No photographer nowadays can afford to rest on their laurels when it comes to staying ahead of the game – there are so many new photographers flooding the market nowadays- especially here in Lincolnshire – that we have to do something special to make us stand out. This is where good quality training comes into play – it takes time and commitment but it is incredibly vital. Anyone who has watched my progress over the last year or so since I started my mentoring programme can see the difference in my work. As a result I am getting more and more portrait commissions from people who want top quality images. I spent a day this week with Damian McGillicuddy in his new studio in Chester – this time he was teaching the difference between soft lighting and hard lighting, and the mood that needs to be considered when choosing your lighting set up. So we had one model, Paula, and two totally different looks from her choice of outfits. We chose the appropriate lighting – the difference is startling! I also used my new camera the Olympus OM-D EM5 with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens for the first time. As it is such a new camera on the market I was having problems converting the RAW file (geek alert!) saw just shot in jpeg- these images are straight out of camera using the various processing filters that are inbuilt into it. Pretty impressive dont you think?