Speedlights

Speedlights, or, as we used to call them, flashguns, are often an underused photographic tool costing from £25 to £1,000 or more.

Most of us know that we can stick one on the top of our camera and they are great for indoor parties (if you can’t remember what a “party” is, it was a fun group gathering, usually with alcohol, that used to happen pre-Covid days.)

But speedlights are also useful in many other situations. On sunny days, turning day into night, adding catchlights, illuminating a dark corner, filling shadows, adding colour, high-speed photography, darkening backgrounds, highlighting a subject, turning the background black, creative images.

About 4 years ago I gave a talk to the club about speedlights. How they work and ways we can use them.

If you have a speedlight, or are considering buying one, and would like a Zoom “class” on the topic, please let me know. If there is a demand for it then I’ll dust off and update my previous notes and run a few short, casual classes on the subject.

I’ll go over how they work, getting them off the camera, ways we can trigger them, what the specifications mean, how the light behaves, how to measure the light and then some creative ways to use them. It will not be lessons on how to take portraits or still life.

If interested please email me and let me know what days you can’t possibly do.

Ian

dev@colink.co.uk

 

Glyn Dewis is Timeless at 8.30pm

The club has had Glyn Dewis talk a couple of times and he has been very popular. Glyn has been in the national news over the last few months about his WWII soldier portrait series. He has now released a new video course, Timeless , which describes how he goes out to take his classic/timeless portraits and his post processing techniques. Glyn is an excellent teacher and I am sure his video course is value for money. For a few days this week he has an opening offer, the price is reduced from £49 to £29.

Thursday April 2nd 8.30pm he is also running an online video extra with some added lighting technique and post processing work, you are invited to tune in to this from this webpage and you have the chance to ask questions in the chat box.

 

Self Isolation Tut’s

If you are looking for something to do when it is raining (or after you have finished redecorating the house) there are many good, photographic, video tutorials on the net. Some sites worth exploring…

 

Creative Live – Many paid, classroom style tutorials running from 1 hour to 3 days each. If you purchase a course it can be watched online or the videos downloaded to your PC; I suggest you do the latter as one never knows if the organisation will go out of business. Be aware, some are a few years old, I suggest you find the last page of the reviews to see when the first review was posted, if you are learning a software package, e.g. Photoshop, an old tutorial will be using an older version of the software although the content may still be relevant. They run a daily free viewing of one of their tutorials, usually starting at about 4pm or 5pm and running on a repeat loop until the next afternoon. You can find the current list of free videos being run from the CLASSES > ON AIR NOW menu. They also do a monthly and annual subscription deal whereby all videos are available online for that month/year.

 

Adorama – This is a photographic shop based in New York, USA. They have many free video tutorials on their Adorama TV YouTube channel. These run from 3 minutes to 90 minutes long.

 

B&H – This is also a photographic shop based in New York, USA. They have many free video tutorials on their B&H Events site. These are often 60 to 120 minutes long by very well known photographers.

 

Adobe TV – Many free tutorials on Photoshop and Lightroom

 

The Photoshop Training Channel – Run by Jesus Ramirez, many free and some paid tutorials on Photoshop, well worth learning new techniques from

 

The BBC I-Player has interesting programmes on Photography in general, try: The Genius of Photography (5 years old, no longer on I-Player but this archive site has it) and The Age of The Image (also currently on BBC 4)  –  Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love and War  

 

The Open University has some free courses and articles: Detecting Fake Images  –  Reading Visual Images  –  Designing the User Interface, Text, Colour, Images…  –  Word and Image  –  A Brief History of the Lens  –  Seeing a Life Through a Lens

 

Many more ideas on our BCC Resources page under TUTORIALS and our BCC How To page

 

Happy viewing

Ian

 

Portrait Evening

On March 10th Cliff is arranging a portrait evening. This is a fun, practical workshop for everyone.

There will be 2 or more setups with off-camera strobe lights where you can practice photographing the models.

If you would like more information I have put together some notes to explain what happens and how you can get the most out of the experience.

Portrait Shoot Evening Notes (PDF)

Any questions please ask me, Cliff or Jim Boud

Gavin Hoey Workshop

Gavin Hoey is well known to the BCC and is running a workshop you might be interested in. I am certain it will be a great day. 24th and 29th October in Sussex, £199 pp
 

The Dark Potions workshop is a day not to be missed for anyone that loves shooting creative concept portraits. Our venue for the day is Ravenswood manor house in West Sussex. We’ve got access to the grounds and exclusive use of the Baronial hall where we’ll be shooting images with a creepy, Halloween feel. I’ll be joined by fellow professional photographer Tommy Reynolds and two great models. During the workshop you’ll get to work with both photographers and both models, so you can expect to go home with a great collection of varied images.

 

Uploading Portraits – Warnings

As you know, members attending on Tuesday are asked to upload a selection of their best images to the Photo Entry system, see details here

Please be aware of the following…

I have set the target dimensions to be 6000 x 6000px. You can, and probably will, upload smaller or larger images.

If they are smaller than 6000 x 6000 you will see an amber warning message “TOO SMALL”. Please ignore this message, it just means it is smaller than 6000 x 6000 but that is OK.

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Portraits Evening

I am sure you all had a great evening’s photography last night with our excellent models.

The Next Step

Now it is  time to upload your best images so they can be passed to each of the models.

When you log in to PhotoEntry you will see that under the heading ‘Other Internal Competitions’ there is a listing ‘Portraits 23rd October’.

Please upload your best images to here.  You may add up to 20 images of up to 6000 x 6000 pixels, with the normal file size maximum of 10MB per image.

(On PhotoEntry, when you go to upload your images, you will see:  Target Dimensions  width 6000, height 6000. For this time, in fact, this is the maximum size and not a target to aim for, so just upload your largest image up to this dimension.)

Please make the effort to add your images so we can reward the models for their hard work.

Thank you

Linda

 

Studio Bits and Bobs

As the evenings draw in and the weather gets colder you might want to try your hand at some home studio/indoor photography.

A past club president has kindly offered the following items to any member wanting them, to raise a few shillings towards club funds

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Off Camera Flash Studio Workshop Feb 8th

As you will know from the club programme, in February (Tuesday 20th) Cliff is organising a practical studio shoot. This will be a great opportunity to bring your cameras and take portraits, from face to full height shoots. The plan is to build three separate sets in the school hall, each with its own lighting.  There will be one or more models at each set.  You can move between sets, connect your camera to the lights and conduct your own shoot. 

Prior to this evening I am offering to run a preliminary studio workshop for any member interested in gaining some experience of a studio shoot before this event.

This preliminary workshop will be on Thursday 8th February at Cople Village Hall, 7pm to 9.40pm.

The evening is open to any member who wishes to learn or refresh the basics of flash photography using both flashguns (AKA speedlights) and studio lights. 

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Box End and Flash

Box End Sports Photography Summer Event – 8th August 6pm

There is a great action sport photography evening arranged by Steve Newman for Tuesday 8th August. Meet at the waterside from 6pm onwards at Box End Park, Box End Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK43 8RQ

There is no charge for this event. Lots of car parking available. There’s a bar onsite so we can sit and have a beer afterwards.

Box End have asked if we would share some of our images with them following the visit.

Details from Steve Newman at snewman@sbeschool.org.uk

These summer events are open to members and non-members alike. Non-members please register your interest before turning up by emailing Steve.

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