On Dover beach

My husband Alan Franks and I have begun a new project, The Place of the Poem, and for the first illustrated essay, just published, we went to Dover. Here is a gallery of some of the shots. This was an opportunity to work on landscape and some long-exposure, as well as post-production skills in Photoshop.

Term Two: Health and Safety in the Studio

  Electricity and glass can be terrifying and dangerous phenomena. Studio photography is not possible without either. So it is important to know how to use them safely, for legal and personal reasons. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 covers most of the essentials for professional photographers in the workplace. In photography, questions … Continue reading Term Two: Health and Safety in the Studio

Studio and product photography: Flowers

Term two we analysed use of studio lighting in relation to product photography. We made a presentation on a particular photographer. My presentation was on Robert Mapplethorpe, and found his studio work with flowers, both on their own and when photographed with people, incredibly inspiring. Using dark backgrounds and split lighting techniques in the studio … Continue reading Studio and product photography: Flowers

Studio: Patterns in hard light

In studio portrait photography, there are four main patterns: butterfly, split, loop and Rembrandt. The latter three are demonstrated here. (Butterfly, which I'll show next week, is straight on, with a butterfly shadow thrown just below the nose.) These portraits were shot using 'hard' light, in order to demonstrate more vividly the shadow effects. Soft … Continue reading Studio: Patterns in hard light