The older you get the quicker the years pass. 2017 was a typical Big Ears year, that’s right nothing exciting happened. A lack of cash and suitable talent within striking distance of Rugby meant I managed far fewer shoots than previous years. By suitable I mean free of large tattoos. The unmarked models are now such a sought after commodity they can bump their rates up, I don’t blame them, and the good ones are booked months in advance. Highlight of my year was, don’t laugh, standing virtually alone on Skegness beach. Sadly it was more exhilarating than any of my shoots. C’est la vie. Oh, and Happy New Year everyone.
A new model, well not new new but new to the Chateau de Vaughan. How best can I show her off to all you SNAPSHOTS of GIRLS connoisseurs? Okay let’s ask her to stand near the window and use the TTL BL mode on the Nikon SB-800 flashgun for fill. Even if I say it myself the results have turned out nice again.
With my advancing years and the weight of my mighty megapixie D810 I’m finding it increasing difficult to keep the camera steady throughout a photo session. Now I do own a tripod, a Gitzo, bought aeons ago for my medium format photography. It is so massive I think it’s capable of supporting a medium sized anti-aircraft gun but I’m reluctant to start using it again because I’ve always believed that one of the major faults in my snaps is that they look far too static and a tripod is only going to compound the problem. I suppose I do have the option of switching to my smaller lighter Sony NEX-5N camera, or even cutting the length of my photoshoots and saving some money to boot. What are my other options? I’ve been looking at monopods but I’ve not seen anyone using them in a studio situation, only outdoors supporting weighty telephoto lenses. Has anyone tried using a monopod for a glamour shoot and got an opinion to share? Failing all else I might have to get into the gym and do a few weights to build the muscles back up.
So I decided to get my arse in gear and post a casting call seeking suitable fresh talent to grace the green sofa but although the response wasn’t bad I’m finding it exceedingly difficult to get excited about any of the applicants. With few models now able to get my snapshooting juices flowing, my taste buds it seems have been anaesthetised, should I hire someone to do the selection process for me?