Ellie Rhodes ~ One light, minimalist portraits with the Fuji E-X2

Raw beauty with minimal make up and mostly lit with one light. That’s how I shot this set of images of new model Ellie Rhodes from Gingersnap. I was running a 1:1 training session for a documentary, travel and environmental portrait photographer who wants to take control of light or make it as required.

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01. Simplistic lighting on Ellie set against a stark grey background. I tussled Ellie’s hair for effect. We did have a hair brush on set somewhere but I can’t remember us using it.

Here are 15 shots from this shoot… Continue reading

Fujifilm X-E2 Initial findings and settings for portraiture

The X-E2 is the same size as the X100s, shares the same sensor, but has a lens mount enabling the use of the growing range of superb lenses made by Fuji and Zeiss. The X-E2 brings a whole host of new features to the ever expanding Fujifilm X system. Some of the features you will love and others you will rarely use. I mainly shoot portraits so I don’t expect to be using WiFi or the video functions that much but it’s good to know that they are there.

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I’ve had the Fujifilm X-E2 for just a couple of weeks but I’ve already studied the camera and the manual in detail to work out how I’m going to shoot with it. Here are three main ways I have established for shooting portraits with the Fujifilm X-E2 camera. I got caught out at times on the journey to making the camera work for me but where there is a will there is a way. Here are my three set-ups in detail… Continue reading

In the studio with the Fuji X-E2

Client: Lisa Keating Undercover
Makeup: Vicki Waghorn
Additional styling and hospitality: Lizzi Melling
Location: Lovegrove Studio
Photographs: Damien Lovegrove
Model: Miss Amelia

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Camera: Fujifilm X-E2, 23mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses all used between f/1.4 and f/2.8
Filters: Tiffen Black Pro Mist ¼ filters on all lenses
Lighting: Lupolux Quadlight and grid, Lupolux LED 1000, Lupolux LED 650 x2
Lighting accessories: Scattergel on the background light.

Here are 25 of my pictures from the shoot together with my camera settings for the X-E2 … Continue reading

Fujifilm X100 Settings for portraiture

Here are the two distinctly different ways that I use my fujifilm X100 with firmware V2.

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Taken from my gallery of X100 portraits and featuring Chloe-Jasmine Whichello

1. Out and About ~ This is my most common set up and uses aperture priority in conjunction with auto ISO. Here are my settings for that working method… Continue reading

Boudoir with Claire Rammelkamp ~ nsfw

Beauty laid bare – by Damien Lovegrove

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1. Every now and then I come across someone with a fabulous character and beauty to match. Claire, represented by Gingersnap agency has it all. She is fun and vibrant. This shot was lit with a Lupolux Quadlight 1500 and winter sunlight.

Camera: Canon 5D mk2 with a 100mm f/2.8 macro or a 50mm f/1.4 (My Fuji was on safari in Africa with Julie)
Makeup: Just a minimal touch of eye pencil with natural skin and lips
Post production: A few tweaks in Lightroom. No cloning, presets or Photoshop
Location: Old Down Manor bridal suite
Lighting: Lupolux Quadlight 1500, Grid attachment and Lupolux LED 1000 used when the sun went in

Here are 37 pictures from my first shoot with Claire. Shoot duration 2 hours. Enjoy Continue reading

Concept to Print ~ Pictures and Technique

Earlier this week I ran three seminars of three hours each entitled from Concept To Print.  Many years ago, way back in the dying years of the last century, a photographer called Stu Williamson wrote a book with the same title and I borrowed it for this three hour workshop.

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My aim was to share the simplicity of  creating beautiful images using continuous lighting and a 6ft stretch of hotel wall. I used just one hard light for the bulk of my shooting demonstration and went onto a multi light set up as the session evolved. After the shoot I downloaded the images into Lightroom and tweaked them prior to printing on my aged and slow ink jet printer. Here are a few of the images I shot…. Continue reading

The Light workshop ~ pictures and techniques

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01. A behind the scenes look at the set up for shots 14 and 15 below. The Elinchrom Quadra pack is hanging off the rear of the boom arm to keep it all in balance.

This was my last UK workshop. After seven years of training and educating the next generation of UK photographers using workshops I’m moving up to teaching dedicated small groups on a 1:1 to 1:4 basis. That way, we can shoot the best models in the best locations and genres that suit my clients needs entirely without restrictions on dates or budget. I may well be running some workshops when I’m on my international tours but from now on it will be videos and one to ones in the UK.

Here are 50 of the pictures that we shot on that final UK workshop. Enjoy Continue reading

Two point lighting ~ Strategy explained

This is how I light some of my street portraits using the two point lighting technique that I learned way back in the 1980s while I was training at the BBC. The two point light principle is simplicity itself with the subject being lit from two opposing directions with the light sources are 180 degrees apart. It doesn’t get any more complicated than that but there are a few things I’d like to share with you.

1. This is an extreme colour shift picture. Not my favourite style but one that was very popular in the strobe era a few years back. The key or principal light is a Speedlight in a small 60cm softbox with a full CTO or colour temperature orange gel on the flash head. The back light is a bare faced Speedlight with a CTB or full blue gel. The white balance was set in camera to be 3430 Kelvin. The shadows of the rivets is the big hook for me in this picture. My model was set away from the steel in order to cast no shadows. The lump of dirt on the ground is pigeon poo and the picture was taken in the middle of the day under a railway bridge.

1. This is an extreme colour shift picture. Not my favourite style but one that was very popular in the strobe era a few years back. The key or principal light is a Speedlight in a small 60cm softbox with a full CTO or colour temperature orange gel on the flash head. The back light is a bare faced Speedlight with a CTB or full blue gel. The white balance was set in camera to be 3430 Kelvin. The shadows of the rivets is the big hook for me in this picture. My model was set away from the steel in order to cast no shadows. The lump of dirt on the ground is pigeon poo and the picture was taken in the middle of the day under a railway bridge.

It doesn’t matter what you use as a light source. I regularly find Continue reading

Body Paint shoot with artist Claudia Lucia ~ NSFW

Claudia Lucia, a make up and body paint artist from Bristol suggested that we collaborate on a project. I’ve been fascinated by metallic paint for a while and I was keen to try the range from Mehron with the alcohol and an oil based carrier.

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Here are our pictures and my lighting techniques from the first session with Charlie. Continue reading

Photographing couples in love ~ pictures, ideas and inspiration

Capturing love

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Shooting couples is like portraiture with an extra dynamic – relationship. Having been trained in television I’ve seen many a director at work cajoling the very essence of a plot out of the actors. Passion to pain all come easily into shot with the right cast and a great director. When I’m shooting pre wedding photographs or weddings themselves the love is not an emotion to be conjured from deep within, it is there right under the surface. It is my job to capture it at it’s most acute and in as natural a way as I can. Let me share with you some of my secrets and techniques… Continue reading

Lovegrove Boudoir gallery now live ~ 120 Pictures

Over 120 of my boudoir pictures are now online in one place.

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I’ve kept the image sizes big but chosen a gallery system that will scale to fit the browser. I’ve enabled social media integration including pin it for Pinterest. There is a great slideshow function so you can sit back and soak up the ideas as they present themselves to you. Click on the picture above to view the new gallery.

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