Mike Hall with his favourites from the Shed Gallery

Mike Hall – Defiance

Defiance by Mike Hall

Defiance by Mike Hall

Artist of the week Mike Hall with a selection of his favorite images from the Shed Gallery:

John Fanning – 62 Seconds at Weston

62 Seconds at Weston by John Fanning

62 Seconds at Weston by John Fanning

I am a fan of long exposure shots, as they are not easy to do, and the slightest movement can spoil them, so you have to be careful. The perspective, and lovely use of gradient filter here gives a real depth to it.
3 Trees – Jo Stephen

3 trees by Jo Stephen

3 trees by Jo Stephen

I really loved this. The trees are well placed, and work really well in the shot, with some reflection, but the shot is dream like, with beautiful depth of colour.

Calm – Sian Tyrell

Calm by Sian Tyrrell

Calm by Sian Tyrrell

This shot spoke to me due to its simplicity. It’s got great execution, the horizon is dead level, but the colour across the shot is really nice. I would like to take this shot myself.

Cnuic na Braclach – Chris White

Cnuic na Braclach by Chris White

Cnuic na Braclach by Chris White

As landscape shots go, this one really spoke to me. The foregrounding of the rocks works really well. It adds lovely depth of field, and the clouds and light are magnificent in such rugged territory.

Frozen Fence on Y Garn 2 – Robin Shaw 

Frozen Fence on Y Garn 2 by Robin Shaw

Frozen Fence on Y Garn 2 by Robin Shaw

A lovely winter shot, with great use of the light hitting the frozen fence. The sunlight is lovely, and the perspective of the image works really well. Beautiful.

Artist of the Week: Mike Hall

What first drew you to photography?


My uncle and father are both keen photographers and when I was very small, my uncle would take pictures of me and super impose me onto Christmas cards and things like that. I’ve always been interested from a very small age. I have a copy of the Christmas card from when I was two!

Monte Carlo or Bust! by Mike Hall

Monte Carlo or Bust! by Mike Hall

What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?

The first time someone said to me that a shot of mine really spoke to them was a shot I took in London, the night of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. I was in Trafalgar Square with my camera, with press crews everywhere. The shot I took of people standing with their pencils in the air had such defiance to it. It’s one of my all time favourites.

Who is your favourite photographer, and why?

Gregory Nolan – he’s a photographer based out on the west coast of the US. He’s a music photographer, and tours with bands like Bastille. His work is amazing, and now he also covers not for profit organisations too. He’s a fantastic photographer and friend.

Money Shot by Mike Hall

Money Shot by Mike Hall

What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?

Well, I’d say you can never have an ideal camera, because there’s always a new one around the corner! I love my Olympus EM-5 mkii though. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s small, light, and packs a punch. And it has surprised a lot of people with full frames about how capable it is.

Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.

I love the diversity. I did a Photo 365 project last year which really pushed me. I had to find a shot every day, rain or shine. Sometimes that was easier than others. Recently, I’ve shot music festivals, charity events, even portraits of celebrities such as Kate Adie and Loyd Grossman. All different, all fun.

Gathering Storm by Mike Hall

Gathering Storm by Mike Hall

Do you have bursts of creativity – and when/where are you most creative?

Yes, I do have bursts of creativity and really, it depends on how busy I am with everything else. I was on holiday in France and had the opportunity to see different things and go to unexpected places. It relit the pilot light. I got some great shots!
What are the most important elements of a successful photo?

It very much depends on what you’re after, but obviously, focus, light, a clear sense of purpose are important. The rule of thirds works well for many shots and I try to compose images which have a strong flow to them.
Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else’s, and please send us a copy/link from their website if you have can!

I’ll throw in one of my own. It’s called Defiance, which I mentioned earlier.

How do you spend a creative day?

I am either shooting or editing, sometimes both. I start with black coffee, some toast probably, some music to suit my mood and when I am editing, I will quickly sort images – duds to maybes to ones I am definite about . I’ll work on ones I can make amazing, and come back to others I am not sure about. Then I’ll wander into town, get some air and come back to it a while later.

Big Bee by Mike Hall

Big Bee by Mike Hall

Over in an INSTANT.

Well, wow! What an amazing exhibition! However there’s no time to relax and bask in our sales its time to push on and make the most of the momentum and potential clients looking at the site, measuring up for that space they’ve now decided that needs a piece of artwork, searching for that perfect piece!

Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography

Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography

SOLD AT INSTANT: Cobb long exposure by Benjitas Photography
Here is an example of the kind of email we receive. If you have any images that fit this enquiry then please upload to your profile and let me know once you have done so.

Dear Chelsea,

You may remember last Saturday at the Malthouse Gallery we discussed some possibilities for displaying artwork in my micropub in Bridport. Thanks for taking time to chat regarding the various options. I’m interested in:

– Local seascapes and landscapes
– Fishing harbours/villages
– Historical prints of Bridport and West Bay. I would love to have a few permanent pieces showing activity in the town from years ago. Black and white. Rope/net making, markets other industry etc
– Farming in Dorset/over the ages/ rare breeds (Dorset horn sheep etc)
– Finally, any work whatsoever you may have showing beer brewing and cider making throughout the ages.

As part of our service we deal with these requests, print and install on your behalf.

Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

SOLD AT INSTANT: Fly Me To The Moon by Guy Kirkham

If you haven’t read then please do read our blog on ‘The Golden Rules of Selling your work’.  This is especially important to our most recent sign ups. So while we deal with your orders that have come through online or from house visits it is imperative you make sure of the following lessons we’ve learned:

  • Check all spelling the Cobb has two b’s and many times I’ve missed including an image for a potential client that I’ve come across later because when I typed in the key word ‘Cobb’  into the search bar (for example) it didn’t come up.
Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

SOLD AT INSTANT: Opium poppy by Jo Stephen

  • Tag and Title you know, I know, Corfe Castle is in Dorset, but does the German tourist who came into the exhibition know? Have as many as you like but be imaginative! Complete descriptions are incredibly important as are individual titles, its very hard for me to know which Corfe Castle a client likes if all 15 are titled the same. I recognise it can be laborious but it is absolutely essential.
  • 15 images per portfolio people get tired scrolling through multiple images and its hard to keep track of which image did catch your eye when scrolling through if there are any more.
  • Call to action tell everyone as many times as you can about your sales, which ones they were, why you chose it, what size sold, how affordable and efficient the process is, why you think your future client would want it themselves. Copy the URL and email your latest additions to your portfolios. Ask peoples’ opinion, do they like it and why! Start a conversation, get the public involved in your work. I always ask someone who comes in ‘Has something caught your eye?’ even if they are not looking to buy because they may be persuaded to later or just sew that seed of interest. It can’t hurt!
Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

SOLD AT INSTANT: Durdle Door sunburst by Shaun Jacobs

Many of you have asked for more exhibitions. We are more than happy to find venues and work in tandem for more events so get in touch with your proposals!

Once again, these shows are only ever as successful as they are because of your hard work and talent. Well done to everyone involved!

Chelsea and Ben.