My photo backup strategy
March 28, 2019 by GordonM in Blog, gear 0 Comments

There was some discussion on one of the photography forums about what photo backup equipment someone should use. To me, it’s not just about the equipment. It’s also the methodology of how …. and where … you backup. So anyway it got me thinking that I’d write a bit about how I manage my files. Many people swear by them I know and they really do have their place in a corporate environment, but I have never liked RAID or NAS units for the simple reason some (maybe all) use a brand-specific bespoke Operating System (OS) and software backup programs which to me means the way they store files would be incompatible if I moved it over to a different brand either to upgrade or to recover a crashed unit. Maybe some don’t use bespoke OS and software but I have never bothered to complicate things by finding out which ones don’t, and only use those ones, which to me would be a vulnerable point if for whatever reason they were no longer available or supported. So I keep it all nice and simple and use external portable 2TB and 4TB hard drives formatted to FAT or NTFS, that way […]

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Boudoir shoot with Katie (NSFW)
January 27, 2019 by GordonM in Blog, lighting, people, Portfolio, portrait 0 Comments

I like to mix things up a bit sometimes with my model photography styles. It’s important to experiment and try some new ideas or lighting or poses, always learning something that potentially could be used in another setting. And that’s how it was this time where I was doing a boudoir studio shoot with Katie. The idea was to light the scene minimally with as little ambient light as possible. So the window blinds were closed with just enough daylight peeping through to give nice straight line graphic detail in the final images. The main light was an Aputure LED light with softbox and grid attached and part of the grid was also obscured as well to really concentrate the light to give distinct darkness and shadows around the bed set. I was going to have the final images in black and white and so using the Fuji X-T2 and 23mm lens I switched the internal film simulation to Acros. Combine that with some Adobe Lightroom work and it gave just the look I was after. Check out some of the shots below.

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Unposed
November 15, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, people, Portfolio, portrait 0 Comments

Whilst Katie Mackinnon and I were in Mallorca in October I wanted to shoot some photos that were more natural, more unposed than I normally do. And also to change the look of the photos by using just the Fuji 23mm f2 lens (35mm full frame equivalent). So this meant getting closer to Kate and/or getting a wider point of view. Then with a bit of a preset I created in Lightroom, I was able to tone or grade the photos to get the look I wanted.

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Mallorca Oct 2018 – Shooting with Saff

I go across to a villa in Mallorca twice a year and have done for the past 7 or 8 years. I have been either working out there for the model agency when shoot syndication and portfolio shoots were a way of making money in the glamour photography business, or more latterly just going on my own accord usually with a couple of models. This October I was pleased to be returning with Saffron Jaye Richardson. Lately I always try to make it a relaxed time when shooting in Mallorca, the emphasis is usually more on it being a holiday than actually working and this time it was even more chilled. I was familiar with the usual places I might shoot but the last time Saff was out here with me, I didn’t get to see some of the places I like to shoot. So here was a chance for us to shoot around the villa, get down onto some rocks/cliffs nearby, to a local fishing town harbour for some fashion shots, and also take a trip to what many consider to be THE sunset beach in Mallorca, Es Trenc. I took minimal camera gear with me on the Mallorca […]

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Shoot with Millie

Along with another photographer I met Millie when we were contracted to shoot some ball gowns for the catalogue and website of a large, local company who specialised in dresses for proms, weddings and other big occasions. The shoot was in a big mansion and the models we were using were all Miss Great Britain finalists. Millie was one of the models. Millie was fairly local, the other two models were from Scotland and from Essex. So we chatted with Millie about getting together after the catalogue shoot to get some more photos for her portfolio. And so we met up about a month or so later, on a nice bright sunny day and set off for a wander round the park of the town. As well as shooting amongst the greenery, there was a local funfair in town … although closed during the day when we were shooting … but one of the stallholders welcomed us in and switched on the lights on one of the main rides. So all in all, a result, we had some fun chatting and shooting some photos.

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Playing with LEDs
September 15, 2018 by GordonM in Blog, lighting, people, Portfolio, portrait 0 Comments

Did a studio shoot with Katie Mackinnon recently and was using the chance to experiment with an Apurture HR672W LED panel as my main light and some LED strips in the background. Using the LED as my main light instead of using flash makes it a little easier to expose the front of the subject correctly whilst still keeping the LEDs visible in the background. It was also handy using a Sony A7iii mirrorless camera with it’s live preview facility so you have WYSIWYG capability before you actually take see the shot. So quite a simple setup really and giving plenty of opportunity to experiment with some portraits of Kate. For the next set of shots, this was done with some small fairy light LEDs in the background and me handholding another set of fairy lights and sometimes a prism or crystal in one hand whilst I had the camera in the other hand. This was done using natural ambient light in the room coming from a window. With a little bit of toning in Lightroom afterwards I was able to get a nice couple of photos.

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