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Life on the Other Side of the Camera

Life on the Other Side of the Camera

As a professional photographer, I am just not used to being the subject of a shoot – but that all changed straight after my own wedding.Read More
Sculpting Form and Shape

Sculpting Form and Shape

TeamBowens photographer and lighting educator Wayne Johns demonstrate how to use a common light shaper (the humble softbox) to sculpt and shape your subject by using feathering and rim lighting techniques.Read More
Seriously Simple

Seriously Simple

#TeamBowens photographer and lighting educator Wayne Johns demonstrates how to use the clam-shell lighting technique for beauty photography. In this tutorial Wayne shows how we can break away from the usual thinking process and get creative with a standard light shaper - the softbox. He also outline's the importance of lighting and model placement to ensure correct exposure, and show's how to correctly 'fill' certain areas in order to get a really crisp, clean look with a softbox.Read More
Combining Light

Combining Light

The natural progression for many portrait photographers is to begin lighting their subjects with natural light before moving to flash. They embrace the available light of large windows or the magical hours of natural light when the sun hangs lower in the sky. Both scenarios can provide a softer and more flattering light.Read More
Secrets of Using Beaded Glycerine

Secrets of Using Beaded Glycerine

Food photographers know all about ‘sexing up’ their shots to make the dish look completely irresistible……and it’s often done by trickery. For example: we’ve all seen those pictures of ‘fresh off the plant’ tomatoes looking so tasty, complete with very attractive droplets of fresh water on their skins. Er, mostly it’s a trick. Because mostly it’s not water at all; it’s glycerine.Read More
Formula Ford on Location

Formula Ford on Location

We were commissioned by Ford Design and Ford Motorsport to do a series of photographs of the new Formula Ford car. Traditionally the series was the stepping stone from karts to single seater racing, akin to that of motorsports top flight, Formula One. Drivers such as Johnny Herbert, Ayrton Senna, Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button all cut their teeth on this racing series.Read More
Colours of Life

Colours of Life

Fashion and Beauty are two areas of photography that are often grouped together; however, they can be distinctly different depending on the approach you take and under all the media hype, beauty is often forgotten and pushed to the bottom of the pile. Let’s not forget that the power of a facial expression has the ability to stop a person in their tracks. It’s amazing how each face is so completely individual and the range of expressions so broad, that you’ll rarely get a similar shot. Throw into the mix the broad range of Bowens reflectors, softboxes and modifiers and the hundreds of combinations and you can either be left bewildered or rubbing your hands with delight.Read More
Shooting Beauty

Shooting Beauty

The brief for this shoot was quite simple: “We would like you to give a demonstration of how to shoot something creative using only basic lighting. It needs to have impact and be memorable. Finally, you only have 45 minutes on stage in front of a live audience to do the whole thing from start to finish”. A fairly loose brief allowing me full creative freedom but to a very small timescale.Read More
Sharp and Shiny

Sharp and Shiny

There are few subjects that strike fear into the heart of a commercial photographer; chrome products has to be near the top. Hopefully this tutorial will give you the confidence to have a go yourselves. But first a little back story... I've been working with premier brassware manufacturer 'Perrin and Rowe' for many years now. When they came to me, they had shot with many specialist still-life photographers but couldn't seem to get the subtleties between the different finishes; especially chrome and nickel.Read More
Step-by-Step Creative Portraits

Step-by-Step Creative Portraits

No matter what our prime photo-discipline might be most of us camera junkies have at some point had the opportunity to take pictures of people. It may well have been a fashion shoot, a corporate headshot or even a hair campaign but the reality is that most of the time we are taking shots of people who need a portrait, whether it’s for a client, a friend or a family member.Read More

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