Lisa Marie Plevey: Blog en-us (C) Lisa Marie Plevey [email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Wed, 08 Nov 2023 14:35:00 GMT Wed, 08 Nov 2023 14:35:00 GMT Lisa Marie Plevey: Blog 90 120 Holiday Lets - to dress or not to dress? Absolutely yes, but it needs planning. What to buy and where to put it? We've all seen croissants and glasses of orange juice on a breakfast table. There's nothing wrong with that but what else?

Little things make a difference... quality condiments, shiny cutlery, maybe a teapot (don't forget cups and teaspoons) and eggs. I think eggs always look good.

If you were going on holiday here what would you love for breakfast? Porridge, coffee and toast for me every time and that can look great too if you take the time to prepare the scene and sprinkle some greatness on the porridge.

A few fresh vegetable on the side and how about a freshly baked loaf?

Think editorial... tender stem broccoli looks better than ordinary broccoli. Red peppers and onions for colour, probably some spring onions too.

For a cleaner look, maybe just fruit but make sure it's well presented and don't forget flowers!

It takes a while to do but it's fun and inviting.

For the sitting room maybe a cafetière and fresh cakes? This looks great and tastes even better. Use quality coffee and use the packaging.

Light the fire. Every time.

Upstairs, keep it simple with clean towels neatly folded on well-made beds. Maybe a few books?

In the garden, if it's sunny and pleasant then yes. Drinks? Flowers? Make it pretty and it will work.

That'll all look lovely.

Trust me.

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Wed, 08 Nov 2023 14:29:40 GMT
HDR editing in tricky lighting conditions

I’ve been shooting HDR (High Dynamic Range) images instead of using off-camera flash for some time now. This really is the best way of capturing the character of any interior.

A beautiful, cosy holiday cottage with it’s low ceiling and deep recessed, small window is shown at its finest when photographed with a Nikon Z6 using it’s amazing 14 stop dynamic range.

Bracketed images blended with careful colour correction, contrast and selective saturation show the natural light and also the warmth of the interiors lights without losing any detail, especially the window views. 


[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Tue, 19 Oct 2021 17:22:48 GMT
Winter... cruised My first winter out on the cut as a continuous cruiser is in the bag. It’s been quite a mild and wet season. Lots of drying, not much thawing. There’s quite a bit of mud in the bag too. A colder winter would have been so much easier but I’ve absolutely loved it. The peace, the quiet, the everything.. even the mud. Starting to dream of warmer sunny times... summer dresses instead of waterproofs and wellies. Evenings out on the towpath replacing snug nights in by the stove. Sweeter dreams.

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Mon, 30 Mar 2020 04:38:51 GMT
Oxford - property marketing It's not often that I deliberately shoot a building on a tilt with flare but it can produce a refreshingly different way of viewing something that has been photographed many, many times before. This is one of a series of images taken to market new apartments in central Oxford. 


[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:39:38 GMT
Happy New 2017 Here's to the New Year. Wishing peace, love, happiness, health and a little wealth to all good folk. I enjoyed a peaceful few days away on my boat (mine is the 6th one along) moored somewhere on the Warwickshire stretch of the Grand Union Canal. Perfect!

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:16:05 GMT
Backpack Replaces Shoulder Bag.... finally

My back started aching a while ago so thinking that other than my age, my old Gladstone Number 10 shoulder bag probably wasn't helping. Whilst fabulously roomy, it just isn't comfortable any longer so I picked this up from National Geographic. I bought it from Manfrotto UK where it's half-price at the time of writing (£104.98 reduced from £209.95). It's the Africa M Backpack and it's truly brilliant. Room enough for everything I need and it's really rather beautiful too. Very recommended.

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:35:54 GMT
New Nursery Shoot I've photographed hundreds of schools over the years as a freelance photographer but these days I shoot my own schools. I was recently asked to photograph a new nursery group. It went really well & was so much fun. Happiness means amazing images. I have set up a secure online ordering system with a great range of products. Happy to take on a few more of these. Lovely, smiley work!

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:12:09 GMT
Beautiful sunset - gold glow Ok, so sunsets are photographed rather very often but there's a reason for this - they are beautiful things. I took this a few days ago on my way home from a walk, had to stop and shoot. Pretty pleased with the result indeed.

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:19:33 GMT
Fuji X-Pro1 I bought my l'il retro looking X-Pro1 a few weeks ago from WEX. The body was about £700 and the offer at that time included the 18mm F2 R and the 27mm F2.8 XF lenses which is £688 worth of free lenses! Think I'd have preferred something closer to 50mm rather than the 27mm but I'm not complaining.

I've used her quite a bit for my personal (non-commissioned) work and I really like. She fits in my handbag and is my 'go everywhere' camera which is something I can't do with my Nikon DSLR's.

Yup, she is a bit fiddly to get to grips with and ever so slightly quite quirky but you get used to that, she has personality.

Image quality is super fabbo, it's acceptable to the likes of Alamy (my stock library) which is important and something like the same as my D700.

The movie mode isn't something you can take seriously, as the extra weight of a DSLR is necessary for stability. Quality isn't all that but I bought this for a stills camera so its not an issue.

So, yeah, I'm happy :)


[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:47:35 GMT
iPhone again Following on from my last post about my fabulous new boots :) I thought I'd post again with an iPhone 5 image, which I think shows just how good the tiny little camera can be. This was taken in my back garden and is of the last, and possibly most perfect, rose of the year. It was a farily breezy day, light was starting to fade. I took several shots, with this one coming out best. I'm pretty impressed with the detail and colour and also most pleasantly surprised that it's pretty bang on sharp. Since then, I've been shooting with my new Fuji X-Pro1 which I am falling in love with.... I think... more to follow...

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:34:50 GMT
On & Off topic... I have to admit to having fallen in love with these boots. This image was taken with my iPhone and quickly edited which I think goes to show just how useable smartphone images have become. As always: NO FLASH. Flash will always kill a smartphone image unless you really, REALLY need to use it. Killer Snake Boots

[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:22:28 GMT
First post... gotta write something... I'm having some down-time right now so I'm not shooting that often and it's been bugging me that I haven't written anything yet. I've put that time to good use with designing this website and sorting out my winter wardrobe, the most bestest thing I think I bought this week is this coat which I just love love love. I almost can't wait until it's cold enough to wear. 


[email protected] (Lisa Marie Plevey) Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:40:34 GMT