Craig Beattie (Photo Shoot)

November 18, 2014 § 2 Comments


Below are a sample of photos I recently shot for Craig Beattie. A professional Trombonist who works here in the UK and in the USA.

For Craig a strong and classic environment was chosen.

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If you are interested in more information on Craig Beattie or to learn to be a Trombonist, please check out his website.

If you would like to hire me I can be contacted: click here

Where light and shadow meet

September 26, 2012 § Leave a comment


Sometimes it is good to walk on the line, where light and shadow meet.

Photo-shoot with Joe Manson

May 19, 2012 § Leave a comment


While keeping myself out of my comfort zone in photography…

I decided to use flash while shooting Joe Manson on his bike. I have always been a lover of natural light, and often opposed to flash, however using off camera flash, I have been converted. 🙂

My set-up was one manual flash speed light, 2 radio triggers and my DSLR. The sky was heavy overcast, and while that great diffused light is perfect for portraits, I needed a bit of an energetic contrasting feel to my pre-visualised shots of Joe. I asked Joe what his favourite moves and roots where at the bike park. The reason being I wanted to capture a true reflection of what Joe does best and not some uncomfortable jump or pose that really was not him.

The first jump was this one below, and I was amazed at the height he could go.

Because of my photography experience I don’t have to rely on burst mode, I can obtain the shot I want from pushing the shutter once and capturing a single photo of the moment and peak of the jump. It is important to be engaged mentally as when as physically when on a photo shoot, and not relying on the camera to make decisions but you being in fully manual and in total control, meaning the lens, the camera and the flash are on manual.

Whilst I love the gritty contrasting black and white urban shots, like the photo above, on the second jump, where Joe went up in the air but spun his handle bars 360 degrees before landing. I noticed his hooded top was almost the same colour as the graffiti on the ramp, and so kept this shot in colour, as to emphasise more Joe to his environment. As you can see the off camera flash helped to separate Joe from the dull background, and rightly so, as he was the focus of attention. The flash done exactly what I needed in highlighting Joe’s face and bike, as shown in the photo below.

I hope that gives you an idea of what went into the photos. I would also like to thank Joe Manson.

If you would photographs of you engaged in your hobby/lifestyle, a photo saying this is who I am and to show the family in the future. Drop me an email (zenowatson@yahoo.com) and we can come to an arrangement.

Behind the photo 004

May 18, 2012 § Leave a comment


I am talking about the FED2 analog camera.

I would like to thank the people who have sent me messages, left comments here on my Blog, on Youtube , Twitter and on Flickr about wanting me to do more Behind the Photo videos. Thank you for your support and encouragement.

More info on my FED2 camera can be found here

A slideshow showing photos from my FED2 camera can be found here.

Zeno

Lighting!

October 3, 2011 § 1 Comment


The most important element in photography is the light!

After all light is what the film and digital sensors records. The two qualities of light is it’s direction and intensity. So you should learn how your subject should be lit. There are six aspects of using natural light, which can dramatically improve your photograph.

The six different types of natural lighting are:

FRONT LIGHTING
SIDE LIGHTING
BACK LIGHTING
TOP LIGHTING
HARD LIGHTING
DIFFUSE LIGHTING

Front Lighting
Light that falls from over your shoulder and on the front of your subject.
Front lighting is good when you want to show off strong colours, shapes, and details, but it tends to create flat looking scenes that lack mood or a sense of depth.

Side Lighting
Light that rakes in from the side of your subject, reveals both texture and form. Colours are often quite vibrant and lit from the side and shadows wrap themselves around objects. The play of light and shadow adds depth and dimension in pictures.

Back Lighting
Light coming from behind and slightly above a subject can create exciting visual effects. In landscape scenes, the long shadows cast toward the lens indicate distance. Strong backlighting can create a luminescent glow in transparent subject elements like leaves, hair and flowers.

Top Lighting
The light of mid-day shines directly down on subjects and is probably the least appealing of light. Shadows fill eye sockets on portraits and landscapes appear flat and lack depth.

Hard Lighting
The strong light of a bright sun accents textures and burnishes brilliant colours, but it also unleashes a merciless mix of black shadows and glaring highlights. The contrast range created by hard-lighting is often beyond the ability of the film to record, making exposure difficult.

Diffuse Lighting
Very early or late in the day, or when the sky is overcast, the sun offers a softer, more diffused light. You can also find it in the open shade of a sheltering tree or building. Diffused light lowers contrast and revives subtle colours. It’s also easier to determine your exposure in defuse-lighting. With no deep shadows to hide details, and no bright sun to make people squint. Diffuse light is kind to both landscapes and people.

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