Black Swan starring Raphaella McNamara

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This Black Swan workshop was day two of my Passion Photography Experience event at Pipwell Hall. After a very successful Film Noir shoot a home cooked dinner together and a night of rest it was time for my delegates to become immersed in a styled art nude workshop. I used continuous lighting from Lupolux and Arri to light Raphaella. I shot all these frames on my Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18-55mm zoom lens and I fitted a Tiffen 1/4 Black Pro Mist filter to calm down the digital edge of the files. NSFW after the jump.

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Shoot Essentials:

Makeup and hair: Claudia Lucia Spoto
Styling: Raphaella McNamara, Lisa Keating and Damien Lovegrove
Location: Pipwell Hall, Northamptonshire
Camera kit: Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 18-55mm OIS f/2.8-4 zoom lens.
Filters: Tiffen Black Pro Mist ¼ on all pictures.
Lights: Arri 150 and Arri 300 junior spotlights. A Lowel iD battery light with lithium power supply. Lupolux DayLED 650 and 1000 spotlights. Lupolux HMI 800 and 1200 Spotlights.

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This event was intended as a one off. However if you would like to join me on a Black Swan workshop in another location please email Laura. If we have enough interest I’ll add another date. Please feel free to comment below :)

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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.”

24 thoughts on “Black Swan starring Raphaella McNamara

  1. Hi Damien,

    What a beautiful series! I really love the light, the pure and elegant expression of the model. Really wonderful work from the team!

    Maarten

  2. These are fabulous images, what I love is that they are so classy, and flatter the model as well as the eye! I have fallen for my Fuji X100, would you recommend a Tiffen 1/4 pro mist for those files or does it favour the X-pro more?

  3. Hi Kevin,

    I think the Tiffen in a 49mm filter thread would give a fabulous look to interiors and ‘soft light’ exteriors shot on the X100 and X100s. We do them in 49mm too:) It’s an optical thing so the camera and sensor combination is largely irrelevant.

    Thanks for your continued support.

    Kind regards, Damien.

  4. I love the general atmosphere and the quality of the images, but I believe the posing could sometimes be a little softer; I don’t think you should see the ribs of the model. Also, on a couple of the pictures I would have been closer to the model. This being said, I love the style and would like to try the filter. Hope to participate on a shoot soon!! When are you doing a wedding shoot in France?

  5. Hi Steinar,

    Thanks for your comments. I’ve taught in France before but my experience has been that the French audience don’t want to listen to an English speaking photographer without translation. So I work in the other European countries that welcome me as I am. Translation halves the pace of the day and leaves everyone a little frustrated.

    Kind regards,

    Damien.

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