I am a photographer from East Hertfordshire/Essex/London. I started this blog to share some of my photography ideas and thinking. This blog is a mixture of my photography, thinking behind some photo shoots and some equipment reviews. The reviews are just my user experience and nothing more. My passion is portraits, editorial and fashion photography.
If you have any project that need a photographer, please get in touch. My website is at www.yattang.net
Last weekend I did a photo
shoot with BaileyK at Essex Photo Studio in Southend. The studio has been around for a couple of
years and I always wanted to shoot there but never had the chance. It has a number of sets and is big enough for
a few photographers to shoot at the same time. On this occasion, I was sharing the studio
with Gareth Dix, a photographer from Brentwood.
For makeup and hair, we enlisted the help of Charli Gladwin, a MUA we
have both worked with before.
The images I wanted for this
shoot is a real mix of images from glamour to nude. To be honest I think nude is something that
is very difficult to get right and I believe it is better to leave something
for the imagination rather than totally nude.
I only want to spend a small amount of time shooting nudity this time. I've also borrowed some old army and RAF
For this shoot I used pink paper background, bed set and infinity cove. Bailey was totally at ease to shoot clothed to nude and need little direction from myself. I would recommend anyone to work with her. I was able to capture some great images.
The lighting I used for this shoot was mainly restricted a single Strobeam
DL4 with an umbrella softbox. Sometimes
I added a bare speedlite for rim lighting.
The studio has Bowen lights, but I took my own lights as I am used to
them. This photo show one of my photo
setup at the cove.
As well as photography, I got into shooting stop motion video and I used a Canon
500D to capture one image every 15 seconds.
Moving the camera at regular interval or when I changed set. This is the video I created from this shoot.
The British summer have yet to really start this year, but at least the temperature is starting to warm. I made use of a break in weather this week and did a shoot with the beautiful Ema Sol. She is originally from Slovakia. I wanted to do a shoot in the park in late evening.
We met up in St James Park near Buckingham Palace for this shoot. I decided to shoot with my 85mm f1.8 lens as wide open as possible while keeping my flash sync speed to 1/200s. I was in luck as it was a cloudy evening and under the tree, I was able to shoot at f1.8 at 1/200s at ISO 100. This mean the images were over exposed by 0.5 stop and some highlight was blown out. I had a polarizing filter with me in case I had to reduce the ambient light level, but did not use it. When I saw the test image on the LCD, I was very happy with the results. By shooting at f1.8, the bokeh was dream like and beautiful which complemented the slight over exposure. I was traveling very light and I only took my camera body, flash trigger, 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8, a light stand and a Canon 540EZ flash with me. I didn't even take any light modifier with me. Ema needed the smallest amount of fill flash which I think was 1/64 power.
Ema was a delight to work with. She arrived in immaculate make up and hair styled as agreed before hand. She needed very little help with posing and I was very happy with the resulting images. Here are a few of my favorite photos from this shoot. I must use the 85mm f1.8 lens much more and wide open.