So here it is, my first ever blog post for my first ever blog! Bear with me, like most newbies I will probably try too hard to be witty and cool in my first post – But I know somewhere, deep down in my photography fueled mind a skillful blogging enthusiast lies dormant.
Anyway, let’s get right on with it shall we? I am a Fine Art Photographer based near London. To define my own photographic style is a difficult task. My inspiration usually blossoms from the escapism of a story, which reaches me from books, films and music. Sometimes, simply a beautiful piece of music can conjure up an image in my mind, and that is where I begin. From this one image, a concept is born and the path to my next photo shoot begins!
My approach to photography is simple, idea’s and imagination first, technical bits and bobs later. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a great deal of technical knowledge when it comes to photography, (if I do say so myself, although of course there is always more to learn, and I mean always) and I use it every time I shoot, as every photographer should. However, all too often I see photographers getting so consumed by the technical perfection of the image rather than the wonder of the story or idea behind it and for me, that’s where true art is lost. There should be a balance. A balance of technical perfection and a beautiful idea. One without the other, for me, results in an image falling short of an amazing photograph. And let’s face it, that is truly what every photographic artist wants. Of course, this is simply my opinion, it is just what I feel makes a ‘great’ photographer and what I always try to put in to everyone of my photographs.
Now that you know a little bit about me, why don’t I introduce you to what this blog will predominantly be about? A ‘behind the scene’ look into my crazy photo shoots, with a little bit of info on how, why and who!
Here we go…
Yesterday afternoon I had a photo shoot in my studio with Youtuber comedy act Niki’n’Sammy! Needless to say it’s always fun with these two, who happen to be twins.
I shot this piece for YouTuber’s Niki’n’Sammy. The story behind it simply is, YouTubers are known as content creators, and so I simply created a piece that shows the YouTubers creating ‘themselves’ for a video!
It was a pretty basic 3 point lighting set up.
Either side of the backdrop I placed 2 x Bowens Strip Soft Box’s (30x120cm) on 500 Espirit Gemini’s. These were placed to the side and behind the subject, in order to create a soft rim light – allowing the subject to pop out against the backdrop, whilst framing their faces to give definition.
I popped a white 42cm beauty dish in front of the subjects, slightly to the left, 2ft higher than the subject on a 500R Gemini Pro to light the subject evenly whilst creating some beautiful shadows on the background and subject. Beauty dishes create a lovely contrast on the subject, and a white beauty dish has a slightly softer finish – I much prefer the white beauty dish.
Although softer than a silver beauty dish, I used a white ‘sock’ (nickname for a piece of white material that defuses the light) just to soften the light a little further, so the shadows cast were not too harsh on the subject, but it still allows far more contrast than a softbox.
Anyhow, quite clearly I did not have quadruplets in front of me, and two of them could not fly – so I shot each image using my camera on a tripod, one after the other, without moving the tripod at any point in the shoot. This allowed me to shoot three separate images and place them together, without worrying about incorrect perspective or angle. Now the flying trick, some of you will know how, some of you won’t, but I can’t reveal that… Yet!
Although the method I used for the flying subject on the left was a lot easier, and quite basic, the method for the subject on the right was a lot trickier.
So that’s it for my first blog post! I hope you have enjoyed it, and if you have any questions or thoughts on the photograph or shoot, please do comment below!
My next post will be on Tuesday so see you then! 🙂