The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham starts this weekend. Anyone going? When I was given free tickets I was a regular but having to pay puts me off mainly because I’m not in the market for any new equipment. Nowadays I’m of the view that when it comes to shooting pretty girls all cameras are much of a muchness and in many cases your mobile phone is plenty good enough if you only upload to the web.
A month or so back I had the opportunity to try out some new on camera fill-in flash settings both outdoors and indoors. I’m not sure if they worked out better than previous attempts but 2 obvious failings plague me whatever set-up I use. The first is positioning the model to prevent her from squinting in the bright sunlight. I usually end up moving into the shade which can then negate the need for fill-in flash which defeats the object of the exercise I suppose. The second problem is how to avoid the harsh shadows when working with on camera flash indoors. I’ve found getting the balance between ambient light and fill-in flash far more miss than hit. I really should spend more time on this but I lack the patience.
I’m always amazed at the number of really basic photographic questions I see being asked on forums by “photographers” who own £1000’s worth of top of the line equipment. I’m a long way from being an expert but when I was a young lad I read camera manuals and photo magazines, listened to what the boring old timers had to say, and even did evening classes so I didn’t look a complete idiot when I could afford to own a proper big boys camera. If you are spending monstrous wads of spondulicks on a hobby why is there such a reluctance to get a modicum of know-how before taking the plunge? Christ it’s even handed to you on a plate nowadays with everything you need to know, and more, being freely available on YouTube.
One of my final shoots of last year. With the mildish autumn weather, which is more than can be said about this spring, we were able to get outside for a while. The lighting though was a typical British mishmash of one minute sun out next minute sun in so I’ve had to do a bit of meddling in Photoshop to try to get the colours looking consistent across the set.
A visit from a model friend is always welcome because they brighten up my dull existence and give me a good old fashion laugh. To illustrate the point here are some recent behind the scene shots of how this model arrived at the Chateau de Vaughan. She told me that men had been giving her funny looks on the train because her makeup was all wrong. What the fuck! It seems the idea that the extra attention was caused by the shortness of her dress and the boots had never crossed her mind. Like I said, they make me laugh.