My name is Stephen Weir; I've been a photographer for most of my adult life and working professionally for 15 years, although I've been taking photographs since the film days. I definitely subscribe to the idea that photography is an art form and a creative and compelling means of communication. It's also my passion to create a visual record which is substantial and lasting.
My tertiary qualifications are a BA with major in Information Technology and Communications. I've worked extensively in computer programming and web development for both the Corporate and Government sectors. I'm a contributor to Getty Images. As you can see, I've got lot's of amazing cameras and I'm a member of Nikon Professional Services.
This is what some of my clients say about me:
Everyone has a digital imaging device/s and about 99% of the population classify themselves as photographers. However there is a big difference between a snapshot and a photograph. Digital images are produced in the billions every day so it's clearly a challenge to create something that stands out and people will cherish. Something people will want to print and keep as a special memory of an emotion, a relationship or a significant event in their lives.
There is also a big difference between a mobile phone image and something taken by a high level professional DSLR and top quality lens. I know, I have the best mobile phone camera on the market and I wouldn't consider using it in a professional context to take images.
My D3s and D4, 24mm and 50mm Sigma Art lenses, Samsung Galaxy S9+
My Nikon Z6. This camera allows me to shoot silently during dramatic performances in an auditorium, during a wedding ceremony or in other situations where a camera shutter is intrusive. It also allows me to make 4k video clips.
Photography, as is the case in many fields, has it's specialties. Mine is to capture fast moving action on stage in often complex and challenging lighting environments. Even so, I have the equipment and technical know how to photograph weddings, real estate, musical concerts or sporting events.
Here is a piece about Stage Photography I wrote for Photography Life, one of the most prominent photography sites on the internet.
As a stage photographer, it's my passion to capture the dramatic moment when the performer is engrossed in their special moment in front of an audience. As such, I'm not working with a fixed set of studio lighting with predictable and repeatable results (although I have all that gear and can and do work with controlled lighting). The stage performances I photograph will push my state of the art camera systems to the absolute limit of what digital photography is capable of. The images will then often need extensive retouching to bring out their full potential.
Stage lighting can be so complex and colourful that generating a beautiful image becomes an increasingly technical challenge. That's why many of my shots require extensive retouching in software post production. I'm also offering this as a service within the product catalogues you will find on this website. For more personalized work or retouching of your own images call or email me. Prices are very reasonable. It's best if you can send me something 300DPI or original camera Raw files if possible.
Here is an example of the out of camera shot and my processing work to make that dull shot really sparkle!
I also love the timeless quality of monochrome. This is also part of the editing process
All my images are taken with top of the line professional equipment. Ultra High resolution shots are available for a modest fee in the digital download package you will find throughout this site. I would also humbly request that you refrain from making screen shots of my work. If I don't get paid, I can't do my job.
I'm a member of Nikon Professional Services and use Nikon professional cameras and lenses.
All images are taken in 14 bit RAW and highest quality jpeg.
Nikon D810 FX
Nikon D750 FX
Nikon Z6 Full Frame mirrorless / silent
Nikon 70-200 F2.8 VR2
Nikon 80-200 D F2.8
Nikon 28-105 D
Nikon 85mm F1.8
Nikon 135mm F2.8 Ai
Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art
Sigma 24mm F1.4 Art
Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art
Nikon 24-70 F2.8 G
Tokina 16-28 F2.8 wide angle
Tokina 11-16 F2.8 DX wide angle
Nikon 70-300 VR zoom
Nikon 18-200 DX VR zoom
Nikon 60mm 2.8 D Macro
Accessories and Studio Lighting:
Pocket wizard flash triggers
Manfrotto 303 plus Pano head
Godox Remote flash triggers
Images are backed up to three locations and post processed in Lightroom and Photoshop
Stephen Weir / firstname.lastname@example.org
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