CR427 Cobra Replica

YouTube video CR427 Cobra Replica

Pop over to my YouTube channel and see the just released video about a CR427 Cobra replica. It is a brief glimpse, 5 mins of brief,  into the car and it’s history. Ordered in 1997 and completed at the end of 1999. The video covers some of the details about the car, as well as some footage of it being driven. Hearing a V8 on song is a wonderful sound. There’s some great sequences with the car on hard acceleration or driving by the camera position. 

The car is very faithful to the original road cars, with rear entry exhausts, rather than the more popular side exhausts. The kit is from a company called Crendon, borne from the vision of John Kerr. 

Crendon Cobra

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Finished in Guardsman blue with the white skink stripes, as per the originals. At first glance, to the uninitiated it looks like an original. It’s often the first question people ask me. It was the second kit car I ever built, and the last one.

I would have loved to build a GT40, but they are a little more impractical and the kit I wanted to purchase would have set me back £60K back in 1999! 

how to make a Camera obscura

Camera Obscura make your own

John shows you how to make a camera obscura or pinhole camera. John shows you how he converts his studio into a darkened room (camera obscura). Then open a small hole in the blackout material to act as a rudimentary lens. The light then floods into the room and displays the outside in realtime in the room. The results are spectacular and captivating.

camera obscura in my studio

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You get to see inside a camera!

Where can I see one working in the UK?

There are many camera obscure’s around the world. In the UK there’s around 10 working examples:

1. Brighton/Hove, England

2. Lacock, England (future page) Talbot Museum and Lacock Abbey

3. Bristol, England

4. Aberystwyth, Wales

5. Douglas, Isle of Man

6. Dumfries, Scotland

7. Edinburgh, Scotland

8. Bradford, England, Museum of Photography, Film, and Television

9. London, England, Museum of the Moving Image

10. Greenwich, England

and of course, there’s one in my studio, but you’ve seen that now!





Single studio light setup photography

Brand new YouTube video single studio light setup

Charley Green joins me and we talk through 5 common lighting patterns for a single studio light setup.  Together we show you the setups and what the images will look like using this setup which takes that guess work out for you.

Extract from YouTube’s description for the video:

Today we’re going to talk through single studio light setup and show you 5 different lighting patterns. We discuss and show the characteristics of those patterns and what they are good for. I spend a lot of my time in the studio using just the one light. So I thought it would be useful to walk you through the 5 most common setups for a single light.

These 5 lighting patterns are:

• Flat lighting

• Butterfly lighting

• Loop lighting

• Rembrandt lighting

• Split lighting

To make it easier for you to see the differences between each pattern on the video we’re going to use a hard light source to emphasise the contrast between the highlight to shadow areas on Charley’s face. So bare that in-mind. These patterns work equally well with softer diffused light as well as adding bounces and reflectors to soften the shadows. Lighting equipment used in this video: *ARRI* 650 watt tungsten fresnel lens

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How to fold up a pop up backdrop

New video launched, how to fold up a pop up backdrop and reflector

I’ve just uploaded to YouTube a new video showing how to fold up a pop up backdrop or reflector. You know the ones which often defy the laws of physics and have a mind of their own. This technique is easy to master and makes you fold up like a pro.

There’s two parts to the video. The first part shows how to fold a 4′ circular pop up reflector, which is fairly straightforward. Then we move onto how to fold the larger 8′ x 4′ backdrops / reflectors. These are a little trickier as they are larger and perhaps a little more unwieldy. However, with the right technique they can very quickly be tamed and put in their storage bag.

Video duration is 3:44 in length, so not too long. It shows you a couple of examples of each technique and then a slow motion sequence for each type of backdrop too. I know, I know, I spoil you.

My YouTube channel

Do drop by and have a look at my YouTube channel. I’ve been adding content to it over the last couple of weeks and plan to do a regular weekly update. I’ve written a blog post about what I plan to upload and concentrate on so rather than repeat that here, here’s a link to that article

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YouTube channel

YouTube channel updated

I’ve just re-vitilised my YouTube channel. I started it over 5 years ago, uploaded a couple of videos and then left it dormant! So I thought now’s the time to make a new push by brining it up to date and start using it again.

What will I upload?

I thought it was an ideal platform to use for instructional and tutorial videos. I’ve been working on new content and have already uploaded a range of videos over the past 8 weeks. So pop over and have a look and subscribe to the channel. 

I plan to concentrate on content I like to shoot and talk about. So cars, girls both for a photography and cinematography perspective. There are many channels on YouTube that already cover this type of content, which means I need to have a different angle. I plan to concentrate on what I’m known for. Shooting erotica, fetish and art-nude content, which is rather tricky to show on YouTube, so we will see how we get on!

I’m also planning to shoot more car footage of my Chevy 57 and Crendon Cobra. I’m planning to use more drone footage and show how to use cameras, drones and video to help bring these cars and models to life. This type of material is always popular and people want to know how to shoot them. 

Roxy and 57 Chevy
Roxy and 57 Chevy

Behind the scenes setups and step by steps will also be in the mix. Please click the link below and have a look at the channel. Please feel free to comment below on the type of things you’d like to see on the channel. 

My YouTube channel as of today

Below is a screenshot of my YouTube channel as it stands today. 7 videos, with many more planned. 

John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel
John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel

When you are next browsing YouTube then do drop by my channel and see what you think. I have a few more videos to edit and upload which will appear of the coming weeks. 

I want to make sure the content I upload is of a high standard, both in terms of the camerawork and audio. As a result it does take quite some time to pull together a professional video to this standard.  

John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel
John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel
John Tisbury Photography YouTube channel


10 top tips for improving

10 top tips video launched

I’ve just launched a new video covering 10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography. 

Full-time professional model Joceline Brooke-Hamilton and I talk through 10 things that we feel help us to be a better photographer or model. We share our experiences and knowledge which means we can hopefully help you. The video is quite lengthy at 19 minutes long because we wanted to cover quite a few ideas and suggestions. As a result we hope the content and discussion will prove beneficial to you. From experience I’ve found that most people on YouTube prefer videos of around 10 minutes in duration. 

10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography video

We had great fun shooting this and working on this instructional series together. I’m sure we will get together again and shoot some more tutorial based content. In addition to this video our previous video, working with models can be found here:

You can beat experience and doing things first hand. Joceline has been a full time professional model for a long while. I won’t say how long as a gentleman never lets on. I’ve been shooting erotica and fetish content since 2004. Both of us have a good depth of knowledge and experience that we are happy with share with others. We certainly don’t know it all, but happy to pass on what works for us. 

10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography

From a shoot with Joceline.

10 top tips for improving your modelling or photography – how was this shot?

I will create a few behind the scenes videos on how these instructional videos were shot and perhaps edited too. I’ve already had a few people asking about the setup, cameras, microphones, lighting and so on. It’s good to know that people are interested in a variety of subjects so do drop me comments and leave comments below in the video on YouTube and I’ll pick them up. 

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Working with models video launched

Just launched a working with models video

I just released a working with models video with friend and full-time model Joceline Brooke-Hamilton. In it we discuss our views, offer tips and helpful ideas when working with photography models. As a result your photography session should get off on the right foot, and give you a good set of final images you can both be proud of. 

A great expressions from yours truly!

The video covers the main worries, issues and discussion points that come up time and time again between models and photographers which therefore should help you to get the best from your session.

Check out our latest video covering 10 top tips for modelling and photography.


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