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Archive for March, 2013

Fashion blogger photographers

Think I may have posted something very similar before – or it could be on Facebook. Either way this is both curious and interesting: A video on the ever increasing trend in fashion bloggers and photographers.

Obviously there are the very old-school people like Ian Cunningham (see previous post about a film about him) and then more recently it’s been made popular by the likes of The Sartorialist. But it now seems to be exploding!

During London Fashion week I passed a venue where there was a show and there must have been a dozen or so photographers there. Only one or two who looked like pros.

It’s also interesting to see that a couple of people being photographed are rather common in the different situations – as if they in turn follow the photographers!

(Found via PetaPixel)

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Forgotten Feline Couture Product Photography

I’ve just done another product shoot for a friend – this time for Shannon of Forgotten Feline.
I must have a lot of creative and entrepreneurial friends 🙂

Shannon/Forgotten Feline is a taxidermist and creates fun and quirky taxidermy – usually mice with fun props in somewhat alternative poses – not your usual stuff. But she’s also doing a line of hats, fascinators, head-pieces and such. It was these that she asked me to photograph.

Setup is similar to my other product shoots:

  • White background  – over a table.
  • Reflector/barn doors light, on a boom, pointing down and back at the background
  • White Umbrella camera right pointing down at item
  • Silver  to subject left bouncing some light at subject and some at background

I could use a third light instead of the reflector but I prefer to keep it simple – also I’ve found that the white umbrella gives a very good spread of light – more than a softbox would.

Here’s a quick diagram:

Lighting DIagram

Before shooting I take a whitebalance setting using a grey card. A colour checker would be better but I don’t have one yet – I’m keeping an eye on eBay etc for cheap ones.

Editing is fairly basic:

  • Double checking the white balance
  • General exposure adjusting for the whole picture (usually Exposure, Blacks and Shadow sliders)
  • Additional exposure for the background in Camera Raw using Quick Mask
  • General other tweaks – Clarity, Vibrance, Saturation.

I shoot RAW, edit in AdobeRGB then convert to sRGB for web.

Here are links to her shop and Facebook pages:

Etsy Shop : http://www.etsy.com/shop/forgottenfeline

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/ForgottenFelineCouture

And a selection of the pictures:


Canon UK Cashback

I’m not a Canon user (well other than compact and printer) but spotted this and thought I’d share. Partially as it’s been so long since I blogged anything!

CanonCashback

 

http://www.canon.co.uk/springcashback/

Products include:
DSLRs – Casback
EOS 5D Mark III
£160/€200
EOS 6D
£100/€125
EOS 7D
£80/€100
EOS 60D
£65 /€80
Lenses & accessories – Cashback
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
£80/€100
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
£160/€200
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
£80/€100
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
£80/€100
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
£235/€300
EF 8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM
£155/€200
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
£235/€300
Speedlite 600EX-RT
£80/€100
Compact Cameras – Cashback
PowerShot G1 X
£30/€38
PowerShot G15
£30/€38
PowerShot S110
£20/€25
PowerShot SX50 HS
£50/€60
Camcorders – Cashback
LEGRIA HF G25
£75/€95
Printers – Cashback
PIXMA PRO-1
£100/€125
PIXMA PRO-10
£75/€95
PIXMA PRO-100
£50/€60