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It is 12 months since I ordered my first Citizen CX printer because my existing printers had done their time. Two things attracted me to Citizen, firstly they were the manufacturers of my previous printers and these machines carry their own name.

So what do I need?

As I work in all weathers i need something that can cope with a cold damp equestrian event. To a hot humid social function such as a Prom.

I need something I can carry easily. At 14KG it fits the bill perfectly.

If I am doing the photography, my staff will be operating the printer. The Citizen printers are easy to use. It takes seconds to change media.

I need a printer that prints an image that looks like the subject. Usually i have had custom profiles made for my printers but these I just used. Colours were good out of the box.

Citizen CX printerCitizen CX printer

Citizen CX printer

I need a printer that can run whilst speeches and presentations are happening. Nobody has complained we are making too much noise.

Citizen printers also look modern, so where you have to leave it visible it looks professional. Customers seeing the Citizen label have remarked it must be quality.

I would like to jump into gushing prose about how good they are. The issue is that they just do the job. Great looking prints time after time. No mechanical issues, no user issues, no print problems. You remember the advert that says “It does what it says it does on the tin”. Well this is the printer that does what it says it does on the box.

For many years I have purchased my equipment and supplies from Photomart, and continue to do so. The pricing on the Citizen media offers me the best value and when I said there were 2 reasons for the change, add these 2, Pricing Photomart.

A bit of technical information. These are dye sublimation printers. There are sometimes called Digital Dye Thermal Transfer printers. It is a dry to dry process where heat is used to transfer colour onto the paper. The Citizen CX printer can print in a range of sizes from 6″ x 4″ to 9″ x 6″.

Last updated by on December 2, 2016.

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School Prom Photographer 2016 we are now taking bookings across Dorset, Hampshire, Devon and Wiltshire. Prom Photography can not be repeated so you need the services of a professional photographer  who understands that and here are 4 reasons why it should be us;

  • We use professional equipment
  • All Equipment is Safety checked (many venues check safety certificates)
  • We are professionally insured (again checked by venues so don’t get caught out)
  • We take great photos

(We prefer venues that operate in a safe and professional manner and they will only let us work because we provide them with insurance and safety check details)

School Prom Photographer

We have been photographing proms for a number of years and we look forward to welcoming back our regulars this year as well as being available for new customers.

School Prom Photographer 2016

School Prom Photographer 2016

We offer on site printing up to 12″ x 8″ –  and all images purchased will have a free copy uploaded to Facebook that you can tag and share with family and friends – we also offer pre-pay packages at great savings over our standard prices. Our standard prices also offer great value for professional photography – you can go cheap but we have seen the disasters and would hate for you to be disappointed.

School Prom Photobooth

If you are looking for a photo booth to add to your prom we have partnered with a great local provider to add even more fun and fun is what we are about. Yes we want you to be able to fun and formal images. Please contact for special offers

Dorset Prom Photographer

Dorset Prom Photographer

We are happy to provide coverage across Dorset, Hampshire, Devon and Wiltshire. We can also ensure you get a great prom photographer if you live further away. We are part of a network of the countrys best prom photographers. We only recommend people we trust.

School Prom Photographer Dorset

School Prom Photographer Dorset

So what do you want from your prom photographer? Contact us now and we can provide you with advertising leaflets for all those attending. Having a themed Prom? We can work with you to add something extra to the party such as green scree. So what are you waiting for? Contact me to ensure you get a great Prom Photographer Dorset.

Last updated by on December 22, 2015.

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Blue Black or White Gold dresses, when we photograph them we get the colours right. Lime Green Prom dress or Red Ball Gown. If that is what you were wearing that is the colour your gown will be in our photographs.

White  Gold Dress or is it Blue  Black?

The Americans call it MWAC (mum with a camera). The British call it Uncle Bob. We call it taking a big risk. Your Prom is a special occasion. Do you really want somebody making your Blue and Black dress look white and Gold? The answer is simple, book a professional Dorset Prom Photographer. We have been taking Prom Photographs for many years. We have never changed the colour of a dress yet. This would be like turning up to your Prom in a Red Double Decker and when you see the prints the bus is Green. Imagine that Black Limo turning Orange. Seriously bad photography only leads to misery.

Blue Purple White Gold Dress add some Pink Yellow and Green

Full professional on site studio. The largest instant dye sub prints. Fully insured – venues allow us in. Uncle Bob will not be allowed. Pre-payment, ticket deals and secure web site. We are the local experts in Dorset Prom Photography. We want you to have a fantastic Prom. We do not just get the formal, we also get the fun. Call us to get the best deal and a professional Prom Photography service. Most importantly your Blue and Black Dress will not be White and Gold.

Last updated by on February 27, 2015.

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Maternity Photography Dorset

So what do you do when your assistant gets pregnant? You get asked to do the Maternity Portraits. I have done a lot of baby photography and a large number of toddler portraits. I have never done any maternity photography, how hard can that be?

maternity photography Dorset bump

maternity photography Dorset bump

Possibly the most important image. Mum, Dad and Baby.

Well I suppose the fact that we have worked together meant that we knew what to do. Shelly researched the images she liked, as many clients do. My job to realize the images. Between 7 and 8 months is the perfect time. The bump is big enough and the skin is beautiful.

Dorset Maternity Photographer

Dorset Maternity Photographer

Dorset Maternity Photographer

This is a special time and there can be no re-shoots. You need somebody that can get it right first time. A typical session will last a couple of hours. This allows changes of outfit. Those important comfort breaks, and all at a leisurely pace. Shelly has done many of these herself. Shelly’s maternity photography – now she better understands being on the other side of the camera.

Dorset Baby, Bump and Maternity Photography

Dorset Baby, Bump and Maternity Photography

So what are you waiting for? Get in contact for all your photography needs.

Last updated by on November 20, 2014.

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A stable visit photography session with a difference. Not so much Fine Art Portrait Photography, more Actors head shot. Nigel is a Living History presenter, in this case as a Dorset Infantry Officer. An Officer of WW1 period would have ridden a horse and therein was the challenge. Nigel is not a rider, so a suitable mount was sought and that was Finn who played his part fantastically.

The first part of any yard visit ifs for all parties to get to know each other which allows for a relaxed session. First shot therefore was Finn in the stable and Nigel outside, looks like they were soon getting on.

Stables Visit Photography

Stables Visit Photography

Having a great location for any equestrian photography always helps. For this set of images the stables look period, well we did hide a few bits. Photoshop can also be a great time machine when needed. So on to step 2 and bring Finn out of the stables. These two seem to have developed a relationship very quickly.

Actors Head Shot with a difference

Actors Head Shot with a difference

Yard Visit Photography

Now for the exciting bit. Nigel wanted some photographs astride the horse. Finn was so relaxed that we were able to get a number of shots. With an Yard Visit Photography the intention would be to make use of what is available. We are also aiming to provide a variety of shots. Normally this would also include outfit changes. For this session it was the challenge of the novice rider that was overriding.

WW1 Officer on Horseback Dorset Regiment

WW1 Officer on Horseback Dorset Regiment

This is where Nigel’s acting skills were thoroughly tested as we felt that an officer of this period might be somewhat aloof and photographic technology of the period would have meant a longer exposure. A quick visit to the stables again and a last image.

Re-enactment Photography and Living History Portraits

Re-enactment Photography and Living History Portraits

We could have made the images look period by use of Black White or sepia, something we can do for re-enactment photography. We felt however that the images looked right as they were.

The aim was to portray an Officer of the Local Dorset Regiment and I think we achieved our aim.

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Last updated by on April 17, 2014.

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As part of the Photomart demonstration team at The Photography Show a number of questions were raised by customers as to what the lights were capable of. Although the lights had been fully tested I wanted to expose them to the rigours of an event photographer’s typical mixture of jobs.

Military Ball Photography

On Friday the lights duly arrived so first thing was to charge batteries and get out and use them. So just over 200 images later at the Military function and nothing to report. By nothing I mean they did just what I wanted and running at quarter power on the main and eighth power on the hair light there was no need for an additional battery for the nights work. Back home and put the batteries on charge for their next tasks.

Saturday morning started with a battery test as many had asked just how many full power flashes can it can do. I got 344 but as I said I never needed to run at that power level. Next task was to tune up my PocketWizard TT1/TT5 combination to test High Speed Sync on the other light. 5 minutes of adjustment and I was getting 1/8000 second synced. Not sure you would be interested in pictures of my garden wall though.

The traditional way to use high speed sync was via a leaf shutter such as a Hassleblad which would give you 1/800 second flash sync. Move on a few years and the likes of Nikon and Cannon introduced some clever tricks whereby they pulse their hot shoe flashes at a very high rate so that you can get high speed sync. Nikon call it Auto FP and Canon “High Speed Sync”.

Those solutions were fine but pulsing a hot shoe flash reduces the power output and therefore the effective range. There has been another way that you could achieve high speed sync using studio lights by adjusting when the lights fire relative to when the trigger is released. This technique is usually called “long tail sync flash” – the problem being that it was not readily available until PocketWizard introduced their utility to tune their triggers a couple of years ago. Since them a number of manufacturers have released their own version of tuneable triggers.

More on that later as I had to go shopping with the Boss.

Masonic Lodge Ladies Function Photography

Saturday evening was a small Masonic function and due to the limited numbers the hotel did not clear the usual area and we ended up shooting in an entrance hall Having the Ilux Summits proved to be a real bonus as without cables we could put the lights where we wanted and then pick up and move again to form different lighting patterns. Having an Alloy body meant that there were no concerns about the size of modifier I could use, unlike some other battery lights I have used, they are built as strong as any studio lights.

Dog Agility

2 jobs down and not an image I can use to show what they are doing so on to Sunday’s job where I was hoping to set up a small studio to photograph dogs. The lights would have been ideal but as the Agility show was taking place in a Dressage arena one of the judges said flash bouncing off the mirrors could distract the dogs. I did however get a test shot arranged to test the high speed sync. Set the 2 lights up and realised I had only brought one trigger so time for a bit more testing. If I trigger 1 light from its inbuilt slave sensor would it be quick enough to use alongside the other high speed triggered light? I am more than happy to report yes. For that I have an image.

iLux Summit Dog Agility

iLux Summit Dog Agility

So where do these lights fit in the bigger scheme? They offer a different solution and will allow me to do things that swinging around a big heavy battery that restricts where my lights go, I can even hand hold the lights so it is not where can I use them to do what I did before, but that there are new things that I can now do.

So when you are looking for a photographer to cover your event consider one who the manufacturers trust to test their kit.

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Last updated by on March 27, 2014.

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