Urban Portraits shoot with Johanna Ormsby ~ pictures, lots of them.

Apr 16, 2011 | Flash, Location | 13 comments

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Johanna Ormsby from the Gingersnap model agency in Bristol. I was giving one of my Evolve students a 1:1 shoot training day to bring them up to speed on Speedlight techniques, natural light portraiture and some advanced shooting skills in low light. The session was great fun and generated some nice portraits, some of which I blogged a couple of days ago in my Speedlight post. There were many more that have been edited so I thought I’d share 50 extras with you here…

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2. Key and kick barefaced Speedlights.

2. Key and kick barefaced Speedlights.

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17 This next sequence of pictures were taken in a bar in Bristol using available light.

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37 Then we went back out on the streets. I lit this with one Speedlight from the left rear.

37 Then we went back out on the streets. I lit this with one Speedlight from the left rear.

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38 A moment of sun.

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There you have the bulk of the day’s shots. I kept 100 frames in total and my delegate probably had many more. When I am teaching 1:1 we cover far more set ups than I manage to cover in a group and every frame has feedback to fine tune exposure and composition. I have a few days available for 1:1 training each month and you can set the agenda. I ask delegates to send me some jpegs that they are inspired by and I create some mood boards ahead of the shoot. Nearly all of the models I have worked with and who are featured on this blog are available and many of the locations too. 1:1 sessions can take place in hotel rooms, private homes, on the streets, on the beach, you name it. If you have an urge to up your game or to shoot something new and exciting give Blaise a call on 01275 853204 or email her. Blaise will advise you of available dates, rates and models etc.

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13 Comments

  1. Paul Abrahams

    I love the B & W’s and the CTO shots against the daylight that bring out the blue background. Especially the shots against the curved bricks, 2 speedlites? One CTO, one blue? I’ll be doing some portrait street shots with 1 speedlite and was wondering whether to use a softbox. I see you don’t is that because of the lower power of those flashes or because you prefer a harder light which creates better shadow contrast?

    Do you decide when composing the shot if it will be monochrome?

    I always learn something when I see your shots.

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    • damien

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for the compliments. So many questions Haha! Yes one CTO and one CTB with WB set at 3400k. I use a lightbox on Speedlight Mastery workshops but my Urban Portraits workshop keeps things simple with Speedlights. I happen to love hard light anyway. For personal work I use my Quadra in a softbox and my Speedlights barefaced as hard lights. I shoot the way I want the shot to look even to the point of switching my picture style to monochrome while shooting. Occasionly a Lightroom preview pops up in colour that takes me back and I decide to keep it and the other way around too.

      I hope this helps,

      Damien.

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  2. Will Pateman

    Great shots available and flash..the best thing is there is such variation in the shots , not just lighting posing as well

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  3. david cooke

    natural light for me, it gets me excited and these images are amazing

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    • damien

      Thanks David, I agree about natural light. I’m shooting far more continuous and natural light portraits at the moment and I’m loving it.

      Cheers, Damien.

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  4. Lila

    Hey Damien, wonderful as usual…. I really love the ones from the bar… some locations are the same locations as on your Natural light DVD aren’t they? ;)

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  5. Chris Forshaw

    So that’s what Bristol looks like in the sunshine! Great shots, love 34 & 35

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    • damien

      Hi Chris and Lila, Thanks for your comments. The locations I use in Bristol are places I’ve been shooting for years. I just use different techniques to bring out new images. Thanks Damien.

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  6. Tim Hind

    Great work, love the natural light shots in particular

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  7. Stefan Vogelzang Fotografie

    wow, although your flash-shots are always beautiful, i always prefer available light myself like 43-46. Nice model indeed. If i could i would love to work with her, but the distance won’t let me :(

    Keep up the awesome work Damien!

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    • damien

      Stefan,

      Holland is not too far to come from :) I gave some street workshops in Amsterdam last year and I might be shooting interior portraits in Holland later this year. Email Blaise if you would like to be kept informed of plans for workshops in Holland.

      Thank you for your kind words, Damien.

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  8. Alex Smith

    Simply beautiful as ever Damien, great model, lighting and locations.

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    • damien

      Thanks Alex and Tim :)

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