Tag - Pre-production

GearTalk: with Tim Maher

I meant to get this post done in the studio before I set off but life got in the way sorting out all the last minute details and I ran out of time. I’ve been on the road now for a couple of weeks and am a little wiser, at least in regards to my gear, but still finding it hard not to run out of time. Without wanting to sound too pleased with...

GearTalk: with Jussi Hellsten

 The full title for this article should be ‘GearTalk: with Jussi Hellsten, the hardest working man in photo business’. When I met up with him in the studio to do this interview, he had been up since 4am editing a commercial for a client, just so that he would not have to postpone our interview again. I think we moved the dates 4-5...

Sony A7 series, the right camera system, at the right time

I’ve been shooting professionally for many years. In my film days, I’ve shot on various Hasselblads, Mamiya 67’s (I still own an RZ, sitting forlornly in a box behind me), the funky Pentax 67, several Canons, the occasional Nikon… In the digital age, I’ve been a Canon user from the beginning, starting with the 11 MP...

Choosing a travel tripod

Just by the fact that this site exists, you may have noticed that I like to do a bit of pre-production. The initial plan was simply for me to take a creative sabbatical around South America with my cameras. It was only later that I thought it might be a good idea to share some of the research I’ve done to get the best out of this adventure...

GearTalk: with photographer Valtteri Hirvonen

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I first worked with Valtteri on the red dot award winning Transitions 1020 project, an epic journey round New Zealand’s south island shooting video and stills for Nokia on their recently launched device, the Nokia Lumia 1020. It was that experience that made me start thinking about the idea that became ‘From HEL and Back’, as we...

Teamwork, Fonts and Jazz music

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Getting an idea like ‘From HEL and Back’ is the easy part. Daydreaming over where you want to take the idea is the fun part. Putting all the elements in place so as to be able to realise the idea is usually the bit where it all falls apart. Stubbornness and attention to detail are a big help. But what really makes the difference is...