New Forest Shoot

This April, I begun an exciting new project. As part of this project, I needed to have photographs to pitch to a client for a brand new clothing range.

Alongside this, I designed a brochure to be used as a selling point for the fashion. I stuck with a simple and elegant design that complimented the brand and style of clothing to be featured. Please however note that the mentioned “Quentin & Co.” is purely made up and any relation to real world companies is purely coincidental! Please also note that this is a demonstration, therefore it contains little to no text based content, purely “Lorem Ipsum”  dummy text. Have a look at the brochure here

Otherwise, enjoy some mockups here.

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Take a look at the full gallery produced below.

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Vicki In December

In late December 2017 I had the pleasure to go on a shoot with Vicki Wentworth-Brown. This shoot was my first portrait-only set and it was the perfect opportunity to test out the Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4.

The location of choice was Upton Country Park in Poole, Dorset, UK. I chose this location due to the beautiful colours and textures around the park at this time of year.

The Carl Zeiss Otus 85mm performed wonderfully on this shoot, however I found it a little slow to work with at times on the shoot. With manual focus only, some shots take quite a lot of patience from myself shooting and the model.

Take a look at the gallery from the shoot below. I look forward to shooting more portraits in the near future and trying new and creative techniques.

Shot on the Canon 5DS using Zeiss Otus 85mm F1.4 & Zeiss Otus 28mm F1.4 lenses.

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Throughout the year I like to visit RSPB Arne to capture photographs of the landscapes and wildlife. Arne is a very unusual and special area where there are vast areas of open heathland, lots of dense oak woodland and even coastal marshlands.

All year round there is an abundance of wildlife at RSPB Arne and I’m always on the lookout. My favourite thing to capture at Arne are the famous Sika deer which roam free around the reserve all year round. In October/ November, the Sika deer rutting season is at its peak.

Here are a few of the photographs I have captured throughout 2017 at RSPB Arne.

All photographs are available for purchase. Please get in touch for more information and pricing.

All images © Phil Challands. All rights reserved


Red Roses

Photographers and film makers are constantly praising their 50mm lenses. I thought id take a look at what they are all so excited about. I picked up a Canon 50mm lens, put it on a Canon 5D MK III & a Canon 1D MK II and took it out for a spin. Simply looking through the viewfinder I could already see why people loved these lenses.

My first shot through a 50mm was of a rose growing in my garden, i sprayed some water onto its petals and then got to work on shooting it. The shallow Depth of field produced by the amazingly wide aperture gave the image a lovely depth.

The second shoot was of Crook the dog, a very excited and energetic dog indeed. This shoot was a perfect test of the autofocus speed and also detail in the glass. The lens performed well in fast moving shots but shone out in the few moments that Crook stayed still.

The third shoot was a very relaxed walk in Wareham. The lens was nice and light to carry around on the walk and through the fields. I noticed that when the aperture was wide open at F1.8 there was some chromatic aberration and loss of sharpening around the edges. This is an easy fix in post.

See for yourself how a 50mm performs in the gallery below;


Side By Side

A photo shoot with a stunning side by side Westley Richards shotgun.

This shoot was to produce multiple high resolution photographs for use as a backdrop for multiple advertising campaigns both in print and digital media.

The images from this shoot were used in multiple advertising campaigns for The Great British Shooting Show, and was featured on the front cover of their 2016 show guide.

Read the show guide here


I see guns as pieces of art and tools for sport, not weapons for killing.

Shot on the Canon 5D Mk3