Bowens RX 400 Review, Portability & Power

Two words to describe the Bowens RX400 kit, portability and power, for the photographer on the move they are an ideal solution. I had the chance to test out the RX kit on a recent photoshoot with Red Dwarf and Coronation Street actor Craig Charles.

 

gemini-400rx_2The Rx 400 Kit is smaller than the standard Bowens Gemini kits, with the test button now integrated with the power LED. On the back, there are three switches: one to change the modelling light mode, one to change the modelling light control and one for setting whether the device beeps when its ready to be triggered again. The 400Rx also has the standard Bowens battery port, so is able to be used with the Travel Battery-pak .

 

Built into the 400Rx is a radio receiver compatible with Bowens Pulsar radio triggering system the system allows for 24 channels, accessed by using the two buttons on the transmitter. The Pulsar Radio trigger is lightweight, compact and solid . With the receiver being built in, you don’t have to have things attached or dangling from the monolight, but there still is a sync port in case you don’t have the option to use the Radio trigger.

 

The kit is a great choice for those just starting out, and seeking their first set of strobes, or those looking for kit that gives them portability, without having to carry bulky heavy lighting systems. With the kit you can create easy two light setups without any fuss. On the photoshoot with Craig (Image Below) taken with a Canon 5DMk III you can see the quality and power of the two strobes.

Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is an English actor, comedian, author, poet, television presenter and radio and club DJ. He is best known for playing Dave Lister in the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf and Lloyd Mullaney in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Charles first appeared on television as a performance poet, which led on to minor presenting roles. After finding fame in Red Dwarf, he regularly featured on national television, with celebrity appearances on many popular shows, while he continued to host a wide variety of programmes. Charles notably presented the gladiator-style game show Robot Wars and narrated the comedy endurance show Takeshi's Castle. His acting credits include playing inmate Eugene Buffy in the ITV drama The Governor, and leading roles in the British films Fated and Clubbing to Death. He has toured the UK extensively as a stand-up comedian. As well as starring in Coronation Street and Red Dwarf, Charles hosts The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC radio, and performs DJ sets at numerous clubs and festivals, nationally and internationally. (Rory Lewis Photographer)The Bowens Gemini 400Rx kit retails at £599.00, including strobes, stands, umbrellas, a Pulsar Tx trigger and a case.

Laptop Product Photography

Recently Commissioned by a Linux Laptop Design company to Photograph their latest product at the Liverpool Studio. If you are in need of a product photographer, please keep me in mind, no job is too big or too small, competitive rates and excellent quick turnaround service.

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Laptop Product Photographer Rory Lewis Photographer, Photography , Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London

Laptop Product Photographer Rory Lewis Photographer, Photography , Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London
Laptop Product Photographer Rory Lewis Photographer, Photography , Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, LondonLaptop Product Photographer Rory Lewis Photographer, Photography , Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London

Brent Spiner Portrait Sitting #LA #Photographer

Brent-Spiner6Many may not know, that despite living in my home town of Liverpool and having my studio in the city, I work both Nationally and Internationally. Actor Brent Spiner, who best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sat for a portrait session in Los Angeles last month. It was wonderful to meet Brent, he is a very talented actor. I recently had chance to watch ‘Out at Sea‘ staring Spiner as the Cruise Director Gil Godwyn, I recommend you take a look. The session lasted around an hour and we worked through several looks, I directed Brent to assume expressive poses, both pensive and thought provoking. Brent is a natural in front of the camera, and in such a short time we created some wonderful portraits.

 

All portraits where photographed with the Mamiya Leaf Credo 40Mamiya Sekor Af 110mm F2.8 Ls D Lensthe best Fixed Prime Portrait Lens I’ve ever used. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles, where I will be holding two Portrait Photography Courses in Studio City June 2015.

 

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Commercial Uniform Photography

Wonderful start to 2015, I was commissioned by a Commercial Uniform Supplier to photograph their 2015 Collection.  Over 250 uniforms, the assignment took three days to complete.

 

From multinationals to individuals, advertising agencies and design groups. I have been commissioned by a large number of clients over the years, from household names including Pepsi, John LewisHSBC, Malmaison Hotels & Government Departments to Small Companies and Start-Ups. If you are in need of Commercial Photography for your business please keep me in mind.

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Commercial Photographer Liverpool Rory Lewis

Tino’s Actors Headshots

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory LewisActor Tino, booked a session at my Liverpool Studio this week. Tino is about to apply for a place at the New York Film Academy. Working with Aspiring Actors and new Talent is  an exciting prospect. This was Tino’s first sitting, and Tino like many young actors was unsure on how to pose for his headshot session. Over the years I have developed my own unique style of working with Actors. Ensuring Sessions are relaxed and enjoyable; using ‘inventive scenarios‘ and direction, to create natural approachable headshots. I always like to start with a few test shots which we can view on the computer so that any necessary changes can be made. We then work in the studio for a time, this gives you a chance to get a feel of how I work and I can find out what works best for you. clothing and hair styles can be changed whenever needed. (A Makeup Artist can be provided if Needed). From time to time I will show you photos so you have a clear idea of what is going on.

London Actors Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

 

DSCF6138bwAfter another coffee break I take more studio shots using a different background. Throughout the shoot we will aim to get as many looks as we can, with clothes, different hair styles, angles and emotions. The session will last around Two Hours and in that time I will take about 500 photos, which will be cut down to around 200/220. I shoot in colour and convert into black and white so if you require any colour shots this is not a problem. You will receive your contact sheets on-line via this website within 24 hours. Once you have chosen your two photos I will re-touch and crop them for you and changes can be made before you receive your final photos. With regards to airbrushing, I feel this is a very important area as too much can spoil a photo, this is why I spend a great deal of time working on your photos and like to include you in this process via email or your private page so please make sure you pick the right photos. You will receive all final photos by via your private page.

 

Tino Booked My Package One Session in Liverpool, I have TWO Comprehensive Packages Available. I run sessions every month in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London. To Arrange Your Session, please checkout my Actors Headshots Page.

 

 

Dr James Kimilu Corporate Headshots

Liverpool Corporate HeadshotsDr James Kimilu commissioned me to photograph some new corporate headshots for his Liverpool Clinic website. The images needed to reflect the professionalism and character of Dr James. Every company needs an online presence and professional looking profile photos are an essential part of that. I have many years’ experience working with companies to create polished business portraits. Connect with your audience and make a great first impression. Use the power of photography to brand your company or yourself.

Liverpool Corporate Headshots

Neil Barristers Headshots

Liverpool Corporate Headshots Photographer Rory LewisBarrister Neil booked a Corporate Headshot Photoshoot at the Liverpool Studio to Update his Profile Images. Every professional needs a good headshot, if you are a Barrister or Solicitor please take a look at the comprehensive service I can offer. Portraiture is my speciality, having over 10 years experience; you will find my friendly and professional approach helps put even the most photo-phobic at ease. I’ll provide you with a good selection of shots, generally showing a range of different expressions to help you fine-tune the corporate image you wish to put across. Click Here to View my LATEST CLIENTS & PORTFOLIO.

Liverpool Corporate Headshots Photographer Rory Lewis

 

Photo Professional Magazine Interview & Cover

It was wonderful to see my work in the Photography Magazine Section of WH Smith this Morning. Thank you to Photo Professional Magazine, for interviewing me, about my Northerners Photography Exhibition, and giving me the cover this month. Check out the article below, and if your passing WH Smith pick up a copy!

Photo Professional Magazine Rory LewisPhoto Professional Magazine Rory Lewis

Photo Professional Magazine Rory Lewis

Photo Professional Magazine Rory Lewis

Brian Cox Actor Portrait Sitting

Brian Cox Actor Rory Lewis Portrait PhotographerBrian Cox, CBE is a Scottish actor who initially gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company. As well as being a talented thespian, he has also made a solid name for himself in major Hollywood productions such as X-Men 2, Troy and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He was also the first man to play Hannibal Lector on-screen, in the 1986 Michael Mann film, Manhunter. I cannot begin to state the awe I felt when Brian Cox – even more so when he turned up for our London shoot on the back of a scooter. Having the star of my favourite episode of Hammer House of Horror, the Silent Scream, sitting and posing for me was such a treat – it really makes your job as a photographer that little bit easier when you work with an actor who can tell a whole story with just one look. He is such a funny and pleasant man who, at the same time, has such a commanding aura about him. I had an absolute blast working with him in what was a truly humbling experience.

 Brian Denis Cox, CBE (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many Hollywood productions playing parts such as Dr. Guggenheim in Rushmore, Captain O'Hagan in Super Troopers, William Stryker in X2: X-Men United and Agamemnon in Troy. He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter on film in the 1986 movie Manhunter. (Hasselblad H3D)

Brian Cox Actor Rory Lewis Portrait Photographer

Brian Cox Actor Rory Lewis Portrait Photographer