I recently got to work with an amazing model to create some portfolio images for her – we decide to meet in the New Forest and at the worst time of day possible – midday in June, when the weather was lovely and sunny. For me though there was a fantastic opportunity to practice to overcome the lighting conditions to create a variety of images.
Most shots were taken on a 70-200 lens, with off camera flash either the AD200, the AD360 with the help of a softbox or #Magmods .
I had great fun taking photos of Kim and her bike in a traditional photography studio with a white and a black background. I am realizing that getting to know the model is essential to making the shoot go smoothly and in helping everyone feel relaxed and to get nature smiles, and through that communication I discovered that cycling was important to Kim, and that she wanted to be something more than a mum in the images i captured of her.
Today Kim had a stye on one of her eyes, in some images I left it in, in others I decided to edit the image further and have a go at removing it… I think I did a good job, Kim was happy – which is what is important.
I am looking to invest in another prime lens I think at some point, so I headed out in the New Forest today with my Canon EF 100mm macro lens to see if I could get it to shoot portraits for me the way I wanted to, as my current lens combination sometimes sees me shooting wider than I originally intended. Continue reading →
Photography is an adventure, it is about challenging my comfort zones and is about having fun, this week I got to meet an amazing local model to create some Boudoir and glamour images for her portfolio, and it also meant that I was able to use my graphic design skills to add something to the images.
Sometimes it is great working with other photographers and some times it is a challenge, … the evening brief was “a night with models in the studio, how to place,communicate and work with models. Cameras will be required and they will be available to photograph during the second half of the evening”Continue reading →
I love taking photos of children having fun and I love doing cake smashes.. this time I got to spend the afternoon with the little girl on her birthday to take some great photos… I love the challenges the shoot presents, the interactions and the moments… Continue reading →
It is also a great pleasure to photograph a wedding, but what makes a wedding special and unique to the couple in my opinion are the little details that they have created to make their day their own, and it is essential as a photographer to capture some of those movements, some of those looks and that says they are in love.
For me the most essential skills that a wedding photographer needs are: Continue reading →
I am still trying to experiment with flash, going back to basic really clarifies some great points … I had no willing model, so as I wanted to photograh a person, I choose me – a selfie with a flash … mmm
So first of all I popped my camera on the tripod, choose where I was going to stand – just in front of an off white wall, and worked out where to focus … I then tied a piece of string to my tripod leg and held the other end at my eye, knowing that if I went back to the same point each time I should be in focus. I then set my flash at about 45 degrees to the camera and used a snood – I wanted to be able to control where the light felt for these shots, particularly as the room I was shooting in had a semi transparent roof … there was plenty of soft light. Continue reading →
A bright sunny day and a trip to the park to capture some memories of a family having fun, it was a great day – lots of challenges, freezing the moment, capturing the dynamic range of the shots, capturing fun – focusing on my subjects and trying to exclude the other people there… and looking at how I can capture a unique view of the occasion.