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A true genius……

11 May

Over the course of your life, if your lucky, you will meet a handful of people who through hard work and gained experience are really masters of their trade.

I have been lucky enough to meet a few in different professions

the man who taught me to fly gliders, Jimmy Jones, a true gentleman who should have been born with wings,

a good friend Irving, who can really turn his hand to anything and produce incredible results and yet make it seem easy, on top of being always willing to help,

and tonight, I had the privilege to meet and watch Joe McNally  ( www.joemcnally.com ) create beautiful images,

Joe had the mix of enthusiast and professionals laughing, shaking their heads in amazement, laughing, questioning their skills, laughing…you get the picture(pun kinda intended)

A master of light, Joe took the time to explain, in layman’s terms, how to completely stuff up an image and then turn it into a winner.

I was lucky enough to talk to the man for a few minutes and he was just like talking to any other photographer…enthusiastic, friendly and passionate about our art form, not only that he is just a really nice bloke.

Have look at his website and blog, I guarantee you will be caught up by the enthusiasm and  skill.

Any light you can find…..

9 Sep

those of you that know me realise that I follow the K.I.S.S. principle  as much as possible. Probably because I can relate to simple. Last night I was lucky enough to be asked to shoot a function in Brisbane at the beautiful Gambaros restaurant, and whilst doing some portfolio shots for some of the performers I realised that the lighting equipment I had (speedlights) just weren’t achieving the look I wanted. So remembering words from the awesome Joe McNally, use what you got !. So by positioning these fantastic artists under a downlight and positioning a speakers lectern with a white table-cloth draped over it as a reflector, the desired look jumped off the cameras LCD screen and with very little PP some great images were achieved.

It just goes to show, think outside the square, use up some digital film (its free) and try something new.