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More “New Blood”…

Looking forward to this tomorrow! And still 2 spaces left…


Getting Flashy With Megan

Last weekend we ran a fully-booked workshop entitled “The Speedlight Studio” which focussed (sorry) on how to use battery-powered strobes/speedlights in place of the usual mains-powered Bowens kit that we usually use at Fotofilia. We began with a single light, building up to a 3-light set-up using coloured gels and even worked with combining ambient and flash for some interesting white balance contrasts.

Our brilliant model, Megan Mercy (formerly Megan Jaye), provided the perfect subject for our practical demos and here are a few of my shots from the day to give you some idea what we got up to…

We’ll doubtless be running another of these sessions in the near future so to avoid missing out, email us to be added to the monthly newsletter – or just keep checking fotofilia.co.uk.


The Male Portrait

Our successful recent workshop “The Male Portrait” included the opportunity to photograph two charismatic male subjects. One, Tom, is a professional model and no stranger to Fotofilia shoots…

Tom King at Fotofilia

Tom King at Fotofilia

Our second subject, Nick, was rather less used to be in front of the camera but proved to be an excellent and very photogenic model. Nick is, apart from many other things, the lead singer and primary creative drive behind the band Telsen (who I happen to play bass guitar with)…


Bodyscapes: Mark

The good thing about the Easter holidays is that it gives me a chance to go through my hard-drives and finally edit images that I might have taken many months ago as part of a Fotofilia workshop. In this case, these images of model Mark were taken over a year ago during a “Bodyscapes” evening (a series of art nude shoots, concentrating on lighting)…

In the next post, I’ll share some images of the female model from this event. Click here to find out more about Fotofilia training events.

 


What’s Special?

A few months ago, I announced a Studio Evening event at Fotofilia which was a little bit different to the ones we’ve been running for the best part of a decade. For this one, I booked only one model instead of the usual two, but the model I chose was the excellent Salleh Sparrow, a model with an incredible portfolio.

Salleh Sparrow at Fotofilia

I enjoyed this so much that I scheduled another – this time with a model who certainly needs no introduction, Ivory Flame.

And then another, with Stephanie Dubois

Stephanie Dubois at Fotofilia

And we’re doing it again – on Tuesday 19th May 7:30-10pm. As usual, I don’t reveal who the model will be until the event. To book your place, get in touch – soon!

 


Copycats

With another term of our 10 week “Advanced Photography” course due to start at Fotofilia in the next couple of weeks, I thought I’d share a few assignment submissions by last term’s victims students. The phone-taken images seen here show some of the group’s responses to their first assignment of the course where they were asked to produce a copy, update, or even humorous pastiche of a pre-existing classic photograph or painting. Firstly, Nicky made this excellent version of Lewis Morley’s 1963 portrait of Christine Keeler using a bearded male friend as her subject.

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle reproduced a Banksy piece photographically, paying special attention to the right background, flowers etc. 

 

 

 

And Agnes managed to find a subject who bore a remarkable resemblence to Greta Garbo to faithfully recreate the period image on the left.

And finally, Rob practiced his photoshop skills to create this great copy of the iconic Velvet Underground album cover by Warhol.

I was very impressed yet again by our group. I hope to share their submissions from their second (main) assignment soon.


The Upside of Downton (part 3)

Finishing up my little series of posts about Fotofilia’s “Downton”-themed location shoot with a few images of both models – Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks – together. Emilie and Joel are great models individually but, as they’ve proved many times in the past, they have a real (and rare) rapport when working together. Anyway, here are those images…

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

And one last image…

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

Emilie Walt and Joel Hicks at Haden Hill House on the Fotofilia location shoot.

In case you’re interested, all of these shots were taken using a 50mm f1.4 lens on my Nikon DSLR. Lighting is mainly ambient with the occasional burst of Bowens flash and judicious use of a reflector.

Finally, a HUGE thank you to Emilie (who, as previously mentioned, made two costumes for the shoot) and Joel, the lovely ladies at Haden Hill House for all of their help and coffee.

Links: Emilie’s Linked-in and facebook. Joel’s main website and facebook.