Two commercial photoshoots today, first one was at at 8.30am in an HGV Yard, and needless to say – in the miserable, foggy wet, yucky semi darkness. I needed an ISO of 6400 on the Fujifilm X-T3 to get anything near what the client wanted.
Strange how all the romantic notions of being a photographer vanish when you’re standing in a puddle!
However, whatever way you spend Christmas Day, HAVE A HAPPY, BLESSED AND SAFE DAY. Enjoy your food, your family and your photography, and hope that Santa brings you a Hasselblad!
Sometimes its good to do something that’s out of your comfort zone, – like STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY. It’s not something I do very often, but today I chanced upon an autumn leaf, curled up and lying in a dusty corner of an outhouse, and I picked it up and brought it home, with the intention of making an image of one single brown leaf.
I love Black and White, the images have a timeless quality about them, and the lack of colour seems to make the mind work harder to interpret the image, a provocative gestalt. But does it work in the studio, under studio flash lighting? It does for adults, – but what about for kids? And does studio monochrome always have to be so noir?
Scarlett visted the studio this evening with her mum and her little sister to make some lovely photographs and memories, and among them was this little black and white portrait.
Time for my annual visit to the Belfast Christmas Market, clustered around the veritable ‘Dome of Delight’ itself, Belfast’s historic City Hall. This year again, it was the evening when I visited. I took the Fujifilm X-T30, small enough to be unobtrusive and powerful enough to make eye-watering images. I had the ISO at 3200 throughout the evening. Despite the fantastic X-T30, the market was so busy it was difficult to make any decent images, but here’s a few…
If you’re interested in a personal photography project have a read at this from Valerie Jardin – see how she’s approaching her subject and how she states the aims of the project. There’s a lot to learn here. Follow her blog to see how her project progresses.
I met Dakota Dave Hull this morning in his studio. It was another snowy day in Minneapolis and I was so happy to get out and work on this project again. I was greeted by his dog, an adorable Cavalier King Charles by the name of Kobi, who knew instantly that I was a dog lover.
I would describe Dave’s space as a recording studio/guitar museum. I don’t know much about guitars but I could tell that there were some very special ones lined up. Dave immediately chose one and started playing, then switched to a different one, and another one. All more beautiful than the other: Classic, resonator…
From a photographic standpoint, this was a very challenging shoot. No soft window light this time, but multidirectional spotlights creating strong shadows and bright highlights. But isn’t the point of this project to keep me on my toes by adding the…
We have a small quantity of blank canvasses, suitable for 16×10 inch canvas prints – the slightly panoramic shape makes them idal for small family groups or children. They are made with “260gsm Exhibtion Polyester Matte Canvas with a bright white, smooth matte surface and tight weave pattern producing pin sharp images both in colour and black & white. The tight weave makes this canvas ideal for stretching over wooden frames and suitable for both photographic and fine art prints, either reproductions or originals. This Canvas is water resistant with superb results.”
Panic set in at our Dundonald studio today, when this wee man came in for his photoshoot and just as he arrived the fire alarm went off! We thought it was an ‘Elf & Safety Inspection!’ But it wasn’t – it was Rueben, in for his second ‘Baby’s First Year’ photoshoot. He had a ball with the studio snowballs!
Following all the political controversy about the ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’ and the sudden proliferation of wood burners in deserted outhouses and barns, one bold company in the manufacturing industry has decided to recycle all its own waste wood shavings, by installing a furnace to provide the heat for their factory. In the interests of investigative photo-journalism, I took a look into it, and here’s what I found…