Naturally lit portraits in the cellar with the Fuji X-T1, 23mm and 56mm lenses

This video shows how I make portraits even in gloomy, low lit spaces using the Fujifilm X-T1 camera, the XF 23mm f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2 lenses.

This is the fourth of five videos commissioned by Fujifilm showing how I make beautifully simple portraits. All the 5 Fujifilm chapters are just part of my latest 18 chapter production called ILLUMINATIONThis all new lavish, feature length production comprises nearly two hours of video training in 18 chapters and covers the use of Speedlights, big flash packs and natural light when making fabulous portraits on location.

Model: Victoria Coutts
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn

Illumination ~ trailer

A short trailer for Illumination. The ultimate training video experience for lighting portraits on location. Presented by Damien Lovegrove.
The full production is just under 2 hours long and is split into 18 chapters of full HD video covering the use of speedlights, big flash and natural light.

More information including the kit used by Damien Lovegrove can be found here.

Please feel free to ask questions below.

Rural portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens

This video shows how I make portraits that have life and vitality using the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens shooting under trees in the countryside.

This is the third of five videos commissioned by Fujifilm showing how I make beautifully simple portraits. All the 5 Fujifilm chapters are just part of my latest 18 chapter production called ILLUMINATIONThis all new lavish, feature length production comprises nearly two hours of video training in 18 chapters and covers the use of Speedlights, big flash packs and natural light when making fabulous portraits on location.

Model: Claire Rammelkamp
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn

Backlit garden portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens

This video shows how I make portraits that have life and vitality using the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens shooting under trees in the garden.

This is the second of five videos commissioned by Fujifilm showing how I make beautifully simple portraits. All the 5 Fujifilm chapters are just part of my latest 18 chapter production called ILLUMINATIONThis all new lavish, feature length production comprises nearly two hours of video training in 18 chapters and covers the use of Speedlights, big flash packs and natural light when making fabulous portraits on location.

Model: Victoria Coutts
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn

Window light portraits with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm lens

How to take stunning window light portraits by taking control of your surroundings.

This is one of five videos that I was commissioned to make for Fujifilm UK this summer using the Fuji XT-1 and 56mm lens. All 5 Fujifilm chapters form part of this grand 18 chapter production called ILLUMINATION. This all new lavish, feature length production comprises nearly two hours of video training in 18 chapters and covers the use of Speedlights, big flash packs and natural light when making fabulous portraits on location.

Model: Victoria Coutts
Dress: Molly Mishi May
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn

Corporate shoot with the Fuji X-T1

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Two years ago I was commissioned to shoot a ‘Day In The Life’ project at BBC Bristol centre where I worked for 14 years from 1984 until 1998. I shot the complete project on my Fuji X-Pro1 with the 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses. Last month I was back but this time I had the Fuji X-T1 with 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I was asked to  shoot formal and informal behind the scenes shots capturing the goings on in the newsroom, out on location and of course back in the studio. The project took several days in total but here are a few shots from my studio series. Continue reading

A mix of boudoir, beauty and vintage portraits

Here is a mix of the shots I took during a couple of recent 1:1 training sessions. My clients flew in for the sessions. One couple came from Slovakia and they stayed at a cottage we found in the Mendip hills and the other couple stayed in the Clifton apartment we had arranged for them. Blaise and Laura are dab hands at putting together shoot training packages for individuals and small groups of photographers. Email Blaise for more information or see this page for prices.

1. My trusty Zorky 5 camera made for the Russian market serves as a great prop.

01. My Russian made Zorky 5 film camera serves as a great prop. Claire was lit here with reflected window light.

Camera: I used my trusty Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses
Lighting: Lupolux LED 1000 and an LED 650 with Scattrergels and a Lupolux Quadlight with grid
Model: Claire R from Gingersnap model agency
Make up and hair on the vintage set: Vicki Waghorn

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Sunbounce Reflectors on the run with Alicia Endemann and the X-T1 in Ostende

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01. I am still learning how to shoot action with the Fuji X-T1 so I decided to start the shoot with a bit of movement.

A couple of weeks ago I popped in on my friend Tom Museeuw in De Haan near Ostende on my way back from Den Haag in Holland. I drove my Fiat 500 on this road trip. I’ve downsized my camera kit and my car too. I stayed at the fabulous Hotel Astel in De Haan and we had a few beers as the sun set for old times sake. The next day was a late start thankfully as Tom set up a shoot for the afternoon. Last time we shot together I showed Tom how I use hard Lupolux spotlights. This time Tom showed me the finer art of feathering reflectors and his infamous double bounce. Some BTS shots of us shooting are at the end of the post. Enjoy… Continue reading

Boudoir in Den Haag with Rosalinde Kikstra

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I shot this set of 60 pictures  using my Fujifilm X-T1 as a Leica Monochrom but of course I was shooting faster because I had the Fuji’s excellent autofocus plus the tilting screen of the Fuji meant I got shots I could never have taken on a Leica.

I set the X-T1 to RAW + Jpeg and my film simulation to ‘B g’ which is the Fuji monochrome setting with a green filter. Enjoy

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Rosalinde on the Streets of Den Haag – X-T1, Cactus V6 trigger

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01. Rosalinde lit with a barefaced Cactus RF60 Speedlight triggered by the remarkable Cactus V6 trigger on my Fuji X-T1. The Cactus trigger can also work with all recent Nikon, Canon and Pentax Speedlights giving full manual control from the camera and a digital readout of the power set. These eclipse all the triggers I’ve tried previously and are a perfect tool for those photographers migrating to the Fuji X system.

On the last day of my trip to Den Haag in the Netherlands I had a fun shoot set up with my friend Nick Liburd. We shot in my hotel suite until lunchtime then ventured out into the cold for an hour or so with top model Rosalinde Kikstra. Here is a small selection of the shots we took just a few hundred meters from the hotel. Enjoy

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Craco Italy – The finest abandoned town in the world?


Click settings, select 1080p HD then go full screen and kick back for three and a half minutes.

Craco Italy is one of the most fabulous abandoned places in the world and is often used as a shoot location for feature films and fashion photography. I decided to check it out with my photographer friend Aneil Sharma. We stayed in the nearby ancient town of Matera and did a day trip with a couple of Italian models to Craco. Here are some location stills from our visit and a few portraits shot in probably the best shoot location in Europe.

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