodwood Festival Of Speed
[ 0 ] June 24, 2014

Top Tips For Goodwood Festival Of Speed

It’s that time of year once again, folks – the weather is hotting up, the stage is set and the motoring spectacle that is the Goodwood Festival Of Speed is go from Thursday until Sunday this week! As you know, I’ve shot at this event for many years, and it’s always a great challenge. For [...]

My Little Green (Grip) Bag – Part 2
[ 0 ] June 19, 2014

My Little Green (Grip) Bag – Part 2

If you didn’t see Part 1 of this article, you definitely should; it will give you an introduction into just which items I carry (and why) for supporting my cameras/flash guns/light modifiers etc. In this second part, then, I’m detailing the individual items described in the overview linked above. In no particular order…   Standard [...]

Episode #146 – Overview Of Scramble Bike Portraits
[ 0 ] June 9, 2014

Episode #146 – Overview Of Scramble Bike Portraits

This week: I’m in the car, heading back from a day spent shooting portraits at a motorbike track. I’m in the process of putting together an all-new portfolio website, which will feature more of my latest work. In this episode, I’m giving an overview of a recent location shoot where I set out to capture one [...]

How To Select A Set Of Sticks
[ 0 ] June 7, 2014

How To Select A Set Of Sticks

  Tripods can often be a much-overlooked item in the photographer’s arsenal. So simple in design – essentially, they comprise just three adjustable legs and a method of attaching a camera to the top of a centre column – yet there are many times when using one can mean the difference between securing a great shot and missing a [...]