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EXPERTISE
Celebrity & Showbusiness
Photography & Cinematography
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
At the age of 16 Paul Howard started 4-year “Tool making ” apprenticeship back in 1972 but in 1983 a hobby changed his life. That of photography. 36 years on he has had published, photographs and stories in national and local newspapers some being on the front page of both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers also magazines. Paul has photographed over 500 weddings.
Living through the digital revolution in the photography world. He has had to keep up with the changes, which altered his working methods drastically. Before, he developed, printed and then delivered news photographs by hand, he now just downloads to his computer, edits, captions, then emails the images off to as many clients as he has on his data base, taking only minutes.

For over a decade, Paul has been entertaining and educating organisations around Northamptonshire and has been Guest Speaker on many cruises which has lead to letters and emails from the passengers thanking him for his easy to understand talks. On most cruises Paul goes the extra "nautical mile!" and produces slideshows at the various ports of call to demonstrate the techniques he has shown in his previous talks.

Being self taught, he knows how to put across his teaching skills in a very down to earth way that appeals to those that aren't technically minded, but also the serious amateur won't be disappointed. If needed, Paul can take small groups around the ship showing how different photographic techniques can be employed if time allows.


TALK TITLES
1. How I started a 36-year career as a freelance Photographer
How a hobby became a career and some of the celebrities & personalities and royalty, I have photographed and the background behind some national front-page photos.

2. What type of Digital camera suits you?
Explain to those who wanted to buy (or upgrade) a digital camera or have just been given one, in very simple terms the pro’s and con’s of owning one of the new series of today’s digital cameras.
What is on the inside of the new digital cameras. Various methods of holding a camera so as to get good results, and finally, show ways around buying expensive equipment by "doing it yourself" techniques.

3. Why take your camera off “Auto”?
Explain what all the settings on modern day digital cameras mean and why and when you would want to use them. Seeing examples of what effect different settings have on a scene.

4. Composition.
Show what the rule of thirds means to a photo and when to break it! When to use flash, or reflectors, look at ways of taking a photo from the same position but making totally different scenes by changing the angle of view and other tips.

5. Using free simple software, show how to enhance your photos.
Using a free program that anyone can download from the internet, show how simple photo editing can be achieved by just a few clicks of the mouse.

6. Making a slideshow from your photos plus other free useful apps.
Still using the same free simple software, I can show you how to make a slideshow. Also I will demonstrate a few more apps for your tablet or phone

7. Using basic Adobe Photoshop show how to alter your photographs.
Using Adobe Photoshop show how to clone out unwanted bits of your photo, replace dull sky’s, crop photos to different sizes, show how to “open eyes”, change colours and other tips on improving your photos.

8. The story behind the story.
Showing what lead up to a news story that I had published in either a local or national newspaper or magazine. Some sad some funny, and some that you’d never think would make news but did!

9. What can go wrong at weddings…or after!
Paul has photographed more than 500 weddings over the past 35 years, and he tells (using Powerpoint slides) the story behind some of the wedding upsets, cars breaking down, and unusual weddings venues he's encountered.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Over the past 10+ years I have had the privilege to be the "guest speaker" on various cruise ships and while there I have presented PowerPoint talks and slideshows, on the subject that touches everyone, be they beginners or seasoned amateur photographers.
I shed light on how they can look at subjects from different viewpoints and how to enhance what they have already taken. I have be fortunate to have received many emails from past guests complimenting me on how simply and easily I put across to them the pleasures of photography.
It's not only cameras these days that people take photos with, so demonstrate how to get the best out of "tablets and mobile phones". Also I can take limited size groups around the ship showing them “hands on” demonstrations.
ADDITIONAL RELEVANT INFORMATION
Over the years as a Cruise Ship Guest Speaker I have gained a large library of photographs from different ports of call. I can use these to demonstrate some of the techniques that I talk about, which helps the guests relate to where they are going or where they have just been.This sometime helps when they are deciding to book "shore excursions".
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Braemar M1920 Norwegian Fjords 8 Southampton Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Balmoral L1909 Best of the Fjords 7 Newcastle Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Balmoral L1839 Canaries at Christmas 15 Southampton Friday, December 21, 2018
Braemar M1815 Arctic Russia and Northern Norway 16 Southampton Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Balmoral M1805 Caribbean and Tropic of Cancer 16 Bridgetown Thursday, March 1, 2018
Boudicca D1718 Exploring the Fjords of Greenland 14 Liverpool Monday, August 14, 2017
Black Watch W1702 World Cruise Sector 12 Southampton Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Balmoral L1617 Baltic Capitals & Stockholm Archipelago 13 Newcastle Saturday, July 30, 2016
Braemar M1521 Iceland & Norwegian Fjords 14 Dover Saturday, July 18, 2015