Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Xmas

This is just a short slideshow showing a number of shots I have taken throughout this year.
I wish you all a Merry X-Mas and all the best for 2012.
Looking forward to many more shoots so come and keep looking here for my latest work.

Should you have any questions or enquiries, please feel free to email me here.


Friday, 23 December 2011

Location fashion shoot and recent publications

first of all, appologies for the long break. I know it has been some time since my last blog.

So now a catch up.
First, I have a new publication, 3 pages in Photography Monthly, Jan. Issue, however as I have only PDF of it at the moment I cannot show it on here but check my facebook page where I will upload screenshots in the next few days.

Then Channel 4 aired the shoot I did with Girls Roc in October, see my blog from that shoot here.
Have a look at the short clip that I recoreded on my phone

Then I did a shoot with Hannah A. from Oxygen Models last week. After a bit of a chaotic start as MUA cancelled the night before I ended up doing the shoot with model Hannah and Desi who is one of the bookers at Oxygen. Desi brought along her collection she did at Uni so we had some great garnments to shoot.
It was a freezing and very windy day but in the end I was happy with the shots we got. Though we got some shots with hair flying all over but thought rather than trying to fight it, use it for the look.
I worked with only one off-camera flash on the shoot and edited the shots as usual in Lightroom, changing curves, exposure, contrast, saturation and few other adjustments.

Let me know your thoughts.


Saturday, 26 November 2011

Male sport fashion shoot


on Monday I did another shoot with stylist Sam, Mua Liv and models Tom and Emeric. Theme of the shoot was sports though outfits were more fashion than sport.
When I got to the studio I saw the brick wall and I loved the texture of it so wanted to shoot there. First was light set up where I wanted a bit of an edgy and moody feel to it, so use of 1 softbox, 1 barndoors (some shots with blue filter) and one snoot, though I used it not as a hairlight but to throw extra light onto the face.
The shoot then went well, music was playing loud, the guys moved around and so did I to change the mood of the pictures a bit rather than changing the lights the entire time. Was fun and interesting to see to different models and how they use the props, one fitness model and one fashion model, giving the outfits two different feels to it.
I really like the Billiard outfit and was playing around a lot with lights, at one point having a red and a blue filter giving the picture a reall Pool Bar feel, however as the stylist wanted to keep the look quite similar throughout the shoot I changed it again after a while.
In post I then played around a bit with Lightroom, changing colours, contrast, curves and few other things to get different looks.

The rest of the week for me was a lot of editing from last weeks shoot as well as catching up with some other shoots. Next in line is an outdoor fashion shoot on Tuesday (if weather allows).


And here finally, the pics from the shoot

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Magazine shoot and others


first of all, I am now happy to share some shots with you I took a few weeks ago with model Diana. As we wanted to get them into an online magazine, one of the conditions was that the images haven't been published before... now that they are out in Issue 3 of Flawless Magazine I am happy to share some of the shots with you.
The shots we took on one of the last reasonable warm days in October on a rooftop, sun was out and gave a great light. I really wanted a cold feel to the images so overexposed slightly and used the sun as well as an additional flash to give a bit of extra light. The wind was quite cold but the flying hair in the face was great and I think ended up being one of my favourite images. All in all, real happy with the result. As always, it was a great pleasure to work with Diana who came once again with a huge wardrobe, glad we didnt had to go far to get to the location. The images that I will show at the end are screenshots of the tearsheets from the magazine, so unlike most shots in my blog, they have been retouched.

The next shoot I will write about today was a fashion shoot I did together with stylist Sam, mua's Liv and Chloe and hairstylist Lily as well as model Noelle from Oxygen and Kristin from BookingsModels. The idea was a futuristic shoot so Sam got the outfits and then we started with the backdrop. We wanted a simple backdrop with some wires across the backdrop. Then while the girls were in makeup I set up the lights. As we wanted the futuristic look I went for one blue flash from one side to give some extra colour while a beauty dish on my left created a nice light yet a little shadow on the face. Then one stripbox on the left to get some light from the side and one light on the background. We started at 2 at the studio and around 4 we stared shooting and finished just before 9pm. It was a long but good day with everyone being happy with the results. For me its now time to start retouching the images and I will get a few onto my webpage once they are done. Till then, here are some shots that are edited only, some colour correction, contrast and exposure.

Have a great day and hope to hear some feedback. Also dont forget to press 'like'

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As always, a big thank you to everyone who made those shoots happen, its great to work with people like you.

And finally, for those of you who actually are reading all that here, the pics to look at...

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Another shoot


time for an update on my blog and get some new pics up again. Some of you might have seen already the shots in my short video on my facebook page.
So this time some shot of the shoot with Sol and Ana. Met the 2 girls who were in London just for a few days on holiday in the city and then we walked around. My idea was to shoot in the carpark where I was once before.. thought it would be reasonable quiet... I was wrong, well kinda... it was absolute empty with not a single car on top, perfect for a shoot.
So we took a number of shots up there and even though a cold day the girls did well getting some attention from the office buildings next door but throughout the shoot not a single car.
Was traveling light, so used only one flash off camera and shooting some with 24-70 and some shots with the 70-200.
Post production on the shots has been done as usual with Lightroom, changing colours, exposure, curves...
Anyway, have a look and enjoy


Thursday, 3 November 2011

BINTM live


thought I sent a small post about the BINTM (Britains and Irelands Next Top Model) live event from last weekend.
The show was at the EXCEL and was a great chance to see a great catwalk show.
I took a number of shots on the open catwalk of Joey Bevans show as well as a few behind the scene shots of the models getting ready to get on the catwalk (images below).
Then I took a few of the models and walked around a bit to take some shots on various spots, it worked great with the location and the outfits and even though I was limited to one on-camera flash I am quite happy with the results, bouncing flash against white wall helped for nice even lighting. However, at this point I wont show those pics yet on here.
The other highlight was the main catwalk show with the girls from the last season of BINTM which was great. I was sitting in the front and had a great view of the girls walking past.

Even though these aren't my usual shots here as they aren't from a shoot, I thought I share some.
Have a great week everyone.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Canon EOS1d X - Short review


something different for a change (for all the tech heads) this time with a small review of the new Canon flagship the EOS1d X that will be available from March 2012.
First impression, in terms of looks its pretty much the same as the 1d IV however with a number of new buttons. So now they have a direct button for live view as well as a button to check if camera is level (same as in the 7d and the 60d). Also the zoom function changed a bit, now requires to press the review button, then the zoom and then you can zoom in/out by turning the wheel, this is a bit of a change from the previous models incl. the 5dii and below and creates a bit of confusing at the beginning. Also a new addition, the joystick if used in the portrait mode, making it easier to use.

Now to the actual changes...
The EOS1d X is now a full frame camera compared to the 1d IV, so you loose the extra zoom if needed but gain the extra wide angle on the other side. However with 18megapixels you are able to crop in if needed. The speed of 12frames/sec in RAW is amazing and can be increased to 14 frames/sec if shot in JPG, so perfect for anyone who needs speed such as in wildlife and sports.
Furthermore, the increase in ISO is amazing and lets you shoot with very high ISO with very limited noise, I tried shooting at 51,200 ISO and the noise was very much acceptable and similar to what the 1d IV has in 12,400.
Another great feature are the 61 focus points spread evenly across which enables you to focus on various points, compared to the 5d II which has 9 focus points.
So for anyone who shoots in dark environment and/ or needs a fast shutter speed its an amazing camera. Even though the weight is a bit less than the IV it is still a heavy camera if you are running around a lot with it.

All in all from the little testing I was able to do, a great camera for any professional who focuses on either wildlife or sport and who needs a fast camera, high quality and the ability to shoot in a dark environment or fast shutter speed with a low aperture.


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A weekend in Stockholm


after a busy week I went with a group of 9 others to Stockholm where Cafe Opera hosted Amika London and I went to take photos which will be published on Amika London Facebook
After a great night at Cafe Opera and a great set of DJ Remy Kersten we had half a day to walk around Stockholm and do a bit of sightseeing... I thought it would be a great opportunity to take some shots of the city. Even if the shots might not show the typical sights in Stockholm I really liked them.
The first 2 shots I took while we were walking down the streets and I really liked the shadows and the contrasts.
The shot of the kid looking through the fence at the construction was a real quick snapshot and I was happy that the setting was good as I had only a split second to shoot... I liked the exitement of the kid looking at the truck.
The shot of the roof tops I really liked as it was a dark sky (darkened even more in Lightroom)  and it made the houses shine in the sunlight. Another snapshot was the arriving tram with the sun behind it, the old tram and the feel of the picture only worked in black and white in my opinion. 

Let me know your thoughts.
Have a great week everyone