What is a portrait? It's certainly not a headshot, mugshot or snapshot. A portrait isn't merely the likeness of a person, a quick snap of the Friday night happenings with inane grins and vacant eyes. Nor is it pouting lips and filtered plastic skin. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Snapchat) A portrait is much, much more. It shouldn't just display the physical representation of a
Review Phottix Raja 65cm I've used the Phottix Raja range of softboxes for quite a few years, and found their quality to be outstanding. So when I was looking for a smaller alternative to my Phottix Raja 105cm, I took a look at the Raja 65. Well, to be fair, I prevaricated over buying it about three years ago, when I went on a bit
Creating Lifestyle Product Shoots Lifestyle imagery is far more than simply a photograph of a product being used. Your client has a very specific target market In mind, and the lifestyle imagery needs to appeal to the prospective end client. We all buy on an emotional level, whether it's shoes, cars or camera equipment. Often, items are purchased with a goalor aspiration in mind, rather
Location Dance Shoot Well, I've utilised the Elinchrom One review kit on a number of client shoots so far, including food photography for the Lavender Hotel Group, and a couple of automotive shoots. And as I pondered which shoot I should take the kit along to next, I was hijacked. Erm, apparently, I was asked if I would like to see what the Elinchrom Ones
Automotive Work With The Elinchrom One Following on from my food shoot with the Elinchrom Ones, I then had a car shoot arranged. Automotive work is a particular passion of mine, and it would certainly be an interesting test for the Elinchrom Ones. The above image is the finished bracketed image, but not the final image. And yes, I said bracketed image. I usually bracket
Food Photography For The Lavender Hotel Group Whenever I'm asked to review a piece of equipment, whether it's lights, cameras or lenses etc, I tend to use the equipment in real world scenarios first. That basically translates as client shoots, because I find it gives me a wider experience of the equipment, rather than “This is what it is, and these are the specs”. I
Using The OM SYSTEM Cameras For Automotive Photography I have used many camera systems over the years, for various aspects of my work, including food, automotive, property and products etc.. Starting with film cameras such as Fujica, Contax and Nikon, before stubbing a tentative toe into the realm of digital cameras. The impact of digital on the commercial photography world still holds surprises, which I
Why Use The OM SYSTEM Cameras For Food Photography? But before we get into that, there's probably a few things I need to make clear. Yes, I'm an OM SYSTEM Ambassador. No, I don't use the OM camera system because I'm an Ambassador. I was asked to become an Ambassador because I use the cameras. (Actually, I was asked way back in 2017 when it was
Automotive photography can be challenging, particularly large vehicles such as lorries or buses. And equally, it can be very rewarding.
This image was developed for use with the food photography side of the business and has become quite widely recognised since we started using it a few years ago.