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Red Sofa

Black and white and red all over - no it's not a newspaper, it's our strongly themed set. The core red and white sofa and cove are already strong, so we need a black outfit rather than coloured to keep all the colours strong and contrasting.

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Inside a Lightbox

These giant lightboxes are used to create a portable hi-key backdrop. Normally you position them against a wall - put one or two strobes to pump light inside them.

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Jeans and Gels

A girl in her jeans, so simple, so clean, so often seen as well, it is after all a staple of jeans advertising. The wall behind Carla is a messy paint finish on an off-white base, but I wanted to put some colour into this image for impact.

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Creating a diptych

Although shot as single images, my pre-visualisation for this shoot was the diptych at the end of this post.

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Sack

I bring the "sack" out at many of my workshops and the initial reaction is always the same mix of WTF and giggles at what it is. A simple soft cloth made into a tube.

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Do you want to have great fun and make a complete mes of your studio?

To shoot with flour and other powders you have to be prepared to make a real mess of studio. Expect the powder to travel much further than you think, into all the corners of the space - no matter how big it is!

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How to create your own shadow system and how to work it in your images.

Casting shadows across your subject sounds so easy, but in practice turns out to be much harder than you would think. Creating a nice, sharp crisp shadow relies on two things: firstly getting the object creating the shadow as close to the subjec...

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Do you know how to use your sofa for glamour photography?

The great thing about photographs is you can pair them down to real basics and no-one questions their lack of reality.

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Finger paints are not just for kids - you should get some too!

Children's finger paints - definitely washable! Four colours, very primary, very dramatic. One naked model. One grungy background. Can we make the model look like the background?

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How a couple of gallons of milk and a lot of patience makes you a dress

Creating a milk dress is a combination of multiple shots of milk being poured or thrown at your willing (!) model and a lot of painstaking photoshop work.