I recently picked up a Ricoh GR II which to me is hands down the best camera I have ever bought. Not because of all the bells and whistles but merely for the fact that It doesn't have all the bells and whistles.
It get's out of my way when shooting, much like a Leica. I was recently using a Leica M6 as my primary camera for daily use. Even though it's small and unassuming, my inability to wait for pictures won out. Read More
Pratik needs little introduction, however for those of you who aren’t aware of his amazing work I’ll fill you in. Pratik is a world class retoucher and head retoucher at solstice retouch. This was a very special interview for me personally as Pratik creative live course has been hands down the biggest influence and helped to my retouching practice. If you haven’t checked it out, please do at this link Read More
I believe there is a great photographer in all of us, trying to get out at any available opportunity, however, sometimes we do not allow it.
Have you ever been in flow, you may not know it as flow, you may know it as something else, The Zone, completely focused, or uninterruptible. You know what I mean, where you're so focused on what you're doing that time slips away, and you forget to eat, sleep, drink, talk, move? Read More
The chances are if you’ve been outside or watched a movie in the last 25 years you have seen Jaap Buitendijk’s, work, in fact, you probably have many his images sitting in your media library.
Jaap is a specials and unit photographer, aka a movie or set photographer. If you’ve seen any of the press images for Fantastic Beasts that are out in the world at the moment or remember a small film series called Harry Potter you have seen Jaap's work. Those are just two in a long list of films Jaap has worked on, some of the other titles include, Blood Diamond, Children of Men, Gladiator, The Kingsmen, Rush, Alexander and In Bruges, the list goes on and on. Read More
This week on The Conscious Photographer, I have the owner of Abandon Ship Apparel and my good friend Richard Davies. Richard is a brand specialist and entrepreneur from Scotland who has a pretty amazing story; his brand Abandon Ship Apparel was started with just £300 and within three years was turning over 1.2 million pounds. He is also the co-owner of a chain of highly successful Barber Shops/Clothing stores called Hard Grind. Richard attributes a significant amount of his success to leveraging the power of social media, and we get into the how’s and why’s of that in this episode. Read More
This week on the Conscious Photographer I have Brian Costello, who is a Master NLP practitioner and change work specialist. Brian is an incredible storyteller and does a fantastic job of explaining incredibly complex subjects to do with the unconscious and subconscious mind and the role they both play in the creative process, in a clear and concise way that's easily understood. We discuss the most efficient way photographers can quickly, and honestly build rapport with anyone they meet. We also get into how anxiety and depression can affect people in the creative industry and how to recognise the symptoms early on before they get too overwhelming to handle. As well as why confidence and self-belief are integral to creating great pictures and how to think differently and break the mould. There's discussion on how to get past self-imposed limiting beliefs as well as the parallels between photographers and comedians when it comes to finding your voice. We discuss goal setting and the importance of having ecological goals and how your current goals could, in fact, be working against you and hindering you. We also speak about the importance of asking yourself what would happen if you achieved the goal you set out to achieve both the best case and worst case scenario and Brian tells you the questions you should be asking yourself when setting goals. Read More
David Boni is an advertising photographer and director with over 25 years of experience in both the film and photographic industry. He has shot internationally for commercial clients such Wonderbra, The Royal Bank Of Scotland, HSBC, Manchester United, and Strongbow.
In this episode, we cover a lot; from how he got started as a photographer and why it's substantially harder for younger photographers these days to get the same experience he had.
We delve into the six-month intensive brief, as well as goal; David set himself early in his career to aid him in developing his style and photographic voice as a young photographer and the powerful effect it had. Read More
Last time I left you we were on our way to the 3rd and final gig of the night. After packing down from the awards ceremony and grabbing all the beer left in the fridge we headed to the next venue. It was a pretty insane place, with the steepest stairs I've ever seen in a bar/club. If the stairs were in the uk at least 10 people would have died from binge drinking stairs related accidents. Read More
So you know how I said in my previous post, here that a good nights sleep will make for better photographs? Unfortunately I did not have a good nights sleep, I think I clocked around 4 hours but was rudely awakened by my closed laptop playing the closing theme from Elementary - which I have been binge watching recently. It’s not a great way to wake up. Read More
This week I embark on 4 days on the road with White, where I will shoot and upload all my images on a daily basis.
So far it's proving harder than I thought. Today we left at 5am for the channel Tunnel, which meant a 4:15am rise, however due to a high workload I didn't get to sleep until 1pm. This lack of sleep has been further compounded by my awakening every hour in a panic that I had slept through my alarm, so what should have amounted to 3 hours of sleep turned into sporadic bursts of sleep punctuated with crippling panic and fear. So as you can see I'm off to a good start Read More
A couple of months ago I was accepted and given a place on the Nick Knight Mastered course. For any of you who don't know what that is; It's an online course with Nick as the main tutor. You learn through a mixture of written work and video lectures. Every month there is a large brief that we are set and at the end we are given expert feedback by either Nick or other industry leaders. With the briefs we are asked to show our complete creative process on a page, much like a blog. So I figured I would put all of that process into here so people can see how I work and how I think. Read More
I'm fortunate enough to have had some great opportunities and had the pleasure of working with some amazing people throughout my career. One of the highlights of this last year has been working with a band called WHITE, you may seen me mention them in previous posts. I've shot a number of promotional images with them. This year they asked me to go to Amsterdam and London to document them both on and off stage. Here is a small selection of images shot over the course of the 5 days. Read More
I haven't updated on here in a while. In fact since the 7th of July, bar uploading one picture today. When I started the blog I fully intended to put out 1 - 2 articles a week. I originally planned on doing this for a number reasons, some well meant and some others misguided. Let me elaborate. Writing about my process and my thoughts on creating images for the most part helps me understand my own pictures more than anything else. The act of having to look into my entire workflow and explain it in a simplistic way that could be read by anyone allows me to learn about why I make the decisions I do and the rational or irrational thoughts behind them. For all intents and purposes the blog is a way for me to understand myself more as an artist and as a person. Read More
With a client like Abandon Ship Apparel I’m often tasked with photographing a large amount of garments on short notice, this is mainly due to the brand having to create exciting new content daily for their social media channels. I have to frequently photograph up to 20 outfits, make multiple selections of the same outfits to provide variation for the brand on social media, edit and upload the final images in a two-hour timeframe. Read More
This may seem like a strange topic, body language and posture, when it comes to photography but it's hugely important. Nearly 55% of all communication is non verbal; that means your body language/physiology gives away a huge amount about who you are as a person and how you feel. Your body language projects your emotional and mental state unconsciously to others and whether you like it or not they are subconsciously reading these signals and making judgements about your character and ability as a photographer. Whether you're on a shoot or meeting a model or client for the first time if you're feeling uncomfortable or anxious people are going to be able to pick up on it. Read More
Band shoots, well me and band shoots we don't get along. It's not down to any bad experiences with diva like band members, it's down to well...I don't know what. I've just always avoided them. I have seen very little band photography that I personally like other than Leibovitz's work with the Stones. So like I say I don't photograph bands....well until recently.
Around a month back I received an email from a band called White asking me if I photographed bands and If I would photograph them. The email was nice and courteous so I responded asking if I could hear some of their music. I was quickly sent a link to a private Soundcloud. The music was cool so I agreed to sit down in person and discuss some concepts to see if we were the right fit for each other. Read More
Last year my girlfriend and I decided to start a blog, we called it Life Lived Out Loud. The aim of the blog was simple, "To make fun and inspiring pictures together." She styled and I photographed. If you didn't know already know my girlfriend, Lindsay, runs a really cool label called The Trash Rack. One day we came to the conclusion that we weren't seeing enough of the photographs we wanted to see, so we figured the easiest thing to do was just to make them ourselves. As she was so busy with The Trash Rack and I was so busy with photography by starting a blog it also meant we could spend more time together. It was a no brainer. The blog lasted around 7-10 months before we both became too busy to shoot it anymore. Read More
This week I shot promotional images for Abandon Ship Apparel of the new Mishka range they are stocking. As it was a last minute shoot I had two days to find a model, location and come up with a concept; that's the nature of the beast though. As it was last minute I will show you how I chose my location, aesthetic, model and processing style.
With last minute shoots like this I find it easiest to play to the clothes. And as Mishka already have a very developed style, Graphic prints with nods to late 80's early 90's cartoons and culture, it made sense to me to further exaggerate this aesthetic.
Location - Luckily Glasgow has the Savoy Centre, a grimy old school place that's stuck somewhere between the 70's and the 90's. It was the perfect location. I mean where else are you going to find a Karate Shop next to Clairvoyant? It's a surreal place, you have to check it out. I knew the clothes would look perfect here. Read More
As you probably know by now I work with Abandon Ship Apparel regularly. Weekly, daily..... all the time! This means that I get to work on a multitude of photo shoots. I'm very lucky in that I get to try out new ideas stylistically and have a platform to then show the images. This week I was asked to shoot their Sports Lux Collection. In their words it's "Sports inspired High quality products utilising various materials to create wardrobe staples" So opted for something different. A high end sports shoot.
Colour palette - As the whole collection is monochromatic I opted to shoot it all in black and white, makes sense right?
Location - Luckily my studio is situated near an industrial estate so we chose to shoot the collection against the harsh backdrop of it. I opted to shoot it on a sunny day so that we had strong shadows to show the texture of the fabrics and emphasise the silhouettes. I payed close attention to horizontal and vertical when framing to highlight the harsh backdrop we were shooting against. I also opted to focus on close crops of the clothes as opposed to full length images as ASA and myself decided it was important to show the quality of the clothing and the materials used. Read More