My location kit consists of high powered battery strobes. That said, I do tend to pack half a dozen speedlights for fill and the like, and it’s surprising what you can get out of a speedlight when needs must. Now, considering my location kit is “mature”, and does everything I need, it doesn’t stop me casting a sidelong glance at some of the gear that I see advertised online, such as the Quadralite Reporter 200 TTL and it’s various incarnations. This one came from Pixedo, [https://www.pixedo.com/en/] and arrived extremely quickly and well packed. What made me push the button after so long? Well, I’m an Olympus shooter, and the possibility of radio linked TTL was intriguing. The Reporter 200 is not system dependant, as it has no hotshoe. Instead, it receives it’s TTL instructions, or any communication, via a system dedicated transmitter, such as the Navigator X. Obviously, mine was for the Micro Four Thirds system.
This is another from Jo and Paul’s wedding, and like the gate image, this was just one of those scenarios you kinda stumble across.
Arriving in a tightly packed box, I had two identical, nylon cylindrical cases. One contained a 50cm Strobius StrobiStrip, whilst the second contained a 100cm model.
This image came from a location lighting course I was asked to host in August 2015 for Cambrian Photography, based in Colwyn Bay, Wales. Our model was a local “Outlaw” chap, complete with a self-built bike.
This is OCF (off camera flash) at it’s cheapest, along with the use of some basic rules and techniques. Seeing as sunsets tend to be in short supply in the UK, I try and make the most of any sunset that coincides with an event I’m photographing, and this particular wedding at Murrayshall House in Perth, Scotland, was one such event.
Eaves Hall is a fascinating wedding venue, with lovely architecture and little hideaway places that are great fun for couples wanting photography that’s distinctly different. In the grounds, you will find a lovely stone built gazebo. It photographs beautifully, and with a little added light, the backdrop of greenery really comes alive.
Food photography is one of my favourite subjects, and not because of the food. I actually don’t eat the food, I struggle to keep my weight down as it is!
This particular venue is full of surprises. Barton Grange Hotel in Barton, nr Preston, is very unassuming when seen from the road. But go poking around the back, or indeed inside, and the potential presented to the wedding photographer is really quite mind boggling!
Victoria There’s a little bit of a back story to this. Well, not the image, but the bride. I had an email requesting a visit, and I thought I recognised the surname. Turns out her mother was a friend I had lost touch with twenty years previously.
This was from Lee and Hannah’s wedding in July 2014. I was fascinated by Hannah’s quite arresting gaze, and had the idea for this particular image from early in the day. It’s actually lit by a single light source, boomed above me. Access was a little tight, as there is a piano between the couple and me. As you do.