Don’t judge me but I decided to have a bit of a play with a recent studio shot of poet-by-day boxer-by-night Matt “Man” Windle by adding some smashing glass. That’s glass that is smashing, not really great glass…. You know what I mean. I kinda like it.
I was giving someone some one-to-one Photoshop training a week or so ago and in order to demonstrate the versatility of the Layers function, I played around with a recent image of Rosa Brighid from the Fotofilia “Nude in the Urban Landscape” shoot, adding a texture that I downloaded from the brilliant “Skeletal Mess” a couple of years ago. I was actually very pleased with the result. What do you reckon?…
Okay, so she might not be new to regular readers of this ‘ere blog but the beautiful Megan Jaye appeared at Fotofilia for her first group shoot (the “New Blood” Studio Evening) this week and proved to be another great success with all present.
We began with some very upbeat retro shots to reflect Megan’s 50’s style dress before moving onto some more serious stuff (still making the most of those amazing shoulders).
I’ll post more shortly, but for now here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of Megan posing for my group…
Having a much-needed throw-out at the studio, I came across some stick-on vampire teeth and fake blood that I bought for a vampire-themed studio evening about a year ago. The teeth proved a bit problematic for our lovely female model, Chloe Avon but luckily our excellent male model Sam Knight (an actor) had his own set. Here’s my favourite image from the session…
Trick or treat?
Lighting and position are always critical considerations when photographing but never more so than when shooting boxing. On Saturday evening I covered another amateur boxing event for Neil Perkins at Fighting Fit City Gym. In this case it was for the Bill Meddings Memorial Cup and although I don’t profess to be an expert (just someone who photographs a lot of boxing), I thought this was one of the best boxing events I’ve ever covered.
More images from other bouts to follow in later posts.
Now then, as I was saying, lighting is always critical but when you need shutter speeds of at least 1/500s to capture action like this, high ISO’s are inevitable. However, the venue for Saturday’s event was Gatecrasher nightclub in Birmingham and so lighting is usually pretty good. As usual though, the area at the “back” of the ring (furthest away from the crowd) wasn’t very well covered by the spotlights. This meant that any action taking place in that part of the ring would be nigh on impossible to photograph.
However, as my weapon of choice lens-wise for these events is my (fixed focal length) 50mm f1.4, I know from experience that when the action is right on top of me ie, against the ropes on the side I’m shooting from, it’s unlikely I’m going to get many successful shots of that action anyway. And so I decided to pitch myself in a corner on the dark side of the ring, knowing that I’d then be able to cover the action everywhere else in the ring (the other 80%).
As luck would have it, this also meant i was out of the way of the judges, time-keepers and audience too, plus the background from that angle included some great coloured screens.
And one more…
Thanks to the reasonable light levels in 80% of the ring, I was able to shoot at 1600ISO or less all evening which meant better quality images and fewer worries about battling the noise during post-production.
Find out more about Fighting Fit City Gym at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fighting-Fit-City-Gym/37835833657?fref=ts