1. Model Jenny Cooper in the corridors of power. Lit with a Lupo Dayled 1000 spotlight.
Here is a small selection of the pictures I shot on my Fuji X100 at last weeks workshop in Manchester. Chris Hanley joined me in teaching 12 delegates our style of interior portrait shooting. We secured the fabulous Hilton Cloud 23 bar for the shoot and had full Hilton hospitality.
2. The sumptuous upholstery in the Cloud 23 bar was perfect for this simply lit shot.
3. Sunlight and imagination create striking portraits. Nearly every delegate came away with something different here.
Chris and I swapped delegate groups every 45 minutes so that each photographer captured every set up. Chris and I both shot on the X100 and our delegates sported a mixture of X-Pro1 and X100 cameras. Styling and the make up was by the models. This was a fun informal day enjoyed by all.
4. It was my role to show the system of using Speedlights with the X series cameras. In this instance I used a Nikon SB900 on a Gemini bracket.
5. The light in Cloud 23 was wonderful and natural light pictures were everywhere to be seen. It always seems to be sunny when I’m in Manchester.
6. I love a bit of table action. We used the Nikon Speedlight for this shot too.
7. The golden glow was provided by winter sun and creative use of the ‘K’ white balance setting.
8. Jen Brook has a fabulous figure to work with when pulling shapes.
9. Using the X100 LCD screen it is quite straight forward to compose shots from all angles.
10. Natural light shooting opportunities were everywhere.
11. We explored the head shot portrait potential with the 35mm eqv field of view of the X100. A depth of rapport is so important with intimate portraits like this.
12. I unleashed a Lupolux LED 1000 daylight balanced Fresnel spotlight and the resulting shots by the group were tremendous.
13. I love the low key opportunities a powerful spotlight can give. The more powerful the light the moodier the image. The LED spotlights by Lupolux have full dimmer control so it’s easy to set the shadow density in the unlit zone.
14. The lower you go the better the view.
15. Shot on the X100 wide open at f/2 using just the Lupolux LED 1000 spotlight. I love the f/2 look from the X100 lens. The bokeh is not fussy and demanding attention like most full frame 35mm fast prime lenses I’ve tried.
16. After dark with one spotlight and the ambient light in the hotel.
17. A Lupolux 1000 spotlight some 40m away provided the light on Jen Brook. Decent LED spotlights have a good throw on them. The light from LED panels with an array of small LEDs falls off beyond a few meters.
18. I saw this and thought of a bunch of grapes. Cue the post workshop drink in the pub next door.
If you have an X camera and would like to join Chris and I on a portrait shooting adventure, our next workshop is on 2nd May and we will be returning to the fabulous Hilton Deansgate. Full details are here.
Stay creative and stay inspired. Feel free to comment below.
Chris Hanley’s amazing pictures from this workshop are here.