Hey internet, long time no speaky. Things have been a little too quiet around here of late. Apologies for that. I got caught up in a teeny tiny project that I guess it's time to let you all in on now. It all started a couple of months back when I came to the realisation that I was a bit of a one trick pony when it came to photography. I pretty much always shot on location with natural light, rarely ever even using a reflector. I love shooting this way. It's non restrictive in terms of the amount of gear I need to carry, and I think I learned enough about natural light and location hunting that I feel I can probably knock out a decent image anywhere, with anyone at this stage. But, I felt that I needed to move on a little and expand my box of tricks.
So, you may have already guessed (it already said as much on my About and Contact pages), but I decided to go and rent myself a little studio all of my own. Well, it's not tiny or anything like that. I'm well able to shoot full length in there if I need to. But anyway, my main reason for wanting a space of my own was so I can learn more about light and how to manipulate it to create different looks and moods, and so I can take my work to the next level in terms of quality. To do that, I need to just get down to it and shoot, and having this place all to myself will allow me to do that. I wasn't completely clueless about studio lighting beforehand, but even just in the last few weeks of experimenting in the studio on my own, I can tell I've learned so much already.
Another reason I wanted to go the studio route was so I can offer another option to potential clients. Not everyone wants to be out in public while having their photo taken. It also enables me to offer some services that would either be very difficult to pull off, or just not be possible at all without a studio.
[highlight]Note to Potential clients: My studio comes fully stocked with an abundance of both jelly beans and chocolate biscuits. Just sayin' ;-)[/highlight]
So, I guess I should say something about the images below. Anyone who's seen some of the recent pins on my Pinterest page will have noticed that I've gone a bit nutty for simple/classic portrait images of late. I love these types of photographs. There's no photographic wankery going on, just simple portraits captured beautifully. Now that I have my very own Bat-Cave, I'm gonna be focusing on straight up portrait photography for a little while. With that in mind, I asked my buddy Ricky Mangala (who I've shot with many times before) if he'd be kind enough to come in and sit for me while I played around in my new sandbox.
You may notice some dramatic focus fall off in few of the images. This is not the result me mangling the images in some smart phone app or anything like that. I actually used my 90mm Tilt/Shift lens for most of the shoot, just for something a little different. I LOVE that lens. It's manual focus only, so it's a little hard to handle, but when you nail it, the images are sharp enough to shave with. Also, the last image in this series was shot in natural light coming from the window behind and reflected back to Ricky using an 8x4 foot white V-Flat. The camera used was my brand new Fujifilm XE-1 with 35mm f/1.4 lens. This little thing is quickly becoming one of my favorite cameras to shoot with. How they manage to stuff so much magic into such a tiny package these days is beyond my monkey brain's comprehension.
So, I guess I'll leave it there for now. Any questions or comments, just leave them below, or look me up on Facebook.