I love it when a plan comes together!
For a while now I have been itching to do a 'Lucha Libre' themed shoot, so when Canon Australia and Sun Studios invited me back to present my Creative Portrait Lighting Techniques seminar illustrating the versatility of the new Canon 600EX Speedlite system and the Canon STE-3 RT Transmitter, I jumped at the opportunity to have a play, and also push myself to see what can be done with just a few Speedlites. So with an amazing set and two rowdy Luchadores, Helio & Burrito, the scene was set for an entertaining, action filled day.
Wow this year has flown, and I've just realised that this is my first blog post for 2014. It's shaping up to be a very productive and creative year with workshops, personal projects and assignment work. I'm looking forward to stepping it up another notch!
Late in December last year amidst tying up all the loose ends and swinging well and truly into holiday mode, I found out that not only some of my work was to be featured in the very last ever issue of Australian CREATIVE Magazine 'The Annual' but I was also names The Photographer Of The Year for 2013!! What a great way to end the year, and a great...
Budgets are getting smaller, deadlines tighter and there seems to be less and less room for error on each and every shoot. They're small, pack plenty of punch and luckily every time I switch on my new Speedlite 600EX's, coupled with the STE-3 RT controller, they just work....., and work well!
Lately I've become a passionate Speedlite advocate! I'm not saying that I've stopped using my Elinchrom Rangers and the Ranger Quadras when the need arises, but when the heat is on and the time is tight, there's just no substitute for an efficient Speedlite kit.
So last Thursday (28th Nov, 2013)...
In just 4 days I will be presenting my 'Creative Portrait Lighting w/ Speedlites' Seminar to a whole new audience at SUNSTUDIOS in Melbourne. Here are a few snippets from the recent Sydney workshop courtesy of Canon Australia & Sun Studios.
Places can be reserved HERE
See you in Melbourne!
Last night, courtesy of Kayell Australia I had the opportunity to present a Lighting Masterclass to a full house (270 people) at the North Ryde RSL. What a great turnout for my first ever stage demonstration! Definitely breathing a huge sigh of relief today. Who would have thought I would ever be on stage. ;-)
The presentation was to demonstrate the new WiFi capabilities of the Elinchrom BRX Monoblocks and Skyport Triggering system with EL-Skyport Software 3.0, whilst discussing and demonstrating some basic lighting principles and setups.
Here are some behind the scenes images from the night,...
A 3 day hands on photography workshop, with a difference! THIS is what makes it all worth while!
Just recently I had the opportunity to share my passion for photography with 9 very eager students from Sydney Photographic Workshops (SPW). I wanted to give them a real taste of 'on assignment' photography so I teed up 7 shoots in 3 days, to give them what proved to be a unique once in a lifetime experience. Watch this space for a blow by blow run down of how it all panned out as we went from shooting fashion in the Adelong Falls Gold Ruins to Babe the pig at a private 'Happy Farm'...., and so much...
Some shoots are definitely worth geting up early for! Especially when it's the majestic Sunliner caravan perched on the edge of a sandy hill at the southern end of Coledale Beach.
The assignment was a cover and feature story for the second issue of Time To Roam magazine, a new Sydney based caravaning publication. The brief was open...., just create some great images to showcase the van in an idyllic setting. In addition, we also had to feature a tow vehicle and shoot a portrait of the owner Richard Potter in his shed with all his other vans and historical curios. In fact, his collection...
Every year quarterly I create and present a Studio Lighting Workshop for Sydney Photographic Workshops. I generally see it as an opportunity for some personal work while demonstrating and discussing how it's done and why. Each workshop has a different theme...., so for the last one we decided to reinterpret the mid 80's British comic "Tank Girl". Who would have thought it would be so fiddly arranging rubbish in a studio.
A huge thank you to the awesome creative team that made it all come to life!!
Set/Wardrobe Styling: Chris Tselepi Fashion Stylist
Make-up: Mariel McClorey
Every few weeks or so I'll put an hour aside to explore past personal work, with the aim of seeing it with fresh eyes. More often than not I manage to come across a new image that jumps out at me as though to say..., "what were you thinking, not picking me that first time?"
So this was one of those recent finds.
Taken back in July 2011 when I first purchased my brand new Fuji X100 as the take everywhere camera, this image was buried among test snaps and holiday pics. I took 4 photos of my friend Rodney as we walked through this underpass, three of them were blurry from the slow shutter speed...
At the end of last year I entered 4 images in the Medium Format Art Prize at The International Loupe Awards. To my surprise, all 4 images were shortlisted in the top 15.
In the Illustrative Category two of the images from the Gathering Dust series placed 1st and 3rd and are now in the running for the major prize to be judged at an exhibition to held in the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne, dates to be announced.
In the People & Portrait Category my entertainer portraits of Lonnie Lee and Adam Scicluna were shortlisted in 12th and 15th places, respectively.
Fingers crossed for the grand...