What camera do you use?

“That’s a great photo, what camera do you use”?

This is a question I am asked quite frequently. But it’s not about the camera and its capability.

I am sure you’ve heard all this before, but contrary to popular belief, the camera doesn’t make the image. YOU do. You don’t need to upgrade your equipment just to run with the big dogs, and top-of-the-line gear isn’t carte blanche to the photographer’s Hall of Fame.

So be proud to carry your favorite camera into the field. As long as you know what all the buttons do and have a grasp of fundamental principles, you’ve got everything you need to take an awesome photo like the wedding photograph below, taken with a Canon M3, fixed 22mm lens, point-and-shoot.

Wedding couple pose for a photograph under a lit up tree.
Wedding couple pose under a tree in low level light shot on a Canon M3 point and shoot.

Natural creative wedding photography by Chris J Parker

That's a great photo.

“Great shot! What camera was that?”

It’s not the camera you use.



I am sure you’ve heard this before, but contrary to popular belief, the camera doesn’t make the image. YOU do. You don’t need to upgrade your equipment just to run with the big dogs, and top-of-the-line gear isn’t carte blanche to the photographer’s Hall of Fame. So be proud to carry your favorite camera into the field. As long as you know what all the buttons do and have a grasp of fundamental principles, you’ve got everything you need to take an awesome photo—like the above shot, taken with a Canon M3, fixed 22mm lens, point-and-shoot.

America

America 1987 to 1994

A folio of photographs taken in America from 1987 to 1994.

The photographic images were taken on 35mm black & white film and printed on fine art bromide paper.

In those times photographers use film which was light sensitive and processed to make negatives which were then used to make photographic prints. Using a Nikon FM2 with a variety of lenses, Chris traveled across the USA from California to New York, to Belfast in Main to New Orleans in the deep south taking photographs along the way. Once back in the UK Chris set about making the images in his darkroom, processing the film and making a selection of images to print. The largest print that can be made using the photographic enlarger is 20×24 inches and made using fiber-based double weight bromide paper.
The original prints are for sale and can still be produced today in Chris’s darkroom in Stockton on Tees.
Here is a selection of the photographs on show at the digital gallery. Contact Chris for sales and enquiries.

Spring Sing 2020

Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub in partnership with Sage Gateshead presents Spring Sing 2020.

Recognising the 40th Anniversary of the Great North Run.

The performances are the culmination of weeks of rehearsals with 30 Gateshead & South Tyneside schools coming together for this one performance.

Photography commission for Gateshead Council.

Decisive Moments

“I don’t take a photograph, I Capture a Moment, The Decisive Moment”. Henri Cartier-Bresson photographer of Magnum Photos.


“Photography is not like painting,” Cartier-Bresson told The Washington Post in 1957. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” 


Art Photography used in vacant shop window

Art Photography used to cover vacant shop windows in hight street.

This is a great idea. So, instead of having an empty shop window with no displays in a vacant shop, and there are quite a few of those around in the high streets these days, use a photograph to cover the whole area of the window.

I was approached and asked if a photograph I had taken and published could be used to the job in Yarm High street by Visit Yarm.co.uk, I was happy to oblige.

So, here it is and I think it looks great, certainly better than having an empty shop window and gosh, they have even given me a credit line. 

Wedding couple pose for Photographs

Having photographed the wedding ceremony and the guests had congratulated the newlyweds. 

I asked if the wedding couple would like to pose for some photographs in the garden at the Bowburn Hall. Having checked out the gardens I already knew where I wanted the couple to pose. At this time of year, the sun is quite low and thought this would be useful to me and shoot into the sun in order to create sunbursts. With a fill-in flash set low and my exposer set so as not to burn out the highlights. I took several photographs.


Tom and Louise have their wedding and reception at Bowburn Hall Hotel with friends and family.

Wedding photography pose in the garden
The wedding couple pose for photos in the garden at Bowburn Hall Co. Durham. View gallery

Bride on the stairs at the Blackwell Grange hotel in Darlington.

Natural wedding photography by Chris J Parker.

I have to be ready to take photos instantly. That’s when l capture the moments at a wedding that just happen. I love this photo of the wedding bride after the ceremony taken as she walks down the stairs at the Blackwell Grange hotel. You can just tell she is having so much fun.