neil marshall, director

Camera - Nikon D700
  • Aperture: f/3.2
  • Focal Length: 70mm
  • ISO: 640
  • Shutter: 1/30 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D700

Well it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Again!

The most shameful thing is I’ve had the week off and I’ve done literally nothing but play on my Xbox and read the internet. I read the entire thing, cover to cover. Yup.

So, I did a photoshoot with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago, which went okay but actually left me feeling a bit dejected. Don’t worry too much – I have a habit of beating myself up over the smallest of failures. The root cause was that we didn’t give ourselves nearly enough time. We’d booked this cool cinema in Notting Hill, the Coronet, for one hour. That was all the time we had and was to include walking in, seeing it for the first time, deciding on where to shoot and what angles, setting up lights, testing the light, working with the model to get some good shots going, changing the lights to a different area, shooting some more, waiting for her to change into different clothes, shooting some of her husband in the interim, going upstairs, resetting up the lights, testing them, shooting, packing up, paying and getting out.

Trust me – it wasn’t enough time. Normally I’d scope a venue out in advance to find good angles, and on the day get there early to set up lights. It’s standard practice, everyone does it. To shoot creatively as well as set up good lighting in such a short space of time really pushed me and I wasn’t happy with myself afterwards. Furthermore, although we’d got ourselves a simply brilliant hair stylist (Janelle Dongalen), we had no makeup artist so Axelle did it herself. I can confirm that: lighting extremely quickly + non-professional makeup = high proportion of Killed Shots.

Still, we also got some fantastic ones, a couple of which I will probably post here once I can bring myself to actually look at them all again, but I have to share this one because I absolutely love it. Neil, for those of you who perhaps aren’t into his sorts of films, is the writer & director of Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday and the forthcoming Centurion (apparently Denturion isn’t a word). He’s married to Axelle and came along to watch, which is great because we all get along well, and didn’t put any pressure on me whatsoever, oh no. 😉

Time being of the essence and all that there’s only one flash here – camera right at eye level in a Lumiquest Softbox III. I fucking love that softbox. It’s probably about 1/4 power. I have no way whatsoever of remembering my strobist settings and envy those who can recall them for every shot! I’d have liked to put a second light in camera left to act as an environmental fill light and also a rim light on Mr Marshall, but hey you can’t win them all, and they both love this one so obviously ‘I Meant To Do That’.

It’s also the very first shot of him I squeezed off in this position, and remains the best one. The expression on his face is classic 🙂

Oh, and no processing whatsoever here.

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