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How Going Old School With Vintage Lenses Taught Me To Be a Better Photographer - by Mr Twig

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How Going Old School With Vintage Lenses Taught Me To Be a Better Photographer - by Mr Twig

If you’re a regular here at The Branch then you will recognise one of our most used taglines ‘Iconic Vintage Photography.’ But what does this mean? Well, our images have always had a nostalgic look and feel to them - that’s one of our main USPs. In the early days this was created more so in post production using filters or ‘presets’ but, over the last 18 months or so, we’ve begun to develop a more subtle retro vibe created predominantly in camera, using actual old film lenses. 

Old school lenses can be adapted for use on modern digital cameras and the results have gotten us hooked. These tiny pieces of glass, some now more than 60 years old, create an authentic vintage look with built-in bokeh and vignette that is just extraordinary. 

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Mr & Mrs Webb's Shropshire Vintage Wedding at The Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury

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Mr & Mrs Webb's Shropshire Vintage Wedding at The Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury

What do you do when the bride & groom’s vintage bus breaks down on the way to their portrait session? You take a cue from Oasis and just roll with it - capturing some utterly awesome and unique shots at the roadside, whilst simultaneously thinking about the fun you’ll have coming up with an appropriate song choice for the highlights reel!

10 points to Gryffindor if anyone can guess what classic transport-related tune might accompany this selection of images from Jonathan & Coleen’s wedding day?!

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Taking a Cue from Electric Sheep: The Rising Tide of the Printed Image in a Digital World - by Mrs Twig

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Taking a Cue from Electric Sheep: The Rising Tide of the Printed Image in a Digital World - by Mrs Twig

With our iconic vintage-meets-avant-garde photography style, we are firmly rooted with one foot either side of the past and present. When it comes to choosing products for your wedding photography, we offer two choices set just as parallel in the form of printed albums and digital files. 

Just a few years ago, the latter was the top choice amongst a wired generation. It had become the norm for images to languish on our phones and society seemed, in general, to have forgotten the the power of a physical photograph.

But, over the course of the last 18 months or so, and to the delight of photographers up and down the land, we’ve noticed a distinct shift back towards the printed image and, more specifically, photo albums. It seems more and more of us are taking a cue from Ridley Scott’s replicants and we are recognising the importance of tangible photographs once again (for those who don’t appreciate the sci-fi references, don’t worry, they are few and far between!)

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