Getting models, photographers and makeup artists in the studio at Halloween is a great mixture to create something a bit different. The MUA did incredible work body painting the models, and with minimal lighting we captured very moody images.
This set of images was from a recent street photoshoot in the city of Leicester on a very warm Sunday afternoon in the middle of the 2018 Summer heatwave. I love using urban areas in cities because of the wide range of backdrops that can be used – walls, doorways, factory entrances etc. I use my small speedlights to mix artificial lighting with natural lighting to provide a dynamic looking image. The side streets of a city are generally quiet on a weekend afternoon, so we can get on with creating a great set of images without too much interest from passers-by. It is a great way to capture fashion and portrait images with a little difference.
I had the great pleasure of photographing Sharon Tembo in the studio recently in preparation for the releasen of her debut single ‘Running’.
Sharon is great fun to work with and we captured a fantastic set of images from the shoot. We worked through a variety of backgrounds and lighting setups in the studio to give Sharon a great set of images to choose from.
Wishing Sharon the very best to succeed in her career path.
I am not a frequenter of gyms – in fact I think the last time I had a gym session was over 20 years ago – but I was excited to spend a couple of hours at The Warehouse Gym in Leicester to shoot Kate for a commission.
There are plenty of photo opportunities around a gym, from the apparatus to textured walls and floors. We ended up only using a small part of the gym, and the time flew by, meaning that I would love to get back in there to try out some more ideas in other parts of the gym.
All images shot with the Fuji X-Pro1 and 35mm lens, using Bowens lighting powered with the TravelPak. Modifiers included a gridded beauty dish and stripbox.
A recent trip to London gave me the opportunity to get out onto the streets at night to test the low-light capability of my X-Pro1. London is such a busy place that there is always something going on at every corner, and I have found the best technique for me is to stop and observe for a while out of the way of everyone before taking a shot. The combination of a rich sky at dusk and lighting from buildings and vehicles can really make an image pop.
A London red bus and pedicab competing for customers and road space.
There are some great colours from lit buildings, and the contrast of the colours deepens as the ambient lights falls. Cool Britannia with cool lighting.
Even with urban landscapes, I still prefer to have people in my photos to maintain the sense of living.
London is full of graphic imagery and signs, all competing for your attention.
Amongst the hurly burly of the city, this type of scene can be captured easily without drawing attention to yourself.
A quickly grabbed shot of a pedicab. The X-Pro1 did a fantastic job of coping with a mix of Neon lighting from nearby shop fronts.
Shops for the tourists. On every street….and the ubiquitous black cab.
I spent a few hours last weekend testing out some new lighting setups with the wonderful model Nicole who I have worked with previously.
We had a great big room to use so we could really spread out and go to town on the lighting. The image above was one of my favourite from the session, and was a simple one light setup with a gridded beauty dish to control the light spill. This particular setup can be created in a very small room, including a living room in a home.
Second image is the same location and same background, but lit with multiple lights to give a completely different look. this lighting really makes Nicole’s skin glow.
This last image had a subtle change to the lighting to create a completely different look to the previous image.
A great session completed, and I am really looking forward to trying these lighting setups in photoshoots over the coming weeks.
I spent last weekend booked into The Aviator in Farnborough for a busy working weekend. The Aviator is a fantastic hotel located right on the perimeter road of Farnborugh Airfield (hence the name I guess). The hotel is most definately avaition related which was great for me as a one time aviator and follower of all things aviation related. With subdued but funky lighting throughout the hotel it was a treat to be staying there. The hotel would make a great venue for a fashion shoot. Maybe one day. I managed to grab some photos using my trusty Sony Ericsson phone at an oh-so early o’clock.