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SnapChatMapSnapchat has recently introduced a new map feature, that lets users track other people’s location in real time.  The feature is enabled by default, raising concerns among safety-concious people worldwide.  As a parent, this causes huge concern in terms of stalking and bullying.  The map, which uses GPS technology to pinpoint your location, will allow your friends to see exactly where you are at any given time.  It is worth mentioning that the feature can be disabled, and we would certainly recommend it!  Just go to the Snap Map homepage and in the top right hand corner you will see a cog or the usual setting symbol. In order to change your location sharing setting you can click on this and then switch on "Ghost Mode".

Police have already raised concerns, as have Childnet International, who said “Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person,”

So our advice to parents: If your children use SnapChat, enable Ghost Mode for them, and explain the potential consequences of people knowing where they are at all times.  Keep them safe on Social Media


TateStudio Project 365

Project365 smallI am using 2017 as an excuse to embark on a new project.  Project 365 involves taking one photograph every day and publishing it. It's a project that anybody can do, and it's something I would recommend, for a few reasons.  Anybody that knows me will tell you that my memory is at best, shocking.  If it's not in my diary, it didnt happen!  Taking one photo a day, for a year will help me to remember all kinds of memories for the past 12 months!  Also, there is a hope that by doing regular photography, it will keep me in practice and it should enable me to enhance my skills that I can use for big events etc.

So that's the introduction to what I'm up to, if you would like to keep up with my Project 365, I will be uploading daily to my Instagram feed.  Please feel free to contact me with feedback, questions, suggestions etc!


jessicamaloneTateStudio are working with Jessica Malone to bring a fresh new website to support her new career.  Jessica is a grade 8 distinction classically trained singer based in Cheshire, North West of England. Jessica is already regarded as one of Cheshire's most talented and professional wedding singers. With her versatile and extensive song list from pop to jazz to classical she is sure to create the right atmosphere for your Cheshire based wedding.

Jessica's impressive vocal range and ability enables her to perform all sorts of genres and styles of songs on your big day. If you have any specific song requests she will be sure to tailor your wedding singing entertainment package to your needs.

Jessica can perform throughout any part of your wedding whether it be during the wedding ceremony, wedding breakfast , reception drinks and canapés, first dance, announcement of the bride and groom into the room or simply easy listening evening entertainment before the DJ arrives to create an ambient atmosphere for your guests.

Along with wedding singing Jessica is also able to provide her entertainment packages at corporate events, birthdays, christenings, baby showers etc...basically Jessica can lend her singing abilities to any special occasion which is in need of an atmospheric, classy and well polished entertainment.

Some of the biggest venues that Jessica has performed at include St Georges Hall (Liverpool), The Empire Theatre (Liverpool) and The Hilton Hotel (Manchester).

If you would like to discuss hiring Jessica for one of your events then please head to her website for more information.


UWCBLogoTateStudio: Now a regular and seasoned part of the photography team for Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) events in the UK.  The team are raising money for Cancer Research UK by providing the opportunity for amateurs to get 8 weeks of free training, and put themselves through their paces against an opponent of a similar caliber.  It's an honour to be a part of an incredible group of people, who, at the time of writing, have donated over £3.5million to charity.  

Cancer Research UK.svgWe have a great group of photographers, led by Matt Cox, that work tirelessly up and down the country each weekend.  I can safely say that we all love our job!  That being said, this job is not an easy one!  I wish I could say that when I do these events, I planned everything out perfectly and positioned the fighters exactly where I wanted them, but it just doesn’t work that way. There are so many variables that are within my control.

First and foremost, you have to get your exposure right. This is a very easy task, but one that people somehow still mess up frequently. Our boxing venues have very inconsistent lighting schemes.  I know, however, before I walk into the arena on fight day roughly what I’m going to set my camera to before I even fire a shot.  I can usually count on the following being my settings for the night, within about 1/3 of a stop over or under – ISO 3200, 1/500s, f2.8.  I set all of my cameras to this exact setting at the start of the night, and tweak from there depending on the venue.

uwcb pic 001The assignments always require us to shoot every fight.  I sometimes wish it could be like pro boxing where people only really care about the main event or the last couple fights.  It's likely to take you some time to get your timing right and figure out any focusing issues throughout the night.  This is where it would help to have a number of preliminary fights before the “important” fights, but not on the UWCB fight nights!

You need to quickly learn the actions of the fighters in each fight.  There are three two-minute rounds in each bout and that's if they go the distance.  You need to settle into each fight quickly and work out how each of the fighters likes to box.  I find that if one fighter is dominant for a time, I tend to set my focus point on them and wait for them to throw something.  Unless of course they were turned away from me, then I would follow their opponent for those few moments.  I would then set my sights on the opponent to get images of them afterwards.

Another key to getting your photography right, is the distance.  I need to choose when to my 70-200mm lens, my 24-105mm lens, or the wide angle lens for each situation.  I tend to shoot more wide angle shots than anything else, and crop the images in post.  This does limit me when the boxers are on the opposite side of the ring, but I guess that's when i get my running shoes on and get around there to follow the action! The wide angle lens is also ideal for the ringside shots of the decisions at the end of the fight.  I use the long lens to capture audience reactions and candid shots throughout the fights.  I use the 24-105mm lens for those well-lit venues that allow me to use it instead of the wide angle to capture most of my images.

Every photographer is different.  Every event we do is different, but we get some incredible results, worthy of such a great charity.  These are just my settings, my methods and my opinions.  I'm just made up to be a part of it!



TateStudio is proud to be sponsoring Ruby Hill in her campaign to take over the Beauty Pageant world.  Ruby was crowned Miss Teen North West 2016 in the Dream Street pageant last weekend and will be competing in August for the UK title.  Ruby is also competing this weekend as Junior Miss Cheshire Galaxy 2016 in Galaxy Pageants against girls from all over the UK to win the National title.  If Ruby is successful on Saturday she will move on to compete with the rest of the world in Florida USA.  Ruby is only 12 years of age and has only competed in 3 pageants so it is an amazing achievement to hold 2 regional titles already at this stage in her Pageant career, and she is determined to win a National Crown so watch this space for updates this weekend.


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