Sir Derek Jacobi Photoshoot

Sir Derek Jacobi Portrait Sitting London Rory Lewis PhotographerA “forceful, commanding stage presence” Sir Derek Jacobi is one of the most Celebrated British Stage Actors of our Time. Sir Derek’s talent was recognised at a young age by Laurence Olivier. Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of television series and films; series such as I, Claudius, for which he won a BAFTA; in the acclaimed medieval drama series Cadfael, and as Stanley Baldwin in The Gathering Storm. Films such as Henry V, Dead Again, Gladiator, Gosford Park, The Golden Compass, The King’s Speech and My Week with MarilynHe holds a British knighthood and has been appointed a Knight 1st Class of the Order of the Dannebrog. Recently I wrote to Sir Derek to request a portrait sitting, and I was delighted when he accepted my invitation.

 

Photographed in London, it was a privilege to meet Sir Derek. I just wanted to take a plain and simply lit portrait, and directed Jacobi to pose solemnly and with little emotion.Sir Derek Jacobi Portrait Sitting London Rory Lewis Photographer

 

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.

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

Kit Model Test

Your Portfolio is the most important asset to any model, photographer, fashion stylist, hair stylist and makeup artist. To be competitive you must update your portfolio regularly with new work taking the opportunity to learn new skills, helping to provide your future clients with the best photography possible.

 

Religiously I test twice a month; either working on my own projects or collaborating with other creatives on theirs. In 2012 I will be doing a great deal of Testing, if you are a model, designer, fashion stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist or retoucher please get in touch.

 

This week I arranged a test with Kit from Nemesis Models at the Liverpool Studio. Kit was looking for some Topshop style edgy photography for her book and we spent half a day working on several looks. The images look great and I’m looking forward to working with Kit again the near future. Nita Malata did a wonderful job with hair & makeup.

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