Bridal Brochure Shoot for the Port A Beach Lodge, Port Aransas in Texas

  Following on from the morning’s shoot of the rooms and exterior of the Port A Beach Lodge, I was to do a bridal brochure for the Lodge.

Packing Light and Tight

Travelling to the USA seems like a fun idea. New places, new sites and sounds and new friends. What a great idea. Oh, I almost forgot. I’m working. Well, that’s ok. I’ll just pack a few things. You know, a camera, a lens or two, it’ll be easy. Phhhttt!

The Importance of Light

The purpose of this tutorial is to demonstrate the importance of light with regards to the quality of the image. The reason for for this demonstration came about due to a conversation on the Micro Four Thirds Forum. One of the members pointed out that whilst they were lighting tutorials, some members may take affront at the fact a Nikon D4 had been used in some tutorials, rather than an Olympus or Panasonic. I explained the lighting tutorials were exactly that, and the capture equipment was neither here nor there. I also promised to demonstrate the effect good lighting has when coupled with a low end camera. In this case, a ten year old compact camera, a Fujifilm F31fd stolen from my Dad!

Sports Portraits

  Meet Joe Harrison. A gentleman who has just celebrated his 100th 100 break in snooker. I was asked by a local working men’s club to create the image, which would be framed and hung on the club wall.

Chiaroscuro Portrait Technique

This is Martins Arbidans, a long time friend who often steps in as a model when asked politely. On this occasion, Martins modelled for a lighting course held at Studio Sphere in Nelson.

Using Elinchrom HS heads to freeze motion

I’m in the process of moving across to Elinchrom, and one of the areas of my work that looked like it may throw up a challenge or two is high speed photography. Water splashes against products and that sort of thing. There’s a basic rule of thumb when shooting high speed imagery such as the above. IGBT rules!. From speedlights to IGBT location lights and now IGBT studio lights, these are generally the weapon of choice when shooting the likes of water splashes, water wigs and suchlike. Elinchrom do not provide an IGBT option, as they employ a Voltage controlled system.

The ELB 400 Boudoir Shoot

  This shoot was developed for a number of reasons. The manufacturer of the butterfly corset wanted some lifestyle imagery to supplement their standard e-commerce images. I also wanted a studio project to make use of the Elinchrom ELB 400 and this would be my first studio use of the kit. I subsequently used the ELB 400 for high speed product photography to great success, but that’s another post 🙂

Elinchrom ELB 400 And High Speed Photography With The Miops Trigger

  There’s a basic rule of thumb when shooting high speed imagery such as the above. IGBT rules. From speedlights to IGBT location lights and now IGBT studio lights, these are generally the weapon of choice when shooting the likes of water splashes, water wigs and suchlike. I’m currently in the middle of a transition phase, moving from ‘S’ mount across to Elinchrom, and an IGBT option isn’t amongst their current lineup. I’d read a fair bit regarding their action heads, and I have seen some breathtaking images. But at the end of the day, I need to be confident I can create the images my clients need, and a bursting water balloon is certainly going to put the equipment to the test.

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