A photoshoot at my local Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome took advantage of the last of the summer sun for 2018 with glorious weather at a fantastic venue packed full of old aircraft. Bruntingthorpe is a family run business on a big scale, with the ex RAF base being used for storing of old military aircraft and a vehicle fast track proving ground.
We had the run of some areas of the site away from other activities, and with a group of photographers and models, we used the day to capture a unique set of images. It was fantastic fun, and with my Bowens lighting heads and Travelpak triggered by PocketWizards and Nikon D800 I was very pleased with the resultant set of images.
A recent commission for a family portrait photoshoot in the client’s home proved to me how versatile a couple of Bowens lights and a grey paper background can be. Space was tight, which meant positioning of lights was limited, but a gridded beauty dish and strip box for fill allowed me to control the lighting sufficiently well to maintain contrast and produce my favourite style of portraiture.
Shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm and 56mm lens. Lit with Bowens Gemini 500R monolights.
I did my second shoot with model Grace this week, trying out a few new lighting setups in the Leicester studio. Image above was shot against a bright red brick background which looked much better in black and white for this particular shot. Lit with a single Bowens head through a gridded beauty dish, my favourite lighting accessory.
I love the one-on-one focus and interraction with an individual photoshoot. It allows me time to get to know the client a bit more than I would with a small group family photoshoot.
I had the pleasure of recently photographing the same client in two different environments – the first in a lovely local park for an environmental photoshoot, and then again a couple of weeks later in the studio to create more dramatic imagery, which can only really be created in the studio where full control of lighting is possible.
1st image is from the studio photoshoot, lit with a single Bowens head through a gridded beauty dish.
2nd image is from the environmental photoshoot, lit with a single Bowens head through a brolly, powered by a TravelPak.
I have just taken delivery of a pair of Bowens (http://www.bowens.co.uk/) Esprit 500DX studio lights (monoblocs) for my event photography work (http://www.event-pics.co.uk/). We have been renting 2 pairs of lights for every event, which whilst not too expensive for each event, over time the costs soon mount up as we have got busier and busier. It made much more sense for us to invest in lighting now, and we went for the Bowens without any hesitation and purchased 2 pairs.