Loggerheads Engagement Shoot

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I tried a couple of different things on a recent engagement shoot in Loggerheads Country Park. You need to try different things to stay fresh, experimentation can lead you to new things and engagement shoots are a good time to play. This first shot is a reflection in a small area completely enclosed by stone walls. Now I look again I need to lose his thumb poking out, but this is the kind of thing to look for during post and avoid next time.

Prism photography on an engagement shoot

This one is a series of overlaid shots with only certain colour channels overlaid. It’s a touch more complicated than that and I’ll do a better example with a full explanation. This didn’t quite work as I expected, but it’s not bad.

RGB Colour effect - Loggerheads engagement shoot

Now just a few which weren’t so experimental. Get some decent ones in the bag, then experiment!


Hope you like them, shout me if you would like a shoot – engagement shoot, family shoot, post wedding or trash the dress. In fact anything along those lines!

Jase 🙂

Queens Hotel Chester – Street Portraits

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This week we had a couple of hours over at The Queens Hotel in Chester to take some portraits in and around the hotel. Joe started inside with two of the girls and Stu and I arrived a little later and I took Steph outside for some street style portraits. I wanted to play a little more with subtle off camera flash that was quite close to ambient, just enough to make the model pop from the background. These are all taken without any form of flash modifier (mainly because I left the softbox bracket in the car and was too lazy to go back for it!), but for the most part it didn’t matter and the results are pretty good.

Then we had a little longer out the back of the hotel in the dark which gave me some time to try out a couple of other techniques and generally have a play prior to the wedding season really kicking off next month. Here’s a few favourites. Jase 🙂

Four model flash composite at Queens Hotel, ChesterVikki boudoir style using only window light.Street portrait with off camera flashStreet portrait, overpowering the ambient with flashTeen portrait photoshoot, brick wall backgroundChester portrait photographer - street photographyCool alley shot with the Steam Mill in Chester in the backgroundFlash lit portrait at Queens Hotel in ChesterQueens Hotel Chester Portrait shoot - in the grounds with the archway in the background at night

Double Exposure Photography using multiflash strobing

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Here’s how to create a type of double exposure photography effect, using multiflash strobing. This looks great in reception photos where you kill off the ambient light and expose the scene with two or more bursts of flash, creating multiple image captures on the same frame. It’s a little hit and miss, but you can get some great shots. Here’s how you do it!

My instructions are for Canon, but this works equally well with Nikon – you just have to pick out the correct terminology when you translate… 😉 I usually set my flash gun using the menus on the back of the camera, although you can also do this from the flash gun itself. First off find a combination of ISO and aperture that lets you have a slow-ish shutter speed while killing off the majority of the ambient light. In a dark reception something like ISO100, f5.6 and a 0.5 second shutter should be a good start point.

Then,

1. Go to External Speedlight Control.
2. Set the flash mode to the MULTI setting.
3. Set frequency in Hz (flashes per second). In this case I went for 4Hz as I wanted 2 flashes in a 0.5 second exposure.
4. Set flash Count to 2 – hopefully you maths geniuses can work out why…
5. Then adjust flash power to suit – maybe 1/16th will do, depending how close to the action you want to get.

When you fire off a frame, you’ll get two bursts of flash 0.5 seconds apart and a result something like this.

Multiflash strobing technique

Here’s how it looks on the dancefloor.

WKA

What do you think? Give it a go and leave a comment to say how you get on or add a link!

Jase 🙂

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Mothers Day Photoshoot

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Well, it was supposed to be a mothers day photoshoot, but it was 0 degrees and we couldn’t stand being outside for more than a few minutes in the Siberian wind! So having driven up to Plas Power, we refused to be beaten and found a sheltered spot around the back of the derelict buildings (Marie wanted a slightly more urban setting!) and I fired off about 25 frames with the 70-200. Erm – confession… it’s such a long time since I used a zoom, I forgot that you didn’t need to use your feet to zoom and paced back and forth to get the framing I wanted… doh!! 🙁

Anyway, the girls weren’t happy, so mothers day shoot abandoned until next year. Here’s what we got! 🙂

Jase 🙂

Grosvenor Pulford Wedding

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Love weddings at the Grosvenor Pulford! Here’s one shot from last nights wedding in the chinese garden. It’s hard to do anything new in here, so as I also like a bit of light trickery this is a long exposure with a flash manually triggered pointing back at the camera. Took a few minutes to set up and then the B&G walked in to it, 3 shots to get the light as I wanted and hey presto. A quick tweak in Lightroom and this is it!

Grosvenor Pulford Wedding evening portrait in the chinese garden

I quite like it and it’s straight out of camera – none of this Photoshop faking it! 🙂

Ruthin Castle Portraits

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We shoot a few weddings each year at Ruthin Castle and love it as it’s a fabulous venue. You can see some great Ruthin Castle Wedding Photographs on our main blog. The grounds are pretty large though, so unless a bride and groom are willing to give you some extra time to wander round and get some extra locations you often find that you stick to the area at the front or side of the castle and miss the gardens at the back.

So, while we had a little time before an engagement shoot we decided to have a poke about and take a few pictures of each other. I’ve a few ideas for shots I would like to try and so here’s a few I particularly liked.

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Sorry the models (well me in particular) aren’t better looking!! 🙂

Jase

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Sledging at Abermorddu

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We got snow! At last, I was beginning to think this would be a winter free of the white stuff. A little annoying as we had bought a 4WD especially for times when we were in danger of being snowed in, which would be an issue if there was a wedding to get to!

I’m still narrowing down my documentary style editing and shooting, so I sent the kids to play and grabbed a camera with a 35mm lens and followed on. Normally, a decent telephoto like the excellent 70-200 2.8IS would have been my weapon of choice here, enabling some close up action but what’s life without a little experimenting?? Here’s an outtake.

Jase

Loggerheads Country Park

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A short walk at Loggerheads Country Park – just enough to blow away the winter cobwebs and satisfy an itchy trigger finger! As usual the kids and Marie are the subject 🙂

Loggerheads Country Park - family portraitKaya posing on the carved wooden beetle at LoggerheadsHayden riding the wood carvings at LoggerheadsNice sunset backdrop to a fun picture of HaydenLandscape photograph at Loggerheads Country ParkShot from the bridge at Loggerheads looking down river past the old waterwheel housing

Gotta love the Sigma 50!

Jase

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Breakfast with Santa

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We took the kids to Bellis Brothers in Holt for breakfast with Santa. We had fun, they saw Santa, I took pics! That’s a good deal 🙂 Here’s what happened.

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Castle Dinas Bran Model Shoot

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A slightly different model shoot this time at Dinas Bran, high up above Llangollen. Man that is a drag climbing up that hill, especially with a chunk of camera gear and lighting equipment! I particularly like the first few shots of Jess at the Sun Trevor before we went up Dinas Bran – they were just a test, but as so often happens, they end up being some of the nicest. 🙂

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