Alzheimers Charity Event @ The Hand and Squirrel

As a favour to  a fellow Gary Numan fan; the very beautiful Kayleigh Smith. I did some shots for her Alzheimers charity night at The Hand and Squirrel, Talbot Green. Sadly I didn’t get a lot of takers but I did get some really nice images of those who chose to partake. It was useful for me to get the dust off the kit and I was especially pleased with the X-rite color passport which gave superb consistent colour through out.

Alhz Event07-26-2014_4268Here (pictured above) the ever lovely Kayleigh posing with the x-rite colorchecker passport.

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These two young ladies made the best use of my time, and where not backwards in coming forward 🙂

On the sunday I spent time creating a nice warm portrait look in Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 and the results are below. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I.


Nikon P7700 Creative Lighting System hands on review

Firstly I should state that I’m a massive fan of the Nikon CLS system and love off camera flash (wireless and infra red) in general. This was on of the main reasons for upgrading to the Nikon P7700 from the Nikon P7000. So does it work, and does it work well?

Jasper on Porthcawl Beach
Shot with the P7700 in commander mode and SB800 handheld in remote mode. Apart from re-sizing for this web page, there has been no post production work done on this image.

I’d have to yes, though there are limitations. Unlike say the D200, SB800 or an SU800 your limited to one Channel and one Group (Channel 3, Group A) which means you cannot specifically alter the flash out put from separate speed-lights. You can still use more than one speed-light of course but unless you set it up manually in SU4 mode, your only going to be able to set the out put the same as all the other units in the group. This is only really going to bother you if you shoot a lot of multi flash studio or portrait work and if you are I would suggest you’ve probably already got the kit to do. The Nikon P7700 allows you that little bit of freedom, more a kin to a single light set up on the move, more likely to be like my example on this page; quick and improvised fun shots. The only other issue would be if you were shooting and bumped into some one else with the same set up because you’d keep triggering each others flash units, though how likely that is I’m not sure.

One of the issues with CLS is  because the underlying technology is infra red it can have issue in bright sunlight.  This may be the case if you’re trying to trigger from range, but using the SB800 hand held I encountered no issues on this particular shoot (apart from my thumb getting in the way), which was done in very glaring sunlight.

In conclusion  I’d like to say that the images on this page say it all. Apart from converting to DNG from NRW and then re-sized in photoshop cs5 for this web page, they haven’t been processed at all. No levels, no curves, no nothing. They’re clear, they’re sharp, the exposure is perfect, all from this pocket sized little wonder. If you have any questions about the P7700 or photography in general, please feel free to contact me and I’ll try and answer your queries.

Oskar on Porthcawl beach
Shot with the P7700 in commander mode and SB800 handheld in remote mode. Apart from re-sizing for this web page, there has been no post production work done on this image.

Layla (Shhh, it's a secret …)

Had a call from Kelly and Karl who run The Waterfront. It’s a very vibrant and funky place to eat and drink on the sea front in fair Porthcawl. They were looking for Christmas presents (hey, it’s that time of the year again !) for the grand parents of their beautiful little daughter Layla. This is the sort of shoot I just love. So took the white background, the speed lights and the trusty D200 to their flat and shot away. Firstly, Layla, what a cutie, and such a happy baby and with a tad of coaxing from mum, dad and yours truly  we had some stunning pictures in the bag in probably less than hour. Now I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so here’s one of the result of what was a very enjoyable little shoot.