Prophotonut was started by Damien Lovegrove in 2008 and is a collection of 580 posts that have been viewed over 5 million times. It regularly gets 4000 visitors each day and when Damien has just posted this rises to 1000 visitors per hour. “The secret of Prophotonut’s success are it’s numerous pillar articles on all kinds of subjects including shooting street portraits, how to photograph couples and settings to use with a Fuji X-T1” Says Damien.

 

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Damien Lovegrove is considered by many to be one of the worlds most influential contemporary photographers. He is best known for creating portraits that make women look fabulous. He is a confident director and great fun to shoot with too. Damien’s lighting style is legendary and his picture composition, sublime.

Damien is a Fujifilm ambassador and an official Fuji X Photographer. He has shot exclusively with Fuji cameras since May 2012.

Damien and Julie Lovegrove have built a great team around them, Laura, Blaise and Suzi run the diary and liaise with portrait and commercial clients. Luke is in charge of picture retouching and web design. Vicki is the house make up and hair artist and Julie Lovegrove, as well as being a photographer in her own right is also the finance director.

 

Lovegrove Shop is a small company with a big profile. A player on the world stage working from a contemporary studio in a converted farm in Somerset UK. Our enthusiastic verve is creatively driven. We love image making and always strive to exceed our own and our customers expectations. The foundation for our team success comes from a continuing education in photography and business. We have never stopped learning and we have this wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on.

“It is no surprise that both fame and success at the very top of their industry have come so quickly to the Lovegroves. They are a winning combination with a recipe for success.”

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36 Responses

  1. Annabel Hou

    Hello Damien,

    This is Annabel from Business Development of ArcSoft, a world leading imaging software provider. We found your excellent photography site http://www.prophotonut.com/ through Google Searching. We’re writing to check if there’s any opportunity that we can expect a review on our flagship product Portrait+ from you.

    Portrait+ is a portrait retouching application for commercial portrait/wedding photographers, photo labs, and photo studios etc. Its batch processing feature and advanced multi-face detection technology helps greatly improve the efficiency of post processing and save much time for professional photographers during busy seasons. Please find the main features below,

     Brand New and User-friendly! Retouch portraits smartly with the most real face remained. Spares you much time.
     Face Recognition – Smart and Speedy! Auto detect every face in all imported photos. Get rid of fussy manual selection.
     Processing Workflow – Flexible yet Simple! Smooth skin, eliminate deep scars, pimples, scratches, add makeups, super easily.
     Output Result – Natural and Stunning! Try out organic natural-looking, fancy party-looking or exquisite covergirl. Always look best.

    If you’re interested and would like us to send you a free copy to test.

    It would be our greatest pleasure to hear your interest in reviewing Portrait+ and introducing it to more photographers in public. Thank you for your most favorable attention. We look forward to your feedback.

    Have a nice day!

    Best regards,
    ————————-
    Annabel | BD Officer
    hhj2819@arcsoft.com
    ArcSoft, Inc.

    Reply
    • Damien

      Hi Annabel,

      We have a real problem in our industry that needs addressing right now. The retouching of images to imply perfect skin or bodies is causing massive social issues among young people.

      Retouched images are bland. The best portraits taken are real, not faked. An Individual’s blemishes, marks and asymmetry are what makes them unique and beautiful. I don’t use Photoshop on my images. Instead, I just whizz them through Lightroom doing the minimum of dodging and burning to adjust the tonality as required.

      I’d love to see a ban on retouched images starting with women’s magazines. We’d be shocked at first but then we’d grow to love lines, character and real body shapes. There is beauty in all of us and it’s about time the photographic industry did away with fakery.

      So perhaps I’m not the best candidate for your product test.

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  2. Marshall

    Wow Damien,

    Your reply to the Arcsoft enquiry was one of the most life affirming statements I have ever read. I am not exaggerating! I was a film photographer back in the day who changed careers partly due to being jaded by the fashion “industry”. After a long hiatus I am venturing into digital photography. I had seen your website a year ago but I have now discovered that you are enjoying the Fuji system. I just purchased the XT-1 as well and I am very excited to see someone of your caliber making stunning images with this mirrorless gear! Anyway, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate and support your position about retouching. I hope to meet you one day and perhaps take a class with you! All the best!
    Marshall

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    • Damien

      Wow, thank you Marshall,

      Your kind words and support really matter to me. I do hope we get to shoot together one day soon. Thank you for taking the time to write your response.

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  3. Michael Thornton

    Hi Damien,
    Your help would be appreciated with the following scenario.
    I have a US 4 square flash bracket which is currently holding 4 Nikon SB600 flash guns.
    Each gun is mounted on a flash hot shoe and the four pc connecters are connected by a four way cable terminating in a single pc connector. Thus they can all be fired by a single Pocket Wizard unit resulting in a high flash output or a fast recycling unit.
    I would like to purchase the Cactus V6 triggers you have in your shop with the intention of being able to fire all the flashes together to provide a fast recycling unit and to be able to adjust the power of all four guns with one control on the cameras Cactus unit.
    Can I connect my cable to the pc socket on a single Cactus and fire all 4 flashes, or do I need to purchase a Cactus trigger for each flash gun and dispense with the hot shoe adaptors and my 4 to 1 connecting cable

    Hope this makes sense and is not confusing.

    Regards
    Michael
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    • Damien

      Hi Michael,

      The Cactus will not give you the control unless you buy 5 units and I don’t recommend that as your rig will have 24 AA batteries to manage and be a complete faff to rig etc. Stick with PW if you keep the Speedlight rig or better still get a one head Elinchrom Quadra kit. Twice the power of all 4 Speedlights together and with full control from the small Skyport trigger on camera. Comes with a brolly attachment built in and is very portable. Gives 250+ flashes at full power and has fast recyling etc. Just one battery to manage too. http://www.lovegroveconsulting.com/shop_by_brand/elinchrom/elinchrom_ranger_quadra_kits.aspx

      I hope this helps.

      Damien.

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  4. Marshall

    Hi Damien,

    You are most welcomed! You really did hit it on the head in your reply. You were respectful but firm in your convictions (which I support). After many years in the fashion photography world, I just didn’t “get it” anymore and so I stopped. I am not passing judgement on anyone. I just did not want to participate.

    I am now a Chinese Medicine practitioner (acupuncturist) and I am very tuned into health (both physical and mental) and so I see the effects and pressure that our culture inflicts, especially on women. As I return to my photography for joy, I will keep your words in the back of my mind and in my vision, knowing that there is someone like yourself who feels the same way. Deep down, I believe there are many photographers who feel trapped in the world of perfection and perhaps we can all band together and start a quiet movement! Once again I pass no judgement on those who love the retouching process but the world is big enough for all of us!

    Thank you!

    Marshall

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    • Damien

      Hi Marshall,

      I hope it’s a matter of time until the world wakes up and sees just how ridiculous the vast majority of fashion and beauty images from 1998 – 2015 really are. There is no longevity in these over retouched images because they have no integrity. Maybe you and I can start a quiet revolution :)

      Respect,

      Damien.

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  5. Michael

    Hi Damien,

    I am hoping you have a few moments to offer some valued advice re the Fuji XT-1.
    I want to shoot some lifestyle model shots with the fuji and its 56mm lens. They will be mostly head and shoulders with the model moving her head side to side, back to front and laughing. I usually use a Nikon D4S with its new group area focus and shoot and spray at the maximum frames per second in order to get some images really sharp around the eyes.
    How would you tackle this scenario to get sharp images with the Fuji XT or is it simply not the camera to use for this job?

    Many thanks for a very informative website and blog,

    Michael
    Sevilla
    Espana.

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    • Damien

      Hi Michael, I would ask your model to fix her feet on the floor, you do the same. You will both naturally find your centre of gravity. Switch the camera to manual focus and pre focus the camera using the afl button with her looking at you and don’t touch the focus ring. Then with the camera on CH just shoot the action. It should be spot on :)

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  6. Michael

    Hi Damien,
    Thanks for taking the time to respond, I do appreciate your advice.
    I must confess to being a little confused, using a 56mm at wide apertures the dof is very limited.
    As the model moves her head back or forwards from the prefocussed point, surely the eyes will be out of sharp focus?

    I do wish Fuji would implement Nikons AF-On feature accurately allowing me to focus continuously by holding in the AFL button and depress the shutter without it locking/effecting the focus.

    Regards
    Michael

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    • Damien

      Hi Michael, The DOF is limited but side to side movement will be fine. No AF system can track an eye in such a situation. Hair will be flying around and the best you can do is park the focus in the right place then trigger the action. If you want a shot of the model with her head back laughing you ask her to put her head where it will end up, focus and then shoot the action. The focus point might well be her mouth especially if her eyes are closed. Here is a video of me doing just this kind of thing. The action bit is at the end: https://vimeo.com/114138189 Kind regards, Damien.

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  7. Michael

    Hi Damien,

    Thanks a lot, love your video, just what I needed to see.

    Regards
    Michael

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  8. Kevin

    Hi Damien.

    I love all your work! and how to explain it. The training videos are for download? Greetings from Venezuela.

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  9. suzannewvince

    Hi Damien,

    I would be very interested in using one of your photos for the cover of a book (romance novel). Please contact me at suzanne@suzannevince.com if you would be interested in discussing.

    Your work is just spectacular. Your passion for photography shows in each photo.

    Best,
    Suzanne

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    • Damien

      Thanks Suzanne,

      As you know I emailed. I’d be delighted to supply images for novels, better still to shoot images for novels. Commissioning an original piece of artwork is less expensive than you think plus you get exclusive use in as many uses as you wish. All I need is a synopsis and I’ll moodboard some ideas for you and we can take it from there :)

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  10. Nathan

    Hello Damien,

    I’ve been more than inspired by your photos and I’ve learned quite a lot from all of your videos and blogs. I currently shoot with a Sony mirrorless setup but that Fuji bug has bit me. I’ve been wanting to make the switch to Fuji, but one issue I can hearing about has me hesitant. The issues of processing Fuji’s RAW files in Lightroom.

    So that brings me to my question. Do you shoot in RAW, and if so, do you use Lightroom? I’m a little hesitant to move away from Lightroom but I’ll give anything a chance. Any advice you could lend would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!

    Best Regards,

    Nathan

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    • Damien

      Thank you Nathan for your kind words, I do indeed shoot raw and use Lightroom. There’s no better way in my view. It really brings out the best in my Fuji files. Here is how I do it.

      You can make the switch. You’ll be fine :)

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  11. Tim

    Hi Damien,

    I’ve recently started getting back into photography after a long absence and I wanted to thank you as your blog and photography have been an inspiration.

    Also, your articles on IR have convinced me to send my old 30D off to ACS for IR conversion and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

    Kind regards
    Tim

    p.s. FYI – the link to your colour IR Photoshop action appears to be broken at the moment

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    • Damien

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the compliments. I’ll see if I can fix the link. It was an action from my Photoshop CS2 days. I’ve not used Photoshop for years. I hope I still have the action somewhere. Enjoy your ir photography. I might get a Fuji converted :)

      Cheers,

      Damien.

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  12. Angelo Amichevole

    Hi Damien, I have learned so much from your writings and videos! I recently purchased an X-T10 and love it. Do you shoot RAW or JPG? If RAW, I keep reading about how Adobe software loses a lot if fine details and that many are using Capture One, Iridient, etc. what is your work flow like? Again, thank you for all of your help and inspiration! Angelo

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    • Damien

      Hi Angelo,

      I shoot RAW and don’t listen to the ‘Lightroom ruins my RAW files’ brigade. Just switch noise reduction off and you have every bit of detail you can ever ask for. If you shoot RAW and Jpeg you get 100% post view magnification on playback in camera. If you shoot RAW only this will be 50%.

      Kind regards,

      Damien.

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  13. Christophe Krauth

    Dear Mr Lovegrove, I bought a x-t1 body I juste love with the 18-55 lens I really appreciate for my travel, then purchased the 27mm as it is the smallest lens with good performance I could get to be as light as possible. Having no 35mm lens would you recommend the 35mm f/2 if you already would have a 27mm f/2.8? Finally I purchased the 10-24mm which is my favourite lens above all due to the angle of view even if it is only a f/4 lens. I am hesitating to buy a 56mn and I saw lots of your pictures being really impressive with this lens. What could you tell me about your experience with this lens? Is it only for portraits? Is it only to use for close ups? I would need a brighter lens one time. And which one of the 56mm (version R and APD existing) do you recommend and why? Many thanks for your answers. I really like your perception of light and how you are using it. Best regards, Christophe from France

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    • Damien

      Hi Christophe,

      The 35mm f/2 will be a street photographers dream lens as it will focus really fast and be tack sharp. The 56mm lens is heavy but fabulous. You bought the 27mm because it is light so I’m not it is the lens for you. Lens choice is a very personal thing and I suggest you get to a dealer to try out the lenses and see how they are to use.

      Thank you for your kind words,

      Damien.

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  14. Nathan

    Damien,

    You’re videos and photos are quite inspirational and your guides have drastically improved my photography. I only wish I could attend one of your workshops but alas, I’m on the other side of the ocean. My only issue I’ve been having with the XT1 is the rather small grip. I was looking at the Fuji offerings, but then I noticed that the grip on yours is neither of those. May I ask what grip you use on your XT1?

    Cheers,
    Nathan

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    • Damien

      Hi Nathan, I bought a grip on Ebay. I think it was an iShoot one. I don’t use the L bracket bit as it gets in the way. Kind regards, Damien.

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  15. Paul Mac

    You’re a top man Damien!! I have learned such a lot from looking at you pictures and watching your videos. Brilliant pictures. Take care Paul Mac

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  16. briansmithphotographer

    Hi Damien, can you please advise me on the best method to clean my sensor on the XT-1. Do you sell cleaning products in your Lovegrove Shop? How / what do you use to clean yours or would you always recommend having it cleaned professionally by Fuji?

    Keep up the stunning work Damien, you’re a true inspiration!

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    • Damien

      Hi Brian,

      I use an artists paint brush, a Loupe I bought in a Hong Kong night market and a bit of isopropyl alcohol on a cotton bud if necessary. Vodka is not bad either apparently. I’m not sure any of this helps but I do clean my sensor before each big job.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  17. Damien

    Thanks Giuseppe,

    You are so blessed with a wonderful place to live. I’ll be back and yes we can collaborate.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

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