Happy Days

November 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Good Morning all

It's been far too long since I have blogged :-( I really am slack at it, terrible me.

So I thought I would update you all on in my photography world over the past few weeks.

Seska J @ Space Studio St Albans

Firstly I tried out a new studio, Space Studio in St Albans. This is not because I don't like working at Saracen House far from it. I am more than comfortable working at SH and Andrew himself is good friend and has helped me with my photography no end over the past 18 months or so however sometimes you need to broaden your horizons and get yourself out of your comfort zone. 

Having worked with Seska a few times and being friends on Facebook I noticed a post advertising a studio day at the Space Studio. So I thought why not I knew Seska and it would be a good opportunity to try out the new studio. I really enjoyed working there James is really good and helpful, and the studio itself has masses of potential I am sure James if fully aware of that, the amount of natural light coming in the big windows will I am sure make it very popular if its not already.

To the left is one of the pictures from that shoot, its always a pleasure to work with Seska! I will shoot again at Space just when the studio days don't clash with Watford home games!

Later on in October I ventured back to Saracen House for another studio day, this time it was to shoot Stephanie Knight again. 

Again Steph is another model that is really easy to get along and work with. Her appearance is always stunning and her make up flawless. As with all good models she knows what works for her and what makes good pictures and I really had a great difficulty in selecting pictures for my gallery, only one picture I need to bin and that was down to the numpty behind the lens and not Steph!

At the time of this shoot I just needed to relax and take some photos and Steph just did what she does best and made for a really relaxing enjoyable shoot. Of course working at Saracen House with the great tea making helped!

Steph Knight @ Saracen House October 2013

The following day I was back at Saracen House for another great Andrew Appleton Workshop. This time the subject was Boudoir Photography. The Genre itself generates many different opinions and we started off the session with defining what is boudoir photography. 

Gemma @ Andrew Appleton Boudoir Workshop @ Saracen House

This along with many genres be it in music or photography can mean different things to different people and different nationalities. As some of you know I use Pinterest a lot for ideas and I pin quite a few pictures to my Boudoir Ideas board. However a lot of pictures are posted to Pinterest as 'Boudoir' that in my mind are Glamour, Pin up, Art Nude or even higher levels. Some of the pictures I pin myself I feel are not necessarily Boudoir but the pose, outfit or the setting can be with different lighting and aperture settings. It s something that we could have sat discussing over coffee for most of the day I felt.

We had the lovely Gemma as the workshop model for the day. An example I have posted on the left. The big things I took from the workshop is the lighting set ups how the difference between constant and flash lighting effects the image and the aperture and how having a wide aperture really can make the image and I think is use makes a good bourdoir image different from Glamour or pin up etc etc. I also realised that I really could do with a good speedlight flash gun but that will come in time.

Again I have learnt a lot from the Andrews and the others attending this course. I enjoyed it and went away again with more knowledge and ideas than when I joined and that is the mark of a good workshop. That may seem rather obvious but I have been to many workshops on various subjects and left thinking what on earth did I join that for!

Last weekend I attended another studio day at Saracen House but I will discuss this in its own special post you will see why when you read it.

Happy Snapping

Danny


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