I have been a keen photographer since 13, when my mum bought me my first SLR camera Zenit ET (this was in 1987!). Just a Couple of weeks later I started developing my own films & photos at a young photographers club ran by a professional photographer Mati Pakler. I was so inspired by the process and results that I decided to set up my own dark room about a month later so I could have my very own ‘mystery lab’ where all the “weird and wonderful” images appeared… It was fun!
Over the years I’ve had an opportunity to photograph all aspects of life. I believe this has given me a wide variety of skills to tackle even the most challenging photographic assignments.
Until now I have used several digital cameras, but my current kit includes:
Canon 5D Mark III,
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon 50mm f1.4 USM EF
Canon Speedlite 600EX II RT
Canon Speedlite transmitter ST-E3-RT
Vanguard Alta Pro 284CT with BBH-200 Ballhead
… and of course various soft boxes, reflectors and backdrops.
Plus to help me with photoshopping, A3 Wacom Intuos PRO graphics tablet.
ON THE DAY – SETTING THE EXPECTATIONS…
So, what can you expect on the day of the photoshoot? Call me a relaxed individual and that’s a good thing right? But make no mistake – I will have taken a considerable amount of time to prepare for the day beforehand. This will have included a thorough chat with you about your likes, dislikes, your ‘must haves’, poses, clothing, locations etc. etc. etc. because if it’s important for you to hire a professional, then it’s certainly even more important for me to come up with trumps!
One question, I hear most and I thought I’d answer it here and then (as we are on the subject of setting the expectations…) “Can you make me really beautiful and lose my crow’s feet, double-chin, my freckles, birthmarks….?” The answer is yes I can! But I generally suggest a bit of make-up before the photoshoot as that tends to work most of the time. Voila – problem solved! 🙂
Just a few years ago it was almost a taboo to even mention that you had touched up your images. Times have changed since then…now you find photographers almost shouting out loud about their photoshopping skills. In this digital era, good image editing skills are a must, so I am happy to to say that I’ve been an avid Photoshop user from it’s very early years, since 1997 and I’ve also had the opportunity to teach the wonders you can do with it. And to be able to improve on my skills and share my knowledge, I have also been contributing to online forums for Photoshoppers & professional photographers sharing tips and knowledge and of course, taking part of the regular photoshopping challenges.
Below: a sample of image before and after editing process. To reveal both images please hover over image and drag vertical line from left to right.
Creating a composite...
WEBCC get creative evening 9 March 2017, how I created the final composite.
Images supplied by Martin Pickles.