Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Stephanie Brown - 30/3/10

We met Stephanie at the PETA charity fashion show, but didn't actually recognise that she'd been in the Hot Sauce video too. Stephanie lives only 5 minutes from us, so it was really easy to squeeze in an evening shoot.

Make-up was by Ruth Evans - Stephanie was her first airbrush victim with us (I'd told her that it shouldn't hurt as much as a tattoo, but she found it surprisingly painless).

Stephanie is relatively new to modelling, so there was a certain degree of keep on shooting until she relaxed - in reviewing the whole shoot there is a definite improvement as the shoot progressed.

These are the first three completed edits:

We might have shot more, but when we did finish there was 4" snow and Ruth had to get home (she should have stayed the night because she didn't make it home).

[Full Gallery - Stephanie Brown]

Monday, 29 March 2010

EPS Creative Group - Cunningham Cup competition

The EPS Creative Group finish the year with the Cunningham Cup competition. The entry for this is a group of three related images - these are awarded marks individually and together as a group (for a total of 40 points).

The standard of the entries was really very high - lots of really nice work on display.

I entered three Kumi henna shots:
Kumi Monster - henna and make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir
Kumi Monster - henna and make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir
Kumi Monster - henna and make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir

They were very well received (8,8,9 & 8 for the set), but tonight's judge, George Neilson (EPS), felt that as a set they would have been a considerably stronger entry if they had been more consistent feel through the whole set. I can't argue with that - they weren't shot with that in mind and the middle shot has a very distinctive colour treatment. The first shot is really just a record shot after approximately the first forty minutes, the second shot is the final result after close to four and a half hours and the last shot is from the sequence of Kumi removing the latex cap as we finished.

I was really pleased how much George liked them and particularly surprised that he marked the final shot higher than the other two.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

EPS Members' Exhibition - an Honourable Mention

We both entered for the members' exhibition (the entry is a set of four images).

My set of four consisted of these shots:

Billie Lister (make-up by Ruth Evans):
Billie Lister - make-up by Ruth Evans

Charlie Banks (make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir):
Charlie Banks, make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir

Charlie McInally:
Charlie McInally

Kumi (henna and make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir):
Kumi Monster - henna and make-up by Taiyyibah Bashir

I got an Honourable Mention for my set of four images.

Fiona picked up another Honourable Mention for one of her entries:
Surf Is Over

Unfortunately bad weather prevented Libby Smith presenting her comments - we've got that to look forward to...

American Girl (Gilda Lily) - 27/03/10

Studio shoot with Gilda Lily 27/03/10 - make-up by Lorraine Brown. This is our second shoot with Ingrida, but our first time working with Lorraine.

So, with Tom Petty playing in the background, this is a very small selection of what we shot:
Gilda Lily, make-up by Lorraine BrownGilda Lily, make-up by Lorraine Brown

[Full Gallery - Gilda Lily]

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Nick Vidler studio workshop

Nick Vidler had advertised this studio lighting workshop session on UKPM. It was held at Contrast Studios in Glasgow and Brit Lee was the model for the day.

These are a couple of my first few shots of the day:
Brit LeeBrit Lee

And some headshots with different lighting:
Brit LeeBrit Lee

The biggest value for me was the opportunity to dedicate some time purely to practice and learn. It was a good crowd and the group discussion was also invaluable - all in all, a fun day.

It was good to confirm that we've not been doing it all wrong - a lightmeter might refine what we're doing and overall we'll just be more confident.

If you're starting out or even just want some practice, I'd recommend this or a similar event with Nick. A relaxed pace and a friendly atmosphere, only six photographers and Brit as the model for an eight hour session - for what I consider a reasonable price.

[Full Gallery - Brit Lee at the Nick Vidler lighting workshop]

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

UKPM.mag book

I received my copy of the second UKPM.mag book today and got a very nice surprise to find an unexpected extra shot entered by Kirsty269.

The book is intended to showcase the work of the UKPM members.

I submitted these two shots - Sammi J Muirhead and Kumi Monster (Kumi's make-up and henna by Taiyyibah Bashir):
Sammi J Muirhead in a field of purple flowersKumi Monster, make-up and henna by Taiyyibah Bashir

And these two were submitted for Charlie McInally :
Charlie McInallyCharlie McInally

This was the surprise shot from Kirsty269:
Kirsty269 - Art Nude Date: 19 September 2009 © Copyright 2009 Barrie Spence

Blurb are offering free shipping until 22nd March with the coupon WESHIP2.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Miel - 13/3/10

This weekend's shoot with Miel ended up all studio - make-up by Sam Brown (SB Make-Up). We hadn't worked with either before, but I'd at least met Miel briefly at one of Greig's Glasgow networking nights.

Headshots, headshots ... and more headshots. We started clean and simple and worked up to the alien look with mottling on the neck and around the face.

The main light was my beauty dish (left of camera) and the large gridded softbox to my right (and forward) at very low power (or off). The background is my (now) standard charcoal seamless with a gel covered light to provide the colour.

Apparently Miel asked for references, so I guess folks haven't been saying bad things about me :)

[Full Gallery - Miel]

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

EPS Creative Group

I thought I was disappointed with my scores from the last monthly competition, but tonight's Creative Group competition left me scunnered (judged by Richard Bingham (EPS)).

Unfortunately we were on our way home from Focus 2010 (NEC, Birmingham) so all comments are second-hand and may not quite reflect Richard's phrasing or intent.

This one of Billie Lister (make-up by Ruth Evans) scored a poor 11/20:
Billie Lister, make-up by Ruth Evans

Apparently the creativity is down to the make-up artist (congratulations Ruth), Billie's eyebrows are a different colour from her hair (! - not sure how that would affect the score, but judges are often like sports commentators) and there is a distracting shadow to the left of her nose - but least the eyes are sharp.

For the evening's theme of "three", this shot was awarded 16/20:
Frosted tyres

Having had a brief discussion with Richard on the scoring, his interpretation or application of the guidance (10 marks for technical, 10 for creativity) appears to have been inconsistent with the other judges in the Creative Group competitions this season (and very little of my work would be of value in the Creative Group).