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Archive for June, 2014

Studio in The Street: Kat

Now here’s something we haven’t done in a while – take our two Bowens 400 heads and battery pack out onto the streets of Birmingham Jewellery Quarter on a Summer’s evening. The “Studio in the street” workshop started off in the relatively shaded narrow alleys of the area (it was still quite sunny, even after 7:30pm)…

Once the light levels began to drop, we headed into wider streets, doorways and under bridges…

Our model for the evening was Kat (Kathryn Victoria), a favourite at Fotofilia for several years now. Kit-wise, the battery pack doesn’t get used very often but it never fails to surprise me how well the charge lasts: with five photographers shooting for 2 and a half hours, often with two flashes, the battery was depleted by only 25% by the end of the event. And to think I bought a second battery – it’s never been out of the box.


From The Floorboards Up (part 2)

January was a very busy month for us at Fotofilia. We spent many hours redecorating the studio from top to bottom, threw away a LOT of stuff, and transformed our redundant former gallery room into a second studio space – we even had to pull up and trim a few floorboards. Here are a few more photographs of Fotofilia as it is now…

The lobby


Lobby and corridor

The kitchen

And here is Studio 2…

The graffiti walls

Studio 2's forest mural wall and aluminium chequer-plate wall

In addition to the graffiti walls, chequer-plate wall and the forest mural, there is a plain wall which can accommodate colorama rolls. The idea behind the second studio space was to provide as wide a range of creative possibilities as we could and with another background area to be set up in Studio 1 in the coming weeks, we think we now have plenty of inspirational settings for our shoots/hirers.

Studios 1 and 2 can be hired individually or together.

From The Floorboards Up (part 1)

We re-launched Fotofilia back in February but I’ve just got around to taking some pictures of the studio as it is now, with “Studio 2” up and running and available for hire. Here’s a few of the pictures starting with Studio 1

Studio 1

Studio 1

Studio 1

…and the dressing room (that runs off Studio 1)…

Studio 1 dressing room

Studio 1 dressing room

I’ll post some images of Studio 2 in my next post.