Dieselpunk, sexy girls and a vampire

Dieselpunk, sexy girls and a vampire

Sexy girls and a bonafide vampire, 10 photographers, 2 make-up artists, around 30 flashguns. It's the January meet of the Essex Strobist where we visited Dieselpunk Studios again.

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Lions boxing club

Lions boxing club

Lions boxing club. Six boxers, one kick boxer, a great make-up artist, and two totties. Is that sexist? Probably. But it fits the sterotype 😉 Oh, and ten photographers, 25 light stands, 30 flash guns plus and unknown number of light modifiers, bags, iPads, triggers and various other devices. The club was packed, but it was a great day out with the Essex Strobists. The club is normally closed...

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It’s just a shadow of an illusion… from a dream

It’s just a shadow of an illusion… from a dream

A good friend and former model, helped me understand the process behind a successful fashion shoot, and summed it up in a single, easy to remember sentence. This blog post elaborates on the the idea, and gives a few examples of emotions (hopefully) being communicated successfully.

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Strobists in Epping Forest

Strobists in Epping Forest

Outdoor photoshoot in Epping Forest arranged by the Essex Strobists. Despite fewer than expected models, it was a great learning experience.

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The argument; live from London’s club scene

The argument; live from London’s club scene

Essex Strobist went to town in Club Live in Vauxhall. The club was VERY dark, but handheld long exposures supported by flash (and a torch to help the auto focus system) turned the darkness into a feature of this visual short story of a young couple's argument in a London night club.

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Strobists at the Railway

Strobists at the Railway

12 Photographers. 10 gorgeous models. Makeup and props. Camera, light, action! No, this isn't Hollywood, and it isn't the next cover for Vogue (well, at least nobody has said so yet). It was the Essex Strobist photo shoot at Colne Valley Railway.

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They’re a bit scary in large groups

They’re a bit scary in large groups

A bit of photoshop turns 12 into 40, and just by virtue of the sheer number, a set of otherwise cute salt and pepper shakers take on a somewhat menacing appearance. It goes to prove that not everything is what it seems.

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The Chilli tree

The Chilli tree

A high key shot of our homegrown chilli plant with its 54 ripe fruits (yes, I counted them!), and a version with Mr Blue, Ms Red and a black background. The setup for the latter required a gobo and several reflectors to get the light right, and even so, one of the lessons I take away from this shoot, is that more practise is required.

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Amoriste in Hylands Park

Amoriste in Hylands Park

Photoshoot with Chelmsford-based, but nationally and internationally known, band Amoriste. The band brought their red kite. Steve brought his amazing, home-made flash kit. Mother nature supplied grey skies and bright, yellow rapeseed.

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It must be love…

It must be love…

A simple recipe for how to make out-of-focus highlights have any shape you want, using nothing more high-tech than a piece of cardboard and a knife.

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