Photographer in Perth, Scotland
It was great to be contacted by Chloe on behalf of Origym who collated some of their favourite Health and Fitness Photographers in their awards article. They selected the photographers who, in their mind, produced the most high-quality and creative fitness photography to showcase to their readers and I’m very flattered that I was selected.
You can see more of my Fitness Portfolio related work here.
Trying to get the whole team in a shot can prove a challenge, here’s a way to do it that has the added advantages of placing the team members exactly as you want them, where you capture them all full length on a normal 9 feet wide background.
The added benefit is that no shadows are cast from one person on to another, not to mention the fact that when you do a normal group shot there is always someone who doesn’t seem to either, be in focus, or looking at the camera. When doing a group of 2 people together, its twice as hard to get right as one person but 3 people are 9 times as hard and so it rises exponentially.
I think the result can also look pretty dynamic and you get everyone looking exactly how you want providing the individual shots are well captured. In this example it would also be good to have more control over the styling, ie, all in black dinner suits or holding a different prop. This takes it beyond the average team corporate photo shoot.
Jackets are very much required for this look as you will be shooting against a white background so white or even light blue shirts will make it tricky to cut out the individuals.
Once you have picked out the shot of the individual you like, give it a clean up in Adobe Lightroom. If the shadows by the feet look a little dark like in this example then don’t remove them in Lightroom, instead just give the person a bit more contrast, lighten the exposure and lose a little in the saturation. Sharpen to taste.
Finally, when you have done the same process with every member of the team, composite them all together in Photoshop where you can then remove the shadows by the feet. If you want, add appropriate company logo, team names and position within the company.
Shadows under the individuals can easily be done by making a copy of the person, flipping them vertically and dropping below and fading the opacity. In this example more time is needed to perfect this.
This technique also works really well with bands as you can never get 5 people all together in the studio, especially when they insist on holding their instruments. There’s always a guitar neck poking in to someone’s face!
Get in touch or book Simon for fab head shots / portraits . Location or Studio (in Leeds)Details
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I can take flattering photos in the studio, you can bring any clothes and props you want or maybe you would like photographed in your favourite outside location or cafe.
I hope to capture not only a flattering likeness but something about your charismatic self.Details
Came across these guys the other day in their virtual shop in Leeds Corn Exchange – http://wycameras.com . The guy I spoke to had some interesting lenses for sale and most seem to be available on the site. For me it was a bit like a stroll through a museum, they mostly sell only film ‘proper’ cameras. There in front of me was a bit of a beat up Nikon that I seem to remember was just as beat up when I was using it 20 years ago (2nd hand even then). Couldn’t find my first camera, the Olympus OM-10.
They’ve got plenty of the bulky old Canons, Minoltas, some Medium Format cameras that take me back to my college roots (Remember the bronica ETRS which I sold to buy a cooker!) I even came across a 5×4 camera and was nearly tempted, but the effort seems hardly worth it these days.
Seriously check them out, as they have some unusual lenses(some will work on your Digital SLR) and their 35mm SLR film cameras seem pretty good value, worth going for if you’d like to get back to developing your own.Details
One I took many moons ago, I just gave her the bin, – you can call it a trash can if you like, and she stepped in, thank you DawnDetails
Agne is a basketball player (6ft3) for the Lithuanian team and plays for Leeds.Details