Evolve 1 reunion creative shoot ~ Pictures and technique

Sep 27, 2009 | Flash, Location | 10 comments

My first Evolve group decided to get together for a reunion in middle England to have some fun and a creative shoot session. After a few drinks and a curry the night before it was to the canals of Birmingham that we went with our cameras and a willing model to hand.

A couple of Speedlights on stands made easy work of the side of the Sea Life Centre.

A couple of Speedlights on stands made easy work of Cassie beside the Sea Life Centre.

It was out with the Honl filters next for this frame taken just

It was out with the Honl filters next for this frame taken just a few meters from the first shot.

On camera flash and a stainless steel lift was a perfect combination for a few shots of Cassie.

On camera flash and a stainless steel lift was a perfect combination for a few shots of Cassie.

The same lift but a shift of white balance to 3800K gave this ice cool look.

The same lift but a shift of white balance to 3800K gave this shot an ice cool look.

Chris Hanley checking my Speedlights :)

Chris Hanley checking my Speedlights :)

A fitting lunch for an urban portrait shoot. - Urban Pie and mash.

A fitting lunch for an urban portrait shoot. - Urban Pie and mash.

Heres a monochrome frame from the shoot. I was working with my Nikon D700 on this shoot.

Here's a monochrome frame from the shoot. I was working with my Nikon D700 on this shoot.

And here are the shooters. A 5 min walk away or a 30 second swim.

And here are the Evolve 1 team. A 5 min walk away or just a 30 second swim.

This doorway had a stronger pong than message.

This doorway had a very strong pee pong. I blame the 'sons'. On camera flash zoomed to 50mm with my lens on 24mm was all I needed to create a simple vignette with light.

The last shot of the day had Cassie in need of a leg up. There was no shortage of volunteers.

The last shot of the day had Cassie in need of a leg up. There was no shortage of volunteers. She was lit with 2 Speedlights attached to Arri stands with Lovegrove Flash Brackets.

It was a great to get out and about with friends on this creative shoot. The day after I was at Hampton Manor with Chris Hanley for a memorable Cherish The Dress workshop. I’ll blog our pictures very soon. Please feel free to comment on the shots.

10 Comments

  1. damien

    Hi guys, Thanks for the compliments.

    Robbie, The white balance settings are always done in camera to enable me to fine tune the exposure to give me the look I’m after. Get it right in camera then it only needs a fine tweak in post production.

    Regards, Damien.

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  2. Robb Williams

    Hi Damien – regarding shots like youre “ice cool” lift shot above where you’ve adjusted the white balance to 3800k, is this something you allways do in camera or do you adjust it in post production/editing via lightroom , photoshop etc.?

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  3. Derek mc Auley

    Stunning photos , fantastic model she is beautiful
    rumours around that the nikon PW,s tt1+5
    released Jan 2010, fingers crossed

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  4. Stuart

    I think Chris needs to work on his posing. Almost regal tho ;)

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  5. Rich Bailey

    Lovely shots Damien. Imaculate lighting as always.

    Rich

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  6. Chris

    or wee’s breeze :)

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  7. damien

    Hi Ziggy, Thanks for the compliments. I thought ‘pee pong’ was better than ‘piss whiff’. Cheers, Damien.

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  8. Ziggy

    Love the shots. Also love the fact you don’t get scratch ‘n’ sniff on this Blog, especially after the “pee pong” reference!!! Seriously though, great stuff as ever. Thanks for sharing.

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