Royal Photographic Society Journal November 2016

Thank you to the Royal Photographic Society for Publishing one of my latest Portrait Sittings with the men of the 3rd Batalion the Parachutte Regiment.  The feature offers a unique behind the scenes look into my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition. With a behind the scenes view to how I work and the equipment I use. Click Here to View more information about my Soldiery Portrait Exhibition.

 

Since January 2016 I have been photographing members of the British Army for my project Soldiery. I’ve so far captured hundreds of different subjects in a bid to accurately represent the army in the second decade of the 21st century.

 

Photographing soldiers from a number of regiments, including the Grenadier Guards, The Royal Welsh, The Royal Irish and The Gurkhas, all of which will appear in a future exhibition and accompanying when the project is complete.

 

Just last month, I visited the 3rd battalion parachute regiment near Colchester and photographed a diverse group of soldiers. The battalion has been active since 1941, playing a central during battles in north Africa and Italy during WWII.

 

Photographing military personnel comes with a unique set of challenges. You need to gain their trust, which requires some initial paperwork prior to going to the base. None of this, however, got in the way of me capturing loads of great shots of the soldiers – thanks to their patience and hospitality. In particular, I really wanted to get some full-length group shots of the soldiers in combat gear and with their equipment. Below, in the RPS feature I take you through how I got these shots from a technical perspective, offering an insight into what a barracks photoshoot entails.

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Royal Photographic Society Rory Lewis Photographer Parachute Regiment Military Portraiture

Liverpool Echo ‘Northerners’ Interview

Thank You to Liverpool Echo for interviewing me on my upcoming ‘Northerners’ Exhibition. It was unusual to see myself in-front of the camera rather than behind it! Check out the interview below and on the Echo Newspaper Website.

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Vidal Sassoon Summer Shoot

I love working with the team from Sassoon, over the past two years we have created some fabulous hair photography. This week the stylists wanted to experiment with hair extensions adding a fringe and using movement we shot some interesting shapes.

The images are great, thank you to all those involved, I look forward to working with the Liverpool Team on their next project.

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Three Days TO GO!

With only three days to go I have been busy making the final preparations for the Exhibition. The last prints arrived today from DS Colour Labs in Manchester, and I have been busy framing.

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Posters are now up all over Liverpool and I am hoping to have a good turn out on Friday and Saturday. Raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, meeting new people and receiving feedback on my latest projects.

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This is England

This year is all about improving my portfolio with several more tests planned throughout 2012. This month I wanted to shot a retro 1980′s Androgynous style photoshoot.

 

Shot on location at Hallam Mill in Manchester the shots really remind me of the Drama TV Series This is England; feeling old I actually remember the 1980s style being born in 1982!

 

Thank you to Oliver and Hannah @Oxygen Models Rikki Finlay Fashion Stylist and Nita Malata Makeup Artist for all their hard work.

Vidal Sassoon a Legend of Hair Dressing

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It was just a few days ago that I learned Vidal Sassoon had passed away on the 9th May at his home in LA at the age of 84. From an early age I have always been aware of Sassoon’s work as my mother visited a Sassoon Salon once a month for her geometrically perfect hair cut.

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Sassoon was a legend of hair dressing and his ability to bring geometry to the technique of hair cutting and styling will live on. This man liberated women from hair curlers and sticky hair lacquer.

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“I’ve had so many star-quality clients, but when a working girl comes in and she’s saved five shillings to have a great haircut once a month, I treat her like a princess.” Vidal Sassoon

 

I have worked with Sassoon Stylists for many years and know without a shadow of a doubt his legacy will live on. In tribute to Sassoon see below some of the work I have completed with Sassoon Styling Team’s over the years.

I hardly took it off! Nikon 24-70mm F2.8G

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lensNikon 24-70mm F2.8G is a super versatile lens applicable to many different styles of shooting. It offers a wider focal coverage yet without compromising picture quality. The lens produces excellent results for a zoom lens; and with a male fashion photoshoot planned for this week, it was a perfect opportunity to put the Nikon 24-70mm on test. Mounted on a Nikon D810My first initial thought was the weight of the lens, it’s a heavy piece of kit. Yet, the fast focusing, and sharpness of this lens quickly make it worth carrying.

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens

Male-Fashion-Test9-1It’s a workhorse, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens is truly versatile and can be used for many different kinds of photography situations – from wide-angle landscapes and panoramas, to portraits and events; the lens is a good all-round piece of kit in any camera bag. I never took it off throughout the fashion session. With its constant aperture of F2.8 (meaning the aperture does not change while zooming) and state of the art optics, the lens is targeted towards enthusiasts and professionals alike, who work in various lighting and weather conditions and need exceptional sharpness, colour and contrast in their images – which is something the Nikon 24-70mm was designed to deliver. Even at F2.8 the lens was ultra sharp, with outstanding Depth of Field.

 

Nikon 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lensUsing the Nikon 24-70mm F2.8G lens throughout the fashion shoot was a dream come true, the images are stunning, and its worth every penny. The question many photographers would ask is why would anyone want to spend over £1,000 on a lens with limited range when you can get one with a wider range for less? Well my answer is its an outstanding lens the optics are superb, at F2.8 its a fast zoom lens. It focuses quickly and accurately and delivers pictures that are sharp from corner to corner. Its robust construction does mean some increase in weight but it gives a comfortable feel on the camera and gives confidence that it will give a lifetime of good use, you will hardly take it off or be disapointed with this lens.

 

Technical Specs

 

  • 24-70mm zoom range (DX equivalent: 36-105mm).
  • Nano Crystal coat reduces ghost and flare.
  • Slim, durable and lightweight barrel.
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for whisper quiet and fast autofocus.
  • ED glass to minimize chromatic aberration.
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.38 m (at 50 mm).
  • Rubber mount seal.
  • Instant manual focus override (M/A).
  • Detachable hood and soft pouch CL-M3 included.
  • Bayonet Hood HB-40
  • Semi-soft Case CL-M3

Episode Fashion Management

Episode Fashion Management commissioned me to shoot their CEO Charles McDonald in Barcelona at the beginning of January.

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