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portraits of beauty…….

7 Jan

Part of my new direction will be concentrating on Portraiture.

I love the connection between a subjects eyes and the camera.

Our studio is just about done, I thought I had it right but realised I could use the space better so am rearranging and repainting.

I may not post as often but I think what I do post will be hopefully images of a much higher quality.

Portrait of Beauty

Photographic “Master chef” style program

17 Jun

The popularity of photography has not been lost on Australia’s government owned TV network.

The ABC, which has always had a strong focus (sorry..I couldn’t help it) on documentry/lifestyle shows has debuted this show “Photo Finish”

I wonder if, like so many successful ABC documentry style shows it will end up on the commercial networks as a platform for Nikon or Canon to showcase thier products.

At the end of the day, it should be a good thing for our artform, with more people realising that a great deal of skill and knowledge goes into a great picture !

http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/22887

Have a look and see what you think.

More studio fitness………………

12 Jun

Just a couple more from an earlier post

https://andrewplacephotography.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/studio-fitness/

being able to stand back and change the light is the benefit of being in a studio

this shoot was great fun and a new style for me…………………….

more lounging…….chaise that is………..

12 Jun

Another one from a studio shoot…………..

Chaise lounge……..

11 Jun

Every house should have one, comfortable, stylish and great for photography.

Those of you that watch television will see examples of this classic style in every period movie and show.

We have one at home ready for the day that i can justify the expense of a studio.

I shot this image of Vashte whilst using the studio of Nicola Parsons Photography.

Make Up Beauty………..

19 Apr

Make up artists make us look good……No!, not the model, the photographer.

They smooth skin enhance features and hide others, add highlights and subtract blemishes.

And quite often they themselves should be in front of the camera, like Olivia

Its all about the eyes………

16 Mar

People who know me probably get sick of me rambling on about the most important ingredient in a portrait.

With all due respect to the make up artists ( who by the way, are indeed artists), and the hair stylists, and even the fashion stylists, if you don’t capture the subjects eyes then the portrait will never attain the impact you desire.

Obviously some models aside from being blessed with great body genes also were handed dramatic, scene stealing eyes, but not all were so lucky.

So then the photographer steps in, good lighting, great connection with the subject and an understanding of composition will still allow you to capture an image which draws the viewer in.

Beauty……………

15 Mar

One of my favourite models, Ali. Not a classic beauty, nor someone that stops traffic, but she just has something which makes her stand out.

Just another example of the inner being showing thru…………

Logistics of photography……….

19 Jan

When you shoot in a studio, especially your own, everything you need is usually nearby, as long as the model/s and make up artist turn up most of the logistics are taken care of before hand. Your lights are set up, camera gear in place, screens and diffusers are not being blown away by wind etc. It is pretty comfortable and it allows you to concentrate on creating great images.

Now when you step out into the big wide world everything changes. Firstly you have to carry stuff and most photography gear is heavy or awkwardly sized. Second, regardless of what the weatherman says the night before on TV, Mother Nature will quite often play little games with your plans (note to self – get more sand bags). If your lucky enough to have arranged an indoor location shoot, remember to double-check that the key to the gate or door is the right one.

Even when you have done a pre-shoot check, not all your plans will go smoothly.What you thought was great light isn’t, that great big space to pose the model in is actually tiny and the props you were told were easy to move require a large tractor to budge an inch!!

Working with people you now however makes a lot of problems disappear, just like the shoot I did with another photographer, Squizzy and my mates from DreamSpace Productions. We worked around, over the top and sometimes thru each other shots and captured some awesome images of the models in the vintage Porsches. Dont worry too much about a Degree in Photoimaging just remember to study for your Diploma in Logistics of Photography………..     

DIY Beauty Dish….

5 Jan

When you get the call from the garage telling you that the transmission in the car will cost $4000 to fix, dreams of a new lighting set up go out the window fast. So what does an enterprising photographer do ? Thats right, Do it yourself.

A beauty dish, strobist style was required and with access to the internet providing a plethora of plans it was just a matter of gathering the bits and pieces and having a go!

It was easy to build and I modified others ideas as I wanted something that was bullet proof and easy to set up. It cost about $35 to build and the SB-600 sits nicely on the Phottix Atlas triggers (which are fantastic by the way, and great value for money)which bolts onto the bracket. I use a mixing bowl, a piece of gutter fitting, a L bracket and some nuts and bolts, painted with quality paint, done!

It’s probably a little small, but then it’s designed to be lit by my little SB-600 and used up close, so until I win the lottery it will fill the void.

I have only taken a couple of quick test shots however it seems to produce the goods and when I use it for real I will upload some images.

Sure I rather a factory built unit with a Bowens S type fitting and grid, but for now this will be fine.