Last weekend, I participated in my first @igersbath meet up. About 50 people gathered in the center of Bath from the surrounding Bath/Bristol area to go for a photo walk and meet other 'grammers in the neighborhood.Read More
Tom Wood studied fine art initially. He grew up around art, but not photography. He studied experimental film and then got into photography.
He used to buy postcard photos and then put them in albums. He essentially collected these photos of people who were dead/gone. Still did not know much about photography, but he really enjoyed making collages from magazine photographs. A Bill Brandt photo railway was on his childhood bedroom wall.
His dad worked in a car factory, so he used to spend a lot of time there and drew pictures of the men who worked there. He also worked there at one point. Wood then left for university and took photography at the end of his time in school. Tom recalls admiring Joseph Sudek's work. His first book on photography was by August Sander. At the end of his foundation course, he realized that he liked to collect photos of people.Read More
Marc Le Galle, a Bath Spa Alumni in the flesh, graciously came in this week to teach a lighting workshop. His session was extremely useful, having not been in the studio for almost a year now. I find the studio to be a very sterile and rigid place, which is probably why I have naturally deterred from such a space. This workshop ignited a friendly atmosphere in the studio, Marc was phenomenal at getting the group to work together, and he made sure we got our hands on every angle of studio equipment.Read More
Meet the Photographer:
Talks by Jon Tonks and Matt Shonfeld about the industry, their personal work, and careers.
Jon Tonks’ recent book and exhibition 'Empire' has achieved significant acclaim (one of Martin Parr's best Photobooks of the year). Jon will be talking about the development of the Empire project, commissioned work and current work in progress.
Matt Shonfeld is the Executive Director of Institute, a media company that represents some of the world's leading contemporary photographers (such as Simon Norfolk, Christina De Middel, David Maisel etc.Read More
Hannah Watson is the director of Trolly, an independent publisher. Trolly was founded in 2001 and it gained recognition in photography as a medium for change. The publisher is hugely successful because it stayed true to photographers while honing a clear vision. They produce beautiful books with conviction and purpose and win numerous international awards.Read More
To begin with, she is dyslexic. She reads a page for its spacial awareness and font/text before actually reading the words. And growing up, she had access to many art books at home. Morag naturally fell into appreciating the arts from a young age. She became interested in Jan Vermeer’s work. Vermeer is a Dutch painter (1632-1675) who specialized in painting the day to day life of the middle class within interiors. Morag is specifically fascinated by the way Vermeer paints light. And looking at his work only educated young Morag more on the beauty of light within space. She also admired that the situations he painted were real. The subjects were always engrossed in what they were doing, not peering out at the painting’s audience. They were so real.Read More
After being bombarded with ads on Facebook for a free photography webinar, I was curious about what kind of business advice they would give. The "5 Ways to Kickstart Your Photography Business" webinar is by Dave Seeram, an editor in chief at PhotographyBB + Clarity (mag) and Corwin Hiebert, owner of Tandem Agency. Lately, my university has scheduled business sessions with a photographer to enhance our business practice in photography for the long run. After hearing some business advice firsthand, I eventually decided to sit down and watch this webinar and see what it had to offer.Read More
Celine Marchbank is a photographer based in London who works in documentary, commercial, and editorial. By looking at her work, you can see that she's fascinated by the small details. Looking and seeing are truly her strengths. Marchbank tends to carry on this theme throughout all of her work. Besides working as a professional photographer, she also regularly gives lectures to the BA (Hons) students in Photography at Ravensbourne University in London.Read More
This workshop prepared us for on location shoots that involve professional lighting. We used portable flash equipment on the streets of Bath while being lead by our course leader, Kellie Hindmarch. Portable light kits provide a more powerful light source while on location instead of using speed lights.
We learned how to balance artificial lighting with the ambient light to generate additional impact into an environmental portrait.
On Location Setup:
Flash off camera on a lighting stand with reflective umbrella, triggered by radio slave with camera tripod mounted. The camera was in manual mode to synch the flash speed with the camera. We began by selecting our desired f stop for depth of field.
- Subject metered for the flash output for the settings on the camera e.g f8 and 1/125th shutter. This setting needs to be at least as bright as background to be effective as else the ambient light will be the dominant light source.
- Take a photograph.
- The background will appear darker than the main subject. With extremely small apertures backgrounds can be made to appear black even in daylight.
- Level of illumination of the background can be adjusted by adjusting the shutter speed as this allows more ambient light to illuminate the background thus giving a balanced exposure. So called “dragging the shutter”
- Accordingly the level of background illumination can be adjusted to taste either to give a neutral, balanced effect with the flash and background ambient light contributing equal amounts of light or create and increasingly dramatic effect to improve the contrast of the foreground subject compared to the background
- This technique works on the basis the flash duration is so rapid and bright (1000th of a second) that by slowing the shutter speed to allow more ambient light on the background it has minimal effect on the main subject.
- When using very slow speeds and/or long lenses are being used it’s essential to use a tripod, preferably with a cable release, to eliminate any motion blur.
- Shutter speed must be slower than the sync speed as using a faster speed won’t allow camera shutter to close in time and part of the photo will be obscured by the shutter curtain.
Based in Bath, James works in freelance photography and video producing. He specializes in documentary, photojournalism, editorial and portrait photography. During his university days, he began majoring in surf science in Plymouth. He then dropped out and became a surfing instructor for 3 years. Once his interest in photography strengthened, he took prerequisite classes to get into the photography program at Falmouth University. He studied there from 2009-2012.Read More