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

Our location for the two Nordic Beauty workshops

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

What’s in my bag? ~ Damien Lovegrove

I often get asked about the camera bag I use and what kit is in it so here is a breakdown of ‘how I roll’.

This is my interior portrait kit. The filters are on the lenses before I start and the X-E2 is the backup body.

This is my interior portrait kit. It is a selection of the items in my complete kit detailed below because I like to travel light. The filters are normally on the lenses before I set out from the studio . The camera’s clocks are synchronised and each camera has a formatted card and a fresh battery. The batteries and card shown are the spares. This kit travels in style in my Think Tank Retrospective 7 camera bag as shown below.

The complete kit that I select from is in the picture below. Click on the picture after the jump for the detailed descriptions… Continue reading