The Importance of Photographic Printing

The Digital Revolution has been a remarkable transition, long gone is the day of analogue. Digital has many advantages, it enables us to learn faster, and gives us technological opportunities that we could have only wished for in the days of film. New styles of photography have emerged and no doubt the digital shift has been a positive one.

Photographic Printing David Warner Actor London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Photographic Printing David Warner Actor London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Yet it is is of vital importance to keep one area of “analogue photography” the ‘physical print’. More and More, I value the presence of a tactile image, one you can hold, bend and tear. Printing is a crucial factor in the success of many photography businesses and if you wish to develop yourself as an artist printing is the best way to grow.

Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Printer Prints Rory Lewis Photographer

Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Printer Prints Rory Lewis Photographer

An art form in itself, printing is the most effective way to show and sell your work, adding value to your product. Print is also, in my own personal opinion the best way to backup your work, data can be lost very easily, storage devices can quickly go out of date. Prints can stand the test of time, and physical prints will always be their.

 

A print doesn’t need to be enjoyed on a screen, when looking at a printed picture their are no distractions, no icons bouncing up and down or Facebook notifications popping up. I enjoy presenting prints to clients, framing and mounting them, it is something that can be physically enjoyed.  If you want to connect with your viewer, the print is the strongest method.

 

Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Printer

Epson SureColor SC-P800 A2 Printer

By far the best printers in the opinion of this Blogger are the SureColor range of Epson Printers, I recently invested in the Epson SureColor SC-P800  this has enabled me to become a full service photographer being able to offer everything from the photoshoot to print sales. Helping clients to preserve their memories and guarantee them to last a lifetime.

 

The SureColor range of Epson Printers present the professional photographer with superior quality prints, using the new UltraChrome HD Ink Cartridge, offering vivid colours and the deepest blacks, the colour is true to the image you see on screen. The printer also offers A2 roll paper printing, enabling you to print panoramic images. With WIFI Printing capability, you can place the printer anywhere in your studio or office which is ideal due to its large bulky size. The SC-P800 was built with the professional photographer in mind. with exceptional print quality, and the quality of materials used, I have no hesitation recommending it to any photographer demanding the highest quality in photographic printing.

Print & Pay Station Calumet Drummond Street, London.

Print & Pay Station Calumet Drummond Street, London.

Calumet Photographic has made it even easier and more affordable to print your work, by opening up an Epson print & pay station at their Flagship Store Drummond Street, London. Using all the latest Epson Print Technology, customers including professional photographers, artists wanting to print limited edition prints, or anybody wanting to print an image can take advantage of the new dedicated area within the store.  Large format prints from A2/13ʺ through to A1/24ʺ can be printed on a choice of media including Epson Traditional Photo Paper or Epson Canvas, or they can scan their original image to print using the latest Epson Perfection V750 Pro high-quality scanner. The Calumet store staff are trained on the latest Epson equipment including the new SureColor SC-P600 A3+ printer and the SureLab D700 printer, and are on hand to help customers make the right printer choice.

Hahnemühle Baryta FB 350gsm Mexican Ambassador to UK Rory Lewis Photographer

Hahnemühle Baryta FB 350gsm Mexican Ambassador to UK Rory Lewis Photographer

Their are many printer papers to choose from, it can be a minefield finding the best paper and it can be process of trial and error. Above all my favourite is Hahnemühle Baryta FB 350gsm has a great feel, weight, and the light from the gloss brightness is beautiful. I favour Hahnemühle papers as they delivery highest archival quality for my clients. 

 

Printing is a skill that all photographers must learn, I hope this article has proven helpful. I can’t express the feeling that I have once a photograph is printed and mounted. Creating something of beauty rather than the digital perspective of viewing my work on screen. I often think back to old movies when you see old attics, full of interesting things, I hope one day when my children’s, children route through the attic they will find some beautiful prints of my work. Printing does make you nostalgic.

2014 Year in Review

The difference a year makes: Generals, Actors, Sports Personalities and Politicians. Photographing the essence of character.

 

Erica Kemp Lord Mayor Rory Lewis Portrait Photographer LondonPortraiture is now the name of my game: 2014 has certainly been an incredible journey of discovery and growth as well as artistic truth and relevance. I feel refreshed in my work and have enjoyed the wonderful success of the last 12 months, I’m looking forward to the ‘onwards and upwards’ both professionally and personally – these are exciting times for Rory Lewis Photography. Thank you to my wife, family and colleagues for their support as I’ve made these developments. The beauty of an artist is the ability to experiment and ‘play’. I have been more determined than ever to realise this – that through experimentation I can learn, and most importantly deliver at a higher level. In the continual bid to hone my own Unique Style I am continually refining my ideas, my inspiration and my direction. Beginning the year with a ‘make or break’ attitude having spent too long spreading myself too thinly professionally and knowing something had to change. 2014 has been that year, seeing a more balanced but more worthwhile focus, by concentrating on where my passion lies – Portraiture.

 

NPG x138151; David Warner by Rory LewisI was ecstatic when my Portrait of Actor David Warner was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London. I built on this public recognition of my work by having a wide range of Celebrity Portrait Sessions throughout the year. Expansion was essential, no longer am I just to be found in the North West UK, but in both London and New York. Back in 2004, when I began my career in Fashion Photography, it was the way forward, the path to photography and career success. I enjoyed the recognition of publication, in magazines, newspapers and catalogues, often being called upon by various Fashion Labels to photography their collection. But with maturity and artistic credibility, I gradually fell out of love with the ‘easy’ road. It no longer sits easily on my personal character, and the discomfort grew as I was struggling to be myself in what I felt was an elitist superficial world of photography. I was failing to be true to myself, my personality, and importantly, my artistic style. Artistically I wanted my work to be a reflection of reality, a mirror of truth.

 

This led me to real people leading real lives and portraying them in a real way. I can become absorbed in the story of someone and relish the challenge of reflecting their emotions and character through Portraiture. So farewell Fashion Photographing, and welcome to Portraiture, of Generals, Actors, Artists, Sports Personalities, and Politicians.

Sir Ian McKellen & Sir Derek Jacobi Rory Lewis Photographer

Sir Ian McKellen & Sir Derek Jacobi Rory Lewis Photographer

I began to conceive the idea of my Northern Portrait Exhibition very early in the year and was thrilled with its ultimate success. Northerners started out as a small local project yet soon became a National Exhibition featuring actors, sports personalities, artists and politicians from the North. A blend of story, history and personality, drawn together by Northern Roots, now transcending the globe, offered an opportunity to travel to bring this unique collection together. Big names, big characters, big achievements such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Craig Charles, Emma Rigby, General Sir Nicholas Houghton, and many other prominent figures.

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

Rory Lewis Metro Interview Photographer

Rory Lewis Metro Interview Photographer

This was a truly fascinating project. Sponsored by Calumet Photographic and held in aid of the worthwhile cause UNICEF, the exhibition moved from Liverpool in July, to Manchester in October, and finally to London in November. The project was not only a developmental and artistic learning curve for me, but led to me feeling more comfortable in my own Unique Style, and this is now reflected in my work. I was thrilled when the BBC, various other television companies and the National Press all featured the Project giving the project not just local, but national recognition.

Luis Suares for Pepsi London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Luis Suares for Pepsi London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

For clients such as Pepsi, I have enjoyed a wide range of Commercial Photography assignments, which have included Portraiture such as a commission to photograph successful and advertorial big-name footballer, Luis Suarez. Knowing that Rory Lewis images are being used in such high profile promotional campaigns, including posters as well as drinks bottles and cans, has been a fun and enjoyable part of my year. With the brief to create fierce portraits blended with Rock Star Style stills, I couldn’t wait to get started. It was an opportunity to direct and create a shoot in tune with my artistic desires

Travel has been an inevitable, but enjoyable, by-product of the shift in my photographic direction. My passport has been ranking up the miles with trips to Spain, Morocco, Italy, New York, Ireland and the USA. Good Old Blighty is home, but these trips have been enriching and given my work influence both cultural and socially. Take a quick peek at some of my travel snaps here.

New York Rory Lewis Portrait Photographer

On a personal level I haven’t just seen a seismic shift in the nature of my work and my creative style, but 2014 has been a year of highs as it was also the year I married my incredible wife, Alexandra, who has supported and nurtured my professional change. Still based in Liverpool despite spreading my wings, this year also brought the opportunity to extend my home-grown roots by opening my new Photographic Studio in the heart of Liverpool.

 

2014 saw a continuation of my desire to offer Photography Workshops. A key joy for any creative person is to share and nurture a passion in others. I am grateful to be able to do this, whilst partnered with Calumet Academy, as well as extending the locations of my Courses to additionally include not only Liverpool, but London, Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast. Wherever you are in the UK, Rory Lewis Photography Courses can be there! I enjoy imparting what I have learned and discovered to others: from lighting techniques to directional skills, it really is a joy to work with aspiring photographers, and the feedback has been nice to hear too! It’s been good for my ego, knowing I can use my skill and self-development to help develop others. I’ll be forever grateful for reviews such as the following from Amateur Photographer Denis Dame who attended one of my Portraiture Workshops:

 

“Rory’s Portraiture Masterclass was a brilliant course”

“Rory is a fantastic and patient instructor and answered all our questions no matter how basic or advanced. I took nearly 400 images throughout the day and was mentally drained and excited because we covered so much. A fantastic value for the amount of hands-on course work and topics we covered. Rory was able to get us all taking great images.

Rory Lewis Photography Courses Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, LondonI have been an amateur photographer for years, but this was my first time using studio lighting for portraits with models. I had expected only one model, but Rory had hired three fantastic models. All had their own great characteristics, which allowed us to experiment with lighting to see the effects given different facial features. Rory demonstrated the use of several one and two light set-ups, and allowed us to take several images from each. Additionally, we used different back drops, and reflectors. We had hands-on opportunities to use a light meter and set up the studio lights to the proper power and distance. We learned about how to diffuse the lighting and control it with a honeycomb.

He also demonstrated how he captured many famous actors that are a part of his Northerners Portrait Project to support UNICEF. A noble effort. We were able to create similar images during the course.

We learned how to work with models and direct them to help create amazing images and moods. By the end of the course we all had gained confidence in working with good models.

I would highly recommend the course to people that have never worked with models, or studio lights. If you have worked with models and were not quite sure how to direct the scene, then this is also a great course.

Well done and I hope to take another class in the near future.”

 

So here’s to 2015 and my onwards and upwards! I am looking forward to extending my programme of courses to make them more extensive whilst focusing on my true love of Portraiture, from Beginners, to Intermediate, as well as a course in advanced Location Portraiture Lighting. You’ll still find me offering Art Nude Photography Courses, with a special Hasselblad Art Nude Session, allowing delegates to try out the superb Hasselblad H5D Camera System, an opportunity not to be missed.

London Liverpool Manchester Liverpool  Model Portfolios

Whilst also arranging photoshoots with models, dancers and actors throughout 2014, I’ve loved the new creative and practical expansion and vision of Rory Lewis Photography. From helping new models and actors find their first footings in their chosen fields.  I’m glad to still be the photographer of choice for many of the UK’s top agencies. I’ve come to learn that I can still be true to myself in all shoots by offering a comprehensive service based on high quality pictures achieved through my no-time-limit ethos. My clients are not rushed, nor do they receive a hard sell, just good honest portraiture at its best. From sessions with Game of Thrones actors, screen legends Julian Glover and Iain Glen, to the industry newbies, my heart now truly resides in Portraiture.

Julian-Glover-Iain-Glenn-Actor Rory Lewis London Portrait Photographer Liverpool

See you in 2015, but before I go, take a sneak peek at my new Exhibition Expressive that will take place at the end of the year. Whether Stateside or on home turf, I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Fuji 56mm F1.2 Portraits

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 Fujinon Lens Portrait TestAt the Beginning of November Fuji, supplied me with a test model of their new XT1 and 56mm F1.2 Portrait Lens I have been itching to try the 56mm Lens and as a Professional Portrait Photographer I favour Fixed Prime Lenses for all my Sittings using the Hasselblad 100mm F2.2 Lens £3088.00 (Calumet Photographic) a great deal. However, the Fuji 56mm is an outstanding piece of glass comparable with its’ Medium Format and Full Frame Counterparts.

 

Julian Glover Actor Portrait XT1+56mm F1.2A user of the Fuji X System from the beginning, I originally invested in the X20 then later purchasing the XPro 1. Fuji just seems to be going from Strength to Strength with its X Series Lenses. The 56mm is a high quality short telephoto prime, it delivers equivalent coverage of 84mm, which is both flattering for portrait photography and also useful for capturing tighter views than a standard lens. Meanwhile the bright f1.2 focal ratio gathers twice as much light as a lens at f1.8, making it ideal in low light situations, while also delivering shallower depth of field effects, again perfect for portrait work or isolating any subject against a blurred background.

 

The chance came to put the Lens to test, with two Portraiture Sittings in London, featuring Game of Thrones, Stars Julian Glover above and Iain Glen Below. Both where taken in a Studio using the XT1, 56mm F1.2 and Pro Foto B1’s. As you can see the quality of the 56mm is comparable with its Full Frame and Medium Format Counterparts. The Lens is extremely sharp even at Low Apertures and delivers high quality images. Fuji’s X Series Camera’s and Lenses are well worth a look at even if you are considering a Professional Portrait Camera.

Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor.[1] Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones. (Rory Lewis)

 

 

Sir Ian McKellen Portrait Sitting

If his stellar performance as the wandering wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit isn’t enough to convince you of Sir Ian McKellen’s formidable acting talent, then his scene-stealing turn as Magneto in the X-Men series; his six Laurence Olivier Awards; and overall contribution to British stage and screen, certainly will. He is also the single most acclaimed British theatrical personage of our time.

 (Rory Lewis)
Sir-Ian-McKellenI invited Sir Ian to sit for a portrait session while he and Sir Patrick Stewart were performing Waiting for Godot in the Cort Theatre in New York and was flabbergasted when he accepted. I travelled to Sir Ian’s home in London where I felt truly humbled to photograph this titan of the stage in his own surroundings – he even had Gandalf’s sword hanging on a clothing rack like an umbrella! I was faced with the curious task of celebrating an immeasurable acting talent and so I sat and pondered for a minute. We drew inspiration from his prominence as a Shakespearian performer and decided on a style of portrait reminiscent of the renaissance artist, Holbein, using lighting to preserve the intimate detail and wisdom found in his expression.

Sir Ian McKellen Rory Lewis Celebrity Portrait Photographer

In a short thirty minute session, I managed to compose myself keep from gushing about Sir Ian’s incredible career, but I was no less in awe of his presence; his gentlemanly charm; and his total dominance in front of the camera. With the support of Calumet Photographic Rental, I photographed Sir Ian McKellen with Hasselblad H4D-40 Camera & 100 F/2.2 which is one of the best Fixed Prime Portrait Lenses i’ve used. Calumet Rental is a true resource for the Photographer with a wide range of equipment on offer, and located two locations in the centre of London on Drummond Street and Wardour Street.

“Thank you for the easiest Photoshoot ever!”

Sir Ian McKellen

 

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Sir Patrick Stewart Photoshoot New York

With an instantly recognizable face, Sir Patrick Stewart has been a stalwart of the stage and screen, most widely known for his turn as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the subsequent feature films. He has also appeared as, who is now, the iconic Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men series.Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series of superhero movies (2000–2014), his prolific stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his many voice acting roles, most notably as C.I.A deputy director Avery Bullock in American Dad!. (Rory Lewis)

When Sir Patrick arrived at the Neo Studios in Manhattan, I was a complete bag of nerves. How do you go from being a complete fanboy over somebody’s work to actually meeting and working with them? Thankfully, I managed to push my Trekkie urges to the back of my mind and shook the man’s hand.  Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series of superhero movies (2000–2014), his prolific stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his many voice acting roles, most notably as C.I.A deputy director Avery Bullock in American Dad!. (Rory Lewis)

I was well aware that there are very few pictures of him that are not in character, so in our discussion before the shoot, I told him that I wanted to try to capture who he was as a person. We took a few pictures in order to get a grasp on his best facial positions and the appropriate height for the camera. From there, Sir Patrick did the rest of the work.

 

As a vintage actor, he so effortlessly performed the expressions and emotions we both thought suitable – matching his natural kindness with a fierce intensity. Throughout the entire shoot, he was curious, warm and extremely polite, making this thirty minute session an absolute joy to take part in.

Sir Patrick Stewart OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and its successor films, as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men film series of superhero movies (2000–2014), his prolific stage roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his many voice acting roles, most notably as C.I.A deputy director Avery Bullock in American Dad!. (Rory Lewis)