Corporate shoot with the Fuji X-T1

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Two years ago I was commissioned to shoot a ‘Day In The Life’ project at BBC Bristol centre where I worked for 14 years from 1984 until 1998. I shot the complete project on my Fuji X-Pro1 with the 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses. Last month I was back but this time I had the Fuji X-T1 with 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I was asked to  shoot formal and informal behind the scenes shots capturing the goings on in the newsroom, out on location and of course back in the studio. The project took several days in total but here are a few shots from my studio series. Continue reading

A mix of boudoir, beauty and vintage portraits

Here is a mix of the shots I took during a couple of recent 1:1 training sessions. My clients flew in for the sessions. One couple came from Slovakia and they stayed at a cottage we found in the Mendip hills and the other couple stayed in the Clifton apartment we had arranged for them. Blaise and Laura are dab hands at putting together shoot training packages for individuals and small groups of photographers. Email Blaise for more information or see this page for prices.

1. My trusty Zorky 5 camera made for the Russian market serves as a great prop.

01. My Russian made Zorky 5 film camera serves as a great prop. Claire was lit here with reflected window light.

Camera: I used my trusty Fujifilm X-T1 with 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses
Lighting: Lupolux LED 1000 and an LED 650 with Scattrergels and a Lupolux Quadlight with grid
Model: Claire R from Gingersnap model agency
Make up and hair on the vintage set: Vicki Waghorn

Here are 50 shot or so from my training sessions. NSFW after the jump… Continue reading

Sunbounce Reflectors on the run with Alicia Endemann and the X-T1 in Ostende

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01. I am still learning how to shoot action with the Fuji X-T1 so I decided to start the shoot with a bit of movement.

A couple of weeks ago I popped in on my friend Tom Museeuw in De Haan near Ostende on my way back from Den Haag in Holland. I drove my Fiat 500 on this road trip. I’ve downsized my camera kit and my car too. I stayed at the fabulous Hotel Astel in De Haan and we had a few beers as the sun set for old times sake. The next day was a late start thankfully as Tom set up a shoot for the afternoon. Last time we shot together I showed Tom how I use hard Lupolux spotlights. This time Tom showed me the finer art of feathering reflectors and his infamous double bounce. Some BTS shots of us shooting are at the end of the post. Enjoy… Continue reading

Boudoir in Den Haag with Rosalinde Kikstra

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I shot this set of 60 pictures  using my Fujifilm X-T1 as a Leica Monochrom but of course I was shooting faster because I had the Fuji’s excellent autofocus plus the tilting screen of the Fuji meant I got shots I could never have taken on a Leica.

I set the X-T1 to RAW + Jpeg and my film simulation to ‘B g’ which is the Fuji monochrome setting with a green filter. Enjoy

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Rosalinde on the Streets of Den Haag – X-T1, Cactus V6 trigger

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01. Rosalinde lit with a barefaced Cactus RF60 Speedlight triggered by the remarkable Cactus V6 trigger on my Fuji X-T1. The Cactus trigger can also work with all recent Nikon, Canon and Pentax Speedlights giving full manual control from the camera and a digital readout of the power set. These eclipse all the triggers I’ve tried previously and are a perfect tool for those photographers migrating to the Fuji X system.

On the last day of my trip to Den Haag in the Netherlands I had a fun shoot set up with my friend Nick Liburd. We shot in my hotel suite until lunchtime then ventured out into the cold for an hour or so with top model Rosalinde Kikstra. Here is a small selection of the shots we took just a few hundred meters from the hotel. Enjoy

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Craco Italy – The finest abandoned town in the world?


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Craco Italy is one of the most fabulous abandoned places in the world and is often used as a shoot location for feature films and fashion photography. I decided to check it out with my photographer friend Aneil Sharma. We stayed in the nearby ancient town of Matera and did a day trip with a couple of Italian models to Craco. Here are some location stills from our visit and a few portraits shot in probably the best shoot location in Europe.

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Event coverage with the Fuji X-T1

As part of my role as photographer to The Style Forum I capture the behind the scenes moments at their major events. Last night I shot their fashion show at the launch of the Audi A3 Cabriolet. I used the Fujifilm X-T1 with 14mm, 23mm, 35mm and 56mm lenses. I shot for about three hours sipping the occasional glass of Champagne to aid my creativity.

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Here are 90 or so of my shots from last night. I just popped them through Lightroom 5.4 and uploaded them. Enjoy Continue reading

A 164 frame engagement shoot with the Fuji X-T1 and 56mm f/1.2 lens

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Jake and Jolie are engaged to be married next year and agreed to model for my 1:2 training session with some clients from Scotland. We shot on the streets and in the bars of Bristol. I showed my clients how to find dry shooting locations if it’s raining and how to find amazing light no matter what the weather is doing. The day started with Continue reading

Nordic Beauty workshop shot with Fuji X-T1 with 56mm, 35mm and 23mm lenses

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1. Our location for the two Nordic Beauty workshops was an old farmhouse set on a small hill overlooking a Viking burial mound and a lake 100 miles long.

Camilla was our model and revelled in the sunlight that was bestowed upon us.

2. Camilla was our model and revelled in the sunlight that was bestowed upon us.

Here are 80 of my pictures shot using the Fuji X-T1 in jpeg mode. I shot RAWs too but don’t have a means of processing them yet. I switched the camera to monochrome and did any final tweaks in Lightroom. Jpegs have very little latitude for adjustment so I’ve pretty much left them as shot. Enjoy! Continue reading

Gone Global shoot at Kings Weston House

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Here’s a bit of fun for you. I was asked to give guidance and to be on hand with lighting kit for a fully styled themed shoot. This is not my usual thing and I had to make sure I was not setting myself up to fail. Anyway to cut a long story short, creative, talented photographers both professional and amateur crafted wonderful pictures from the scenes conceived by Sue Fyfe Williams. Here are a few of my shots that I grabbed at various times throughout the day  Continue reading

Jammy Lou in the studio ~ 1:1 lighting training session

01. Jammy Lou on fire

01. Jammy Lou on fire. Lit with one Elinchrom 600 RX studio flash head and a beauty dish and grid I bought a couple of years ago on Ebay.

We started with a session of lighting set ups for corporate head shots and 3/4 body shots (not shown here) then we went on to the more creative studio lighting. We covered beauty, fashion and editorial lighting plus we managed to shoot some one light fashion nudes too. NSFW after the jump Continue reading

Holly R and Vicki Blatchley ~ boudoir and interior portraits

01. It's that time of year where all my interior portraits are lit. Even shots by a window are given the sunlight treatment. For this set my light was out in the rain.

01. It’s that time of year where all my interior portraits are lit. Even shots by a window are given the sunlight treatment. For this pair of pictures my light was out in the garden. It was dark in this basement flat and this set of French doors faces North. Once I take control of light anything is possible. I used a Tiffen 1/4 Black Pro Mist filter on my 60mm Fuji lens to capture this dreamy look.

These shots were taken on a 1:2 training day for delegates who wanted to learn how to take control of light. They were all shot using continuous lighting from Lupolux.  My delegates wanted to shoot high key and low key boudoir in the morning and a few nudes in the afternoon. They chose to work with two of our models Holly R (from Gingersnap agency) in the morning and Vicki Blatchley after lunch. Some of these shots show a departure from my usual style. I find 1:1  and small group sessions are great opportunities to share the new ideas that I’ve been working on. Continue reading

Fuji X-E2, RRS and Kirk compatible grip and L plate ~ mini review

The newly designed bracket has fabulous contours that sit comfortably in my big hands. The X-E2 is now a delight for me to use.

01. The newly designed bracket has fabulous contours that sit comfortably in my big hands. The X-E2 is now a delight for me to use. The snug fit is millimetre accurate around the existing Fuji hand grip.

I have just been trialling the new grip, base plate and L bracket for the Fuji X-E2 supplied in the UK by Photo Madd. The grip is a great improvement on the X-E1 model widely available on Ebay. Here are my findings Continue reading