Another trip to Margate old town to see my friend Deborah Ellis also known as Madam Popoff - Margate's very own queen of vintage clothing.
A vintage fashion shoot with Madam Popoff in Margate.
Cristina - a promotional fashion shoot for a very talented singer.
Combining Fashion and Timelapse in Folkestone
I am working on an idea for time lapses - I call them 'fashion lapses'.The idea really is just to create a scene with two 'speeds' the background and the subject. This is still very much work in progress but I thought I would share the concept.
My first attempts were flawed mainly due to flicker. I was using my lens in manual mode but there was a flicker caused by tiny variances in aperture. On this occasion I used an old fully manual lens which meant I could select the aperture I needed and the dreaded flicker was eliminated. I still have a long way to go but I am getting closer to the results that I want. What is painfully clear is that you are so reliant on the weather conditions - this process is going to take a lot of patience and early mornings!
My model today was the lovely Shannon and she did pretty well at standing still - we even managed to find some time to take a few nice pictures of her. If you fancy yourself as a Fashion Lapse victim model please get in touch.
Light Blaster is a great little gadget that attaches to a strobe and converts it a really cool image projector. It uses a Canon lens or you can use a Nikon lens with an optional adapter. You can find all you need to know about Light Blaster at their web page. I do all sorts of photography and am always on the lookout for tools to aid creativity. I love off camera flash but the rules for me is that it needs to be quick simple and able to fit in your bag. I am always making my own gobos to create interesting shadows so Light Blaster looked like a perfect tool for me. Here is a little blog post I did a while ago about creating shadow.
The Light Blaster is really only limited by you imagination. The obvious application is to use it for creating amazing backgrounds. I used it recently on a fashion shoot and used it as my key light just to create interesting patterns and shapes on the model. This was literally just a few frames quickly taken during a busy shoot using a couple of the pre-made slides.
I have a commercial shoot next week where I will be using Light Blaster extensively and also have big plans for a really cool fashion shoot so watch this space.
My latest trip to Margate to shoot some vintage fashion. Another great couple of hours with Georgia Seager-Hillier and Madam Popoff. The goal of these sessions is to produce images help sell the dresses online but also to make some stunning portfolio material - always using Margate as a backdrop. To give you an idea of the amount of usable images that we generate have a look at this gallery.
This was all simply shot using available light, a reflector was used a couple of times but on the whole these are technically very simple shots.
As a Kent wedding photographer it was also a real treat to shoot a couple of beautiful 40/50s dresses. It is nice to see vintage dresses without bunting, balloons or beards!!
As a bonus one of the images was accepted by the Vogue Italia website.