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

Male Fashion Update Part One

Throughout the Spring I have been shooting a series of portfolio updates to bring more diversity to my book. This week I turned my attention to Male Fashion, working with Fashion Stylist Rikki FinleyOxygen Models Daniel and Jay and makeup artist Nita Malata. we created two looks a Modern Fresh look and a Theatrical Expressionist look.

 

We shot on location at Hallam Mill Photography Studios in Stockport which created a great backdrop for the industrial scenes we wanted to create. I’ve been taught that Fashion photography is all about the clothes and a photographer needs to pull all the elements of the scene and model together in order to reflect it. I hope this is the case with the below and feedback would be appreciated, part two of the shoot will be posted in a few days.

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Portfolio Update

April is nearly here and its time to update my blog with my latest work. I have been shooting a great deal of model portfolio work this month so I decided to sneak in some testing. I contacted some London Agencies and found Chloe images below from the shoot. These new shots are fab and will make a great addition to My Portfolio.

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