Softboxs

Softboxs – I love them, but one thing I`ve started getting excited over is the size and closeness of the box in relation to the subject.

I`ve recently invested in a much smaller softbox, that held closer to the subject gives a really beautiful light ( we all know that the closer the light to the subject is the softer the light ), roughly the same as a larger softbox, but I`m able to get the softbox out of the frame and this gives me more angle choices.

Try it – you may love it.

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Manfrotto workshops

Sorry for the delay in getting new material up online – Big news s taht I`ve been picked up by a PR agent so we`ve been spending alot of our time in meetings, brainstorming sessions – and of course shooting!

That said theres always time for learning so I`m going to recommend that if people dont already do, check oyt the fee Manfrotto webinars every week. There FREE! and excellent, I`ve just sat through an hour long Joe McNally workshop – FOR FREE!!! These two images were created a few years ago using strobist techniques ( now refined after the workshop! )

He`s my strobist god, so love this way of interacting and learning! Check it out!

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Swimwear shoot

Ok, so its pretty great being a jetset photographer – even more so when its raining and grey here when I`m just about to jet off to malaga, Spain to shoot some swimwear with the fabulous Mya Blue Beach!

Its a tricky shoot so its strobist gear ( remote triggers / softbox / bowls w/ grids / gels ) and fast lens ( 24mm / 50mm / 85mm ) with reflectors all the way. My first and prefered technique is to underexpose and use the softbox as a fill flash to get that dynamic punchy look i`m known for. However given the about of light that will be bouncing around out there, this may not be easy to do – simply because of the low flash sync speed.

So fast lens, swallow depth of field with reflectors it is – Ideally I`d like to produce a body of work that uses both techniques so the work has a different tone and depth – but who knows eh?

Here`s the gear – before it gets loaded into Lowepro pro rollers.

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Busy – But cant show you any photos!

Whatcha think of our recent 69Degrees cover and fashion piece? Its odd, but we love it! We wanted a real energy and playfulness to the images, and its so vibrant that we love it!

We`re so busy here ( the lovely weather caused a scrabble in people booking shoots for Spring/summer 2013 collections ) and we`ve been involved in shoots as varied as food photography for a muscle meat company, some corporate advertising for the mighty Leicester City Football club, and some enviromental portraiture with the lovely and extremely talented Tim Harrison of Voice.

Great work yes, but frustrating as we cant show it yet!!

I`ve recently invested in a set of Canon L series prime lens ( no more zooms for me ) as well as some very cool and sexy Lowepro harness and kit to carry everything in. Its great as I feel I was getting lazy using zooms, now my approach is much more considered regarding focal distance and more importantly barrel distortion.

I`d advise any photographer looking to evolve their approach to ditch the zooms – it`s difficult, but its worth it. Don`t forget as well that primes are often F1.4 ( super fadt ) so you can shoot with natural light ( and whole other kettle of fish! ).

Exciting times, but scary. Paying off though, our exhibitions are getting great press, we`re being published ( semi ) regularly and the most important thing is we`re loving our photography.

 

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Berlin Video

Ok, so here`s a quick video I made of me and my teams adventures last month when we were shooting in Berlin for the second time this year.

Earlier this year we were there shooting for the Vans shoe company, and loved it, but I must say that going back and shooting in the spring reveals so much more about the city.

Derelict buildings and foreboding architecture collides with modern western influences in this amazing city. Take a view of the video and you`ll see for yourselves!

http://video214.com/play/xUpxN14efDAvlFgFQ1nJiw/s/dark – just copy and paste into your browser.

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Berlin – April 2012

Just got back from Berlin – amazing city, easily as photographic as Rome ( where I was just last week ) if not more so. as a city it just doesnt know what it wants to be – or even what it is. Will upload more images soon – for now here`s a teaser that doesnt show anything of the city.

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VSCO presets

OK, so we all remember using film right? Do you look back at those times with whimsy, romantically talking about tone and grain, wishing digital wasnt so “digital”?

 

If so you should definately give these lightroom pre-sets a look see – 12 film types from kodak to Fuji, lovingly set up to resemble those film types that we all loved! The image above was hit with the Kodak Tri x 400iso ( a film I loved, my fav B+W film by far, though the Ilford SP400 was pretty sweet in low contrast shots ). No Fuji velvia preset yet ( this was always in my cameras, the colours of this slide film were just literally to die for! ), but the company have assured me that its due for release soon. Given its 50iso rating, i`m really excited to see that!

The above image was created using the Kodak porta 800 film type – very creamy highlights – yum yum. I personally dont miss film at all, I hated it – difficult, expense, time consuming and it simply doesnt work now given the pace at which this industry runs at. As a working photographer, give me digital any day – as long as I`ve got these pre-sets to play with i`m happy with that!

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Rome – Video

Hey all, here`s a short Animoto video of our Rome adventure – http://animoto.com/play/mJgWMY83y83C4OnPZD3HDg – I feel that it showcases how amazing the city is, and I shot it specifically in a more candid way to get away from the traditional “holiday snaps” – let me know what you think, have I captured the feel of the city, and more importantly of our adventure?

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Roma Photos

Ok, so Rome ( or Roma ) is awesome. Photographically speaking its a city thar demands to be explored and enjoyed by photographers. I shot so much great stuff, its hard to narrow them down to a few favourites but I`ve tried!

Simply put, you cannot go wrong photographically in this city! I`ll upload a short animoto slideshow next week so people can see a more varied collection, though be sure to let me know what you think…

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Rome Trip

Off to Rome tomorrow (6th March 2012) until Friday shooting, so very excited about that. Will be using my beloved Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 for all of my walking about and general tourist photography, as its fixed 20mm F1.8 lens is amazing, and the whole thing fits in my pocket!

Digital tech is great, but its just unrealistic to take my Canon SLR`s with 70-200m Lenses out for a sightseeing trip. I`d love to, but aside from the obvious security issues, they’re so heavy! I now use black rapid straps to make the weight lesser over my shoulders, and they help alot (as well as have funky pouchs for memory cards etc) but “bridge” cameras like the Lumix are awesome. Definitely a must for any photographers kitbag.

These images were taken on a recent trip to Mexico – great aren’t they? I’ll be putting some Rome shots on here next week, so check back then!

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