Photoshoot in Scarborough with WikkyC

I’d seen Wiktoria on Instagram and liked her look and thought she would suit some lifestyle/commercial photos I had in mind.  I found out that she lived in Scarborough, which for me was about a two hour drive.  I’d not been to Scarborough for a LONG time so thought it would be nice to go back there for a visit.  However, I didn’t know any suitable outside locations for a photoshoot and what with it being February in the UK, I had to cover my options in case the weather turned out bad. Anyway, as usual Google and Googlemaps comes to my aid, so I started to do a photo walkthrough on the map and came across some colourful beach huts on the North Bay.  Whilst not quite on the beach, there were on the promenade so I thought they would definitely be an option.  My style of photography is such that they would just be a bit of blurred colour and highlight in the background anyway as I got Wiktoria to smile, pose and generally have fun in a lifestyley sort of way.  There was also a nearby park that we could use for a second look for the […]

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Shoot with Millie

Along with another photographer I met Millie when we were contracted to shoot some ball gowns for the catalogue and website of a large, local company who specialised in dresses for proms, weddings and other big occasions. The shoot was in a big mansion and the models we were using were all Miss Great Britain finalists. Millie was one of the models. Millie was fairly local, the other two models were from Scotland and from Essex. So we chatted with Millie about getting together after the catalogue shoot to get some more photos for her portfolio. And so we met up about a month or so later, on a nice bright sunny day and set off for a wander round the park of the town. As well as shooting amongst the greenery, there was a local funfair in town … although closed during the day when we were shooting … but one of the stallholders welcomed us in and switched on the lights on one of the main rides. So all in all, a result, we had some fun chatting and shooting some photos.

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Playing with LEDs
September 15, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, lighting, people, Portfolio, portrait 0 Comments

Did a studio shoot with Katie Mackinnon recently and was using the chance to experiment with an Apurture HR672W LED panel as my main light and some LED strips in the background. Using the LED as my main light instead of using flash makes it a little easier to expose the front of the subject correctly whilst still keeping the LEDs visible in the background. It was also handy using a Sony A7iii mirrorless camera with it’s live preview facility so you have WYSIWYG capability before you actually take see the shot. So quite a simple setup really and giving plenty of opportunity to experiment with some portraits of Kate. For the next set of shots, this was done with some small fairy light LEDs in the background and me handholding another set of fairy lights and sometimes a prism or crystal in one hand whilst I had the camera in the other hand. This was done using natural ambient light in the room coming from a window. With a little bit of toning in Lightroom afterwards I was able to get a nice couple of photos.

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Lifestyle Cafe Shoot

I love making lifestyle photos, I just like the fun and brightness of not just taking the photos but also seeing the results. So it was great to work with local photographer Shaun Bailey and two local models Jess and Olivia to produce some photos that would be used in the portfolios but also on the cafe’s social media channels. Cuckoo Wharf Coffee shop is a lovely cafe right in the middle of Worksop and right next to the canal bank. It’s been done out nicely inside and outside and so a nice bright day, it was the ideal time to get some great photos inside and out. This was the first test of the new Sony A7iii mirrorless camera that I’d just recently bought and so was looking forward to seeing not just the results, but also to get a feel for the ergonomics and speed of operation as to how it handled in my hands. It thankfully was fine, probably not a fast to work around as my Fuji X-T2 and Nikon DSLR cameras, but definitely something that will improve with more practice.

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Photos with Emma Kate Dawson
June 20, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, fashion, people, portrait 0 Comments

Whilst on the video trip with Emma, we took the opportunity to shoot some photos in the park and surrounding area. I wanted to try out some new ideas that were completely informal rather than posed and we both had fun trying them out. Shot with a Nikon D610 and 85mm f1.8 lens most of the time, we strolled around the park near South Shields beach and also ventured into the fun fair too. Got told off when we were in the fun fair though because I had what looked like a professional camera, probably should have used my iPhone. It’s not an uncommon scenario I know with photographers and their DSLRs. But we complied nicely and stopped shooting there and just moved on.

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Giving back
March 21, 2018 by GordonM in people, portrait 0 Comments

Reading this article on RangeFinderOnline about photographers giving back resonated with me a great deal as I’ve been wanting to do something along these lines for a long, long time but work and being busy always seemed to get in the way.  It’s probably unlikely that I’ll ever stop being busy doing the things I love, and often for the people I love, but now being at least semi-retired there are no excuses to make good or better use of my time. In my previous line of work in education and just generally in my life, it’s always been important to me to help, to guide, to give of my time to those who’d like to improve themselves or to help with their career aspirations.  So I was pleased to talk to some people at the NEC Photography Show yesterday about the possibilities and now looking forward to seeing what might come of some of the ideas I’ve been having. Are you or can you find the time to be giving back?

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