Archive for June, 2012


Posted: June 29, 2012 in Composites, Location, Models
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Spent yesterday playing with Photoshop trying to improve my composite skills by cutting people out and adding them to new backgrounds. I am especially pleased with the night scene image.


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After attending Glyn’s workshop and seeing various examples of strip softboxes being used I decide that I MUST have a set.  As all my studio lights are Bowens so I first looked at their offerings. The Bowens Lumiair Strip 140 looks great, but at £230 each they were out of my price range especially as I wanted two.

The next option was the Lastolite Hotrod Strip Softbox with a Bowens ‘S’ type adapter. At around £130 each with the adapter I decide to purchase them. I especially liked how they came in small bag as I don’t have a lot of space to store equipment.

I’ve now been using them for a couple of months and overall I am pleased with them. Once you get used to bending the bars they can be assembled quickly. The light seems soft and even from them, however I am only using them for edge lighting to separate the model from the background for my composite work.

The only thing I don’t like is the ‘S’ type adapter which is a couple of millimeters too big for the softboxes which meant I had to find longer screws to fit the two items together and the adapter is also a couple of millimeters too big to lock into place on my Bowens studio lights. None of this is a Lastolite issue as the ‘S’ type adapter came from another company.

UPDATE – 25th June 2012

Just been emailed by the supplier about the Hotrods – They were not designed to be fitted to Bowens or any other studio lights. Doing so could result in a fire hazard as the fabric and plastic components are too close to the flash head. I would recommend that you do not continue to use them in the setup you have at the moment. We do specify they are for battery powered flashguns both in the brochure and on the website.

Part 2 from my session at the Master Shipwright House.

Models: Magda Swider and Kendra Deanne

All Outfits by Ralph Pink

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I am slowly catching up with my backlog of images to process. Here’s part 1 of 2 showing some of my favourite images from the Miss Aniela Master Shipwright House Workshop. See my previous post for a review of the workshop. Part 2 to follow in the next couple of days. Hope you like them.

Models: Jessica Nicole, Sam Smart and Sarah Wood

All outfits by Ralph Pink 

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I been following Miss Aniela work for a couple of years since I came across her on Flickr. I’ve have her Multiplicity, AbandonedSelf-Portrait Photography books and recently purchased Creative Portrait Photography. I have even tried the levitation and cloning style images link1, link2 with some success.

When I found out about her Workshops I wanted to sign up straight away, but £395 is a lot of money, so I sat on the fence debating if I could afford the Workshop. After reading various write ups and seeing the pictures from previous Workshops I decide to take the plunge and booked my place.

I arrived early which allowed me to have a quick look around the house and grounds before the Workshop started. The house was stunning, I also got a quick look at a couple of models having their hair and makeup done. They were also looking stunning.

After the introductions and the plan for the day was explained by Natalie and Matt we were paired up and sent to our first location to meet out first model Jessica.

After each hour we moved to a new location with a different model. Each model was wearing one off outfits designed by Ralph Pink and were totally stunning. By the end of the day we had worked in 5 locations with 5 models and I had taken 500 images.

Overall the day was fantastic and great experience working with agency signed models, professional hair and makeup and one off designs by Ralph Pink and not forget the advice and guidance provided by Natalie and Matt during the day. Great value for money, highly recommended and will be definatly attending another workshop soon.

Here’s a selection of my favourite images from the first 3 modes I photographed. Will post more images soon. Also check out the Miss Aniela Fashion Shoot Experience Flickr group for more great images from her Workshops.