Category Archives: Having fun with photos

Making Square Social Media Videos

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social media thumbnail

If you’ve wonder how to do the square social media videos that are so popular at the moment on platforms such as Instagram, and Facebook, I’ve added a demo using Sony Vegas Platinum here for you to check out.

Mr Bojangles – Brings Back Memories

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social media video cover

I know this isn’t technically anything to do with photography, but as with photographs, such videos bring back fond memories, long forgotten. They are a link to people and places that meant something to us.

I just love this song, conjures memories of days gone by. As a child, l loved to watch the movies that Sammy Davis Jr starred in, and through them got to enjoy his persona.

But  I’ve learned to appreciate these artists even more as I’ve got older. Maybe it’s a craving for  my youth, when times seemed less complicated. I’m not sure they were any less complicated in reality, maybe it’s just a fact that now I’m over 50, I have more to look back on than I have to look forward to (heavy that isn’t it, sorry but true). This song has a sadness to it, a sentimentality and reminds me of people sadly no longer with us, that still have a fond place in my heart. I think it’s okay to look back sometimes. Hope you enjoy the emotion of this song. Below are the lyrics to help you sing along if you’d like.

*whistling*

I knew a man,
Bojangles,
And he’d dance for you
In worn out shoes,
With silver hair, a ragged shirt,
And baggy pants
He would do the old soft shoe
He could jump so high,
And then he’d lightly touch down.

I met him in a cell in New Orleans, i was,
While I was down and out,
He looked to me to be the very eyes of age, as he spoke right out, talked of life, Lord that man talked of life,
Laughed, slapped his leg and stepped.

He said his name was “Bojangles”
And he danced a lick right across the cell
He grabbed his pants, took a bitter stance, jumped up high
That’s when he clicked his heels
Then he let go laugh, Lord he let go laugh, shook back his clothes all around

That was Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Lord, he could dance

He told me of the times, he worked with minstrel shows, travelling around the south
He spoke with tears of fifteen years how his dog and he,
They used to travel all about
But his dog up and died, dog up and died
And after twenty years he still grieved.

He said “I dance now and every chance a honky-tonk, for my drinks and tips
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, you see son, I drinks a bit.”

Then he shook his head
Lord, when he shook his head,
I could swear I heard someone say please

Mr. Bojangles
A-Mr. Bojangles
Mr. Bojangles
Come back and dance, please dance
Come on and dance now

A-Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles, dance
Come back and dance, Mr. Bojangles…

*whistle*

Songwriters: JERRY JEFF WALKER

3 Ways To Display Your Favorite Travel Photos

Think Outside The Box

There are a lot of different ways to display your favorite photos from your favorite travels around the world. You can put them in a photo album, have them set in a finely crafted frame, keep them in your wallet, or any number of things. It all depends on what moves you.

What gets you going? What inspires you? What makes you feel that certain indefinable something that helps move you forward? Don’t be afraid to be creative! What matters how things look at the end, not so much how you got there. With that in mind, following are three display ideas which aren’t necessarily traditional, but can help you memorialize your favorite times in style.

1. A PVC Vase To Memorialize Your Favorite Places

A bit of PVC pipe can be an ideal display solution. All you do is cut lengths of PVC which match the height of your photos, then carefully wrap them around, and plant the pipe in a circular holding solution; like the slot where an umbrella would usually fit on your backyard patio furniture.

Those umbrellas are notorious for being accidentally left open and ravaged by the wind. Instead of leaving the table with a hole in the middle empty, stick some PVC in there with some travel photos that match the décor of your backyard, or green room. Then round the scene out by putting flowers into the hollow inside of the pipe, and allowing them to spill over the side—as in the photo below.

flowers in vase mike turner photography
flowers in vase mike turner photography

https://www.buzzfeed.com/maitlandquitmeyer/unique-photo-display-ideas-that-will-bring-your-memories?utm_term=.vl8dj2ovk#.dorb08wZP

2. Arrayed In A Perfectly-Designed Scene

Many homes will have areas specifically designed in a way which helps you remember travels, or those special occasions which deserve to be commemorated in some way. Sometimes a whole room of the house may be devoted to such presentations of your travels. If you’re going to go this route, you can avoid the reinvention of the wheel by simply finding and installing various backdrops.

Follow this hyperlink for photography backdrops and props; you can find just what you need to set up your most perfect scene. Whether urban or floral, expressive or monotone, you’ll be able to find whatever best fits your favorite travels. When you can add props as well, that allows you even greater visual definition in presentation.

3. A Chicken-Wire Partition Collage

A partition that accordions open or closed can be a great way to maximize the space in a room, dividing it up in a stylish way through semi-transparent imprinted chicken wire or colored fabrics. You can further maximize such space preservation options by making a collage of photos from your dream vacation up and down the partition, on either side.

For example, if you lived in a small one or two-bedroom apartment, you could divide up the living and dining area with such a partition, even going so far as to have either side feature a different style from a different vacation. Perhaps the side facing the window fits a green theme for the room and includes pictures of lush Hawaii, while the more beige-toned opposite side of the room features pictures from your travels through Las Vegas in the sand-strewn summertime.

las vegas holiday mike turner photography
las vegas holiday mike turner photography

https://pixabay.com/en/las-vegas-vegas-nevada-959085/

It’s All Up To You

When it comes to the presentation of your photos, you definitely want to do something more than simply store them online in varying digital albums where they’re forgotten until someone you didn’t know was following you decides to randomly like one from years ago.

Instead, give some care to your favorite times. Put them up for family and friends to see, and do something more convenient than leaning a bunch of frames on the top of cabinets or dressers where children and revelers can stumble into them and break them.

In contrast, when you’re displaying photos in a scene including a backdrop, or throughout a partition collage, or supported by PVC, you have greater strength in presentation, allowing pictures to survive even in the face of Murphy’s Law. Determine what your best photos are, and what works for you. You’ve got a lot of options, there’s plenty of potential; let your imagination run wild!

The Starfish Story

It’s the Great North Run day today, and this story, which has featured heavily in the sentiment of the day, and the desire to help others, really caught my attention, so I thought I would include it here. Hope you get some motivation to help others from it.

the starfish story, mike turner photography
the starfish story, mike turner photography

Photographer Warrington: Professional Photography Warrington

family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography
Photographer Warrington: family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography

So you’re looking for  a photography in Warrington, well you’re at the right place, Mike Turner Photography is a Warrington photography studio located in the village of Lowton.

We provide family photoshoots in our studio as well as location based photoshoots around the Warrington and surrounding areas.

Being a photographer in Warrington for over 15 years, we’ve gained a good reputation for providing a variety photoshoot experiences.

Warrington Photography – family photoshoots

family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography
Photographer Warrington: family photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography

We’re all about having fun during our family photoshoots, and with prices starting from as little as £39, why not come along and see what we’re made of. Family photoshoots can be purchased securely from the website here.

pet photoshoots at MIke Turner Photography
Photographer Warrington: pet photoshoots
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Photographer Warrington: baby photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography

Being a Warrington photography studio, providing  family photoshoots, pet shoots and baby photoshoots, we also provide makeover photoshoots, where participants enjoy a professional hair and makeup session before participating in a fun filled photoshoot. These experiences are popular with couples, mother and daughters, friends, sisters or on your own as a special treat or can be purchased as with all our photoshoot expereinces, as gift vouchers. Again these can be purchased securely directly from the website here.

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Photographer Warrington: makeover photography
makeover photography
Photographer Warrington: makeover photography
makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Wigan, Warrington
Photographer Warrington: makeover photoshoots at Mike Turner Photography Warrington

If you’re interested in learning more about photography so that you can improve your photographs, then check out our one to one photography tutorials. Its a great opportunity to get the basics right under the guide of a professional photographer at our studio in Warrington. You can learn more about our photography tutorials here.

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Photographer Warrington: one to one photography tutorials