’60s Project
March 21, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, fashion, Portfolio 0 Comments

The ’60s is a fascinating era for initiating a change in fashion photography.  So to me that is a great reason to start a new photography project, trying to embrace many of the hallmark looks from the time. For me starting any project involves lots of research and my research mostly started in the autumn of last year.  A good start was looking at the icons of that time ….. David Bailey, Jean Shrimpton, Brian Duffy, Twiggy …… to just name a few.  Then of course there were the locations, more often than not around Carnaby Street in London, although of course David Bailey took Jean Shrimpton to Manhattan, New York to deliver a photoshoot that kicked Vogue magazine into a more modern publication that needed to echo the younger, more liberated, generation of the time.   If you are interested, you must see the film We’ll Take Manhattan that tells (whilst probably embellishing) this story.   If you haven’t time to watch the video then you can check out the photos from that trip in this Guardian article. So watching that Manhattan film and also looking at a number of youtube videos on documentaries about Twiggy, other photographers and fashion from […]

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Stretch and Challenge
February 18, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, Portfolio 0 Comments

I’m amazed at the number of photographers who do not stretch and challenge themselves or the model when they are shooting. Doing the same style time and time again may be in your comfort zone but really only makes for boring photos over time and certainly does not improve your skills. I’d had plenty of experience of photography having started when I was 17 shooting general topics such as landscapes and architecture, with a little street photography thrown in too, particularly around the city of York where I lived.  I went on to do weddings and more commercial work for clients but really hadn’t touched on working with models until probably about 20 years ago.  I look back on my photos at that time and think to myself, what the devil was I thinking.  Poses were wrong, ideas were lacking, lighting was rubbish and personally I thought my model photos were just generally pretty poor and certainly not to be proud of.  I gradually got a little better but it wasn’t until I met a wonderful young lady who I took on as my muse and, whilst she might not have recognised it at the time, she helped me with […]

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Connected to Bloglovin’
October 15, 2016 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’ve been using Bloglovin’ for quite a while for my previous blog and to connect to other Fashion and photography blogs.  I’ve now made the reconnection to this revamped site so hopefully you should be able to keep track of any posts I put up. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Majorca Trip October 2015
November 1, 2015 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

I went on a trip with an agency to Majorca and whilst there we were shooting a number of different models.  I was working with my Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens and found it to be terrific for fashion style photographs.  I particularly liked the quick and accurate focussing along with the lens compression of shooting at 200mm (35mm equivalent).  Certainly this lens is turning out to be one of my favourites.  

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3 Lightroom Preset Colour Hints …. for Free
November 4, 2014 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

I’m a great fan of Lightroom and one of the powerful tools it provides is the ability to apply presets for colour and toning adjustments.  I like to create my own presets as well to suit the style and mood of photo.  So here’s a free set of 3 presets for you, just download and unzip the zip file.  Then copy the preset templates to the Lightroom Develop Presets folder.   Download here

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Tempted to splash the cash on new camera gear ?
September 15, 2014 by GordonM in Blog 0 Comments

Well, plenty of excitement for Nikon, Canon and Fuji photographers this week with their new camera releases. All very tempting whether it’s the Nikon D750, the Canon 7D Mark II or the Fuji X-T1 in graphite silver. Consider though, will your photos actually be any better once you’ve satisfied your GAS tendencies? Probably not. So if you’ve the urge to splash some cash, then go somewhere on a trip either at home or abroad and take photos like you’ve never taken before. Or book a great model or perhaps go do some workshops. All are very much more likely to improve your photography. And your pocket will thank you for it. 🙂 Note: GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome

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