Photographic Lighting

Lighting is such an interesting topic. Without light, there is no photography. Yet this is one area that modern photography seems to have forgotten. If you want to improve your photography, start with lighting. I remember when I first started out as a professional photographer in the days of film, yes I am that old, I used on camera flash to expose everything. It was a Metz 45 which was a very cool flash in it’s day, but it was still full on flash. Now I am talking about 1993 so it was a long time ago. Funny thing is, a couple have given me a disc of images taken at a wedding that they asked if I could fix. Images were exactly how I had photographed in the early years, full on camera flash, leading to flat images. Fast track to the birth of digital photography, suddenly there was this thing about available light, so we took everything with available light, with some terrible consequences. I was watching a talk the other day by a pro photographer call Kevin Katoba who put it as well as I have heard. Lighting is actually not about light, it is about shadows. Once you think about that it all makes sense. Shadows provides the  three dimensional look that often separates a good professional and amateur photographer from someone that is just framing and pressing the go button and allowing these awesome modern cameras to do all the work. The second comment that Mr Katoba said was that you use natural light if it is there, and if it is not, you create it. I could not put that better and came across a prime situation on Saturday at a...

Selecting Your Wedding Photographer.

Possibly the hardest decision when preparing for a wedding is the selection of the wedding photographer. A wedding is the most expensive party you will ever throw and once it is over, all you have are your memories. Your photographs should be something quite special. So how do you select a photographer? Generally, the best way is by personal reference from a friend or colleague who has had experience with a photographer. If you ask around, check the images that were taken, ask how it was on the day and how well the process went. Selection comes down to the style of photography, the personality of the photographer, cost and how well you get on with the photographer when talking to them. You must meet with the photographer and spend some time getting to know them. It will make it easier on the day. If no one has experience with a photographer,then a google search or yellow pages is next. Most photographer will have a web page and the best way of narrowing it down is to search through their web pages and look at the images. How do they look? Are they well composed? Is there detail in the dress? Do they look natural? There are two distinct styles that wedding photographers fall into. The photojournalist who tries to be the fly on the wall and capture events as they happen and the traditional wedding photographer who directs and poses. Most photographer fall somewhere in between these two using a combination of photojournalism and traditional photography. It comes down to personal choice and what you like in your photography. Consider also...

Michael & Marina

One of the exciting projects to come out if the year was to take our engagement shoots and go a little further with them. Thanks for this goes to Phil & Nicole who had the idea of a 50’s style shoot as something different. Enter Michael and Marina, absolutely stunning couple who also came with a very different idea. Unfortunately you will have to wait until after the wedding to post those photos. However some of their photos were stunning and showed the conection that they have with each other. Thanks to Michael and Marina for their effort, again much fun was had by all. I like the idea of a theme for any shoot as it adds a bit to the look of the image and it actually helps with the process of the shoot. With kids especially if you can bring props along, being toys that the kids love or “rugy” it all helps with the relaxation and how the kids respond. Here are some of the photos from Marina & Michael. Please enjoy. Really looking forward to your wedding, it is going to be a fantastic day. Come on November. Would like to thank both Kellie and Kelly for their input on this shoot. Any comments...

Missy shoot

So we are starting to get to the end of our wedding season. Really sad because we have had some wonderful people through the studio and I will really miss not going out to the weddings every weekend. Anyway, we had a long discussion on what we can do over summer. And then Missy walked into the studio. Thanks to Missy, we had a ball on Saturday and she was a great...

Hailey & Clinton Portrait shoot

We posted one of Hailey and Clinton’s images on “Facebook” and got such a good response, we thought we would put a few more up. Hailey and Clinton wanted the shoot at the Brewery in Townsville and the Rhino Bar where Clinton is a chef. We love the Brewery, it has the best beer in Townsville and has some of the best lighting as well. Soft light is what portraiture is all about and in Townsville this is difficult as it is often very harsh, especially during the middle of the day. A lot of our portrait shoots are done later in the day, just as the sun sets for this reason. The Rhino Bar in Palmer Street, Townsville was a new experience for us, we had not photographed in there before. A little artificial light in the form of a video light and we produced some stunning results. The back light wall produced some interesting effects and required a little fill or reflected light to fill in the shadows. Clinton & Hailey has a bit of fun and got to be models for an hour or two. Thanks to both the Brewery and the Rhino Bar, your facilities are fantastic, we love coming to your buildings to photograph. For enquiries about portraiture or wedding photography, please give us a call during office...