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An interview with Jannine Timms

The first of an occasional series of interviews by Helen Appleton.

When Jannine Timms signed up for the newsletter in January, she was hoping to win the £600 worth of training. She thought it was a bit odd that she hadn’t received an email back. It meant she couldn’t confirm. “I wonder if it’s gone into my junk mail?” she thought. What a good job she checked!

Andrew Appleton Photo Training An interview with Jannine Timms

Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?

I’ve been a professional photographer for two and a half years now. Before that, I classed myself as a “Happy Snapper” but nice comments about pictures of my little boy gave me the confidence to do some of my friends’ children too. They were very happy with them but I felt by then that I wanted to improve. I progressed from a compact to a 450D and began doing some of my own research too. I was determined to teach myself. That was the start of it really.

 

Which courses have you done with Andrew Appleton this year?

I have actually done four workshops and a portfolio builder day. I realised that I was getting a lot out of the sessions so I didn’t mind topping up the original prize value. Andrew trains us personally in small groups, the models are experienced and the venues are all great. I did the four full-day courses over a five month period in total, February to June.

 

Which workshop did you do first?

The Portrait Workshop in February. I didn’t have a problem with soft skills but then Zara Watson made connecting and directing so easy anyway. She’s amazing! Andrew explained that the other major aim of the day was to gain a greater understanding of how to shape a face with light and to choose the right angle for the subject. I was really proud of the images I took that day. I had been on workshops with other trainers where some of the things went over my head and I was a bit disappointed that I hadn’t learnt more about the technical aspect of what we were doing. Andrew’s workshops are different and I came away with a real understanding of the process that day. I like to think that the portraits and headshots I have taken since then are proof of this.

 

How did you feel about the Portfolio Builder Day?

It was at Pipewell Hall and everything about the day was perfect – the grounds, the lighting, the models – everything. We got to shoot the four models (Zara Watson, Fiona York, Amber Tutton and Artemis) in very different locations inside and out and I got some lovely images for my port. It also gave me a chance to put into practice some of the things I had learnt on the Portrait Workshop. I really enjoyed the day and got a lot out of it.

 

So, what did you try next?

I booked on the Mastering Speedlights Workshop in April. We were taught how to use them with ambient light, exposing the model correctly. What I like about Andrew’s training is that you never walk away thinking “What?” He explains a concept well and seems to know when you don’t quite get something so he goes back over it. Really valuable. I booked on the Creative Speedlights Workshop as a result.

 

Where did you go from there?

I did the Boudoir Workshop at Saracen House. It reinforced all the technical skills I learnt on previous sessions with Andrew but aspects of posing, expression and styling were taught, as well as the soft skills. I think being female, friendly and approachable helps. In my business, I shoot ladies who are size 8-18 and can empathise with how women feel about their bodies and how they want to look. They can’t look fabulous unless you get everything right. Boudoir is definitely part of what I do so the session was very useful.

 

Which of the sessions did you enjoy the most?

Difficult. The Portfolio Day was amazing and I got loads of really varied images… But no, it’s got to be the Boudoir Workshop at Saracen. Gemma Bortolozzo is a superb model and such a lovely person – plus I just loved working with the Arri lighting set-up.

 

Which workshop was the most beneficial for you as a professional photographer?

It has to be Speedlights. My technical understanding is so much better now, thanks to the variety of things I learnt in the sessions with Andrew. Yes, from both professional and a creative perspectives, the Speedlights courses have definitely helped me to grow the most.

Andrew Appleton Photo Training An interview with Jannine Timms

Andrew Appleton Photo Training An interview with Jannine Timms

Andrew Appleton Photo Training An interview with Jannine Timms

Andrew Appleton Photo Training An interview with Jannine Timms

 

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