Category: Strobist

April 16, 2013 / / Leeds

Brad Stanton…. At just 19, Brad has conquered the UK and Commonwealth – just turned 20, he’s now headlining stadiums with his amazing Thai Boxing skills. He’s based at Leeds premier gym, Edge (www.edgegyms.co.uk), and needed some great shots to help lift his profile – so we did a shoot in the actual gym. To say he’s quick is like saying the sun’s warm… I asked him to do some jumps and round house kicks – up he went, nearly hitting the cieling, then round he went – so fast I couldn’t…

March 3, 2013 / / Photography

Flash Bender Accessories – New Toys! Always on the look out for new “light modifiers” of “flash accessories” to advance my off camera flash photography – I’d seen these flash benders around before, so thought I’d take the plunge and get a couple. I took them up to Temple Newsham with trombonist Chris Colbran and had a look at what they can do. What are they? First off, here’s Chris altering one – you can see that they strap on to the front of the flash with velcro and have a pretty…

February 27, 2013 / / Blog

Check out the amazing voice…. https://soundcloud.com/clairecolbran Had a fun shoot with Claire Colbran, jazz singer in these 2 bands, backing singer in the Chicago Blues Brothers and rather excellent on trombone too… a Colbran family thing apparently! The Photography Bit So we had 3 lights – 2 behind at 45 degrees, one at the front at about 20 degrees. Rears were un-gelled with shoot through brollies, front was 1/2 CTO on a softbox. Most shots were taken with the Canon 17-40 F4 L & 5D Mark 2 -with the occasional 70-200mm shot.…

February 27, 2013 / / Leeds

Michael Blades broadcasts live from Leeds every Saturday and Sunday night, jetting over to Rock FM in Preston for saturday afternoon… Having found McFade Urban Shoots on Google, he’d spotted the style of images he was after – so we met outside Leeds Town Hall and had a great couple of hours shooting and chatting about life on the radio. He’s a keen photographer so showed him a few tips too. Here are a few of the shots we created – using city centre locations, lighting (mainly 2 lights –…

February 18, 2013 / / Blog

Band leader, arranger and sax supremo (is that bigging you up enough Sam ?? lol) asked for some shots of his big band – so we got everyone into an empty office in Leeds and started creating some shots. Herding cats and musicians is never easy, though it didn’t stop us creating some cool shapes with the instruments and body parts! The main breif was white background stuff – though being McFade, we had to create some extra odd shots too… Here’s one where we added a little toning –…

January 17, 2013 / / Landscapes

  A thick Hoar Frost looks amazing. It only happens now and then, so you really need to make the most of it when it happens. One of the downfalls of this frost is that the sky can be very dull on such days, so your usual landscapes can lack impact. So how to add something a little different? Get your strobes out You can create something more interesting with flash – even “on camera” flash can create something slightly different. The shots in this article are all taken with…

November 13, 2012 / / Business

Never posed before? Never had your photo taken before? Nervous in front of the camera? These 2 Cramlington girls answered yes to all of these – but that didn’t stop us having a great shoot with some cool results. We’d got a location in mind with a bit of graffiti and in a reasonably quiet area, so all met up there and started to shoot. Alex and Kerry were both completely stuck for what to do, where to look, what expression to make… we’re used to this, unless you’ve got…

November 6, 2012 / / Slider

BMX Star Luke Gareth Gamble jumping over Ade on a wet day in Yeadon… . We’ll be putting on a workshop to show you how this is done… .look out for it in 2013, when it’s a bit warmer… And now here’s a gallery to enjoy

October 5, 2012 / / Blog

Celebrity Look Alikes in Leeds Had the great pleasure of meeting and photographing:- David Beckham Mr T Austin Powers Simon Cowell Britney Spears Will Smith Or at least I thought I did! These were a great bunch of actors who make a career from looking like the actual celebrity – and it is uncanny when you meet them and they adopt the “celebrity pose”. The day was a pop music video shoot in Leeds which I was documenting – I’d taken the lights with me and set them up in…

August 15, 2012 / / Blog

Theatre Rehearsal Photography in Leeds…. Destination Holbeck… Driving around Holbeck (Leeds) slowly caused a few long, suspicious looks…  parts used to be the red light district and it’s not improved much in the last few years. The road I was after didn’t seem to have a name on it… there were just lock ups and arches with mechanics tinkering away. Eventually caving in and asking directions, I find myself outside the venue after all, it just doesn’t look like I expected – HUB it’s called, Holbeck Urban Ballroom I think.…