By chance I stumbled upon a model who lives just down the road from me, well not literally on the same street, but certainly less than a very short car journey away. So I arranged a short 2 hour shoot to see how we got on, some of the edits from that shoot you can see below. Let me know your thoughts…
In April I ran another one of my popular small group Studio Lighting Workshops and the four photographers really enjoyed the day – or at least that’s what they told me! Joceline Brooke-Hamilton was on hand to take care of the modelling skills which she always does with aplomb.
We ran through a number of different lighting setups, styles and techniques throughout the course of the day which included:
Single light setups
- Hard light
- Soft light
- Constant light with fresnel lens
- Studio Flash light
- Use of reflectors
- Flags and bounces
Two light setups
- Indirect bounced light
- Black bounces
- Strip softboxes with egg box grids
Three light setups
- Using coloured gels
I always undertake a number of review sessions throughout the day so we all get a change to look at our own work on a large screen, plus it’s a chance to look at each others. Most often we learn as much during the review sessions as we do whilst shooting, it’s also great opportunity to see how different we all are. It never ceases to surprise me that each person comes away with a different shot from what is an identical setup – creativity at its best!
Anyway, I’m sure you want to look at the images! Below are the images submitted by the delegates and I’m sure you’ll agree there are a wide range of styles and personal creativity in all the images supplied.
Times move on and so do our editing skills. I recently had a need to re-visit an image I shot back in March 2006 as I’d just sold a print of it from my website. Looking through my archive I quickly located the RAW file along with the edited TIF file. When I viewed the TIF file full-screen on my computer I felt the editing of the image was a little dire, it lacked any real punch or contrast and was a little muddy, if I printed it like this it would not produce a good crisp print and it certainly would not be representative of my current work. So I opened the RAW file did what is my ‘normal’ editing process in Photoshop and hey presto the difference was astounding. I’ve included the original 2006 edit and the ‘new’ 2010 edit so you can compare them side by side.
This little activity went to remind me that our skills and techniques are constantly moving forward day-by-day often without us really noticing, it’s only when you stop, take stock and look back by comparing ‘then’ for ‘now’ that you can really see the difference. I made sure my customer was happy with the new edit, before sending it off to the printers, just to be on the safe side.
Since then re-visited my other ‘older’ images on my website and update the thumbnails as I’ve subsequently re-edited those too. Perhaps in another 5 years I may be doing the same again!
Rain Meant Edit Time
Whilst I was staying as a guest Lakeland Photographic Holidays in the Lake District in November a rather horrid Thursday morning consisting of torrential rain meant I had some unexpected spare time to do some edits, so I did some more edits from the shoot with Raphaella.
All the images were kit with a single Arri 300 watt constant light which has a fresnel lens fitted to it. They were all shot on manual at ISO 500, 1/100s, F2.8 on my Nikon D3 with a 24-70mm lens. White balance was set to 3200 Kelvin.
I shot one of my regular models today, LouiseSkye, we’ve been shooting since 2005 and get on really well. She is currently pregnant and wanted some shots to be able to look back on so we arranged a shoot in order to capture her beauty.
I also fancied the idea of doing some bondage with a pregnant model and Louise was up for it, we discussed safety and the fact that the bondage would be loosely tied so there was no strain on her boobs or tummy. Below are some of the shots from the session including the bondage shots.
I’ve just been advised by Carrie Leigh owner and editor of NUDE magazine that I’ve won the grand prize in Carrie Leigh’s NUDE Magazine Annual Photography Contest, with a prize of $250, the winning image is show below.
Link to the results:http://www.carrieleigh.com/Ncontest.html
Link to all the winning images: http://www.carrieleigh.com/2010Contest/Default.html
The image was shot in an abandoned shoe factory in Northampton, UK. The room was one of the offices which had a safe in it and gorgeous oak panelling. Joceline Brooke-Hamilton is the model and it was shot with the Broncolor Mobile2 flash with a Fresnel attachment on the lamp head.
I’m really pleased to win but also a little embarrassed as I won this same competition last year with the image below, titled Nude on the Beach.
However, I’m even more pleased as they have asked me to be a judge in future competitions, which is awesome news too.
Here are some shots from a recent shoot with KatyCee and as ever we produced some wonderful creative and diverse images which I thought you might like to see.
I’ve not shot Raphaella before, but I’m so glad I did, she was a joy to work with and photography, will certainly be working with her again in the future. A trained dancer and certainly knows her body, its centre of gravity and her poise and grace are superb.
Below are some of the shots from the last trip I did at the old shoe warehouse with Joceline, I thought you might like to see them.
There is a range of lighting styles used here, from natural daylight to battery powered flash using the Broncolor Mobil 2 kit with either a bare head or with the fresnel spot attachment.
I don’t do many TF (Time For) sessions, about 3 or 4 a year I guess, so I thought I’d post some from a recent TF shoot with Adreena.