I was thinking about my long-running Europeans project recently, and I realised that (like our government!) I’m going to have to get a move on to get things finished by Brexit day and avoid much embarrassment. So last weekend I looked up an old work friend whose wife (I’d heard) is originally from Greece. Continue Reading
It’s always great to get an image on the cover of a magazine, so I was super-pleased to hear that Professional Photo were going to use one of my pictures of Bernadette Lemon on the cover of issue 149.
The image is from a feature I wrote for the magazine on shoot The New Hollywood look – something inspired by the kind of celebrity photography you see in the pages of Vanity Fair and Vogue. Think of smokey grey backgrounds, muted colours, shabby-chic styling and beautiful fashion. We shot these in the studio on the legendary Fujifilm GFX 50S with lighting by Elinchrom.
Thanks to Lucy Ridley for make-up and styling.
On a recent trip to London I had a little free time to take some pictures and found myself down on Southbank at around dusk. The undercroft, just below Royal Festival Hall, is one of the most famous skateboarding spots in the country, and has been for 40+ years – and this is where I stopped for a bit with my camera. Continue Reading
Some brands come with certain expectations attached to them, Zeiss being a good example. The German optics expert is ranked up alongside Leica when it comes to image quality and mechanical engineering, and I was looking forward to seeing what the Zeiss Milvus Distagon T* 25mm f/1.4 could do attached to my trusty Nikon D800. Continue Reading
When The Times asked me to photography Helen Macdonald, author of the prize-winning H is for Hawk I didn’t quite know what to expect. Not because of Helen (who turned out to absolutely wonderful) but because she was going to be posing with a Goshawk.
To quote Helen in her book, “goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail”
Pretty intimidating, huh? Continue Reading
Group shots can be tricky things to get right. Left to their own devices, folks will always arrange themselves as if they were posing for a school sports photo. In fact, so strong is the desire to stand shoulder-to-shoulder that, after individually positioning every person in a group, I have turned round to find them standing in a straight line again.
Breaking up a line of people by having them sit or stand and turn in different directions is one way of making things more interesting, but I think the real secret to a good group shot is Continue Reading
It’s a good time to be a film photographer. A few weeks ago, Kodak announced they’re bringing Ektachrome back from the grave and are looking into doing the same with Kodachrome. Then we have a brand new black & white ISO 400 film from Bergger, which uses both silver bromide and iodide for extra dynamic range and is available in lots of different formats.
I like film photography, and still keep a handful of film cameras on the go. Continue Reading
I walked into the studio a couple of weeks ago to find that my colleague had constructed a kind of cubicle from dark background cloth, which he had used to shoot some video for a musician friend. I was pretty intrigued by it (and the way you sound when stood inside it – no echo at all) and really wanted to shoot some gungy looking portraits using it as an alcove. Continue Reading