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
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
I’ve been working on my 2014 collection of images and I was shocked to see Continue reading
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 :)
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
Fujifilm 56mm, 56mm APD and 60mm primes plus 50-140mm, 55-200mm and 18-55mm zooms ~ compared.
Out of curiosity I have done a mini test with six Fujifilm X series lenses to Continue reading
Some time ago I shared my Continue reading
This 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
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.
Warning: GAS inducing blog post (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) Reading this blog post might melt your credit card. Continue reading
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.
This is a slideshow showing a selection of the photographs that feature in this production (go full screen HD :)
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
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
I was given three pieces of advice for sport photography when I was shooting alongside some top pros when I was at the BBC TV and here it is Continue reading
Gorgeous couple Bethany, a model from Phnom Penh and Shadrack, a professional footballer joined us in Kep for tour 2. When Linda at Essential Explorations and I set out the schedule for our Cambodia adventures we wanted to recruit fabulous models with a good command of English. We knew we were going to photograph the local Khmer people throughout the rest of the trip so we set out to make the four dedicated portrait sessions an exciting contrast. Here are 40 of my shots from these sessions. Enjoy Continue reading
Kate, one of our models, joined us in Seem Reap for a couple of days on my first tour of Cambodia. Here are a few of my frames taken in a fishing village, temples, woodland and our boutique hotel. NSFW after the jump or fold Continue reading
In this sample video I’ll show you how I capture classic English country garden portraits with life and vitality using the Fuji X-T1 camera, 56mm f/1.2 lens and an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra flash pack. I’ll be shooting our model, Claire, under a beautiful garden archway with the ambient soft light coming in from behind. More light is then added with my Quadra flash kit. Continue reading