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Brownlow House Revisited

August 22, 2017 Portraits  No comments

Brownlow House, or as it's also known to the locals Lurgan Castle is an imposing building situated just a few minutes walk from Lurgan town centre. It commands a stunning view across Lurgan Park and lake. 

It's an absolutely gorgeous location for a photoshoot and when I asked fellow photographer and friend Nigel Fleming if he wanted to join me he was more than happy to do so. 

The shoot was planned for Monday and arriving at the house just before 10:00 with my wife Aine it was time for a lovely cup of tea in the Tea Room.  Nigel and our model for the day, Chloe, soon arrived and joined us for a cuppa.

With some many rooms and locations in the House it's sometimes difficult to decide where to start. As it was still early we decided to start outside before the sun

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High Speed Sync Flash

July 16, 2017 Portraits  No comments

When using any kind of flash the shutter speed you can use is restricted to the maximum sync speed of your camera. Mine is 1/250s so I can't shoot any faster than this or else a black bar will appear over the image. To get around this I purchased a Godox XT32C 2.4G Wireless trigger for my Godox flash. This would allow me to sync with the flash at speeds up to 1/8000s.

Why use a higher shutter speed with flash? Using a higher shutter speed allows you to shoot in to very bright scenes e.g. a bright sky, sunrise or sunset. It's also allows you to use a smaller aperture, for example f2.8, to give a nice blurred background.

There have been a couple of really lovely evenings recently so I asked my son Cohan to help me test my new equipment. It took a little persuasion but he agreed.

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Natural Light at Parkanaur Manor House

March 11, 2017 Portraits  No comments

On the 19th of last month I was lucky enough to help out fellow photographer and friend Nigel Fleming with one of his lighting workshops. This one was held in the splendour of Parknanaur Manor House just outside Dungannon.  I've helped Nigel on a number of occasions and my job on the day is to help with the lighting equipment, setups, etc. Occasionally I do get to shoot off a few frames when the other photographers have finished. 

On this particular day one of the models was someone I haven't shot before, Patrice. I only managed a few shots of her and the majority of them were taken in available light, no flash used. Parknanaur has a couple of very large windows that just lend themselves perfectly for natural light photography.

These were taken while Patrice was seated on

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Brownlow House, Lurgan

May 17, 2016 Portraits  No comments

Brownlow House (also known as Lurgan Castle) sits in beautiful grounds overlooking Lurgan Park. I've been past it and have walked around it many, many times but just recently I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot in it. I was fortunate to be joined by another photographer and friend Nigel Fleming and models Isadora and Charlotte.

Nigel and myself decided that we would split up and take one model each and throughout the course of the session we would swap. I started with Isadora and it was only after 15 minutes or so that she told me that this was her first photoshoot. I have to say that it certainly wasn't obvious. She posed well and took direct like a pro.

Natural light from a large window to camera left and also behind the camera. ISO400 - F3.2 - 1/100 - 28mm


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Engagement Session

April 10, 2013 Engagement  No comments

Wonderful engagement session in the studio recently. Hoping to do some late evening outdoor sessions with this couple. Something to look forward to.

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Fitness Trainer

March 2, 2013 Portraits  No comments

Asked Danny, who is a personal trainer, if he'd like to come to the studio as I wanted to try out some low key lighting ideas on a male model. Danny brought a long some weights and some other fitness equipment. I had some ideas of what I wanted but in the end we ended up just 'winging' it. Other all I'm rather pleased with the results.

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