Category Archives: The Portrait Project

Portrait Project Test

Working on a big portrait session with some interesting subjects which will hopefully come together over the next week or so. Testing some of my old Minolta glass especially the MC Rokkor (great rap name) 58mm f1.4. Sometimes you get gold with old lenses other times, well, not so much. This time however we have struck gold big time! The lens in question is from 1969, its a year younger than me.

1969 was a good year, the MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f1.4 on the Sony A7. Forty five years between them.
The compact setup with the Vello remote trigger for my flash gear. The trigger is not huge its just the camera is small.
And the result using a simple two light setup- great portrait lens for about $120 on Ebay.
The other extreme is the Hasselblad, a comparison of apples and oranges but interesting anyway. The detail and resolving power of the ‘Blad kills the A7 however you may notice the same lighting setup- I swapped over the trigger. Its easy to shoot studio on the A7, the LCD is great to use even in dim light.

Photographing A Photographer

Had the privilege of meeting Glen today, a personality and a half plus a photographer! I love shooting  interesting people and Glen was that. He came assisted by a very able make-up artist- Raquel.

If you are interested in a great makeup artist –

Or a great photographer ( when I am not available) Glen-

Decided to underlight Glen and add a bit of dynamic directional lighting Trusty Octolight at work. I have committed to a year of the Portrait Project so drop me an email here

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Getting In The Groove

I am tailoring my lighting to my subject, as you probably realise by now I like a directional light. This shoot involved the ever present Octolight and a two meter shoot through scrim. I decided to upload a sequence of shots so you can see the flow of a shoot.

My favourite is of course the black and white below although its not exactly flattering-


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