A fun studio test shoot with Vicki Blatchley and a Harley Davidson

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My studio is normally fine for head shots and mid length shots at a push but we filled it with a brand spanking new Harley Davidson straight out of the crate and there was not much room for anything else. Luckily I did manage to save a bit of floor space for my friend Vicki. Here are a bunch of pictures from our fab studio shoot.This is everything I never do and that was a great reason to do it. I rarely work with props in the studio and I’ve never shot a bike either. I wanted to shoot Vicky for my Fallen Angel project earlier this year and Our diaries never aligned. So we did a bike shoot instead.

The pictures here have just been whizzed through Lightroom and there is still some Photoshop work to do to make any of them print ready.

Shoot stats:

Model: Vicki BlatchleyMake up: Vicki Waghorn
Stylist: Jacqui Jones
Props: Len Martin and Waghorn Guitars

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1, 18mm-55mm zoom and 35mm prime lenses.
Tiffen Black Pro Mist 1/4 on all shots
Lighting: Lupolux 800, Lupolux 650 and Lupolux 1000 Fresnel Spotlights

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15. Vicki is checking out the stunning hand built Waghorn Super Strat guitar.

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22. My daughter Francesca wanted in on the action so she jumped on the bike while Vicki was changing. I’m a bit biased but I love this cool, no nonsense look of hers.

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We went down to the Moorend Spout pup for lunch, Then I shot a filter test. The results of the test are here under the gallery tab half way down the page on the right. After that interlude we shot a few one light portraits to finish the session.

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About Damien

Damien Lovegrove learned his trade as a cameraman and lighting director during 14 years at the BBC, working on programmes such as the Clothes Show, Top of the Pops and Casualty. Fifteen years on, Damien has become one of the foremost trainers of photography and entrepreneurial business strategies in our industry. A published writer and regular columnist, Damien has travelled the globe sharing his knowledge and expertise. “Photography fascinates me” declares Damien. "Much of my photography is inspired by a burning enthusiasm within me” explains Damien. “Picking up a camera gives me such a rush that I’m instantly driven to create pictures.”

6 thoughts on “A fun studio test shoot with Vicki Blatchley and a Harley Davidson

  1. The Harley shots are fab, but for me personally, the last three one light portraits are the stand out shots. But that’s just because of my own personal taste for that style of image — something I’m trying hard to break free from in order to embrace and capture a wider range of images and become more versatile as a photographer.

  2. Damien, do you ever mix flash lighting and lupolux lighting or do you have to go with one or the other. Looking to upgrade from our Bowens set-up and struggling to decide to stay with Bowens, move to Ellinchrom or go Lupolux.

  3. Hi Dave,

    An upgrade from Bowens is another flash system. Lupolux is not really an alternative and it is much harder light too. The studio flash system will have you shooting at ISO 100 at f/11 and the Lupolux will have you shooting at ISO 800 at f/4. Why not get a couple of decent Elinchrom heads and use your Bowens as hair lights or back ups.

    kind regards,

    Damien.

  4. Hi Thorsten,

    I totally understand your comments. The Harley shoot was a distraction. We all need them from time to time. Go and shoot some landscapes or do a road trip. I find a break of style is a useful tonic. It’s just so easy to do the same look day in and day out. I did that for 10 years shooting weddings at f/4 :)

    Stay creative and inspired,

    Damien.

  5. Hello Damien regarding Lupolux am I correct in assuming you would not use a light modifer such as softbox on them but control shape of light by other means? Also are there batteries for them to take them outdoors? Can they be powered by plugging into a UK mains socket? Thanks Chris.

  6. Hi Chris,

    1, Yes you are right. The spotlights are not suitable for use in a soft box. The Quad 1500 is perfect for that kind of application: http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/lupolux_quadlight.aspx

    2, Modifiers for spotlights include these Scatter gels: http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/lovegrove_scatter_gels.aspx

    3, A battery power supply for the Spotlights is here: http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/lighting_kit/continuous_lighting/lithium_ion_battery_inverters.aspx The run times with each of the lights is shown on the page too.

    4, Yes they are all mains capable so you can use them in any 220v outlet.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

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