Creative cold turkey!!!

Going on a family holiday is fab. There is nothing like a break from your daily rut to get the creative juices flowing. So we’ve been back nearly a week and I am suffering from ‘creative cold turkey’. If you really want to know, me and the family went to Norway, which is an absolutely stunning country. Being a photographer and film maker, Norway has inspired me no end. As I am writing this I can feel the anxiety flowing away from me, it is has become a ‘fix’ for me. I need my ‘creative fix’.

My wife Claire shot the above photograph on my iPhone XR, using the fantastic Moment app coupled with their anamorphic lens. You can see the outer edges of the photograph are a little stretched and bendy, but I really like this effect. However the centre is fine. I did shoot a shed load of images and I’m so excited to share them as they will be used as ammunition for my upcoming blogs. Hope you like the images that I post as they are all shot and edited by yours truly.

Just a little footnote: my site is called ‘selfie esteem media’ the reason being is that I want to tackle the issues that social media can have on a person’s self esteem and self confidence. I didn’t realise that I would have to deal with my own self esteem issues before I can progress and do justice to the vision that I want to share with the world…

Crazy busy day!

Trying to find peace in a peace exempt day!

My little health scare has well and truly kicked me well up the arse. Like many others I have planned and thought through my blog posts to the level of a military operation, however I just haven’t hit the ‘publish’ button.

When I watch other creators on YouTube or read their blogs, I dream that I too can be like them. The thing is that’s all I do, is dream. NO MORE! I’m going for this and it will be my legacy for family to reflect, laugh and smile on my silly rambling.

Wow 2 posts in one day…WTF!

This is me trying to be really proactive by posting twice in one day. I’ve been busy filming, however I’m not sharing my work which is the whole point of having a blog. Thank you all in advance for likes and comments. Enjoy.

Film making is becoming more accessible to all with the advancement of the mobile phone. Let’s try and get a slice of the Hollywood pie!

Need to get on top of this!!

I set a reminder on my phone for 4pm every Sunday to remind me to post a blog. Guess what? I ignore it. Ahhhh!!

Then I moan that no one is seeing my stuff… erm that’s really my fault.

I filmed this with a local veterans group in Liverpool, here in the UK. All filmed on my mobile phone, using filmic pro.

Getting out there and doing it!

Talking about doing stuff, is just that. Talking. Therefore getting out there, making mistakes and learning from them is the best and only way to learn. Shot this on my phone, which is a Huawei P9, using filmic pro and a smooth 4 gimbal.

I wanted to show a different side of Liverpool other than the Beatles and football. I chose the beautiful Georgian quarter, an area of the city which I have always loved. The area is around 200 years old and has seen the city grow, decline and grow again.

Enjoy, like, comment and follow. Help inspire me to film and blog more.

First attempt…

This was my first attempt of shooting a mini film during the summer whilst on holiday in Norway. As you can see it is a mix of stills and video all shot on my mobile phone. The white balance can be seen strobing at times and the editing narrative is a bit weak as I could have done with more footage to edit with. I used my Huawei P9 and Zhiyun smooth 4 gimbal. I used the Huawei in house video setting, however I have since downloaded filmic pro which is a must when shooting film on a phone. my son Joshua loves this so much as his nana and grandad are in the film. Please enjoy and feedback will be much appreciated.

Finding my direction.

I’ve not blogged, posted or put fingers to the keyboard since August. Wow that’s a long time. So why the long wait? It is not for the lack of ideas or lack of enthusiasm with regard to blogging. I had an overwhelming desire to get it right.

So what do I mean ‘by getting it right’? To me, getting it right was about the focus of my blog. What is my passion? Where did I want to go with my blog? How much energy could I dedicate to my blog?

These questions have been spinning around in my head for the last couple of months, sometimes keeping me awake at night. Therefore you may ask, what is the focus of my blog? Well my passion is photography, but not in the traditional way. My day job is to teach photography to young people who do not have access to DSLR’s, however they all have a mobile phone!

Over the past couple of years, I have watched with fascination as the ability of the mobile phone to take amazing images, has come on leaps and bounds. The Selfie has become a genre in its own rite and the pace of mobile phone film making is blistering.

Therefore the focus and direction of my blog will be on mobile phone photography and film making. Watch this space…