High speed synch flash

High Speed Synch Flash – urban portraits

I recently attended a 1-2-1 training session with Damien Lovegrove as I wanted to learn about using high shutter speeds with speedlight flashguns. I rarely use speedlights as most of my work is studio based, so I decided I wanted to learn more about this technique and I knew that Damien was very good in this area. This need coincided with an email offer from where he was offering 50% off 1-2-1 sessions booked before a certain date – this seemed like an opportunity too good to miss.

The day was great fun and working with model Victoria Bond was a pleasure as she was good spirited, keen and a great model to work with. Above all I tried all different techniques during the day, from natural light, to high speed flash synch flash. I learnt a lot of new things, and realised that I can incorporate some of these techniques into my own photography, which was part of the objective of the exercise. I feel that I want to re-visit nudes in the landscape using the high speed synch flash techniques as it produces a powerful and striking image. I do need to practise with this technique, especially using an aperture of F1.4 and getting things sharp.

A range of shots taken during the day

Natural light, F2.8 1/50 sec, ISO 400

Natural light, F2.8 1/50 sec, ISO 400

Natural light, F2.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400

Natural light, F2.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400

Speedlight key light, sun backlit, F2.8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, sun backlit, F2.8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, F9, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, F9, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, F1.4, 1/8000 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, F1.4, 1/8000 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, sun backlit, F1.4, 1/4000 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, sun backlit, F1.4, 1/4000 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, sun backlit, F13, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Speedlight key light, sun backlit, F13, 1/250 sec, ISO 200

Natural light, F2.8 1/100 sec, ISO 800

Natural light, F2.8 1/100 sec, ISO 800

Flash, F4.5 1/1600 sec, ISO 200

Flash, F4.5 1/1600 sec, ISO 200

Natural light, F4 1/50 sec, ISO 200

Natural light, F4 1/50 sec, ISO 200

Harmony store John Tisbury exhibition

Harmony Store John Tisbury exhibition

Harmony have written a blog article about my exhibition in their 99a Charing Cross Road, London. There’s a few pictures too of some of my artwork. The exhibition will be there for a couple of months, so if you’re in the area drop and and have a browse.

Poster in the front window of Harmony Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London

Poster in the front window of Harmony Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog article here: http://www.harmonystore.co.uk/blog/john-tisbury-erotic-art-london

 

 

Roxy Love shoot

Last weekend I was working with Roxy Love, who is a model I’ve worked with quite a few times, and is also not too far away. The day was organised as a two session shoot. I had a customer who are an artist and they wanted some help shooting some reference images that they could use to draw from. So we started for the first 2 hours working around a number of poses and looks to provide Keith the artist with a wide range of poses, looks and lighting approaches so he could use them for reference work – he was certainly very happy with the shots he took.

We then worked on some erotic and sensual themed images, a couple of examples are shown below. As we’ve worked together a number of times before it’s easy to understand what both of us want and what looks good. We tried out a couple of mirror sets too which looked very good. I’ll edit some of those and add them to this post.

Roxy Love

Roxy Love in a different two light setup

Roxy Love in a 2 light setup

Roxy Love in a 2 light setup

Exhibitions – behind the scenes

Exhibitions – behind the scenes

This article explains my exhibitions – behind the scenes preparations and list of tasks that are needed. Many of the tasks don’t have to be completed in a specific order, however there are a couple of tasks that may need a long lead time, the most important one is ordering the artwork that I want to display.

I firstly decide on the images that I want to display. Once these are chosen I send off a print request to my lab for printing. I don’t print at home preferring the quality and consistency achieved by the professional printing lab. It’s also a time saver as it would take me a good couple of days to get prints to a high quality that I’d need for an exhibition.

Once the prints are returned then it’s off to the picture framers for framing. Choices around mount board, frame style and width are discussed and a price agreed. David Hanger (ideal lastname for a picture framer) is a superb framer and I use him for all my framing work. He knows what I like and his work is of a high quality. A cheap looking frame lessens the impact of the final image, whereas a good frame and well chosen mount can enhance it.

Then there’s the task of pulling together the collection and making a list of sizes, titles, orientation of them images, cost prices and selling prices. These are needed for a catalogue, print labels and as a general reference for the gallery and for my record to know what is exhibited where. Often potential customers call and want to talk about an image, so it’s good to know which one they are talking about, what the selling price is and its dimensions.

Display stands, accessories and hardware for hanging the prints then needs to be considered. I’ve not covered how I hang work in the article as I’ve covered it previously here – how I hang my work. One of the most difficult tasks I find is the hanging plan – what goes where. Some people prefer to map it all out and know exactly what they will put where. Whilst I did do a recce visit and take loads of photographs and recorded the measurements of the available space, I prefer to take a load of work that I know will fit and then decide on what will hang where once I’ve arrived. Perhaps this makes it a bit slower at the hanging end, but at least I can see how things look next to each other and make decisions along the way. I always end up taking more work than I know will fit in the space as this gives me options.

Below are some images that show some of the preparation and behind the scenes shots of the exhibition being gathered and hung.

Initial gathering of items for the exhibition

Initial gathering of items for the exhibition

Initial collection of all my work, which when reviewed turned out to be rather too much. So it was reduced somewhat.

Initial collection of all my work, which when reviewed turned out to be rather too much. So it was reduced somewhat.

Exhibition prints and labels, postcards, banners and marketing materials all waiting to be loaded into the car.

Exhibition prints and labels, postcards, banners and marketing materials all waiting to be loaded into the car.

I arrive with a car full of artwork and assorted merchandise

I arrive with a car full of artwork and assorted merchandise

Staff at the Harmony store put up the posters

Staff at the Harmony store put up the posters

Poster in place on one side of the shop window

Poster in place on one side of the shop window

Poster in the front window of Harmony Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London

Poster in the front window of Harmony Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London

The side of Harmony Store in Old Crompton Street, London

The side of Harmony Store in Old Crompton Street, London

The side of Harmony Store in Old Crompton Street, London

The side of Harmony Store in Old Crompton Street, London

A couple more prints are hung in the stairwell

A couple more prints are hung in the stairwell

A rather appropriate neon sign

A rather appropriate neon sign

Some of my work on display in the stairwell

Some of my work on display in the stairwell

2 new John Tisbury exhibtions

2 new John Tisbury exhibitions

Yes that’s right 2 new John Tisbury exhibitions! Perhaps a bit like buses, well like 2 buses, my exhibitions have come along together! Bad planning or great timing whichever way you look at I’m slowly taking over London shop by shop. Both exhibitions will run concurrently over a week in October. More details below about each exhibition. The good news is there will be loads of my new work at both venues. It’s not too far between the two venues, so you could go mad and visit both exhibitions!

Harmony Adult Store

I’m very pleased to have been approached to display my work at the Harmony Adult store in 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP.  The store is on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Old Compton Street. See on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/BrX2v

The exhibition opens on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014 and runs for at least 2 months, so plenty of time to arrange a visit to see my new works and while you’re at it you can browse and take in the wide product range available at the store. Most of my work will be on display downstairs, with postcards and some work upstairs.

On slightly surreal note, at the other end of Old Compton Street is a small lane called Tisbury Court. So I have both ends of Old Compton Street covered!

The Strand Gallery

I exhibited at The Strand gallery last year and had plenty of interest in my work. Last year I was downstairs as I was rather late to the party in terms of booking. This year I’m upstairs with a 3 metre display of my work. The exhibition at the Strand is on for a week so make sure you don’t miss the dates. See on Google https://goo.gl/maps/4eO3U

Harmony Store
99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP
Telephone: 020 74342646
Opening hours:
Monday – Saturday 10.00am- 11.00pm
Sunday 10.00am – 10.00pm
Exhibition runs from Monday 25th August – ongoing
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harmony-Store-UK/205738232779411

The Strand Gallery
32 John Adam St, London WC2N 6BP
Telephone: 0207 839 4942
Opening hours:
Monday – Sunday 11.00am – 18.00pm
Exhibition runs from Monday 6th October 2014 – Sunday 12th October 2014

More copyright infringement

Copyright infringement

I had just been notified from a Facebook group that someone who has had one of my images tattooed on their leg. I’m rather annoyed at this as it is blatant copyright infringement. Tattooist are artists too and should know about copyright and the law, which makes it even more annoying. I guess the main point is that the tattoo artist was paid for their work and I get no recognition or payment.

The Facebook page for the Tattoo shop that tagged me is here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tattooz-Club/686488844729908?fref=photo they are based in Budapest, Hungary. Not sure if they are the originators or have just uploaded the work. So looking for help from anyone one who knows who the tattooist is or can help with information.

This is the website for the facebook group and the work displayed here looks similar but it’s pure conjecture on my part as I’ve no proof that these were the store that did the work http://www.tattoozclub.com/ However, they did message me via facebook with the link to their group, I responded saying who was the artist as this was a copyrighted image, they responded stating they have no idea and then blocked me. I think that speaks volumes.

Copyright infringement of my work in the form of a tattoo

Copyright infringement of my work in the form of a tattoo

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Original image taken in May 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Facebook Group with my image in the header

This is the Facebook Group with my image in the header

This is the official website with very similar work on display

This is the official website with very similar work on display to the image in question.

Abigail Toyne Pregnant Bondage

Abigail Toyne Pregnant Bondage

I’ve edited some more of the pregnant bondage shots and other pregnancy shots that I did with Abigail Toyne from earlier this year. I thought you might like to see them. It’s probably worth mentioning again at this stage that Abigail and baby are fine and neither were hurt or traumatised during the ropework. The tie was planned out, executed quickly and tied loosely making sure there was no pressure on the baby, nothing worse that wearing elasticated pants in terms of pressure! Those people who are familiar with bondage will see how loose the tie actually is, it’s certainly more for effect and look rather than a tie you would struggle to break free from.

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John Tisbury exhibition London late August

John Tisbury exhibition London

I have just finalised discussions with Harmony Adult store in 99a Charing Cross Road, London to display my erotic and fetish photographic work. This is very exciting and a wonderful opportunity to get my work displayed to a wider audience. Harmony have 3 stores in London and like to offer their customers choice and a wide variety of products. This exhibition allows them to display artwork and offer their customers something unique and unusual alongside their existing product lines. The store is well acquainted in its decor and shopfittings, it looks professional, clean and tidy and I’m pleased to have my work displayed there. Most of my work will be displayed downstairs or in the stairwell which gives the opportunity to display large pieces of art.

To begin with the exhibition will run from Monday 25th August, date to be confirmed, for about 2 months and will feature many new works that have not been seen before. There will be a range of framed open and limited edition prints, posters and greetings cards for sale.

John Tisbury exhibition London at Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

John Tisbury exhibition London at Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

John Tisbury exhibition London at Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

Harmony Adult Store, 99a Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The store details are:

Harmony Adult Store
99a Charing Cross Road
London
WC2H 0DP
@Harmonystoreuk
www.harmonystore.co.uk

Small group studio lighting workshop results

Small group studio lighting workshop

I ran a small group studio lighting workshop on Saturday 12th July with 4 photographers. Leading up to the session I’d booked in Blue Sapphire to model for me, we’ve worked together many times before and she had also done my last tuition workshop.

Friday night

Unfortunately the friday night before before the workshop I received a text message from Sarah saying she was in A&E with 2 fingers facing the wrong way! So there was no way she would be able to drive, let alone model. We were both disappointed, but these things happen.

Sarah's poorly hand

Sarah’s poorly hand

This meant it was about 9:00pm and I had no model for a workshop happening on the next day. I contact a few local models but they were busy or booked. Then I remembered Button, who used to live right next door to me before they moved. So I called her and luckily she was happy to re-arrange her plans for me and agreed to model for the day. Luckily I’ve worked with Button many times so I knew she would do a great job and work well with the photographers. So Button was booked in and I could relax knowing I had a model for the day.

I remember some years ago I had a model phone me to cancel a shoot whilst she was in hospital, she’d been rushed in with appendicitis and she was about to be operated on. She apologised and said she would not be able to make the shoot, that model was Michelle Monaghan. You can see her appendectomy scar to this day :-)

These things happen and with the best intentions in the world sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I’m sure Sarah would have much preferred to be shooting with me than spending 6 hours in A&E.

Delegate’s images

Below are a few of the images taken during the workshop. Thank you to Andy and Dieter for allowing me to use their images. During the workshop we covered a wide range of lighting styles from:

  • Hard light
  • Soft light
  • Single lights
  • Direct light
  • Indirect light
  • Flash and constant lighting
  • Multiple lights
  • Using gels
  • Using bounces and reflectors
  • Using flags
  • Using grids

You can see the differing styles here which I love to see. Each photographer had almost the same lighting setup for most of the day, but still took completely differing images. The last session was a free session where each photographer had to choose a concept and a lighting pattern that we had done during the day. They then set up the lights, directed and worked with the model on the concept of their choice. I love this session as it always throws up wonderful images and creativity – this session was no exception.

Button by Andy

Button by Andy

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Andy

Button by Andy

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Andy

Button by Andy

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Andy

Button by Andy

Button by Dieter

Button by Dieter

Button by Andy

Button by Andy

Button by Andy

Button by Andy