“Wow! I love your picture!  You must have a really nice camera!”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard a phrase like this, I would have… a lot of nickels!

I’m Eric Pearce, a professional photographer in the United Kingdom.  I’m not British, however, I am Dan’s little brother!  Do you remember the competitive ‘Bro-Downs’ we’ve had here on SDL? Well I’m the ‘bro’.

My initial interest in photography came after Dan’s did, but I was the first to sport the mohawk hair!  I am also husband to Leanne and father to two; 3 year old Amelia and 2 week old Hugo.

Dan has heard similar phrases to the one I wrote above, and believes it to be as common a misunderstanding as I do.  I like to compare it to Michelangelo and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  Would you say; “Hey Mike, that is an awesome painting!  You must have really nice brushes!?”  While having a nice camera does help, it is a means to an end. The end being your awesome photo!  That is why we are joining forces to bring you a weekly photography blog with oodles of easy tips and tricks.  We will help you to unlock the potential of your camera, and unleash the potential of your creativity.

 Something else I have noticed is a growing number of people who are getting their hands on entry level DSLRs (such as the Canon Rebel or the Nikon D3100) and could really use a few pointers to get the most out of their investments.  I have several friends with these cameras and am often asked for a bit of advice.  After the quick tips I give them, their response usually goes something like this: “WOW! I had no idea I could do that. That was so easy!  I’ve really got to figure out how to use this thing!”

I completely understand the feeling because I’ve been there too!

So, in order to give you a flavour of me, allow me to share a few examples of my work.  Professionally I am a photographer of portraits, weddings and events, but one of the great things about photography, is the lack of definitive boundaries!  The same kit I use for my people photography, works for my landscape and nature shots, as well as my wildlife shots and fine art.  Throw an underwater bag on my camera and ‘Presto!’, nowhere is out of reach for me and my trigger-finger.

I love landscape photography. I call this photo 'Bedruthan Morn'. The Bedruthan Steps are one of my favorite places to visit on the Cornish coast.  There's nothing like tooting one's own horn… This shot also won the Microsoft Bing 'Natural Britain' award out of over 8,000 entries.  (Thank you to all of you who voted for it here at SDL!)
I love landscape photography. I call this photo ‘Bedruthan Morn’. The Bedruthan Steps are one of my favorite places to visit on the Cornish coast. There’s nothing like tooting one’s own horn… This shot also won the Microsoft Bing ‘Natural Britain’ award out of over 8,000 entries. (Thank you to all of you who voted for it here at SDL!)
Another passion is wildlife photography.  I snapped this little wild English badger cub sniffing a bluebell a few weeks ago.
Another passion is wildlife photography. I snapped this little wild English badger cub sniffing a bluebell a few weeks ago.
I have a soft spot for the beauty of the nature that surrounds us.  I call this piece 'Consider The Lilly.'
I have a soft spot for the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. I call this piece ‘Consider The Lilly.’
I love creating fine art photography out of our everyday world.  I call this category of work 'Vantage Point'.  This piece is called Taba Staircase III (taken from the top of a staircase while on holiday in Taba Egypt).
I love creating fine art photography out of our everyday world. I call this category of work ‘Vantage Point’. This piece is called Taba Staircase III (taken from the top of a staircase while on holiday in Taba Egypt).

Now for some examples of the work I do every day!

The great thing about being a professional photographer in my arena is I’m invited along into the special moments of people’s lives and get to artistically record those moments for them.

Weddings are great to photograph because of this very reason.
Weddings are great to photograph because of this very reason.
Have you heard the saying "never work with children or pets!"?  To that, in the true way of the Brits, I say, "rubbish!"  It's actually what I love shooting most.  As a big kid myself, I love working with children and creating not just a picture, but an emotive piece of art for their family!
Have you heard the saying “never work with children or pets!”? To that, in the true way of the Brits, I say, “rubbish!” It’s actually what I love shooting most. As a big kid myself, I love working with children and creating not just a picture, but an emotive piece of art for their family!
And then, there are the babies.  I cannot get enough of a good baby photo shoot! I am a big sucker for the heart-melting shots!
And then, there are the babies. I cannot get enough of a good baby photo shoot! I am a big sucker for the heart-melting shots!
And I also love creating baby fine art!
And I also love creating baby fine art!
Finally, on a completely different end of the spectrum from cute babies, I photograph MMA Fighting Competitions too.  Not for the weak stomached...(or face)!
Finally, on a completely different end of the spectrum from cute babies, I photograph MMA Fighting Competitions too. Not for the weak stomached…(or face)!

All of these photos are just the beginning of what we can do.  Every Wednesday I will share easy photography tips and tricks that will turn your photos into amazing photography!

We will cover common but poignant questions like; “How do I photograph my child who refuses to smile or runs around like a headless chicken?”  And, “I keep getting out of focus shots…what do I do?”

We’ll also simplify all the technical jargon and find out what words like ‘aperture‘, ‘macro’ ‘HDR’ and ‘ISO‘ mean and how you can get the most out of them?  How does ‘juxtaposition’ work?  How does the ‘rule of thirds’ work?

We’ll also take the photos into the digital dark room to learn the easy ways to get those cool effects on our photo with affordable photo editing software.

So… Let’s get shooting and kick our cameras into gear!  Join the fun and sooner than you think, you won’t be able to remember the last time you used your camera in full automatic mode!

Do you know someone who will really benefit from our weekly photography tips and tricks? Please share this post with them.  Also, I would love to hear about your photography conundrums so that I can cover the topics that will help you the most.  In the words of Danoah, “We have a lot of fun around here!” I’m confident that will be the case.

Eric Pearce, Brother of Single Dad Laughing

Note from Dan: If you’re in England, and you need an affordable and incredible photographer… my brother is definitely your man! Visit his website at www.espphotographic.com or contact him here or follow him on Twitter.

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