Why professional headshots?

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Why professional headshots?

Why professional headshots?

Professional headshots are great if you:

· Already have a business or are about to start one. Headshots can be used on your website, business cards, in email signatures, newsletters, banners. They can help you to create your branding. After all, people always prefer to know who they are doing business with.

·  Are looking for a job and want to use it on social media;

·  Are interested in online dating and want to impress;

·  Need an update of an existing headshot. Faces and hairstyles change, so it is worth updating your headshots every few years to reflect this.

What’s wrong with using my own photos?

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. A photo that you have taken yourself will, quite simply, look like you’ve taken it yourself. Using your own camera, even if it’s a high-quality one, won’t allow you to capture that moment just before you laugh, or that glint in your eye as you talk about your passions.

The same goes for photographs that your friends take of you. Unless they are experienced photographers themselves, they will likely lack the skills and expertise that are necessary in order to convey your message.

A professional photographer, on the other hand, will use their expertise to capture your personality. They do this in the way they position you, and in what they say to you in order to evoke those warm, spontaneous expressions that make you look approachable and professional.

Their in-depth knowledge of lighting and composition, combined with high-quality equipment, that can be adjusted and controlled as the need arises, will capture you at your very best. These things just cannot be replaced by a home-made photo.

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“Onur is very personable and professional and the session was fun. I loved that I received the photos the same day and I now have a much more confident online presence” Alexandre Winkels – Cambridge University Lecturer

If you’re thinking about a headshot, you might want to consider a professional to do it for you. Why not having a look at my headshot gallery or Contact me for a free consultation.

How to take better pictures with your mobile?

How to take better pictures with your mobile?

How to take better pictures with your mobile?

You don’t really need to invest in a very expensive camera to take great pictures! Here are my top tips on how to take better pictures with your mobile.

I want to start my article with a quote by American Photographer Chase Jarvis. “the best camera is the one that’s with you”

Photographers (including myself) love to upgrade gear as much as they can. Buying a lens which is sharper, with a wider aperture, lighter, longer reach etc. But usually, professional camera equipment is heavier than compact or mirrorless cameras. Nowadays there are even full frame mirrorless cameras which are lighter than most of the DSLR’s. No surprises here they are rather expensive.

So, what we want is a lightweight camera, which takes good enough pictures and not too expensive! it sounds like our mobile phone camera would do the job if we know what we are doing and what we expect from it. Nowadays mobile phone cameras are extremely capable. Especially a lot of Apple iPhone and some high-end Android phones take fantastic pictures.

The composition is the key I love to see National Geographic photographers posting pictures taken by their mobiles. They never cease to amaze me indeed. At the end of the day, we need to remember camera is just a tool to capture what we see and helping us to tell our stories.

Get closer Mobile phone cameras take very good macro shots. If you want to capture a flower or a subject you are at the right place. Don’t think it will not be good enough quality. They let you get closer to subjects more than our expensive lenses unless you have a macro lens.

Mobile cameras are fast My favorite street photography tool is my iPhone. It is small, fast, invisible and always with me. You can frame and take your shot in less than a second. No camera can do that unless you are using like f11 and pre-focus!

Don’t zoom, don’t add a filter and don’t add fake blur Mobile phone cameras are great but it is good not to expect miracles. When you zoom you will have a horrible picture quality. It is a better idea to crop if you need closer pictures. You can edit your pictures instead of adding filters. Filters add too much grain, saturation, and colour to your images. Adjusting shadows, highlights, contrast, and brightness will make your pictures look great.

Why don’t you post your favourite photos taken by your mobile camera below and get my critique!

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Which colours look good together?

Which colours look good together? Life is colourful. We see colours every day in nature, we use them while choosing our outfit, painting our houses, are affected by them when buying products, looking at art, photographs, movies.

But which colours actually look good together?

The colour wheel

When white light is bent or refracted by a prism, or by water droplets to create a rainbow, it separates into a continuous gradation of colours. By making these colours into a circle, we get a colour wheel, which artists use as kind of map of the colour universe.

The first thing to notice is that the colour wheel can be sliced in half, separating warm and cool colours. Warm colours often remind us of energy and joy, while cool colours convey calmness and peace.

As we work our way in towards the centre of the wheel, we explore different tones of the same colour. (Any colour that is “greyed down” is considered a tone.) A mixture of tones can be used to convey complexity, subtlety, sophistication.

What the wheel misses is the addition of black and white:

Tints are colours with white added. Using a variety of tints often conveys a soft, youthful and soothing effect.
A shade is any colour with black added. Shades can be deep, powerful and mysterious.

It can be fun to play around with tones, tints and shades of the same colour. If you want to involve more colours, here are a few more ideas to match colours, based on the colour wheel.

Complementary colours are any two colours opposite each other on the wheel. (For example, blue and orange.) Such combinations create high contrast, so are best used when you want something to stand out. You might like to try one of the colours as the main background (or main part of your outfit) and add small accents of the other colour. You might also like to play around with different shades and tints of both of these colours.

Split complementary colours use three colours. The scheme takes one colour and matches it with the two colours adjacent to its complementary colour. (For example, blue, yellow-orange and red-orange.) This is often a nice scheme to use because there is a good contrast of colours, without the clash of the complementary colour.

Analogous colours are any three colours next to each other on the wheel. (For example, orange, yellow-orange, and yellow.) Try to focus on tints of analogous colours and avoid combining warm and cool colours in this scheme.

Triadic colours are any three colours that are equally apart on the colour wheel. For example, red, yellow and blue. The triadic scheme is high-contrast, but slightly more balanced than direct complementary colours. With this scheme, and schemes involving, even more, colours, it is best to let one colour dominate, and just have small accents of the other colours dotted around.

Choosing colours

You may already have a sense of the colours you want to use, depending on your mood, or the emotion you would like to convey. For example, you might pick bright colours if you’re feeling cheerful, or darker ones if you’re feeling sad. Or perhaps you might like to play around with the colour wheel or find inspiration in nature.

Most of all, when choosing colours, try not to overthink it. Just wear and surround yourself with the colours that you like.

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Editorial photography Cambridge

Editorial photography Cambridge

Editorial photography Cambridge

Recent commission to do some portraits for the Newyorker Magazine writer Anthony Lane.

Recently, Anthony Lane has contacted me for some headshots for his publicity. It was a real pleasure to work with him in my studio in Cambridge. He is a great film critic and he is well known for his photography articles. I really enjoyed having chat with him as a photographer.

Please get in touch for enquiries or free consultation!

A photoshoot with Trui Malten

A photoshoot with Trui Malten

Professional photographer in Cambridge

 First of all, I’m very excited to tell you about my recent photo shoot with Tui Malten. I met her when I was doing publicity shots for the Samuel Barber’s award-winning opera “Vanessa”. She was the lighting designer and I was very impressed by her talent immediately. After a couple of months, she called me and booked her photoshoot for some publicity and also, to use on her own website. I was very flattered by her calling me instead of any professional photographer in Cambridge.

On the day of the photoshoot, I was a bit nervous, to be honest. She is a lighting artist and I was praying she would like my lighting I make for her photos. Ironically she was a bit nervous too which I think very common for anyone having a photoshoot. But after a bit of chat, we both felt at our ease almost immediately.

She also made a comment that she finds booking a photoshoot is more difficult than booking an appointment with her dentist 🙂 I really value a good sense of humour and find it very helpful to connect on the day of photoshoot.

After 2 hours of photo shoot, we were both happy with the amounts of photos I took and started to choose our favourites with a cup of tea. She really knows what she likes as an artist and I gave her a hand to complete. Believe me, I have experienced that choosing the photos may take even longer than the photoshoot itself 🙂

Eventually, I am very happy with the photo shoot and more importantly, she is very happy with the results. She already recommended me to some of her friends and family which is very flattering. It was great, and productive day which made me very happy!

My photograph won an international award

My photograph won an international award

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My photograph won an international award

Last month, I have been to Istanbul to collect my prize for the International award that I won. 10000 people have submitted an Istanbul image and my picture has won the competition!I feel very proud and here is a picture of me with my print at the gallery.


Professional Photography Tips

Professional Photography Tips

I have been asked many times to write an article about professional photography tips. Now I found some time to share with you some important tips which I think will help you to be a better photographer.

I won’t give you too many technical details. We all know they are not everyone’s cup of tea and might be a bit boring. So here are some practical tips that you can put to use immediately. Enjoy!

  • Shoot RAW. This is probably the most important tip. When you shoot in Jpeg format you will loose quality when processing your photos. I know RAW files are big but storing data is much easier these days with online cloud storage facilities or affordable external discs.
  • Buy the best possible equipment you can afford and keep it. Upgrading equipment is addictive and costly in the end. So ask yourself if you merely fancy it or really need it. If you need a tele lens to shoot weddings from a distance, fair enough. But upgrading your lens for a bit more sharpness is probably not something that will make you a better photographer.
  • Lens sharpness is overrated! Almost every lens is sharp enough at f8 or f5.6, don’t spend thousands of pounds on a lens to shoot a bit sharper and contrasty at larger apertures.
  • Learn about light. Light makes photos. It is very easy to take great photos with natural light coming through the window. Never shoot portraits when the sun is bright without any fill light unless you are after a lot of sharp shadows.
  • Invest in professional lighting equipment. It is absolutely possible to take great photos with only one Speedlight. However, it is limiting when you need a stronger light source or would like to create more dramatic effects.
  • Buy a reflector! It is cheap and absolutely a necessary tool. If you buy a bigger size reflector you can also use it as a background.
  • Develop an interest in arts! It helps to visit an art gallery and observe what makes the artwork special. Seeing work of famous painters or photographers or just being mindful of great architecture will inspire you. I feel very lucky in Cambridge as I m surrounded by fantastic architecture and learnt a lot from it in terms of composition!
  • Simplicity is the key. Try not to put  unnecessary elements in your composition. It is distracting and easily avoidable with a bit of clever framing.
  • Learn how to use your camera effectively. Cameras are more capable than ever now. You can shoot at 12800 ISO and still get acceptable results. Learn how to compensate exposure and bracketing.
  • Don’t be lazy and leave too much to be corrected in Photoshop. Using a reflector is much easier to correct the light on your model’s face. Correcting in Photoshop is time-consuming. After all, time is money!
  • Always have your camera with you. You never know when you see something special and once it’s gone it’s gone. Life is impermanent!
Street photography tips

Street photography tips

Street photography is a lot of fun and challenging at the same time. Requires a bit of courage, a good eye for observation and some basic photography skills. It is not overly technical since street photography is capturing the moment, composition and technical perfections come second. Here are my street photography tips from my recent workshop.

Street photography is catching irregular, unusual, contrast, sometimes awkwardness

What we look for is catching a moment which is unusual. For example, someone smoking in front of the ” no smoking” sign. A very tall person walking along a very short person or twin brothers, sisters looking very similar. Simply a composition which is interesting to look at!

Tell stories

Telling stories might be the main goal of photography in general and holds its place at Street Photography as well. You need to be a good observer to tell stories with your photography. Seeing people expressing love or affection, love, kindness or generosity and capturing the moment in your composition will make it truly timeless.

Don’t take pics of homeless people

This is the first thing many street photographers do when they are new to street photography. It might look interesting to take pictures of homeless people but actually, we need to be a bit more creative than this. Also, they are not like to be photographed most of the time in my experience.

Make the picture rather than taking the picture

Making the picture means, setting the scene and your framing in your mind and waiting for the right person in the photograph to be in. I sometimes wait for the right person to be in the picture for more for quite a long time and wait is totally worthed! This is what Steve McCurry and Henry Cartier-Bresson did to create their masterpieces.


Equipment is usually taken care of too seriously at photography. It is a fact that high-end fast gear is helpful but it is very easy to take great pictures with your mobile camera these days. Also, being invisible is very easy with a mobile. When you point your camera with a Tele-zoom to someone you will be noticed which is not wanted at street photography. light! Using shadows to create drama and artistic approach.

Light and using shadows

Light makes the photography obviously! We can also use strong shadows when the sun is on top, around noon time to make our composition stand out.

What is your favourite street photography tip? Share below with other fellow photographers!