New York Photography Workshop (2)

New York Photography Workshop (2)

Matthew Osborne Photography / Mr Leica

January 2016

Brooklyn Bridge New York Panoramic

New York Trip

As crazy as it sounds, I was back out teaching model photography in New York again this week. I’d never visited NYC before then to go twice within 4-5 weeks was quite a surprise! I feel very fortunate that was asked to go once let alone twice.

For my first workshop in New York I was teaching model photography using speedlights on location (mostly) and with iconic landmark backdrops (mostly). For this second NYC photography workshop I focused on using available light on location to light a model. This was normally daylight during the day then any existing light sources we could find for the night shoots.  It is one skill to create light but another to see existing light and visualize how it could light a model. This time we did not have to carry lights and stands so could work faster and lighter. With that intention, I decided to leave my beloved Hasselblad 501C medium format camera and monopod behind and instead used all rangefinder film cameras.

The recent purchase of my new Hasselblad Xpan 35mm panoramic rangefinder camera was no coincidence. I bought it quickly so I was able to take it with me to New York. On the first trip to New York I shot 6×6 film with the Hasselblad 501C and digital photography with the Leica M 240. I have been less than impressed recently with the Leica M240 CMOS sensor images for my model photography so decided to leave it behind and packed the older Leica M8 instead.

Camera Bag

  • Leica M8 digital camera body
  • Leica M6 film camera body
  • Leica M3 film camera body
  • Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 lens
  • Voiglander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 lens
  • Voiglander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens
  • Zeiss Biogon 25mm f2.8 lens
  • Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 lens
  • Hasselblad XPan film camera body
  • Hasselblad XPan 45mm f4 lens
  • Hasselblad XPan 90mm f4 lens
  • Fuji GA645 medium format film camera

35mm Film

Amongst the high rise buildings of New York there is often less light when compared to say the open beach location I shoot at in Poland. As such I only shot one roll of ISO 100 film and that was on the last day photographing Brooklyn Bridge. For colour film I shot mostly 35mm Kodak Portra 400 and some old Fujicolor C200 plus a roll of Cinestill 800T. For black and white film I shot almost entirely with Kodak Eastman Double-X 5222 (aka Cinestill BWXX film), at both ISO 400 and ISO 800. Excited to see the results from all of the above!

Hasselblad XPan

I was super excited to try the new Hasselblad XPan 35mm film panoramic rangefinder camera. I bought the 45mm f4 and 90mm f4 XPan lenses. There is also a 30mm XPan lens but it is quite pricey and wider than I normally need.

Many purists write you should only shoot the XPan in panoramic mode (and not the standard single 35mm frame mode). To an extend I agree but in a real world situation and when traveling reasonably light the 90mm lens shot in standard mode makes for a nice portrait lens. I normally use and carry 35mm and 50mm lenses on the Leica cameras so the Hasselblad XPan 90mm gives me more reach and compression if needed.

The Hasselblad XPan is compact and easy to use. It is about the same weight as Leica camera body and lens but a little wider. I relied on the XPan light meter and used perhaps 50:50 the 45mm and 90mm lenses.

My only small complaint and observation at this stage with the XPan is if I load film and then want to change to a different film mid roll I can’t manually rewind so as such the film rewinds fully into the 35mm film canister. I then need a film retriever to pull the film leader back out so it can be used again. I realize it is probably not normal to swap film in a camera mid roll but I do it a lot with the Leica (and Nikon) film cameras.

Leica M8

I realized I don’t use my Leica M8 often enough. I enjoyed the crop factor that lets me focus tighter for portraits and the rich CCD sensor colours. I shot the M8 similar to my Leica film cameras so used it at a ‘normal’ ISO range (ISO 160-640 on the M8 range). I also enjoyed the sharper M8 images vs the M240 and Leica M9.  The M8 is still king for digital B&W photos for me (of the cameras I have owned).

Leica M6 and Leica M3

I took the Leica M3 and Leica M6 film cameras so could load one body with colour film and one body with black and white.  As it happened having the Hasselblad XPan too (and keen to use it) meant I did not need 3x 35mm film cameras.  As such after the first roll of colour film in the M3 I then left it out my bag for the rest of the workshop. I enjoyed using the Leica M6 and built in light meter and did not use my handheld Sekonic light meter at all meaning I can travel lighter still and work fast.  I also made use of the Leica M6 35mm framelines and swapped between 50mm and 35mm with the Leica M8.

Fuji GA645

I packed the lightweight and compact medium format Fuji GA645 as I thought I would miss the larger film format.  I only took a single photo and I think that was a cityscape!

Conclusion

It was nice to work lighter and faster due to a combination of small cameras with built in light meters and using available light on location.  I did do some strobist work in the apartment for an evening shoot to give a Hollywood glamour styling lighting with a single speedlight and DIY light modifiers only.  We experienced a 50-60% cancellation rate from the models again but with a lot of emailing we still had models each day to shoot with.  A big thank you to models Aubrey, Sara, Olly, Cat, Laura and Rozi for joining us.

Photography Workshops 2016

In 2014 I was teaching mostly in the UK and ran some small group workshops in London.  For 2015 I concentrated on teaching 1-2-1 photography tuition and taught both in the UK but also in Zurich, New York and Amsterdam.

For 2016 I will continue to teach 1-2-1 photography sessions both overseas and at home as requested.  Photography workshop costs vary on a number of factors so I now address each on a as requested basis.  I am happy to travel globally as long as the travel costs are covered.

For those of you that are unsure, I am normally asked to teach model photography workshops which includes providing the model(s) and showing you how I use light to illuminate the model on location.  I shoot both film and digital Leicas during the workshops but you can use whatever camera you normally use.

My website link below has a list of some of the photography topics you may want to cover during the workshop and each course is bespoke to your needs.

http://matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html

NYC (II) Photos

I will post some of the New York photography workshop photos once processed.   Due to the different cameras I was using I will share posts by camera rather than all together.  Posts to follow include:

  • Leica M8 in NYC
  • Hasselblad XPan in NYC
  • Leica M6 in NYC

Here is a sample! Aubrey with my Leica M8

1-2-1 photography workshop - NYC

I still have the NYC (I) Hasselblad 501C photos to share.  I now have the colour film back from the lab so will share some 6×6 negative scans soon!

Sample! Tegan with the Hasselblad 501C

Hasselblad + Ektar Portrait

 

 

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Non-Leica: DSLR Pop-Up Flash

Non-Leica: DSLR Pop-Up Flash –

Controlling the power of a pop-up flash manually and getting creative with it

Matthew Osborne Photography

1-2-1 Photography Workshop

On Sunday I was providing a photographer with 1-2-1 photography tuition from my Coventry studio.  The portrait photography workshop had a strong emphasis on lighting, using available light, on camera speedlights, off camera speedlights and also using the built in pop-up flash on the camera.  Not all photographers own a speedlight so many people are limited to the pop-up flash on the top of the camera (assuming their camera model has this feature.  My Leica M cameras do not have a built in flash however the Nikon D800 does).  The photographer I was teaching, Deji, did not have a speedlight so I wanted to show how to control the power of the camera pop-up flash manually.  When I teach I often describe a scenario to get students thinking in a practical sense as to how to solve the problem.

Scenario – Pop-up flash too bright

Local model Gina was modelling for me. The situation was that the pop-up flash was too bright on Gina’s face.  The camera settings were ISO 100 (lowest on the camera), shutter speed 200 and an aperture of f2.8 to obtain a shallow depth of field. We are using a prime lens and want to retain the composition so cannot step back from the subject.  We want the image straight from the camera so want to avoid cropping in post processing.  We only have this lens and we do not have a ND filter or polarising filter.

How do we reduce the pop-up flash power?

If you want the pop-up flash to be 1/3 power output then cover 2/3 of the pop up flash with you finger, half power, cover half of the flash and so on.  It sounds simple but it works.  I rarely use pop-up flash but if I was in the same situation with say my Nikon D800 freelancing for a wedding (where I am often asked to use the Nikon) and my speedlight batteries failed and my replacement batteries happened to be in the car 5 minutes walk away then this is how I do it.

Taking it one step further

If you want the pop-up flash light to illuminate the top half of the photo you need to cover the bottom half of the camera pop-up flash.  For example a model’s face.  If you were taking a photo of a flower with the subject in the lower half of the frame then you would cover the top of the flash to light the bottom half of the image.

DSLR Pop-Up Flash Portrait

Getting Creative – What else can you do with a pop-up flash?

Diffused Light

Hold a piece of tissue paper between the subject and the pop-up flash.  The further the tissue from the camera the more diffused the light.  Here is an example from Poland a few years ago when my speedlight was damaged in my bag so all I had was the pop-up flash for an entire weekend of model photography. Model – Agnieszka.

Ambient light & pop-up flash

Life is Tough..                        Handheld @ 1/10

There are lots of ways to make a diffuser for a pop-up flash.  An empty 35mm film white plastic pot used to be an easy DIY fix.  Nowadays eBay is full of cheap light modifiers so you can pick one up there for very little money.

Bounced light

In a low light situation you can bounce the pop-up flash onto a white or silver card held in front of the flash and angled at a wall or ceiling to create in direct lighting.  You can even just bounce it off your hand but you need to remember that bounced light will take the colour of the surface it is being bounced off.

Gelled flash

You can use a sweet wrapped or speedlight flash gel to colour the light output of your pop-up flash.  Why would you do this?  For example if you are shooting in a hotel that has tungsten lights (orange colour) you may want to match the colour of the flash to the room light.  By gelling the flash you can do this and then either leave the photo the same colour or adjust your camera white balance to the desired setting, such as “indoor”, “tungsten” or manually setting the camera white balance.

Photography workshops and tuition

I teach group photography workshops in London and 1-2-1 photography tuition from my studio in Coventry on out on location.  I specialise in portraiture, lighting and how to operate a Leica M camera.  If you think you could benefit from one of my photography courses then feel free to get in touch – Photography Workshops

Sample images from the Coventry workshop using one off camera speedlight to give different effects

Nikkor 200mm f2 Ai-s

Leica Summarit 50mm f1.5 Portrait

Leica Summicron 90mm f2

Leica M9 Fashion

London Workshop – Aug 2014

London Photography Workshop – August 2014

Matthew Osborne Photography

 

London Photography Workshop – August 2014

Mr Leica Workshop

 

Team photo from the August 30th, 2014 portrait photography workshop in Central London finishing with St. Pauls Cathedral as a backdrop (again!). Left to right on the photo, Rachel, Trang (model), Adam and Gurnek. I had not worked with Trang before but she was recommended to me by another model.  Trang had no modelling experience but was interested in trying it. As for all my model shoots I worked closely with Trang during the week before the photo shoot to advise, clothes, make up, location, expectations etc etc.

 

The importance of learning how to direct portrait poses

I was almost glad Trang had no experience as I meant I had to work harder directing every pose on the day.  I feel it is better for photography students to learn how to direct posing, here by shadowing me, so when they have a shoot of their own they can use some of the same skills to prep their model.

 

For example

If a photographer works with a very experienced model for their first model shoot they may find they have to give little direction and get great looking photos.  They will probably pat themselves on the back once they review the images and say i’m good at this.  Then, on their second shoot they get to work with another very pretty subject but this time they have no experience.  The ‘model’ may assume the generic ‘bus stop’ stance, feet together and arms by their side and say “what do you want me to do?”.  Now the same photographer suddenly becomes unstuck and it is highly likely the images will not be as good as either the photographer or subject has hoped.  They might scratch their head after and say what went wrong this time when I was so good the first time?

Answer.  You need to know how to pose a subject to get the best from them.

 

A good portrait is more than just the pose

The pose is only the tip of the iceberg it terms of getting a nice image when working with a model/ subject but you will get to pick up other little tricks when shadowing me for the day.  Examples: How I communicate to my subject.  How I use light, available light and artificial light. How I select my location and choice of clothes and styling.

Photography Workshop

 

Here is a link to the Flickr group I have setup to share the photos taken by everyone attending – https://www.flickr.com/groups/londonphotographyworkshop/

 

The next portrait photography workshop in London is on Saturday September 13th, 2014.  There are still places available for this day if you are interested.

 

Here are a few photos I took during the workshop and you can see photos by others in the group on the Flickr link above:

(All photos are taken with a Leica M9 camera + Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens as an in camera black and white JPEG processed via Lightroom 3. No Photoshop as awaiting new computer).

London Portrait Photography Workshop
Portrait Photography Tuition
How to pose a model
Photography Workshop
Available Light Portrait

 

Medium format film photography

In addition to using the Leica M9 I also took my new Fuji GF 670 medium format film folding camera to London.  I had the GF 670 camera in the 6×6 film format (can also select 6×7) and shot two rolls of black and white C41 Ilford XP2 Super 400 film (to use up the old film (from the fridge) and to get it lab developed with my other colour C41 film).

Leica M9 photos are now the norm for me so I get far more excited by my film photography, whether the new GF670 (4 rolls of film now waiting to get developed!)(very very excited as the first photos from the camera and include two rolls shot in Poland), the 35mm Leica M2 film camera, the Mamiya RZ 67 or any of my other film cameras.  I used to favour 6×6 film format when I first discovered film photography a few years ago using a ARAX-CM (Kiev 88) and a Pentacon Six TL so it was great to compose my subjects in a square frame again.  It’s like Instagram but 1000x better and real! 🙂

#fuji gf670 & #Leica M9 www.mrleica.com

Photography Workshops Autumn 2014 dates:

  • Saturday September 13th, 2014 – Model: Lauma (Lativian)(see my Flickr stream for example images)
  • Saturday October 25th, 2014 – Model: TBC but possibly Katie or Trang.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

More details..

 

Location:
Central London

Model:
TBC

Meeting Place:
TBC

Duration:
6hrs

Start time:
TBC depending on attendees but normally 11:00am

What equipment do you require on the day?
As a minimum you will require a camera with manual settings (even if you use the aperture priority or shutter priority settings to take your photos) and ideally a camera body with interchangeable lenses. I will bring a speedlight with Nikon triggers. You do not need a speedlight (flash) but feel free to bring with you if you have one. Please bring whatever lens you would use for portraiture for you style. This can be wide angle through to telephoto. I will bring a 5-in-1 reflector but again if you prefer to use any other light modifiers please bring them with you if not too bulky.

Previous experience required?
No experience of portraiture required. If you have some photography experience that would be beneficial but be no means essential.

What is included on the workshop?:

I give you the opportunity to shadow me on a location model shoot in London photographing a model on the street. I will teach you how I see light and shadows and use these to enhance your portraiture photography. We will use Central London as a backdrop to our portraits and I will show you how to get the best from different light sources. Lighting will include daylight only, daylight + reflector, daylight + speedlight (on camera and off camera flash), artificial light sources such as tungsten lights and any other light source we come across. I will teach you how to pose a model, tips as to how to work with models and what are the do’s and don’ts when working with models for the first time. I normally include some street photography as we move between locations so if that is your thing I will also show you how to zone focus and focus easily on moving subjects with manual lenses. I normally break up the day for light refreshments in a reputable coffee shop. This gives us chance to talk techniques and rest our legs over coffee and gives the model chance to change outfits ready for the second half. Please review my images on Flickr before signing up to the workshop so you understand the style of images I will be teaching. Thanks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/sets/72157633135264195/

Cost:
£150 per person.
Deposit of £25 payable in advance to hold you place. Balance payable on the day (or before).

Birmingham workshops and Coventry photography studio workshops:
If you cannot make it to one of my London workshops but would like to book tuition, I run 1-2-1 evening and weekend workshops from my Coventry studio at £35ph. I have had visitors from Alaska, Switzerland and Italy to name a few so if you are not UK based please do not rule it out. I am also looking to run workshops in a second city, Birmingham and also perhaps Poland if the demand is there.

If you would like book a day or request more details on any of the above please contact me at mosbornephotography@gmail.com

Thanks

Matt

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html

London Photography Workshop – July14 + NEW DATES

London Photography Workshop – July 2014 + New Dates for Autumn 2014!

http://www.MatthewOsbornePhotography.co.uk

 

London Photography Workshop – July 2014

London Photography Workshop 2014

Team photo from the July 19th, 2014 portrait photography workshop in Central London. Left to right, Daniel, Leona (Model), Paul (on left photo) / Me (MrLeica.com) (on right photo). The weather forecast was bad so I had my umbrella but we got really lucky and had a day of sunshine.  Mark was not able to make the trip so there was only four of us on the day. Leona kindly modelled for us and was brilliant.  When Leona and I shot together in London last time it was freezing so it was nice to shoot some different clothes.  The four of us had a really nice day doing what we all love, photography (modelling – Leona!).  There are already dates in the diary for a follow up workshop.

Here is a link to the Flickr group I have setup to share the photos taken by everyone attending – https://www.flickr.com/groups/londonphotographyworkshop/

The next portrait photography workshop in London is on August 30th (fully booked).

Here are a few photos I took during the workshop:

Portrait Photography Workshop, London

London Photography Workshop

Portrait Photography Workshop, London

Leica Art

New Dates – Photography Workshops Autumn 2014

I am happy to announce two more London Photography Workshop dates:

  • Saturday September 13th, 2014 – 3 places available
  • Saturday October 25th, 2014 – 3 places available

Hope to see you there! 🙂

More details..

 

Location:
Central London

Model:
TBC (Perhaps Katie or Leona, or a possibly a different model)

Meeting Place:
TBC

Duration:
6hrs

Start time:
TBC depending on attendees but normally 11:00am

What equipment do you require on the day?
As a minimum you will require a camera with manual settings (even if you use the aperture priority or shutter priority settings to take your photos) and ideally a camera body with interchangeable lenses. I will bring a speedlight with Nikon triggers. You do not need a speedlight (flash) but feel free to bring with you if you have one. Please bring whatever lens you would use for portraiture for you style. This can be wide angle through to telephoto. I will bring a 5-in-1 reflector but again if you prefer to use any other light modifiers please bring them with you if not too bulky.

Previous experience required?
No experience of portraiture required. If you have some photography experience that would be beneficial but be no means essential.

What is included on the workshop?:

I give you the opportunity to shadow me on a location model shoot in London photographing a model on the street. I will teach you how I see light and shadows and use these to enhance your portraiture photography. We will use Central London as a backdrop to our portraits and I will show you how to get the best from different light sources. Lighting will include daylight only, daylight + reflector, daylight + speedlight (on camera and off camera flash), artificial light sources such as tungsten lights and any other light source we come across. I will teach you how to pose a model, tips as to how to work with models and what are the do’s and don’ts when working with models for the first time. I normally include some street photography as we move between locations so if that is your thing I will also show you how to zone focus and focus easily on moving subjects with manual lenses. I normally break up the day for light refreshments in a reputable coffee shop. This gives us chance to talk techniques and rest our legs over coffee and gives the model chance to change outfits ready for the second half. Please review my images on Flickr before signing up to the workshop so you understand the style of images I will be teaching. Thanks.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32681588@N03/sets/72157633135264195/

Cost:
£150 per person.
Deposit of £25 payable in advance to hold you place. Balance payable on the day (or before).

Birmingham workshops and Coventry photography studio workshops:
If you cannot make it to one of my London workshops but would like to book tuition, I run 1-2-1 evening and weekend workshops from my Coventry studio at £35ph. I have had visitors from Alaska, Switzerland and Italy to name a few so if you are not UK based please do not rule it out.  I am also looking to run workshops in a second city, Birmingham and also perhaps Poland if the demand is there.

If you would like book a day or request more details on any of the above please contact me at mosbornephotography@gmail.com

Thanks

Matt

http://www.matthewosbornephotography.co.uk/Photography-Courses.html

Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50/1.5

The sometimes under-rated Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm..

How would I describe the look of the ZM Sonnar.. I would say it is like a CV Nokton 40mm f1.4 but sharper and smoother yet just as much unique character.

I took the Leica M9 to London to meet two models for a day of on location enviromental portraits, shot on the street using available light. I wanted to test the Carl Zeiss ZM Sonnar C 50mm f1.5 against the almost 3x more expensive Leica Summilux ASPH 50mm f1.4 away from the studio.  The Zeiss Sonnar is lighter and more compact yet feels just as well made.  The ‘Lux is known to have edge-to-edge sharpness whereas the Sonnar’s 1930s design is sharp in the centre and softer at the edges.  Perfect for Leica portrait photography.

This is the first of several posts showing a few examples using the Zeiss ZM Sonnar on the Leica M9.

First impressions from the location shoot photos I have looked at so far are I am extremely pleased with the results from the ZM Sonnar. The lens is sharp, with beautiful rendering and gives the subject that Zeiss 3D pop look with great subject-background seperation. I shot the Sonnar wide open most of the day but even with it stopped down to f5.6 on occasion I did not have any focus shift issues.

Here are a few more examples. I will add to the post so feel free to check back. Model Angelique

London Street Photography
River Thames

Here are a few Zeiss ZM Sonnar samples from the studio – Model Gina
Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50/1.5
Leica M9 + Sonnar
Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f1.5 T

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MrLeica.com – BLOG

MrLeica.com – BLOG

(Matthew Osborne Photography)

A one stop blog for Leica M cameras and Leica M lenses ..plus an array of film cameras, films and film formats

Leica M cameras are my workhorse tools for all types of photography, both digital Leica cameras and Leica film cameras. I also shoot medium format and large format film and my appetite for analogue film photography is stronger than ever.  The majority of the blog content is either Leica M camera related or film photography.  I am a people photographer, models, fashion, lifestyle and wedding photography so most of my photography is portraits, experimenting with various cameras, lenses and films.  The digital Leica M Typ 240 camera is my current do everything digital M camera but my favourite Leica camera is the Leica M3 film camera.  I am also a huge fan of Hasselblad medium format film cameras and I use them a lot for client film photography shoots.

 

Mr Leica – About:

Hi, I started this blog page in March 2013 as my Flickr followers keep asking me to share some of my thoughts. To give you a brief background, my photography began in 2008 after getting a Panasonic Lumix TZ5 for Christmas.  Today I have a lot of cameras and offer Photography Tuition to those who often get paid for their work. Besides teaching, I shoot as a Wedding Photographer and Model Photographer.  I am 100% self taught so thought a blog would be a great way to share some of the things I have learnt so far.  At the end of 2012 I started to develop a passion for Film Photography and in the summer of 2013 I bought my first Leica camera.  I am now officially a Leica nut and use a digital Leica M240 and M8 plus Leica M3s, M2, M4-P and M6 film cameras for most of my photography.  This includes Leica wedding photography, Leica lifestyle photography and Leica fashion / model photography.  I also enjoy using medium format film cameras such as the amazing Hasselblad 501C 6×6 camera (my main medium format film camera), Fuji GF670, Rolleiflex SL66E, Mamiya RZ67 Pro2 to name a few and 4×5 large format film using a 1947 Pacemaker Speed Graphic and Sinar F2.  In 2014 I started to teach portrait photography and lighting in London running monthly group photography workshops. Currently I teach photography on 1-2-1 basis providing 1-2-1 photography tuition (normally with a model) on location, often in London if on location and in the UK, from my Coventry UK studio or overseas such as New York, Zurich and Amsterdam.

Blog Content:

Sample of only. Please use the search box if you can’t see something listed (ie. lenses)

Leica Cameras

Non-Leica Cameras (A-Z)

Film (A-Z)

Destination Leica Wedding Photographer

Leica Wedding Photographer offering desination Wedding Photography both in the UK and overseas. Natural documentary style wedding photography fused with stylised wedding portraits.  As a Leica photographer I like to work quietly as an observer in the background and photograph by available light where possible.  I use both digital and film Leica cameras but my passion is film photography.

Analogue Film Wedding Photographer UK

Film wedding photographer that still prefers film cameras in the digital era.  I use 35mm Leica film cameras, medium format Hasselblad cameras and large format film cameras.  If you appreciate film photography as much as I do then I would be delighted to cover your wedding.  You may have already booked a wedding photographer but like the idea of a few special images shot on film?  I would be happy to oblige!

Engagement Sessions

Engagement photography is very rewarding and I enjoy working with a couple to create natural yet stylised images using a aray of cameras to give you as set of unique looking images.  E-sessions are invaluable for giving couples experience in front of the cameras ahead of their wedding day and it gives us a chance to get to know each other too.

Large Format Portrait Photographer

Large format camera portrait session that gives one of a kind photos.  4×5 format sheet film images and instant Polaroid photos.  I fuse my model photography experience with my passion for film photography.

Leica Lifestyle Photographer

I have realised from how I direct my model shoots that I am in fact a lifestyle photographer.  Posing often everyday people in everyday situations to look very natural.  I have not yet branded myself as a lifestyle photographer but it may be a route I take in the future as this style comes very naturally to me and I find it easy to work closely with my clients to get the best from the images.  If you are looking for new and creative photos for your social media site, blog, website or business then do get in touch.

Model Photographer

Studio based model photographer in Coventry specialising in black and white female portraiture using both digital and film cameras.  I help new models build a model portfolio and regularly collaborate with model agencies and published models in the UK, Europe and the US.

UK Photography Workshops

I provide 1-2-1 photography tuition and lighting workshops from my Coventry studio and on location.  I will help you to understand light and your camera to enhance your photography. Through 2014 I was running London photography workshops teaching small groups of photographers how to work with a professional model on location.  Currently I focus on providing 1-2-1 tuition rather than teaching groups both here in the UK and overseas.

I hope you find the content as enjoyable to read as I find it is to document.

Matt