Posts tagged “Portraiture

Behind-the-scenes: Balearic Beauty Photoshoot.

One of my latest jaunts abroad with Billionaire.com was to the well known party island of Ibiza. A lads on tour pick of the bunch. It is also renowned for its beautiful beaches and islands dotted near Fortmentucra, and for this very reason it lends itself to be a great location for filming and photography, the very reason we headed out there.

While I was out there we had two photoshoots to complete, one of which I will show the behind the scenes photos here to the article now live on the website – Balearic Beauty photographed by Andy Barnham.

Unfortunately I do not have many to show as I had to control and hold a 6ft x 4ft sun swatter which requires both hands and a strong back. I shot with a 5D MKII with a 50mm 1.8 lens attached to my hip with the Peak Design Capture Clip System on my belt. THE best bit of kit I own.

The team consisted of 6 people: Photographer (Andy Barnham), Photography Assistant (me), Fashion Director (Antonia Chang), Make-up artist/Hair Stylist and Model. The 6th person was the delightful daughter of the owner of the location we shot at who wanted to help out and learn the ropes.

Kit consisted of the following:

Canon 5D MkIII – x2.

Canon 24-70mm f.2.8 IS USM Mk II lens – portrait lens.

Canon 70-200mm f.28 IS USM Mk II lens – telephoto lens.

Canon Speedlight 580EXII – x2.

Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 – x4

6ft x 4ft Sunbounce Sun Swatter with 2/3rd stop sheet.

5-in-1 105cm reflector.

80cm silver/white reflector.

Softboxes for flash guns.

Stands – x2.

Laptop – with photo editing software.

1TB Lacie Hard Drive – used to back up all the cards as we went along.

Various leads, batteries and memory cards (CF).

As we knew the weather was going to be good (end of August), the flash was only to be used as fill-in in the most trickiest of situations, but it turned out we didn’t require them at all. However it is always good to have them to hand.

Our main approach to the photography was to use the sun swatter to cast an even and balanced shade over the model eradicating the harsh shadows under the eyes, nose and chin, which would have been created by the high sun. To add the moulding and even lighting to the models face, the 105cm reflector was used to bounce light at the correct angle. (expertly held by the owner’s daughter.)

My main role as an assistant is to ensure that all the equipment is in the correct place before, during and after each shot. Also to have on my person at all times fresh batteries and clean memory cards. As soon as a card with images on was given to me, it gets placed in a dedicated pocket so I know exactly which ones need downloading. When a suitable break emerges (usually after a look is completed) I upload to the computer and then back up on to the Lacie Drive. This way it ensures we have double of everything. An organised filing system on the computer is a must, so when we get back to HQ and we start to edit we can easily locate what is where.

So here are some of the shots from the day’s shoot. Like I said earlier I would have taken more but had to handle a monster for the day.

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Motoring Elegance – Classic Cars

Fiskens – London’s top classic car dealership. Charming gentleman too. – http://bll.nr/00bbc

My top selection:

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Billionaire.com Promotional Book

So 8 months work has resulted in a great website – www.billionaire.com – and our first print publication.

This is to be given to selected clients in their respective fields. We are due to publish a comprehensive photography book about our website as our first bi-annual publication, so this one is a taster for want of a better word.

Honoured to have got the front cover photo of the promo book and also the back cover.

Photos of the book are below. Enjoy.

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Photo Finish! Video from London Shoot

It has been a long time coming. A while back I did a photoshoot in london with SHOOT DHS Models. It has been kept under the hat for a while, but now I am proud to present the video from the days shoot. The theme was a race between two business men, who after work, have somewhere to be, but local transport and cars are slow, so they take it to the streets on foot. Photos are to follow soon.

So here it is:

Photography | Piers Cunliffe

Models | Shoot DHS | Danny + Aaron

Producer | One Tribe TV

Cameraman + Editor | Toby Russell

Special thanks also go to Andy Barnham and Lee Martland for helping me out.


Siurana, Climbing in Spain.

A selection of photographs from my recent trip to Siurana, I was asked to capture climbers in the Region de Mont Serrat.

Short video and article to follow soon.

Siurana Guide Book over looking the entrance to Siurana.

Siurana back street to the local climbing

Climber on Unknown 8a route, Siurana

Andrew Gibb, 6c+, Siurana

Resting/Redpointing, Andrew Gibb, 6c+, Siurana

Laurent Moseley, 6c+, Siurana

Chalking, Laurent Moseley, 6c+, Siurana

Shadow of me on abseil photographing.


Yogamaya Von Hippel – Headshot

Headshots I took of Yogi in collaboration with Tim Baker, The Watermill Studio.

Photography | Tim Baker

Assistant | Piers Cunliffe

MUA | Sophie Bee

Model | Yogamaya Von Hippel


Test Shoot with Graham

A great friend of mine is round for the weekend and asked if I could show him how to use off camera flash. Absolutley, lets go one better and get out the studio kit. One will do!

I explained about how different shutter speeds with different apertures can affect the outcome. Also, using a higher f.stop can create darker backgrounds or make it look like it was taken at night. Also the use of a reflector can help reduce the harsh moulding created by either the sun or the flash. (depending which side you hold it.) The distance of the flash from the model as well as the distance you are from the model can also have different outcomes. The best way is to experiment…like I did today.

Small amount of post processing to clean up some spots and also added a desaturated feel to some of them.

So here are my results.

Enjoy.

200th | f.29 | ISO 100

200th | f.6.3 | ISO 100

250th | f.29 | ISO 100

200th | f.13 | ISO 100