For a long time I’ve been hiring my lighting when necessary, but lately I’ve been shooting with lights more and more and I decided it was time for me to take the plunge and pick up a set to call my own. I knew I needed something portable – so battery power was a must – and I also needed a set up which wasn’t going to break the bank.
I’d used the Elinchrom Quadras a number of times before and whilst they are teeny tiny, I’ve never felt comfortable mounting big modifiers to the plastic accessory ring they require. Then there’s the Paul C Buff units from the states, which boast great features but don’t ship to Europe nor have an international warranty. No bueno. And then there’s the Profoto B1 which whilst I’m certain would be fantastic, I didn’t fancy parting with a kidney to get my hands on a set.
After a lot of reading around online and weighing up the pros and cons of a few systems, I opted for the Lencarta Safari 2 1200w kit. A full stop more powerful than the Quadras and with better recycling times, an LED modelling lamp suitable for minor video work, metal construction and the popular S-Fit accessory mount. The spec was impressive.
Hit the jump for more on the Lencarta kit and check out my unboxing video… Continue reading →
To those on the outside, us photographers live a wonderful life full of exotic locations and beautiful models and you know what, I’m absolutely fine with that perception. What’s not fine is that some of those just getting in to this business think that’s what it’s all about too, which is only going to lead to a large dose of dream crushing disappointment.
When making the decision to become a full time photographer, it is important to understand that the business of photography is ten-percent taking pictures and ninety-percent hustling your ass off to land that next gig.
Now before I go any further, I’m not saying that to scare anybody off, quite the opposite in fact. I LOVE what I do and the ten-percent shooting is worth the 90-percent hustle twenty times over. But it’s a trap I’ve seen many University graduates and enthusiast-turned-pros fall in to, thinking that by having a website full of great images and the word ‘Photography‘ or ‘Media‘ after your name on Facebook is going to jettison you to photography stardom.
Following these three simple tips however, will get you on your way:
1) Shoot great photographs 2) Get your work seen by the people who matter 3) Don’t be a d*ck.
I don’t profess that my methods are the only way or the right way to get hired. But by sharing some of the power moves which work for me, hopefully it’ll help those of you who are new to the game or those looking to add new weapons to your marketing arsenal. Continue reading →
Last weekend I was comissioned by Revo to shoot their freshly wrapped Amarok. The brief was fairly loose; to incorporate lifestyle elements in to the photography whilst ensuring the emphasis remained on the truck.
Back in 2007 Chase Jarvis released a video showing his custom photography laptop case (aka Pimp Your Laptop Case) using a Pelican 1490 and a bit of custom fabrication work. The whole set up was hugely portable and durable, but at over £150 or a couple of hundred bucks in the US, it’s a pretty expensive set up.
Luckily for us who don’t want to drop that much on a Pelican case, I’ve created a solution which is just as good. And it costs less than £30 ($50). All you need is half an hour and some very basic DIY skills.
We Are Warwickshire is a short film series shot and directed by myself over the last ten months. What started as a low key, small body of personal work has snowballed and gained the attention of TV and radio, businesses and advertising agencies across the UK and even members of parliament.
I’m blown away by the reception it’s had and have found it to be the most fulfilling project I’ve worked on to date.
Hit the jump for all six films, plus my interviews about the We Are Warwickshire series on BBC Radio and in The Leamington Courier. Continue reading →
If you’ve been through my portfolio recently you may have noticed some new lifestyle shots in there. A couple of weeks ago I had a great test shoot with Leanne, Jane, Rachel and Jordan from Alan Sharman agency in Birmingham.
Hit the jump for more photos and a behind the scenes video…
Film #3 the We Are Warwickshire series features Crustum Bakery in Kenilworth and the owner Nick.
Installed in to a shop big enough to touch both walls with your outstretched arms, this little artisan bakery is a beautiful place and Nick is the one-man-band behind it. My alarm was set for 3.00am to get there for when Nick starts baking at 4.00am and once I smelled that fresh bread being baked it was all worth while! Continue reading →
In the Crimbo Limbo I had a call from Rik at Monster Tuning to ask if I could shoot a last minute promo video for their stand at Autosport in January. He said they had a Land Rover Discovery Monster Truck and an 8-wheel-drive (Yes 8!) Land Rover Defender that they wanted to get muddy for the camera. So the day after boxing day I headed over to deepest darkest Telford to film this little teaser…
I’ve been one of Lowepro’s “Loweprofessionals” for a while now, which means that every now and again they’ll ask for my opinion on one or two of their products to help with their R&D process. Before I go any further I want to make it clear that I’m not on their payroll and I’m not obliged to give a glowing review of their products. The opinions expressed below are my own, they’re honest and true…disclaimer over.
Hit the jump for the video and my thoughts on the S&F Series.
Film #2 in the We Are Warwickshire series features Gabrielle and The Orangery flower shop in Kenilworth.
This little boutique flower shop caught my eye when it opened in the centre of Kenilworth almost three years ago for it’s eclectic mix of ornaments and flowers. Kenilworth isn’t a town renowned for it’s stylish shops so it’s always nice to see businesses like Gabrielle’s bucking the trend.