1 comment May 18th, 2013 08:30am damien
Here is a collection of pictures from my recent ‘Passion on the Streets’ workshop in Manchester. I have popped a behind the scenes shot into the set to show you how I use a reflector. Enjoy (more…)
Here are posts dedicated to using the advanced features of Nikon Speedlights, Canon Speedlites and big flash too.
|Fashion influenced portraits||Canon & Nikon TTL flash compared|
|How to shoot winter weddings||Nikon SB-900 v Nikon SB-800|
|Make the world your studio||Phase One 645AF & P65+ review|
|Two point lighting techniques||Canon 580EX11 or 430EX11?|
|Using Speedlites in manual mode||Using Speedlights and triggers|
|Notes about contrast in lighting||High Speed Sync with PWs|
|Low light shooting at weddings||The Colour of Light|
1 comment May 18th, 2013 08:30am damien
Here is a collection of pictures from my recent ‘Passion on the Streets’ workshop in Manchester. I have popped a behind the scenes shot into the set to show you how I use a reflector. Enjoy (more…)
5 comments May 12th, 2013 02:41pm damien
1 comment April 19th, 2013 09:13pm damien
I shoot model portfolios from time to time and here are 12 frames from a recent studio session. (more…)
3 comments April 8th, 2013 10:35am damien
I am given various challenges as part of my day to day photography training business but none are tougher than this one. My long term clients Alan and Jackie Rankine flew me up to Edinburgh to give two days of 1:1 tuition in January. The theme was lighting winter wedding portraits and groups in castles and stately homes. I was faced with that classic combination of heavy rain on a bitter wind barely illuminated by what little daylight there was in January that far North. Here are some of the magical pictures we created at Dundas Castle and Hopetoun House (more…)
7 comments April 6th, 2013 06:25pm damien
Munich is colourful and vibrant when the sun is out. Radmila and I went to Starbucks for 10am in the centre of town to meet up with Julia, our model for the day. After warming up over coffee we exited the cafe by the back door and ventured into the park. Within seconds we were shooting. Here is a selection of the images I shot on my trusty Fuji X100 (more…)
2 comments April 6th, 2013 09:52am damien
Creating fun moments and capturing them with a good sense of timing is what it’s all about. In this post I’m sharing a few sequences that I shot last week in Munich from a 1:1 studio boudoir tutorial with Radmila Kerl followed by a studio lighting workshop for six delegates. Here is a selection of the images we created.
These pictures have only been through Lightroom and have not been Photoshoped. The beauty, love, and fun you see here is real. NSFW after the jump. (more…)
25 comments March 15th, 2013 06:19pm damien
NSFW after the jump (more…)
13 comments February 4th, 2013 03:06pm damien
Here are a selection of my pictures from a 1 to 1 training session with my friend and fellow photographer Aneil Sharma. Aneil booked Chloe Jasmine, created the mood boards and styled the shoot. Vicki Waghorn designed the hairstyles and did the makeup and I was left to recreate the lighting looks from Aneil’s mood boards. This is what we got up to (more…)
10 comments February 1st, 2013 04:13pm damien
I’ve been shooting this ‘light and bright’ style for a while now in my studio. I used this shoot to work on the background proximity options. (more…)
24 comments January 25th, 2013 10:38pm damien
I shot all of these 33 pictures using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 18-55mm zoom lens and a Tiffen (more…)
8 comments January 19th, 2013 11:12pm damien
Here is a small selection of the pictures I shot on my Fuji X100 at last weeks workshop in Manchester. Chris Hanley joined me in teaching 12 delegates our style of interior portrait shooting. We secured the fabulous Hilton Cloud 23 bar for the shoot and had full Hilton hospitality. (more…)
5 comments January 19th, 2013 12:16am damien
I have long been fascinated by the suffering and pain that some people can muster in expression. Great actors and people with character seem blessed with a way of communicating that has a depth far deeper than I can ever imagine the source. My life has been largely free from pain and suffering on a surface level but I have a very shallow emotional plateau. I have tears streaming down my face Just writing this blog. My hard shell poorly disguises a soft vulnerable interior. I am very close to the edge sometimes but I have a knack of avoiding the spiral of doom. My life is lived on a level above the norm guided by a freakish positive force that seems rarely to elude me. I’m lucky. I’ve seen many people who rarely surface, let alone reach their potential. Their enduring misery is not the subject of this post however. I want a fictional narrative to provide the shell that protects me from the harsh realities I am not equipped to empathise with. This is ‘Maiden Flight™’ and ‘Fallen Angel™’.
The working narrative:
A young, beautiful, vulnerable girl leaves/ is driven out/ or abandons her home. The first escape/ exposure to a harsh reality. The pull of the demons within leaves her destitute/ without friends/ abused/ homeless/ dependent or addicted. The maiden has fallen. Her character strengthens, her resolve deepens, she toughens up and surfaces a triumphant yet hardened person. She has identity and discovers herself. She is an artist expressing herself through dance and music. Her expressive talent is a result of the torment and strength her circumstances have dealt her. Her art transcends the intellectual and without academic achievement she achieves greatness. A Phoenix rising from the ashes.
I set out to create a photographic essay that characterises the narrative and here are a selection of pictures from my first shoot with the amazing Lea Reah. Make up for the Maiden Flight™ section was provided by Vicki Waghorn. (more…)
8 comments December 18th, 2012 05:30pm damien
Part 2 of 12 hours in room 402. Part 1 and the background story is here. The morning after our shoot with Agata, Abi arrived from Gingersnap model agency in Bristol. I’ve not shot with Abi before and she was a delight to work with. Here is a small selection of our shots. (more…)
8 comments December 16th, 2012 01:22am damien
I am in the process of fine tuning my studio lighting for shooting lingerie, boudoir and fashion collections. It’s all about the greys in this shoot. 50 shades of grey is just not enough (more…)
13 comments December 3rd, 2012 04:52pm damien
Here are a selection of the pictures taken during the making of the Photographing Couples video. I photographed two couples, one in an urban environment and the other in parkland to create a body of work that shows exactly how I pose, light and shoot my couples pictures. Over 600,000 visits to the posing couples pages on this blog triggered the project that is now finally complete. (more…)
8 comments November 23rd, 2012 05:27pm damien
This post answers one of my most frequently asked questions about working with flash on location. Your digital camera screen can show you exactly how the highlights and shadows are rendered in the scene far better than a light meter and some guess work So it’s the camera screen that forms the basis of our measurement system. I spent more of my life shooting film with light meters than I have shooting digital but the day I switched to digital my light meter was the first thing to go.
Here are my 10 steps to success to shooting in sunlight with the Elinchrom Quadra (more…)
16 comments November 9th, 2012 02:39pm damien
Here are a selection of my pictures from day one of this lavish two day workshop. I’ve added some lighting and style notes for good measure too.
12 comments November 8th, 2012 01:48pm damien
Here are a set of pictures from my recent Urban Portraits workshop in Bristol. It was my last street workshop of the year and the first Urban Portraits workshop that I have run on a Sunday. (more…)
12 comments November 4th, 2012 05:03pm damien
Here is a selection of the 80 or so pictures I shot while leading one of my photographing couples workshops in the UK. I keep the delegate numbers to just 6 so that everyone gets a good opportunity to shoot each setup. We used just one Speedlight or natural light for these pictures. (more…)
27 comments October 12th, 2012 08:45pm damien
Every year I run a few spectacular workshops abroad somewhere in the sun and always at visually inspiring locations. This year it was the turn of southern Spain and the area around Cartegena. We ran a similar workshop in 2011 and centered that event around an abandoned monastery. This year we used other abandoned locations including a mineral extraction factory, a military barracks, and mine buildings. Here are a selection of my pictures and the settings I used to create them (more…)
9 comments October 6th, 2012 11:27pm damien
Every now and then I come across a character asking to be set free and that’s just what we did on this studio lighting workshop. Rohini from Gingersnap model agency is utterly gorgeous and fizzing with verve. (more…)
14 comments September 15th, 2012 11:14pm damien
13 comments September 7th, 2012 09:27pm damien
In a bid to put balance into my product offering this summer I chose to run a curvy boudoir workshop with a fabulous size 16 girl. Alexandra Watts stepped forward and agreed to model for me. I couldn’t have been blessed with a more gorgeous model and here are a few images from my set. All the shots are in colour this time despite shooting them all on my Fuji X-Pro1 in monochrome on the day.
My take on the size issue is (more…)
14 comments July 19th, 2012 05:27pm damien
Here are 40 of my shots from last weeks Photographing Couples workshop. I took 5 delegates on a tour around the streets of Bristol and we shot our couple en route. I used one Speedlight in manual mode on a lighting stand for some of the shots and the rest were lit with natural light. It rained almost all day but we worked under cover, in bars and with umbrellas. (more…)
1 comment July 19th, 2012 12:32pm damien
These frames are just a few from a recent 1:1 training session I gave. My client has a small studio in London with four flash heads, 2 Elinchrom and 2 Bowens. She uses a Nikon D700 with various pro lenses. I matched the kit we used on this training day with her kit so that everything we shot could be easily recreated in her own studio in town. (more…)
19 comments July 11th, 2012 10:13pm damien
The occasion was my second boudoir workshop at Old Down Manor in Gloucestershire. The brief I set for the event was to shoot with either natural light or one artificial light source. I had a Speedlight with a Lastolite Ezybox and a Lupolux DayLED 1000 Fresnel spotlight to make this shoot come alive. (more…)
2 comments July 3rd, 2012 01:45pm damien
Every now and then I test a new location or string of ideas ahead of a workshop and here are a few images from a recent boudoir test with Charlotte Roest Ellis. We went for a darker more melancholy feel to the images. Charlotte is represented by the fabulous Gingersnap model agency in Bristol. The styling and make up is by Charlotte.
20 comments July 1st, 2012 10:10pm damien
My Urban Portraits workshop has been running for five years now and in that time I have been fortunate enough to have taught in many cities throughout the world. I have settled on just two cities (more…)
11 comments June 26th, 2012 07:06pm damien
Here are a few frames from my first simply boudoir workshop. This event is a one light workshop and I change the light source from time to time. I used a variety of Lupo lights and a single modified Speedlight. The emphasis was definately on keeping it simple. (more…)
11 comments June 25th, 2012 10:05pm damien
Nothing quite prepares you for your first visit to Venice. It is like no other place on earth, Venice is simply glorious. The title of this post should include ‘and my mate Chris Hanley’ at the end. Chris and I had a job to do and this is the story of our mini adventure all in the name of work. (more…)
10 comments May 16th, 2012 03:36pm damien
This was my first street workshop with Charlotte and the first street workshop with my Fuji X-Pro1 kit. To be quite honest both performed remarkably well. Haha. Charlotte put up with the rain and was as delightful as ever throughout the day. When I’m teaching I like to work with models who are kind, patient and gorgeous too. Here are 20 of my shots from this challenging but rewarding workshop… (more…)
4 comments May 16th, 2012 12:58pm damien
At times the group was forced under cover because of the rain but Martin delivered the information and generated the pictures all the same… (more…)
7 comments May 12th, 2012 05:38pm damien
The event was my last ever Illuminating Portraits workshop held at the fabulous and opulent Maunsel House in Somerset. I will be taking this workshop on the road as the demand for simple, stylish interior portrait lighting using just Speedlights is as big as ever. Make up and hair was by the super talented Vicki Waghorn. Our model was Chloe F from Alpha agency. Here are a few of my shots, enjoy (more…)
47 comments May 7th, 2012 02:00am damien
I’m one month in with my Fujifilm X-Pro1 ownership. It’s been an interesting journey so far and here are my findings. (more…)
14 comments May 3rd, 2012 12:02am damien
On Monday, I was fortunate enough to spend time with a new 1:1 client that I had first met at the Hertfordshire Photovision roadshow last week. We started our training day at my Somerset studio with a revision session on balancing flash with ambient exposure. I then set out my core strategy for my all manual exposure system. (more…)
7 comments April 25th, 2012 09:59pm damien
It’s great to be out and about again after the winter. I started the location shooting season this year with this 1:1 workshop for a top client. We shot in the studio in the morning then went out to the woods and onto the beach in the afternoon. Here is a small selection of the location set ups that we shot. (more…)
6 comments April 25th, 2012 09:34pm damien
I met Paul, a fashion portrait photographer at Focus on Imaging and asked If I could shoot a few portraits of him. I chose to use my newly acquired Fuji X-Pro1 and my trusty Elinchrom Quadra. Test shoots for me are all about trying new styles and techniques. Some work and some fail. I certainly found a jpeg workflow unforgiving so I’m glad I used my Hoodman Loupe at the shooting stage to set the exposure. Enjoy (more…)
4 comments April 25th, 2012 09:12pm damien
I’m finally catching up with my blogging. Here are a few frames from recent studio lighting workshops, 1:1 sessions and the occasional test shoot. They are not all masterpieces but if something inspires you or triggers a thought or idea then they have done their job. (more…)
9 comments April 4th, 2012 11:23pm damien
Congratulations go to Melissa for her recent marriage to Ryan. They both featured in shots 1-9 on this blog post here. Their wedding was shot by my buddy and top photographer Simon York and his pictures of Melissa and Ryan’s wedding grace 6 pages of this weeks Hello magazine
Todays blog is all in colour to contrast with my recent all monochrome set shot in the same locations but with different background choices. I love shooting with Melissa, she has a spirit and energy that is so refreshing. Enjoy (more…)
8 comments April 4th, 2012 12:17am damien
About once a week at the moment I’m teaching shooting skills on a 1 to 1 basis. This set of shots were taken in my studio last week using basic Elinchrom kit or Dedo lights owned by my client. This journey of evolution for my client is as exciting for me as it is for him. I wanted to share some colour and energy pictures with you as my blog is looking a bit bland with the current mono look. Enjoy (more…)
95 comments April 2nd, 2012 10:59pm damien
I usually post just a selection of 20 to 40 pictures from my workshops to whet the appetite of future delegates but this time I thought I’d blog the lot. Here are 80 of my pictures taken on the Photographing Couples workshop held in Bristol last week. (more…)
9 comments March 29th, 2012 08:07pm damien
The Stuttgart sessions 2012 – Part 1
Day 1 of 2 in Stuttgart was a studio lighting workshop using the fabulous resources and facilities at the Park Studio. Our model was Patricia from Seka Models. Makeup and hair was by Anika Eisenschmidt of Alba Frei beauty. Here are 30 of my images (more…)
21 comments March 17th, 2012 09:51pm damien
I can’t believe we’ve finally finished Evolve 3. What started as a group of 10 studios/ photographers soon became 7. The 7 survivors then embarked upon a fast paced business growth programme that included plenty of shoot training as well as business development days and they are now equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. This has just been the first part of the journey that will take them into successful careers with the right application of effort on their part.
One Evolve 3 delegate has experienced a meteoric rise in the wedding photography echelons and I expect great things from the others too. The pictures here form half of the set we shot as a group at the Manchester Hilton last week. I was joined by Chris Hanley from Evolve 1 to teach our unique styles of speed lighting interior portraits. The delegates were in two groups and rotated between Chris and I so that they all got to shoot everything. Chris’s pictures will follow no doubt, but for now here is my set. (more…)
9 comments March 16th, 2012 09:58pm damien
The project: To teach my clients simple lighting for boudoir on location using an Elinchrom Quadra, a Lupo 800 and natural daylight.
My Clients, a young couple with a new studio stayed in the apartment rooms that Blaise, my PA had secured for the shoot. With an excited anticipation we embarked on a creative journey with twists and turns along the way. Here are a few of our pictures. (more…)
22 comments January 31st, 2012 01:22pm damien
Last week I ran a couple of workshops using just Speedlights to light interior portraits in response to demand highlighted in our recent questionairre. It seems that most photographers have at least one Speedlight and so I decided to show what can be achieved with this little yet powerful light source.
All the pictures in this post were taken on the Illuminating Portraits workshop using just Speedlights, available light or a combination of the two. (more…)
17 comments January 22nd, 2012 09:58pm damien
Here are 54 of Martin’s pictures from our adventure. Click here for part 1, the full story about this shoot, 54 of my pictures and details about the next Fuerventura workshop.
22 comments January 19th, 2012 11:32pm damien
“Success happens when preparation meets opportunity”
This adventure was the final stage of the preparation part. Our chance to prove that Fuerteventura is the perfect place for our winter sun location portrait workshop set for January 2013. Martin Hill (AKA Grand Master Flash) and I (more…)
34 comments January 7th, 2012 01:23am damien
Intro: I’m in no way a self proclaimed expert in these matters and I do recognise that there are many ways to make pictures and systems to use that differ from the ones I’ve highlighted in this feature. However, I do produce prints with a high image quality and the processes that I use work for me. I do hope you can find them useful too.
21 comments December 30th, 2011 12:03am damien
The past 12 months have been a challenge for most photographers eking out a living in a contracting market. It’s been tough on some counts but all this economic turmoil has given us the perfect excuse to explore new markets, change the products we offer and to push forward into uncharted waters. Art and humanity have always made great progress in times of trouble, when they have been forced to take on new directions.
Fashion in wedding and portrait photography has always been (more…)
21 comments December 22nd, 2011 07:18pm damien
Over the past few months I’ve done numerous shoots and have barely had time to edit them let alone blog them. Here are a few of my recent shots taken in the studio. They are not award winners, just run of the Lovegrove mill.
I’m moving on to new styles and genres for 2012 and it all takes a lot of research and most of all practice. Practice is what make the results flow. Nothing is more exhilarating than experimenting with new ideas. It’s a kind of creative buzz that feeds my soul.
I’ve blogged a staggering 5700 pictures in 2011 alone. What does this go to show? Well, it certainly means I’m prolific. I’m happy not to chase perfection but to achieve a consistent quality. I love to capture emotion and soul in my work. I shoot collections, and when I shoot for clients, I shoot for albums, big albums. A typical family portrait will result in 40 – 120 prints in the album. I never blog my client work, just my workshops, 1:1 shoots and some of my personal work.
If my blog readers like 3 or 4 of the images in each of my posts I’m happy. I started numbering my photographs this year to see what ones are the most successful and to my surprise the ‘hits’ varied considerably. I’m learning a lot about photography and about myself at the moment. The way I see the world is not quite the same as most people I know with the exception of Francesca my daughter. I’m often considered strange, metro-sexual is a word banded around me and I like to think I can recognise and capture beauty in a respectful and elegant way.
Over the next few days I’ll be whittling down those 5700 pictures to produce my definitive best of 2011 set. Will I make the right choices? No, but I’ll be happy with them and sometimes that’s all that matters.
Please enjoy this slightly random and motley set of recent studio portraits. (more…)
7 comments November 30th, 2011 03:35pm damien
This is a sample chapter using just one Studio Flash head at a distance of one metre from Chloe Jasmine Whichello. (more…)
14 comments November 25th, 2011 12:46pm damien
Here are a few fun portraits taken alongside my friend and ‘Evolver’ Marc Godfree. We shot at a local derelict institution using two Speedlights, an umbrella and a pair of lightweight stands with Gemini brackets. The Speedlights were set in manual mode and triggered using Pocket Wizard Plus 2 units. (more…)
23 comments November 20th, 2011 07:22pm damien
It’s been a while since I’ve used just Speedlights with a splash of ambient to light interior portraits. I’ve had several requests for a workshop that specifically covers using Speedlights and balancing them with interior ambient light. So my team decided (more…)
2 comments November 18th, 2011 11:28pm damien
Here is a selection of the pictures taken by my friend and fellow tutor Martin Hill on our latest workshop in Spain last month.
Martin has since been in India photographing a fabulous wedding and has just processed these wonderful images for my blog. Enjoy…
27 comments November 1st, 2011 08:19pm damien
Day three in Spain was a creative day for Martin and I. We invited two other shooters who have invested heavily in previous workshops to join us and we headed back to the Monastery for another shoot. I don’t think I could ever tire of the place. We took Katy and Maca with us and started shooting around 11am.
10 comments October 31st, 2011 08:46pm damien
Day two of the workshop started with us all recalling the stories of the night before where a little Gecko had made an impact on some of the party. We met in the hotel lobby at 9am and journeyed to our first quarry location about 20 minutes drive away. Martin and I had identified the first location on our recce trip back in February and the second location was found by Mickie Imrie, a local photographer who acted as our contact throughout the planning stages and accompanied us on the shoot.
Martin’s shots will get blogged when he returns from shooting a wedding in India.
24 comments October 30th, 2011 11:32pm damien
Where do I start? This event was always a highlight on my 2011 calendar and it didn’t disappoint. Shooting and teaching alongside my friend and fellow expert photographer Martin Hill is always a delight. Working with fab models Katy McGee and Maca Serano made our vision of life so beautiful too. All we needed was a great set of locations, a bit of sunshine, delegates who like to party and we were on it.
Blaise, my PA came out to Spain with us and performed all organising duties as well as providing us with lunch on location each day. With the organising taken care of it was easy to get passionate about the photography. Martin was set with the task of teaching and leading the group with the ‘big picture’ while I opted for texture and beauty details. We often swapped roles but the big location shots from day 1 will be in Martin’s set of pictures that I will post when he gets back from his wedding shoot in India. For now I give you 40 of my shots from day 1 (more…)
10 comments October 21st, 2011 11:56pm damien
8 comments October 4th, 2011 11:02pm damien
As the summer wedding season draws to a close we had just one last spell of fabulous weather for our shooting weddings workshop. These events are limited to just 4 delegates per tutor and with an overall group size of 8 delegates it is easy for everyone to get their shots without feeling hassled. (more…)
20 comments October 1st, 2011 01:24pm damien
Designer: Yemi Osunkoya
Photographer: Damien Lovegrove
Models: Rosemary Chileshe-Ellis, Lisette Mibo, Naomi Sharpe and Olivia Wood.
Make-up: Kemi Imevbore-Uwaga
Hair: Kasia Fortuna
Tiaras/Head pieces: Claire Ogden
Photgraphy Assistant/ second shooter Adam Dunn
Venue: Room 17 at the Hempel Hotel in London
I lit the dresses with a pair of Lupos, daylight balanced HMI fresnel spotlights, one with a full CTO and the other barefaced. I lit the room with a pair of Elinchrom BX500Ri flash heads bounced off walls with various grades of CTO gel as required fot the particular shot. It was a dark day with persistent driving rain so all the light had to be created from scratch. Here is a small selection of the 170 or so pictures submitted to Yemi my client. (more…)
34 comments September 11th, 2011 11:36pm damien
Here is a small selection of the recent pictures taken by me on my workshops or 1:1 sessions. I’ve been so busy shooting for clients this summer it has been a challenge to keep up. I’ll blog some of my commissioned fashion work soon but for now here is my random choice for the week.
47 comments August 24th, 2011 06:12pm damien
My 2 ‘A’ head Quadra kit arrived on Wednesday last week and on Thursday morning I was all set to go out on my first test shoot with it. I charged both batteries in seemingly no time at all and tested the Skyport transmitter was set to the correct frequency. Photographer Andrew Jackson joined me on location. He is on my Evolve course and instigated the shoot to build his portfolio for post wedding bridal fashion shoots. (more…)
66 comments August 2nd, 2011 12:14am damien
When I was researching Radio Poppers it was not easy for me to understand exactly how they worked and what it’s like to use them. So now I’ve put together this Radio Popper guide detailing the ins and outs of the Radio Popper PX system.
1 Radio Poppers are contactless. That means the camera and Speedlight have no idea that the Radio Poppers are there. The camera and flash act in just the same way as they do when using the inbuilt infra red system. Every function available using infra red is also available using Radio Poppers including Full ETTL or manual firing and 1/8000th second flash synchronisation. (more…)
13 comments July 20th, 2011 11:23pm damien
The delegates arrived early for this “Into The Light” workshop. The call time was 09.30 but by 08.45 the first eager photographers were getting the scale of our fabulous venue. You can’t fail to be amazed at the graceful setting of Kingscotte house near Tetbury. (more…)
9 comments July 18th, 2011 11:59am damien
11 comments May 20th, 2011 11:37am damien
Following on from this post here are the 40 images by my co tutor Chris Hanley. Chris and I did battle at the beginning of the week teaching on the final Cherish The Dress workshop to be held in Manchester. The stage was the fabulous Hilton building on Deansgate. Here is a selection of 40 of Chris Hanley’s shots from the day.
Words and pictures – Chris Hanley
20 comments May 19th, 2011 11:45pm damien
Chris Hanley and I did battle at the beginning of the week teaching on the final Cherish The Dress workshop to be held in Manchester. The stage was the fabulous Hilton building on Deansgate. Here is a selection of 40 of my shots from the day. Chris will have a bit of time to respond and to re-edit his submission accordingly. I will blog his 40 shots when they eventually arrive with me
6 comments May 6th, 2011 05:30pm damien
Here are 25 shots from a recent 1:1 shoot training day for a keen amateur photographer and his daughter who is training as a make up artist. The brief was to shoot a variety of fashion style images using studio flash, continuous lighting, reflected sunlight and Speedlights on location. I’ve trained the photographer in the studio before and this was very much a refresher shoot session.
13 comments April 16th, 2011 10:47am damien
Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Johanna Ormsby from the Gingersnap model agency in Bristol. I was giving one of my Evolve students a 1:1 shoot training day to bring them up to speed on Speedlight techniques, natural light portraiture and some advanced shooting skills in low light. The session was great fun and generated some nice portraits, some of which I blogged a couple of days ago in my Speedlight post. There were many more that have been edited so I thought I’d share 50 extras with you here…
13 comments April 14th, 2011 06:16pm damien
Dudeoir is the catch phrase but I wanted to shoot clean simple images in my studio to see what lighting styles work well for men. I booked Damion from the Gingersnap agency for a two hour test shoot to find out more. Here are my shots…
10 comments April 14th, 2011 03:29pm damien
Using the Pocket Wizard TTL system it is possible to use any shutter speed you choose and I selected 1/2000th second for the picture above to ensure I could use my 70-200mm lens on my Nikon D700 near wide open at f/4. The fabulous soft light and shallow depth of field is a combination that a Speedlight can do so well. By placing (more…)
37 comments April 5th, 2011 11:58pm damien
A new era of defining style and beauty began on Monday 28th March. Martin and I had been planning this workshop for some time. Even with all the planning a few surprises presented themselves as we took the delegates on a journey of contrasts. It was like the first night of a big show and wow what a show it was. (more…)
16 comments March 26th, 2011 06:59pm damien
Hold onto your hats
Every month I have at least one test shoot where I can try out new ideas, new models and develop my photographic skills without a risk of failure or having to stick to a tight brief. A few weeks back I was fortunate enough to have a day of shooting with former Evolvers Chris & Claire Hanley. Chris suggested a pier shoot and Blaise my PA set about getting the various permisions etc. The plan was to have a leisurely shoot on the pier, a pub lunch and a beach shoot to finish the day. Here are my pictures: (more…)
12 comments February 25th, 2011 04:44pm damien
Here it is at last. We have just taken delivery of our first 100 Geminis, our latest precision engineered lighting accessory. The design is simple and effective. The finish is first class and the Gemini was designed and made in England.
11 comments February 25th, 2011 02:15pm damien
Part 2: The Quarry, coastal artillery base and cliffs
Pictures: Damien Lovegrove & Martin Hill
Models: Katy McGee & Miriam Martinez Hidalgo
Our short trip to Spain was full of surprises. Each turn of the twisty mountain road revealed another striking view of a deep blue sea under an azure blue sky. (more…)
44 comments February 22nd, 2011 09:34pm damien
Part 1: The abandoned monastery
Pictures: Damien Lovegrove & Martin Hill
Models: Katy McGee & Miriam Martinez Hidalgo
We spent two weeks planning the operation. The mission was to find shooting locations, hotels, restaurants and contacts in Spain to run a workshop in October. While we were there we thought we should test the locations thoroughly. Martin and I are running a joint workshop in March (full) and we wanted to get up to speed with Speedlights on location for the coming season. We all need practice and what better way is there to do it than in sunny Spain. Here is the story of our adventure and some of the pictures from our first shoot.
12 comments January 24th, 2011 10:12pm damien
I have uploaded a selection of my 2010 pictures in a gallery. This has become customary for me now in January of each year. I’ve included my EXIF data to make your journey through my shots more interesting. All the pictures were taken in 2010 between March and December. Choosing is always tough and I never seem to know which images I should select, so please forgive me if I’ve missed out your favourites. I could have just shown shots of the fabulous Chloe Jasmine Whichello and dedicated the year to her such was her impact on my evolving style. There were of course many other wonderful people that I had the pleasure of photographing too. This collection is for everyone.
47 comments January 23rd, 2011 12:00am damien
I was giving some lighting training out on location all day Thursday and I had a Speedlight issue. I wanted to trigger a Canon 580EX2 on a lighting stand that was rigged just 3m from my camera. I opted for (more…)
26 comments November 12th, 2010 04:28pm damien
Here are 24 of the pictures from my first ever studio shoot with Natalia. The shoot was a Lighting Workshop for three delegates. This small intimate group is perfect for a sensational learning experience. Make-up was provided by our house stylist, the very talented Vicky Waghorn. Enjoy the pictures…
19 comments October 14th, 2010 02:50pm damien
Hair and make up: Vicky Waghorn
Styling: Chloe Jasmine
21 pictures for you to view
18 comments October 8th, 2010 01:11pm damien
This Speedlight Mastery workshop had all the hallmarks of a classic shoot. The day started with an evacuation of our meeting place as smoke billowed out of Costa Coffee. I strolled up on the dot of our meet time to be greeted by all the delegates plus fire crews. The delegates were keen and eager to start shooting. Natalia was there too with a smile and looking drop dead gorgeous. We retreated past the firemen with their big hoses to Cafe Gusto. (The best coffee shop in Bristol. A Gusto Flat White is sublime). After a kit check and a welcome drink we were shooting. (more…)
21 comments October 2nd, 2010 01:17pm damien
Here are a few pictures from the first of this seasons shooting winter weddings workshops. The three day event held in Stonehouse Gloucestershire comprised a shoot day followed by a one day business school and then a day of wedding picture post production with Marko. Julie and I rounded off the week with another Shooting Weddings event to satisfy the early demand for shooting skills training.
Here is a small selection of the pictures shot on the two dark and rainy days. Our role as photographers is to bring out the sun in our images.
18 comments September 1st, 2010 11:07pm damien
All the shots from Mondays workshop have been processed by Luke in black and white. My shots were taken using prime lenses and we shot in extreme exposure situations to challenge and educate us all. (more…)
20 comments August 20th, 2010 07:18pm damien
These are 60 pictures from our second vintage shoot at Bury. It rained throughout the day and was uncharacteristically dark for August. Chris and I worked extra hard to make our own sun and I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labours. 30 pictures each. Mine are first
24 comments August 19th, 2010 11:47pm damien
This set of pictures was quite special to shoot. The weather was kind, Chloe Jasmine Whichello was in good spirits and some of our favourite photographers were with us as delegates. The day started at the worlds most expensive pebble… (more…)
14 comments July 10th, 2010 12:41am damien
This weeks shooting workshop took Chloe, some delegates, and I around Somerset on a quest for images par excellence. One delegate had flown from Venezuela to attend this workshop and my Fashion Fusion event next week, wow! No pressure then.
8 comments June 19th, 2010 04:44pm damien
Chris Hanley and I were in Barça, a funky venue in Manchester having coffee one day in May and we decided to run a workshop shoot there. I wanted to shoot alternative fashion away from the realms of portraiture and Chris set to work sourcing a clothing designer, make up artist an models. It was a one off event for 8 delegates and here are our pictures. The first 21 pictures were shot by me and the final 21 were taken by Chris. (more…)
32 comments June 18th, 2010 11:33pm damien
Every now and then a workshop happens where so many variables come together in an astonishing way to produce a learning experience that transcends the sum of its parts. This workshop was one such event. Chris Hanley and I had five delegates each and we swapped around every 45 mins or so. This ensured that everyone had the opportunity to shoot all the shots.
Here are 48 of my pictures from the workshop. They have been edited by Marko to our exacting standards and then we created the looks using the three actions in the Lovegrove Vintage Photoshop action set.
18 comments June 12th, 2010 11:44am damien
Here are a few ideas for creating striking portraits using one or two studio lights and minimal props. All the pictures in this article were shot during one Studio Lighting workshop at my studio in May.
My lighting workshop delegates often expect to dive in to complicated multi light set-ups right from the off when the simple techniques using just one light need refining first. Using just one light sounds easy – switch it on and shoot, and it is, if you are careful and know what you are doing. It is often the simple single light images we start with on a workshop day that bring out the creativity in all of us.
My studio lighting concept is simple, I start
12 comments June 4th, 2010 12:12am damien
Here is a slideshow of a few pictures from the Speedlight Mastery workshop I ran earlier this week. I have set the pictures to some royalty free music using Fotomagico slideshow software. The music really isn’t a good choice so feel free to turn your speakers down. I’m hoping Chloe, our multi talented model can come up with something to replace it as she is a musician too, ooh and a writer Movie after the jump… (more…)
19 comments May 30th, 2010 11:58am damien
Here are a few pictures from a test shoot I did with Rosie Pitt last Wednesday. I set the pictures to some royalty free music using Fotomagico slideshow software. (more…)
74 comments May 23rd, 2010 08:36pm damien
Well here is a little something to get your heads around. I’m not sure on the physics or the tech behind this post but I do know the maximum published sync speed for non Speedlight flash kit is a measly 1/200th of a second with the Canon 5D and 5D mk2. Not any more! The techniques used in this post were hinted to me by Martin Hogeboom in a cafe in Amsterdam last week and I vowed to give it a go and see if the rumours are true. All the exif is intact so please learn from it as you wish. (more…)
11 comments May 20th, 2010 02:44pm damien
Day two in Amsterdam was warmer than day 1 for our models Bas and Samantha. The public holiday was over and the area was once again filled with bikes. All our shots were taken within the same 500m radius as day 1 so once again minimal walking was needed. Here is a mini selection of 23 of the pictures taken on workshop 2.
10 comments May 19th, 2010 09:04pm damien
Wow! what can I say? Nick and I were fortunate enough to meet up with the legendary Martin Hogeboom in Amsterdam for a 2 hour creative shoot. Graziella our model met us at the American Hotel and we went for a walk, talk & shoot. Nick had done the recce and scouted out some fantastic locations so in just a couple of minutes we were putting our systems to the limit. We walked about 1km in total and finished the session in time for a bit of lunch together. Here are some of my shots from the shoot.
I learned some new tricks with Pocket Wizards way beyond the scope of my usual working using the (more…)
17 comments May 18th, 2010 09:34pm damien
Day one in Amsterdam was a cold shoot for our models Bas and Samantha. There was also a one day public holiday so the dynamic of the area we were shooting in was very different to my recce the day before. All our shots were taken within a 500m radius so there was no major walking required. Here is a mini selection of 23 of the pictures taken on workshop 1. (more…)
20 comments May 7th, 2010 09:16pm damien
Here is a set of images from Thursdays studio lighting workshop. All my pictures on the day were shot with my Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS macro lens on a 5D mk2 camera. The lens is surprisingly light to hold, pin sharp, and has a rock steady viewfinder image thanks to the amazing 4 stop image stabilisation. Chloe Jasmine from Gingersnap was our model. The fabulous hair styles and make up were provided by our make up artist of choice at the Lovegrove studio, Vicky Waghorn.
The workshop started with a simple demonstration of the property of shadows and went on to creating vintage portraits with (more…)
18 comments May 7th, 2010 01:03am damien
Wow, what a wonderful day of shooting, learning and fun we had on Wednesday. The Nikon flash system was opened up and pushed to it’s limit at times and it responded with a faultless performance. Here are a dozen of my shots from the workshop.
10 comments April 26th, 2010 07:14pm damien
9 comments April 25th, 2010 10:22pm damien
Last week I ran two days of Speedlight Mastery workshops in Manchester, one for Canon shooters and one for Nikonions. I’ve split the pictures in my posts to avoid repetition. Even though we shot the same routes with Lisa Marie as our model I set up and created quite a few different images to keep me on my toes. I stuck to my shooting style despite working in full sun for two days. So here are the shots from my Canon day:
22 comments April 24th, 2010 05:42pm damien
Here are the long awaited set of pictures from last weeks Cherish The Dress workshop at the fabulous Hilton Hotel in Manchester. Chris Hanley and I delivered a full on workshop with our team of assistants to the ten delegates. We split into two groups for the sessions. We regularly swap tutors and models to ensure that each group gets to shoot all the pictures. Chris and I share 36 of our pictures from the day starting with my set of 18… (more…)