I recently read two tips on how to become a successful travel blogger. The first one said “Be unique, have a different approach.” That sounds like good advice but being unique is not always an easy thing to do and the other nugget of advice said “Always have a human element in your pictures.” Yet again it’s good advice, people like something or someone to relate to. So I decided to Continue reading
Ooh La La
My first workshops in France for over 10 years got off to an amazing start. The Fuji X-T10 arrived the day before we left and that gave me the time needed to set it up just how I wanted (or so I thought). I’d spent a couple of hours working out how I was going to set the ISO without a top plate dial and how I was going to trim my exposure to 1/3 stop increments. I thought I had it sussed then I started shooting for real in France. It was only when I had shot with the big zoom, the small primes, in the dark and with flash that I had gathered enough experience to make the final changes to my X-T10 set up. All will be revealed below. Every shot I took in France was with the X-T10 camera (in silver).
Locations: La Romieu and environs in the Gers region of France
Models: Chantelle Hole and a guest appearance by Maxime Paquet
Location Scout: Simon Whitten
Event coordinators: Laura Haskins and Blaise Parsons at Lovegrove
Styling: Dresses by Molly Mishi May and Lisa Keating
Camera: Fujifilm X-T10 with 16mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm and 50-140mm lenses.
I was in France to lead a portraiture and fashion workshop event over three days. We had delegates from Oklahoma in the US, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Surrey and Bristol. The group gelled really well and it’s fair to say we have all made new friends. Here are 80 or so portraits from our three days in paradise. Enjoy Continue reading
Here are 28 photographs taken with the new Fuji X-T10 at the Amateur Photographer reader day event in London with Fujifilm UK
I was asked by Fujifilm to inspire, educate and demonstrate to a group of 60 AP readers how I use the Fuji X series cameras and in particular to share my strategies for switching from a DSLR. I started the day with a Continue reading
A lighting style defined by a £40 accessory
It was just under three years ago that I decided to create a set of gobo (go between) filter gels. I wanted to utilise the clips on the barn doors of the then new Lupolux LED spotlights. Luke and I set to work and between us we created the Lovegrove ScatterGel™ collection.
Here are my favourite shots taken with Scattergels. They are all taken using Fuji X cameras. In this post I share and the tips and tricks needed to get Continue reading
Here are 10 shots, low key and high key from a recent pregnancy shoot session with my friend Leanne.
When I was asked for my opinions on version 4 of the X-T1 firmware I was a little scared and excited in equal measure. Excited because the opportunity to shoot in a more dynamic style is quite appealing. Scary because relearning shooting procedures is never easy. I’ve never been one to shy away from innovation and I’m certainly not a luddite when it comes to tech so I jumped at the chance. Here are my findings.
I decided to do a side by side comparison in each of my test situations and write up my findings. Writing up experiments and drawing upon the exif data really helps my learning process. I started with two X-T1 bodies running FW 3.11. I set all the parameters on both cameras to be identical and then did an upgrade to X-T1 firmware v4 on the black body only.
I found that firmware V4 affects Continue reading
In this series of shots I show how applying knowledge to lighting can result in very marketable portraits for both the social and corporate markets. It’s not how many lights you have in the studio that matters, it’s what you can do with them that counts. Here are 26 frames from a recent 1:1 session that show what can be achieved with just one or two lights, enjoy… Continue reading
On Friday I was in Liverpool to give two half day lighting demonstrations to the customers of Wilkinson Cameras. I divided the sessions into Hollywood style lighting using the Lupolux continuous lighting and working the Fuji X cameras with flash systems from Cactus and Elinchrom.
Here are just a few of the frames and gifts now available on this site. Just click here, on the picture below or access our store via the shop tab above. Prices are very reasonable. You can choose to be naughty or nice with your gifts this summer…
Multiframe panoramas have the added advantage of many more pixels than a standard frame shot taken with a single exposure and as a result lend themselves to the production of large prints.
By using the latest software like Lightroom 6 (cc) with built in RAW photo merge we can create stunning multi image panoramas. No matter how good the software is it needs great source images to work with. Here is my guide to making great panoramic photographs using Nodal shift. Continue reading
Here are 45 photographs taken Continue reading
Here are 65 photographs of Mischkah Scott, the story behind them and how they were created. NSFW after the break. Enjoy Continue reading
This is my real world comparison between the Fujifilm XF16-55mm zoom with the XF16mm f/1.4, XF23mm f/1.4, XF35mm f/1.4 and the XF56mm f/1.2 prime lenses. I often hear statements like prime lenses are better than zoom lenses. Is that so? Let’s find out… Continue reading
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.
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
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
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