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Josh Carleton Smith – Actors Headshot

Josh Carleton Smith – Actors Headshot

Josh Carleton Smith came for some actors headshots with his mate Ed, who became my assistant for the shoot. Using natural light outside the studio with Ed holding the reflector, then back inside for more natural light, using my windows as a soft source and a polly board to his left. We end the shoot with flash units – two softboxes bounced together to create soft light falling onto his face.

Josh is currently studying Theatre and Performance at Leeds University

Sophia – Actors Headshot

Sophia – Actors Headshot

Sophia – Actors Headshot

For her first major actors headshot shoot Sophia was calm, chilled and a joy to work with. Based in Brighton and been doing LAMDA Verse and Prose and Acting (solo) since she was 7, she also plays the trumpet and plays club football and netball as well and swims with Shiverers. Sophia has just signed with RBM

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A Date with Shillelagh – production photography

A Date with Shillelagh – production photography

A Date with Shillelagh – Short Film – Production Photography

I spent a week in Loughborough photographing the cast and crew of the short film ‘A Date with Shillelagh’ written and produced by Keith Large, directed and co-written by Jeff Stewart, staring Eleanor Burke, Lauren Cornelius, Stewart Horobin and Peter McManus. This gritty story is about a rising star trying to break into the insidious music industry and how she copes with being used along the way, in the back drop of the sexist 70’s. Shot over 5 days in Loughborough by DoP Alessandro Oliveri on the Sony FS7 using Samyang Xeen lenses and an Easy Rig.

I had recently bought the Canon 16-35 2.8 mk2 and this was the perfect shoot to try it out on, most of these were shot using it, others were the Canon 85 1.8. This ability to shoot low level afforded me more freedom than my usual f4, as on set the DoP was lighting consistently for T2 much to the annoyance of his poor focus puller. The turnaround was quick so there is not much time to re-light for stills, occasionally I managed it, simply by angling the actors right for the light or using a bounce board. The wide angle 16mm on a full frame was, I can’t light, so much fun and I managed to capture more action in a dynamic still than my previous widest of 24mm – Adding to your lens language makes you so much more adapt at being able to capture the story especially when you are in a confined space. As usual I colour graded the characters fitting the story, this was set in the 70’s so I went for a heavily saturated film look, not worrying about the ISO in camera some were shot over 3200 ISO. I used a VSCO preset as starting inspiration and tweaking each image accordingly. The bts were converted to b/w to separate the action.

Locations: The Paget Arms, thanks to Jo the landlord and Smithie’s Marina Bar

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The Carrot Nappers at Buxton Fringe 2017

The Carrot Nappers at Buxton Fringe 2017

The Carrot Nappers at Buxton Fringe 2017. A play written by Keith Large

One of many promos of the play which I shot and cut

MNDA at The Brighton Marathon 2017

MNDA at The Brighton Marathon 2017

MNDA at The Brighton Marathon 2017

Photographing runners raising money for Motor Neurone Disease at the Brighton Marathon was a moving experience, also involved a bit of planning of positions and a lot of cycling around to each point. The love and support which I captured had me in tears most of the day and I felt very fortunate to be able to photograph some of their stories from the start at Preston park to the finish at Madeira Drive, on a very hot and sunny day.

Advice for other photographers:

  • Pick 3 spots ahead of the day to capture most of the runners according to the light. Mine were opposite the Pavilion; on the road where they were running up then coming back so I could get the from both directions
  • Wear their charity top so the can see you and at least make eye contact, wave, smile – depending on pain! Shout the charity to get attention
  • Settings f4-f8, high shutter for no motion blur (if that is your style, use a higher ISO to help) Change the focus points on cam to match their face when staying in the same spot
  • Backpack with water, snack, suncream! Use a baseball cap, as we cant use shades, keep that sun off you!
  • You may not be able to use your phone to contact client, it was so busy in Brighton that day I couldn’t. They did tell me when the last runner had left, so I knew when to leave my first spot
  • Have the route on your phone
  • Get press accreditation from organisors
  • Group shots back at the charity’s tent
  • Shoot with a landmark in the background i.e. the Pavilion with a wide lens – The rest was a longer lens just for runners – Finish line wide angle
  • Ask about any special runners i.e. Unicorns, wheelchairs etc
  • Capture any stories, there is a lot of emotion!
Red Bull

Red Bull

It’s been said that Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo is a model Formula One driver, so Sheep Films took that literally in this miniature guide to the Canadian Grand Prix.

We spent a day at Red Bull HQ in Milton Keynes lighting the green screen and Daniel’s liva action part, we were lucky enough to light the main floor where the expensive cars were the stars. Daytime drew to a close and Daniel arrived, we only had a 1 hour slot to film everything in, for the Canadian track and others. He learnt his lines, was a lovely chap and here is one of the videos.

Director: Dave Packer

DoP: Frank Madone

Gaffer: Emma Bailey

Dan Greest

Dan Greest

Dan is such a lovely guy, we had a very chilled shoot for his actor headshots. He has a fierce, but calm look in his photographs – slightly moody, but you can see the warmth in his eyes. In-between shots his massive smile would come out, but he found it easy to slip between the two emotions and can even cry on demand, though I never asked him to prove it. An actor so in control of their emotions and easy to work with is an absolute pleasure to photograph.

Dan had got a wonderful choice of arriving with a beard and shaving half way through the shoot to show the casting directors the variety that his Hungarian face can show.

Dan Greest

Casting Call Pro

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