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Roadtrip! The gear for Italy 2014

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Roadtrip! The gear for Italy 2014

I have had to reduce the normal amount of gear I carry in the Voyager for this trip as I have had to put the back row of seats in. Normally there would be a load more stands and modifiers. This is what these bags and boxes contain:

Main Shoulder Bag:

  • Nikon D3 Body
  • Nikon D3x Body
  • Nikon 80-200 f/2.8
  • Sigma 24-70 f/2.8
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4 D
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.8 D
  • Nikon SB900 + accessories
  • Sekonic L758
  • Remote controls for cameras
  • Tethered Cable
  • Grey card
  • Memory Cards
  • Lens cloth
  • Spare batteries

Small Shoulder Bag (Video)

  • Canon Legria HF G10
  • Wireless Mic System
  • Tascam Dr-05
  • Cables, batteries and chargers

Large Rolling Bag

  • Nikon D7000 Body
  • Nikon 18-200
  • Tokina 11-16 f/2.8
  • Lensbaby
  • Nissin Di866 MkII
  • 6 x Yongnuo 486 MkIIs
  • 6 x OjecCo Wireless Receivers
  • 1 x Nikon OjecCo Transmitter
  • 1 x Canon OjecCo Transmiter
  • 1 x Roundflash
  • Assorted flash brackets, gels, clamps and batteries

Rolling Toolbox

  • 4 x Westcott Ice Lights and chargers
  • 1 Pocket Wizard TT1 Nikon
  • 2 Pocket Wizard TT5 Nikon
  • 1 Pocket Wizard AC3 Nikon
  • 1 Pocket Wizard TT1 Canon
  • 2 Pocket Wizard TT5 Canon
  • 1 Pocket Wizard AC3 Canon
  • 1 Orbis Ringflash
  • Batteries
  • Large white sheet
  • Small reflector

Lencarta Safari Kit

  • Lencarta Safari Battery
  • 600ws head
  • Ringflash
  • 2 Lencarta Mach 1Hypersync Tranceivers
  • Elinchrome Skyport Trigger and Receiver

Plus:

  • Nikon SB910
  • Large Tripod
  • Small Tripod
  • Monopod
  • Westcott Apollo Orb kit
  • Westcott Apolo Strip kit
  • Westcott 26″ Rapidbox
  • 2 large 5 in 1 reflectors (not in photo)
  • 1 60 x 80 pop-up soft box for Safari (not in photo)
  • Ion Bluetooth sound system

Wortley Top Forge (Part 2) Behind the scenes video

I have eventually managed to get the footage from the second Portfolio Builder Day edited. Interestingly this was all shot on Canon gear: The stills were taken by Andrew Griffiths on a 5D MkIII and most of the video on my Canon Legria HF G10 with a few clips from my new Canon SX280 HS pocket camera.

Again big thanks to the four fab models; Zara Watson, Angela Hudson, Gemma Bortolozzo and Julie Aston and the support from Hasselblad and Broncolor.

Next Portfolio Builder is on 7th June at WindmillArt near Cambridge.

Wortley Top Forge (Part 1)

The second of our Portfolio Builder Days was at the fantastic Wortley Top Forge near Sheffield last Saturday. The weather couldn’t have been better, we had four fab models, a wonderful lunchtime speaker, Hasselblad, Broncolor and 14 enthusiastic photographers. I am in the middle of editing the video but wanted to post these great behind the scenes shots taken by Andrew Griffiths between his catering duties!

Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Apologies to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band for stealing their song title, it did seem strangely appropriate.

I managed to grab a few shoots with Zara between our workshops a few weeks back. The first was shooting a long lace dress that I found on the internet last year. We shot it back in September in a wet Milton Keynes before going out to South Africa for the Expo.

Although I love the image, I have it on my business cards, I never felt it showed the dress off that well.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

I came up with an idea of shooting it at night near to the Marina in Lincoln. Looking across the wharf the lights should not only reflect on the water but provide some interesting backlight for the sheer dress.

Arriving at the Marina I spotted these steps, no need for any additional light here as there was a huge halogen flood light mounted high on the wall to camera right. The shape of the steps made me think of an ocean liner, I loved the strong geometric shape that contrasted so well with Zara’s poses and curves.

All these are shot on the Nikon D3 with an 80-200mm f/2.8 lens. Handheld and lit by the flood light at 1600 ISO.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Prior to the shoot I purchased a nifty soft box called a Roundfash. (www.roundflash.co.uk), I thought this would be ideal as key light for the next shots I had in mind.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

 

Next we ventured further along the wharf past the university buildings and found a couple of good spots looking across at the lights of the shops and cinema. These were both lit with a Nikon SB900 mounted on the camera and the Roundflash attached. Lens was the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8. Mine is the old D version which has the 9 blade aperture as opposed to the 7 blade of the G version. It gives a lovely shape to the bokeh created by the out of focus lights.

Slightly different processing on these two images, both are a mix of Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC using curves adjustments plus filters from Nik and OnOne.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Finally I spotted these chairs in one of the university buildings, I love the symmetry of the shot and the pattern on the chairs created by the ambient light. Shot through glass at 6400 ISO on the Nikon D3.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training Night Moves with Zara Watson and that dress plus a Roundflash

Well that is my night moves but before I sign off I though I would post these pics taken on my Samsung Galaxy S4 of the location, show’s how good camera phones are theses days.

And finally:

Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy
Out in the back seat of my ’60 Chevy
Workin’ on mysteries without any clues
Workin’ on our night moves
Tryin’ to make some front page drive-in news
Workin’ on our night moves
In the summertime
In the sweet summertime

The First Portfolio Builder Day

Last Saturday 16 photographers, 4 models, 3 guys from Hasselblad and Broncolor got together with Andrew Griffiths from Saracen House Studio and me for the first Portfolio Builder Day (PBD)  of 2014.

After the behind the scenes video there is a selection of images from the day. The next PBD is on May 3rd at Wortley Top Forge near Sheffield.

 

The models at the end of a long day.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training The First Portfolio Builder Day

And Gloria:

Andrew Appleton Photo Training The First Portfolio Builder Day