Recently I have had a few requests for portraits in let’s say; less than ordinary locations, this type of photography is exciting for a number of reasons, it makes you think carefully about your lighting and how you can use it to emphasise or enhance the subject, sometimes there is no light there at all to start with so you have to add it yourself, another big factor with this type of shot is the direction required for the subject and the relationship you build and then there’s the time pressure it often forces you to think quickly. Finding a good and suitable location and spending some time there before your sitter arrives is key to being comfortable and ready for the time the actual main part of the photograph arrives!
In these locations below I have used small speedlight flashes with various means to either soften or direct the lighting depending on the desired result.
This first shot was fun, I had someone to hold a lightstand with umbrella and flash and position it over the water just above the subjects head (I taped the flash to the stand as an extra insurance to prevent an accident!) I had to get really low, almost level with the water surface to get the prospective I was looking for.
This next shot was a little more complex with a few lights and also someone throwing flour and small stones into the shot from the right to add to the drama of breaking a wall!
This last couple of shots were taken in the plant room where there were plenty of interesting backgrounds that are suited perfectly to an engineering portrait. As there was very little existing light I had to add some hard light for the background and softlight for the subject.
Thanks for stopping by, more soon.
Well it’s a big part of the summer pretty much everywhere I guess, I’ve certainly had fantastic strawberries from Romania to The Netherlands plus a few places in between like Denmark and Sweden and most certainly France. Strawberries and cream are one of the natural partnerships in the food world you know like; lamb and mint, asparagus and hollandaise, bacon and tomato ketchup (?) Pancakes, sugar and lemon etc etc…
These photos I took in a banquet room in a hotel for a summer promotion and I wanted to recreate the look of being outside on the grass (think Wimbledon) on a sunny day. The setup was simple with some artificial grass and a large net-curtain with a couple of flashes to simulate some sunshine.
What are your favourite food partnerships?
hit me in the comments section and I will see what I can create for you in pictures.
A really nice loaf this one with a good tasty crust and a yeasty taste
- 160g strong bread flour
- a small pinch of instant dried yeast from a 7g packet
- 115g water
Mix the above into a dough, knead for a few minutes then cover and store in the fridge over night.
Next day, heat your oven to 200 C/gas 6
- 270g strong bread flour
- 8g salt
- the dough you made last night
- 145g cold water
- the rest of the 7g packet of yeast
Make a dough with these ingredients and knead for a good 10 minutes, leave to rest for 30 minutes, then divide into 4 equal parts and form them into balls.
Place them in a greased loaf tin, cover and leave to proove at room temperature until at least double in size.
Bake for 25 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 180 C/gas 5 remove from the tin and put back in the oven for 5 minutes.
As for the asparagus, best just boiled al-dente and eaten with salt and butter.
Really happy with the light on these shots, 3 speedlights with a blue gel on the background. Have a good week everyone!