Bristol street fashion workshop ~ Pictures and Techniques

Oct 18, 2009 | Flash, Location | 9 comments

Canon 5D mk2, Lit with a Broncolor Mobil fitted with a 42cm beauty dish

Canon 5D mk2, Lit with a Broncolor Mobil head fitted with a single 42cm beauty dish with a diffuser cover.

This was lit with a pair of Speedlights

This shot was lit with a pair of Speedlights. These shutters in the heart of Bristol have wonderful peeling paint. No doubt they will get repainted soon.


Stina was lit with a beauty dish fitted to one Broncolor Mobil head and a second Mobil head was used to light the background.

I lit this shot

I lit this shot with a Pulsoflex striplight softbox from above and a lastolite triflector from below. A second Mobil head was used as a hair light.

A burst of sunlight

A burst of sunlight right between the legs and a barefaced Mobil head used as a key provided the lighting for this portrait of Stina.

These are just a few of my shots taken over the past few weeks. Please feel free to leave a comment or two.


  1. Jagdeep

    Hi Damien,

    It was great attending your seminar at the SWPP 2010. The whole technique and approach in the way you create these masterpieces is certainly going to make an improvement to my style. Having watched the speedlite DVD was well worth the buy.

    I am trying to purchase the magic arm as I have been in so many situations where I am shooting wireless flash and stuck for a support mechanism. No has them in stock, please let me now once they are in.

    • damien

      Hi Jagdeep, Thank you for your wonderful feedback on my SWPP talk and my latest DVD.

      Arri is in turmoil at the moment with stock for the UK coming from Germany but at 20% higher prices due to an exchange rate shift and some lack of communication. We are about to shift all our supplies of grip items to Manfrotto and we will aim to have Magic arms in stock at sensible prices within a week or so. It surprises me how politics and internal management wrangling can be allowed to affect customers in this way and all I can do is apologise for not holding more stock. Regards, Damien

  2. damien

    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for your kind words. Blaise has now made available online the first 2010 Urban Portrait workshops. Next year we will be doing Canon days and Nikon days separately. That way I can get onto shooting with three Speedlights and triggering them with Pocket Wizards. This will really up the game re lighting and take the picture making to the next level.

    Regards, Damien.

  3. Alan Tucker

    Your images always amaze me. I would love to have ago at some urban/street fashion photography.


  4. damien

    Hi All, Thanks for the comments. Jan, the background is a bit of street art that will probably have been painted over by now. I loved it.

    It’s into the studio for me for a while. I’ve so much to shoot and lots of learning to do with my new lights and I’m fizzing with ideas.

    Cheers, Damien.

  5. Karl Bratby

    Damien your Rockin the streets of Bristol.

  6. Jan

    Top two images are my favourites…the colours are stunning! How did you create that background on the first image or is it another ready made backdrop in Bristol?!

  7. Simon Davis

    I love these images form this shoot Damien. I especially love how the shiny discs on Stina’s dress complement the abstract street art behind.

    Best wishes,



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