December 9, 2017 09:05 PM Blog

Kinda liking these weather warnings, good excuse to stay inside and catch up on those little jobs that never seem to get done. Today it was high time to sort out my printer profiles and get some decent lighting set up in the studio. Printing and viewing under artificial light can be such a pain as you end up wondering if the printer is playing up, if it's me going bonkers or those pesky gremlins are having a laugh! Well the installation of a 5.5k kelvin tube should make all the difference and allow me to spend time to concentrate on the print and not worry about the light....a few test prints and it works a treat - phew!

Getting a printer to print exactly as you see it on the screen can be a nightmare but there are things to assist in getting it right. G17 uses the Xrite ColorMunki Photo that not only allows me to get the colours right on my 2 IPS panel monitors but also can be used to calibrate my printer so the print matches what is seen on the monitor. It does not end there though, even if you get to print your calibrated images onto paper the look of the final output can look wrong depending on your environment. A quick way to check your prints are correct would be to view near a window on an overcast day, which we get most day's here in Mid Wales, but even overcast days can change depending on the time of day so not an ideal plan without a proper reference point. 

Luckily for us photographers, there is an answer, in fact a few, depending on how far you want to go. Artificial daylight bulbs, LED's and Fluorescent strip lights.
With my studio having 4 halogen bulbs rated at 6000 kelvin, this was providing the wrong type of light, almost a sunset look, plus they are dimmable, so the light temperature (Colour) could change easily. Not a good idea while trying to print in the same room. So out went the dimmable lights and in went a 5000k kelvin fluorescent tube - and what a difference it has made, no more prints that look to saturated and one happy photographer knowing that each print will be as it should be - colour perfect :)

December 3, 2017 09:23 PM Blog

A wonderful morning shoot with such a lovely family from, well, all over the UK.
Helen contacted me to see if I would run a family photo shoot at a house that was being hired for the weekend just outside Montgomery. Helen explained that it was her Mothers 75th birthday and that the family did not really have many photos at all over the years so Helen did not want to let that happen for this occasion.

Everything in place and not knowing the location too well, how big the house was, the light etc, I took with me various speed lights, my trusty ICE Light and a couple of lenses. It was great to meet Helen and her family, every one a unique character, her Mother Pam was a dream to photograph and more than happy to pose in front of the camera. One thing I do love about this job is meeting new people and learning about them, Pam and John had travelled the world due to John's work and as such, getting to meet all family members as they grew up and moved further away was getting harder to do, so this was a very special occasion.

Normally there is a brief period where the photographer needs a little time to acclimatise to their customer(s), but not in this case, family members were all for posing in front of the camera, suggesting various poses and looks, tongue in, tongue out - that sort of thing. One thing was very obvious about this family though, there are very close. :)

November 17, 2017 08:40 PM Blog

Very honoured to be asked by Melissa to take a set of studio shots to story board her business in Newtown. Melissa had organised a client, who knew why I was there, a hairdresser and make-up artist  for this shoot - my role was to capture the essence of a typical mornings MJ Portrait Fashion shoot. 

Melissa does not like to use flash for these kinds of shoots, only natural light - which is a skill in itself especially when the available light on an overcast day is at best minimal. As Melissa normally shoots near to a window and uses reflectors, I needed to capture her and her client from all angles which meant the light for me was difficult to embrace - to say the least - luckily the ICE Light stick is an incredible tool to have. Small, portable and very bright but a good kind of bright, providing a natural level of light that can be fully adjusted to suit all situations, that and a fast Sigma Art, 1.4 lens.

It was great to see how Melissa works, chatting and joking to her client and creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere putting the client at ease - and me as well !

Thanks to Melissa for inviting me into her studio - a great mornings photography. I need to think of some better jokes next time, your husband knew them all - darn!

June 1, 2017 02:47 PM Blog

Was asked to come and photograph a local running groups charity run which I was more than happy to do. Set in the most beautiful grounds, rarely seen by the public on Powys Estates which had been opened up just for this event. The icing on the cake of course was the lovely sunshine oh, and spotting Iolo Williams without his binoculars !

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