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10/11/2009 - 12:26 PM

Episode 26

I've now almost completed my portable lighting kit. It's based on two old Minolta 5400HS flashguns (adjustable from Full to 1/32 power) with Dynax adapters, two small Jessops flashguns (full power only but the GN is about 11 so they might come in handy outdoors for lighting bits of the background), ...

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27/10/2009 - 11:00 AM

Episode 25

I have a tendency to get excited to the point of mania when I find someone who inspires me. Well I'm certainly excited at the prospect of doing more shoots with young model Brett Shannen Deadman. I can honestly say that every model I've worked with has added something to my portfolio or experienc...

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17/10/2009 - 7:43 PM

Episode 24

I was in my local Jessops store yesterday, ear-wigging as an assistant explained to a potential customer the virtues of the 50mm prime lens. Alas she then went on to explain how you wouldn't want to use a zoom lens, especially a wide one up to 200mm for portraits. Nope. It has to be a 50 or 60mm pri...

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09/10/2009 - 11:14 AM

Episode 23

My attempt to piece together a battery powered highly portable flash kit is becomming quite an adventure. What I thought was going to be the last component arrived yesterday after a two week haul from China. It consisted of two short cables with PC-sync plugs on one end and jack plugs on the other. ...

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02/10/2009 - 11:37 AM

Episode 22

It had to happen sooner or later. Until very recently, I only ever sent out edited photos to the models I worked with. This year I thought I would trial a new system. 6 models over the past few months have been sent a preview disc featuring most of the images taken during their shoots. I was a littl...

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17/09/2009 - 8:30 PM

Episode 21

I recently spent my second day in the studio with a new model called Lee. When Lee's shoot was over it was Ruby's turn and we played with the studio's ringflash which was fun. I've now added some angle brackets and white brollies to my portable flash kit. Better than that though I've bought a co...

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27/08/2009 - 7:54 PM

Episode 20

I finally got round to doing my first ever studio shoot yesterday. Unfortunately Ruby was not able to attend as she is still away touring Europe so it was just me and three models: Lucy, Sophie and Holly. We had the place to ourselves for the whole day so there was time enough to photograph each mod...

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11/07/2009 - 8:30 PM

Episode 19

Things seem to be moving forwards at the moment albeit slowly. On Wednesday Ruby and I travelled to Gravesend to do a test shoot with a lovely young model called Chelsea. Despite the weather being a bit dull Chelsea did extremely well. It was her first shoot and I'll be posting a few photos so you c...

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22/06/2009 - 12:12 AM

Episode 18

Well it had to happen, didn't it. I've been upstaged by the wife. While I was doing the snowbound shoot with Ruby, Jean came along to snap a few photos of the snow. As is her habbit she also grabbed a candid shot of me and Ruby as we scouted the location. Having entered the shot in a competition to ...

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16/06/2009 - 6:43 PM

Episode 17

After a slow start to the year, things are now getting busy. This is partly due to me gradually setting up a new business - finalising what services I'm going to offer at the moment and costing everything. Ruby is also starting her own business (as a stylist and MUA) and we hope to do some work toge...

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08/05/2009 - 8:02 PM

Episode 16

My reasons for abandoning Pentax amounted to more than a simple focussing issue. Having made the decision to move into the professional arena (and if possible, do it on my own terms) I sat down and thought long and hard about what I will (and can) take on and what I need to do to achieve the level o...

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24/04/2009 - 2:09 PM

Episode 15

They say that a bad workman always blames his tools so, not wishing to appear a bad workman, I convinced myself that the number of out of focus photos I was getting was my fault - the result of a somewhat relaxed technique. So I tried harder in a deliberate attempt to increase the number of shots in...

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12/03/2009 - 12:47 PM

Episode 14

I managed to do my second shoot of the year on Sunday. It was a struggle given the miserable weather at the time but Holly put up with the wind, rain and cold so we could get something out of the day. Holly jinxed it on the drive down to Brighton, when it was bright, clear and damn near perfect, by ...

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06/02/2009 - 2:21 PM

Episode 13

So there I was, with the wife, sitting at home watching Gone in 60 Seconds when this car turns up in the car park outside the flats where we live and bursts into flame. Shows how dedicated a photographer I am that I didn't even think about taking any pictures until after the fire crew put it out. Ne...

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03/02/2009 - 1:20 PM

Episode 12

Well, I got off to a slow start this year with no shoots in January. Never mind. First up in 2009 is Ruby in the snow :-) You can't count on snow in Sussex so you just have to do something with it when it arrives. Anyway, I'll post a few more pics from the shoot as I work them. Later this week I'...

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