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Shooting with overhead lighting and a smoke machine

It sounds simple, a single red light overhead and smoke filtering and pouring around the figure. In practice, getting the pose right isn't straightforward.

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Artemis Fauna (video)

"Nudes Deconstructed" - a short YouTube video discussion of an image.

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Leading Lines

THINKING: As photographers, we are always naturally inclined to position a subject in front of a background and shoot square on to the background.

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Experimental Shoots: Backlighting

This is a simple setup, a rectangular softbox behind the model. I decided to go for a see-through top as I thought that would be more interesting than straight nude.

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Homage to Willy Ronis

THINKING: My father was a photographer before me and that fact alone has clearly influenced my own photographic career.

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Artemis Photoshoot

Some images from a very enjoyable day I spent working with Artemis Fauna. We started out working in front of this gorgeous white window light.

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Creating and shooting in a fake shower

Moving water can allow you to create a number of moods, from artistic to very glamourous and sexy. Lighting Diagram Obviously the main concern is safety - mains-powered strobes and water do not mix.

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Dust Storm

THINKING: Shooting with flour can be a random process, but that should not stop you going in with pre-visualised photographs in mind.

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Homage to the Last Supper

THINKING: There is a saying amongst creatives, "if you're going to steal, steal from the best"! I suppose Leonardo's Last Supper must be one of the most well known paintings in the world.

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Ella (video)

"Nudes Deconstructed" - a short YouTube video discussion of an image.