Tim Butler AKA RundFunk

Last week I had the pleasure of going over to Crewe to take photos of my good friend Tim Butler AKA Rundfunk! The brief was he wanted some photos taken so he can use on his Facebook and Soundcloud profiles as well as other media if needs being!! Biggest moment of the day: My flash taking off down the road with my shoot through brolly. Thankfully my flash is okay but the umbrella is broken to say the least. But nevermind!! I ordered myself a softbox to replace it!! It was good catching up with Tim as I hadn’t seen him for going on 5 years!! I’m telling you one thing folks!! This young man is going to go far!!! I highly recommend you check out his work at:

RundFunk’s Facebook Page

Rundfunk’s Soundcloud Page

He has also been so kind to have made me a little soundtrack to add to my slideshow’s etc!! I’m super excited to show you all!!

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Enjoy everyone and seriously, Rundfunk IS a name you will be hearing more of in the future.. I really can’t wait to work with Tim again!

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Volume at Embassy: Bangor, North Wales. 16/12/2011

On Friday the 16th of December 2011 I was asked to be the photographer at a HUGE night club event. It was the first time I’d ever done night club photography and it was the first time I’d ever taken part in an event of that scale! Throughout the course of the night roughly 700 people came and left. With the combination of an absolutely awesome lineup of BareNoize and Bar9, plenty of alcohol around and it being Mad Friday my trusty little 550D was put into overdrive. Roughly 800 photos were taken and was narrowed down to about 350 by the time they were uploaded to the Internet! The experience was amazing and I really cannot wait until the next time I’m invited to take part in such an amazing, electrical and exciting event!!

Here’s some of the photos.

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The event organiser loved the photos and I got a lot of words of praise from the owner of the club. Can’t have done that bad eh??

Andrew

Volume at Embassy Facebook Page

Creative Stimulation

It’s really annoying me lately how little time I’m getting to shoot. Between working ridiculous hours and trying to get the money to create a business and trying to spend as much time as I can with my better half (which at the moment is also not half as much as I’d like it to be!) is really causing my portfolio to be seriously lacking what it should be by now.

This in return is not doing me any good.

Because I’m not seeing substantial improvement to my portfolio my motivation isn’t exactly sky high. So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Maybe that’s what’s causing all these riots. People are fuming that I, for a change, am thinking.

The amount of photographs I’ve looked at online is mind numbing, and most of them tend to look the same. All nicey nicey family portraits and people looking probably nothing like they actually do in real life. After all Photoshop can work miracles! I can understand that this is what some people are after, but these are the images I really don’t like producing. At all. Photoshoots and photographs should be all about fun and about having a laugh. No matter what situation you are in in life, no matter how bad, there is always something you can either laugh about or make fun of. And in my personal opinion this is the direction I will take advantage of.

One of my current favourite photographers is Matthew Coughlin. Matthew is a Graphic designer from Pensacola, Florida. He has, on flickr, one of the most amazing 365 Projects I have ever seen. He has an understanding of light that I am many years away from cracking. But I think what keeps me going back to his project is the fact that all of his photos are fantastically creative. Each photo he uploads is humerous and each one is painfully original and to me, this is what photography is all about, and that’s the direction I want to take. Make people laugh. Take photographs that they look at years to come and think back “Yes. That day was amazing”

So. What to do, what to do. For now, I have decided that I shall do some free work to build a reputable portfolio. I have a couple if ideas in mind of what I’d like to try and certain shots that I want. But my only problem at the moment is lighting. I have one flashgun (Canon 430EXii) and 3 studio strobes (Jinbei Delicasy…. They sound more like an oriental dish to me!) Now these aren’t the most mobile things in the world so when I’m out in the field I’m restricted to my single flash and my reflectors. I know that you can work wonders with a bit of sunlight and a couple of reflectors but sometimes they don’t give you that punch that you’d get from using flash. But I have to make do with what I’ve got for the time being. In return hopefully these free shoots will get my name out there and more and more people will get to see my name and therefore, hopefully, generate more income. No harm in trying eh?

So that’s about my ramblings going on for now. I know I’m most probably boring you with my constant whining. But I’m a man. I’m allowed! Might go home tonight maybe try another self portrait. If I can’t get anyone to be a subject for me at this time of night then I might as well do it myself!

Right now it’s your turn. If you don’t have much time to shoot what do you do to make time and how would you spend the little tome you have to shoot?

Speak soon people. And I may put some of my final photos up for you later. I do spoil you don’t I!!

Adios

Andrew

Photography Bucket List

Okay it’s been a very long time since my last post and recently I have purchased an iPhone so I can now update on the go!!!

I recently saw a post by a photographer and he had put up a “bucket list” of the things he wanted to do in photography. Those of you who aren’t familiar with what a bucket list is it’s basically a “to do before you die” list. One of the criterias he had placed was:

• You have to write everything you’d like to do. No not writing it down because you’re embarrassed that someone might see it and poke fun at you or not putting it down because you think it may be impossible.

This got me thinking about what I would love to do. So first I will be uploading just a couple of goals (it will definitely be updated and changed over the next few years!!) So for now here it goes!

• Earn enough to buy professional equipment. From cameras to lenses to lighting to software. I don’t know why but to me it’d be like a petrol head who’s always wanted to own a Lamborghini.

• Photograph a celebrity. Doesn’t matter who it is just want to photograph one.

• Photograph Machu Picchu. I’ve always wanted to go there ever since I was a child. The place amazes me.

These are 3 of my main things. Like I said this will keep being updated and I’ll keep you updated.

So to conclude do you have a photography “bucket list”? What is your absolute, ultimate dream when it comes to togging?

Thanks for reading people and keep snapping!!!

Adiós

Andrew

The things I never leave without!

A question I get a lot is

“What equipment do you use for your portrait sessions?”

So I thought I’d write out this blog so people can get an idea of what gear I use.

Firstly, the camera. I use a canon 30D that was given to me by my old man in exchange for a Canon G11. And it’s a brilliant little camera. The ickle 8.2 sensor does give good results, and can be blown up to A3 size easily so more than big enough for what I want. You never know maybe someday I’ll upgrade to a full frame camera like the 5D or maybe, if things work out, the 5D MkII. But for now I’m getting the results I want so why fix something that isn’t broken?

Lens wise I mostly use the nifty fifty (or the Canon 50mm f/1.8 as some of you may know it). When I’m out in the field this is barely ever off the camera. The bokeh isn’t the most fantastic or smooth, but for the £100 I payed for it (if you shop around online you will get it for sub £90, or if you don’t want to even spend that much if you look at them second hand they are available for less than £50) the quality of the image is fantastic. It has more than payed for itself. From f/2 to I’d say about f/16 the camera is pin sharp. So on the crop sensor of the 30D, the effective 80mm of the lens is absolutely perfect focal length for portraits. If I have a little more room to play with I’ll switch over to my Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6. Now this isn’t particularly light lens. The f/4 aperture won’t allow enough light in for low light situations. And it only gets darker, going up to f/5.6, as you zoom into the 300mm range. So this lens will only be used on bright days or when I will be using the off camera flash. The last lens I use is a Sigma 18-50 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Now im going to be 100% honest. This lens isnt brilliant. This one is only used when I want the wide angle effect and when I’m using off camera flash. I am hoping to have this one replaced with the tamron 28-70mm f/2.8 at some point in the future.

My flash is only something I’ve recently purchased. I am now the proud owner of a Canon 430EXii. It’s immense. I’ve lately become a mahoosive fan of the whole strobist style of photography. If I’m taking shots indoors I will almost always couple the flash with a shoot through umbrella which will give me nice soft shadows instead of the harsh light straight from the flash (although harsh lighting will creep into my togging every now and then). I use a pair of photoshot triggers to fire the flash off of the camera. They are only a cheap set but they work. I haven’t had them mis-fire yet! Result!

After you hear what I carry next you’ll be calling me a cheapskate because everything here will have cost me probably about 30 or 40 pence to make! kit will include flash modifiers. These are very VERY inexpensive pieces of kit. I carry a snoot which I made from black card and some gaffer tape. I also have a DIY grid, which is basically a snoot with black stuffed in the end of it. A bounce card is something that will never be far away too, this is basically a rectangular piece of card that i stick to the rear of the flash with an elastic band. No expenses spared here eh? With my sights set on a career in photography, something that can be done very cheap is always a good thing to hear!

Last but most definitely not least. I will have 2 x 5 in 1 80cm reflectors. Each of them has a white side, a black side (a little like “the force”) a silver side, a gold side and a diffuser. I think they cost me 8 or 9 pounds off eBay. A lot of photographers will tell you that, if you are going into portrait photography, reflectors will be one of the first purchases you should make. They are invaluable pieces of kit and you should definitely buy one. Now. Don’t wait. Ok wait till the end of the blog. Then buy one. Head over to eBay, find one, and buy it. You won’t regret it.

So that’s about it. My basic portrait photography kit. I hope this has been of help to you and give you a quick insight as to what I use. I also want to hear what you use. What equipment do you not leave without? What is your dream setup? Let me know with a comment below!

Ciao for now!

Andrew