Fujifilm XF16mm lens ~ picture samples and first thoughts

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a couple of copies of the new Fujifilm XF16mm prime lens so far. The first was a pre production unit I picked up in Japan back in February and I later swapped it out for a newer version at The Photography Show last month in Birmingham. My latest copy has serial number 00029 from the final production run. It came boxed and is in full retail guise. I’ve shot over 1000 frames with XF16mm lenses so far and I love this lens.

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01. XF16mm, ISO 200, f/14, 1/180th second. Lit with a Cactus RF60 Speedlight.

I’ll be linking the shots here in this blog post to their full size counterparts as soon as I’m allowed to do so. The full res images Continue reading

Carla Monaco in Munich ~ Boudoir, nudes & studio pictures

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01. One Lupolux 1000 was all I used for these shots of Carla on the bed.

Here are 60 shots from three days of workshops. All the shots were taken on my Fuji X100t or my X-T1.The ratio is about 50/50. I’ve edited the shots using Adobe Lightroom 5 to replicate a high contrast style reminiscent of printing on grade 4 using Ilford Multigrade fibre based paper especially evident on the images at the end of this article. Enjoy. NSFW after the jump… Continue reading

CP+ Show Japan ~ An explosion of colour

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01. Our arrival in Yokohama signalled the start of a 9 day adventure that will leave a lifelong memory of fun and good times. 

Here is my photo essay from our trip with Fujifilm to Yokohama for the CP+ Show Japan 2015. It didn’t take long for the culture of work hard and play hard to really kick in. Japan is a land of contrasts. The bit’s I saw were mainly made of concrete or tarmac and exhibited a distinct lack of colour. It is not common to see painted buildings or walls. This was well and truly made up for with the rich use of colour in graphics and signage and I used signage as the key to my visual record. Enjoy Continue reading

45 Classic and Fashion Nude Portraits ~ Fuji X-T1

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01. Amber Tutton looking sublime. I shot this using natural light with a Fuji X-T1 and 14mm f/2.8 lens. I wouldn’t usually use such a wide lens at this distance but I wanted to pull in the room behind Amber. The drama of the perspective really harmonises with the diffused effect created by a 1/4 strength Tiffen Black Pro Mist filter. I used a two point lighting strategy with controlled natural light.

Here are 45 pictures I took using my Fuji X-T1 in front of an international cast of top photographers. They are a combination of fashion nude portraits and classical portraits. NSFW after the break. Continue reading

New ~ Lupolux Gallery & Facebook User Group

A new gallery containing 90 of Damien Lovegroves images lit with Lupolux LED and HMI Fresnel spotlights. You can also access the new Facebook user group for Lupolux spotlights here.

Click here to visit the new gallery containing 90 of Damien Lovegrove’s images lit with Lupolux LED and HMI Fresnel spotlights. You can also access the new Facebook user group for Lupolux spotlights here.

I am in the process of consolidating and adding to my image galleries on the Lovegrove Photography website and I decided to post a collection lit with Lupolux fresnel spotlights. These lighting fixtures are more popular than ever and their user base is growing by the day. LED’s are the way forward in photographic lighting and Lupolux are leading the way. The latest LED units have a CRI of >95 for the photographers units and a CRI of >97 for the slightly more expensive Q dot series for broadcasters. Lovers of HMI technology are also catered for with the ever popular Lupolux 800. Here are the links you need:

Lupolux gallery on Lovegrove Photography
Facebook user group for Lupolux
Product pages for the Lupolux Qdot LED range for broadcasters
Product pages for the Lupolux LED 1000 and LED 650 spotlights for photographers
Product pages for the Lupolux HMI 800 Spotlight

Feel free to comment or ask questions below :)

Window Light portraits ~ A complete guide

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01. Deep into a room the window light can fall away in quantity but the quality still remains. ISO 200, 1/6th second at f/4. I shot Mike from a high viewpoint to add interest.

In this 2600 word guide I’ll show you how to create wonderful portraits using just window light.

“Portrait lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to be good.” Damien Lovegrove

Window light is a natural light that we are all familiar with in our day to day lives. It is easy on the eye and easy for us to decode in a photograph because we are so familiar with the way Continue reading

Urban Portraits ~ A how to guide

urban3This is my biggest ever guide to shooting portraits in the city right here. 2700 words of ideas, strategies and techniques to empower you to make the world your studio. The concept of shooting portraits on city streets is nothing new, It’s been around as long as photography itself. And unlike street photographers who candidly document the people of a city without intervention, Urban Portrait shooters take control of everything and make studio grade portraits everywhere.

Here’s how I select the location, style the shoot, control the lighting and create the moment… Continue reading

What Fuji X camera and lenses should I buy? ~ recommendations

That’s the question I’m most often asked. I wish the most popular question was “Why do you like to shoot portraits with hard light?” I’ll answer that one in a future blog post. Let me start by explaining the process I went through to get my current line up of gear together with reasonings for each step of the journey.

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1. Fuji X-T1 with 56mm lens. 1/1000th second at f/5 using ISO 200. Motion photography needs at least 1/500th second shutter speed to get sharp pictures. Vicky Bond at the Olympic Park in London. (Sunlight)

Warning: GAS inducing blog post (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) Reading this blog post might melt your credit card. Continue reading

Illumination 2 ~ sample chapters

Here are two chapters from my latest video production available for download in full HD here (or here for USD $ customers)

Sample chapter 1
In this chapter Damien uses natural light to shoot funky portraits on the streets of Bristol. (go full screen HD :)

Sample chapter 2
In this chapter Damien shows you how to use a single speedlight to shoot beauty portraits in the city. (go full screen HD :)

Here at Lovegrove HQ we’ve been busy for the past three months putting together the final production for the Illumination project. Illumination 2 “Urban Portraits” covers shooting portraits on city streets and in built up areas. This exciting new production features over 1½ hours of information rich content in 25 full HD video chapters. Each chapter reveals new opportunities, techniques and ideas to give your photography the edge. There are no expensive locations or studios involved. I just use minimal camera and lighting kit, the sort you can carry around without needing a rucksack. I chose a variety of locations that are similar to those found in many cities around the world to make this production universally useful. In this production I teach the fundamentals of portrait lighting describing how to control light to enhance beauty and make people look amazing. I teach all you need to know when mixing ambient light with flash from a Speedlight off camera. I cover shifting colour balance and other fun techniques you can use right away to give your urban portraits the edge.

As you may recall Illumination 1 was shot in the spring of 2014 and featured me using flash and natural light to create portraits in a mansion, a country house, woodland, fields and at the beach. I used Speedlights, Elinchrom Quadra and natural light to create fashion inspired portraits. Illumination 2 uses a simpler approach and embraces the free to use shoot locations found all around us in cities.

Click here to purchase the complete video, or if you want to pay in $ USD you can click here to visit our US store.

This is a slideshow showing a selection of the photographs that feature in this production (go full screen HD :)

A night at the museum ~ Lighting sets

1. The start of the rig showing Victoria on the stairs.

1. This is the start of the rig showing Victoria on the stairs. I lit the back wall with the Lupolux LED 1000 and a ‘Crunch’ scattergel shown on the right at the top of the stairs. I picked up the statue on the half landing with this light too. The light at the top of the sketch plan shows Victoria’s backlight. Another Lupolux LED 1000 in full spot mode rigged two floors up pointing down over the balustrade. The third light in the set is Victoria’s key light. It is a Lupolux LED 650 with an ‘Alto’ scattergel. This light picks up on the lion and the stairs too. (The drawings in this article are by Luke Knight, our in house illustrator).

Shot 1 using the lighting rig shown above. This was not on the client list but I shot it for me while we were waiting for Donatella's hair and makeup to be completed.

2. Shot 1 using the lighting rig shown in the sketch above. This was not on the client’s list but I shot it for me while we were waiting for Donatella’s hair and makeup to be completed. I’m in love with classic film lighting from a bygone era and use every chance I get to recreate it.

Here are the shots from the shoot together with the back story, the lighting plots and the strategies I use for lighting sets… Continue reading

Think Tank Retrospective camera bags compared

This the Retrospective series camera bags by Think tank. They are just a small part of the Think Tank family but in some ways the most important to select well.

The Retrospective series camera bags are just a small part of the Think Tank family of bags, belts and cases designed by photographers for photographers but in some ways the shoulder bag is the most important choice to get right. The quest to find the right camera bag has always been a challenge so I thought I’d do a comparison of the Retrospective range to help you choose the right one for you.

Four years ago back in November 2010 I sold all my zoom lenses for my Canon kit and replaced them with primes. The space and weight saving was significant enough for me to ditch my old Continue reading

Cambodia tour 2015 – Ready for booking

Save the dates!
Monday 20th July to Friday 31st July 2015.

From Cambodia with Love and Lovegrove 2015 tour

We’ve now completed the planning stages of the From Cambodia with Love & Lovegrove 2015 tour. Click on the picture to download the brochure

There are 12 places up for grabs on this trip of a lifetime. Contact me with any questions of a technical nature. For all tour related questions, hotels, travel arrangements etc contact Linda.

See you in paradise,
Damien

Cassandra ~ The Siem Reap sessions

Click on the picture to see the full size spread and read the wonderful article written by Cassandra. It gives a clear directive and vision for my photography of women plus 'What's it like being the other side of my Fuji X-T1'? Yulia explains.

Click on the picture to see the full size spread and read the wonderful article written by Cassandra. It gives a clear directive and vision for my photography of women plus… Yulia explains what it’s like being on the other side of my camera.

01. Lighthearted fun with Cassandra, the editor of Lady magazine in Cambodia, shot on a compact hotel room balcony. Fuji X-T1, 56mm lens.

01. Lighthearted fun with Cassandra, the editor of Lady magazine in Cambodia, shot on a compact hotel room balcony. Fuji X-T1, 56mm lens using a shutter speed long enough to feel great and short enough to care. 1/125th second [right]

Follow the link to see the other 30 shots in this set… Continue reading