Being Inspired By Martin Parr.

So summers finally hit England and I thought what better time to the ‘beaches’ [not sure if we can really call them beaches] and take some photos.

For some inspiration I thought I’d look at Martin Parr’s books “The Last Resort“, “Home and Abroad” and “Think Of England“.

I love the over saturated colours popping reds and blues reminding me of the British flag as well as the attention to details such as what newspaper is being read or the fast food labels. Although they’re well composed photos, they almost look like they’ve been taken on a disposable camera [a lot of them were taken 35mm I know for sure] which is also in keeping with the summer snapshot aesthetic style.

Speaking of, I’ve always wanted to know what camera and film Parr uses to achieve these effects and apparently so does everyone else as he has the answer on the FAQs on his website.

“For the 35mm it is a Nikon 60mm macro lens combined with a SB29 ring flash. This gives a shadow on both sides of the lens and is like a portable studio light. For the early black and white work it was a Leica M3 with a 35mm lens. When I moved to 6/7cm in The Last Resort it was a Makina Plaubel with a 55mm lens. I later bought a standard lens Plaubel and more recently Mamiya 7’s. I now own a Canon 5D Mark 3 and a Canon G11.”

“I used amateur film, often Fuji 400 Superior for the 6/7 cm camera and Agfa Ultra or Fuji 100 asa film for the ring flash and macro lens. This combined with flash gives very high colour saturation, there is no Photoshop used.”

I’m a little useless writing about work anywho so I’ll let these stunning images do the talking.

New Shoot On The Way!

Very happy, it feels like it’s been ages since I’ve done a proper shoot.

As my magazines next issue is due to have a snapshot aesthetic theme [coughstillacceptingsubmissionsbytheway], I thought maybe I’d try some of that. It’s actually a lot harder than I thought once I started researching it.

The way I want to do it is on my canon point and shoot but I would benefit from actually seeing what I’m photographing so I need to try and mimic the effects. What I’m planning on doing is popping my speedlight on a bracket at the same level as my camera lens then shooting against a plain wall…might get some brightful coloured paper too. [Yesyes I know who you're thinking shoots like that but he's a creep and I don't feel like referencing him].

 

pretty much like this

I’ve ordered the wire transmitter and bracket from amazon so I’m looking forward to testing that out.

 

Okay so the theme of the shoot, I’m thinking the 90s…I’m obsessed with 90s fashion because of the bold colours and shapes, I think photographing those against a plain wall will juxtapose perfectly. I sort of want it to look like a model test. So now I need to start collecting images for my mood board and planning this thang!

Lighting Workshop With Direct Photographic.

The other day I was fortunate enough to be sent on a lighting workshop with the biggest photographic suppliers in London by Sunbeam studios.

It was a day workshop that covered continuous and flash lighting as well as stands and props. I learnt how to set everything up securely, which lights go on which stands, how to use a battery pack and not overload the power on a location shoot, how to handle bulbs as well as many other useful things for my starting career as an assistant.

The part of the workshop I enjoyed the most was learning how to use the lights.

The first part of the hands on workshop involved showing us how to effectively light a photograph with only one flash. [I was the model for this one]. The flash was placed at different angles around me to produce different moods, simply by moving the light above, below, to the side and behind me, we created several moods.

We then learnt how to use polyboards to simulate being in different locations with other light sources such as furniture being around or standing in front of a window. The intensity and position of the light even changed the colour of the background.

These photos were taken with 2 tube lights with long strip softboxes on a black background on either side of the models face, this light setup is often used taking sports portraits as it’s very dramatic.

In this one we added another light in front of his face to show more detail.

We then played with strobe lighting. Blacking out a room completely then having a few short bursts of light produced these effects. The photo becomes clearer or more blurred together depending on the number of flashes.

These bottom two used less strobes to freeze each moment more.


and here’s a lovely group portrait.

This was just a little overview of what we did, we did soooo much more, it’d take me a day to write it up. Thanks Direct Photogrpahic!