Photo Blog + Update !!
Just a little blog and update. On the 22nd of May I have been invited to speak at Cambrian Cameras. I will be talking about Cameras and trying to discuss the idea of the ‘Best’ Camera. It should be a fun day out and I shall promise to keep it fun and light hearted. Kris Williams from Welshot Imaging will also be talking during the event. The event is the taking place in store at Colwyn Bay. We are staying over the night , so if there is anyone who wants to shoot some things around the local area, just get in touch !! Also.. if anyone knows of any great places to eat, Ray Fitchett and I will be very thankfull !!
We had the Front Cover of Photo Pro this month !! Whoop !! – Well done to all involved / Art directed by Chloe=Jasmine
There is a new Fuji Lense out (Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS ), there is an announcement for new Firmware coming for the X-Pro & X-E1 ( The new firmware will be available in July 2013 for download at Fujifilm.com)
So the other I was on the underground with a brand new set of Billingham Bags, the train spluttered to a halt, I was then covered by thick black oil and soot from the air vent above me. I went from well dressed with my matching Billinghams to chimney sweep in a heartbeat. I would not of minded to much if I hadn’t of been on the way to maybe the most important meeting for a long time. My claim has been lodged with TFL and lets see how long it takes, meanwhile, there is a Hadley Pro & 307 with battle scars housing the X-Pro + Company.
If you attended the workshop this month and didn’t get your PDF – Post Workshop recap guide- Do let me know. Also… if you want the Guide, Just let me know. We had a great time even with the very last moment double booking of the Space then a change of rooms to a room with no electricity. The aim of the day was to not just paparazzi the models, but to create an open discussion and break down some of the preconceptions that some people have about different types of lighting.
After a re-setting up in the morning due to the changed location, and finding electricity. We sat around the table and started the process of looking at different images and deconstructing them. In a difference to many workshops I have seen and witnessed, I really wanted to try and promote the idea that as delegates everyone had something to offer and contribute. We went around the group sharing ideas and discussing the pro’s and cons of different lighting techniques. We had a good chat about who likes to use what sort of lighting and how they use it. People showed photos and spoke at a little depth about the lighting used. One thing that stuck in my mind is that a common view was that Natural Light was not seen as a constant source of lighting. Many people had a little fear of the unknown and but would like to see how other people use other types of lighting. Something that really stuck out in my mind was the different ways people ‘see light’. During the deconstruction elements phase of the workshop I tried to explain how I ‘see’ light. Just a simple lighting set up outside can be viewed in many ways. We took a few moments to break down a few images and talked about how we can look at how light works on location, comparing the sun and clouds to soft boxes and diffusers, floors acting as reflectors, dark walls as scrims etc…. The idea was to point out and highlight how light works in everyday places and thus being able to take this information and recreate it at will in any given place using powered lighting elements.
During conversations we decided that there are a few types of lighting:
• Digital Lighting
• Natural Lighting
• Strobe Lighting
• Constant Lighting
Stuff we looked at:
• Westcott IceLight
• Westcott Apollo Softbox
• Nano Mono Block Strobe 400w
• Profoto Pro Daylight 800 Air HMI
• Pocket Wizards
• Orbis RingFlash
• Westcott TD6 SpiderLight
We then spoke a little bit about each of the lights and had a little look about how they work, in the afternoon we headed over the the STUNNING location of Bristol & Exeter House – http://www.bristolexeterhouse.co.uk/
We also had our first Enlight PhotoPro Hosted Workshop. Strobe V’s Constant Lighting was themed and thank you to the delightful gentleman who photoshopped me into Darth Varder whilst showing off the Westcott Ice Light. Thank you to everyone who attended the day and thank you to our lovely model – Chloe-Jasmine Whichello.
Anyway…. Last September I went out to the USA to see Sam Kirsch. I was lucky enough to take some of Lesley De Freitas (http://www.lesleydefreitas.com/ ) stunning silk dresses. Sam has a gorgeous black bottom pool and just suited the shoot perfectly. Our Model was from Wilhelmenia – Stephanie Knight.
Shots are a mix of X-Pro & D800, some of them are lit with an Orbis Mounted on a 3 Legged Thing with an SB910 providing the light.
The editing process involved two Duotone layers in overlay mode, a lift in the Saturation then graduation layer with some orange and yellow tones overlaying the whole image.