Shooting Militaria Part 2

This is a second post about shooting militaria, the result of an epic weekend of shooting as I worked my way through boxes of deactivated bullets, cap badges and weapons.

These are all regimental insignia – designed to be graphic and eye-catching so an excellent subject!

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The gauntlet of the Royal Armoured Corps.

It’s not until you look closely that you notice small touches – I hadn’t noticed the grass when taking this shot.

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King’s Own Hussars – the contrast between the brass regimental name and the silver horse and grass is very good.

Some of the designs are very abstract.

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And others are more self explanatory!

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Machine Gun Corps – a World War One

Thanks for looking , hope you like them. As always these shots are taken for the book cover market.

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A Final Few from the Vintage Clothing Shoots

Last year I wrote several posts about fashion shoots using vintage clothing. These are a few shots which slipped through the net.

First one – a black dress and lace gloves holding  a silver heart. The thing I remember most about this is the hours of editing to remove all of the distracting reflections from the metallic surface. In the end I wasn’t entirely happy with the result but decided I wasn’t going to do any better!

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Next one – Emily on a bridge taken with the plastic lens on a Lensbaby. It was the end of a long day, and to be honest I was feeling a bit tired and hungry so this was the best of that short session.

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This one I particularly liked – Emily looking defiant is the corner of run down building. It’s the textures and the way the light falls which makes the shot, enhanced by the use of the Canon ‘clear’ colour profile which is really useful.

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Finally, Mary doing a typical ‘book cover’ pose – tweaked post processing to add a vignette and give it a blue/green hue.

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If you’d like to see the results from the last shoot see here.

As always these shots are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking!

Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Emily) Part 3

Finally the last of the vintage clothes pics – until we do another shoot anyway. If you’ve missed the background story it’s in part one so I won’t repeat myself!

Onto the first shot – Lensbaby portrait of Emily in a cloche hat and one of my all time favorites. This was taken with diffused natural light from a frosted window against a plain coloured wall – about the simplest lighting possible.

Emily with a vintage spanish fan doing the ‘look over the top’ thing. It took ages to get the colour right for this, balancing the blue of the eyes with the subtlety of the other colours!

Not sure why I like this one…. as with the previous one the texture layer and the Lensbaby blur combine to make something special.

Emily outside with some nice flare to give it some atmosphere. I never liked lens hoods!

Emily + Lensbaby, outdoors in the sunshine. Not much more to say really.

Cloche hat again, and ‘copy space’ for book covers to the left. Light from a reflector brightened the face under the brim of the hat.

Finally just a simple 1940’s style portait in a dress of the period (well ish).

If you’re interested in kit, as before all Lenbaby shots were taken on an Olympus EPL3 and everything else on a Canon 60D with a 15-85mm. Both cameras were shooting in RAW. The indoor shots were all shot at 2000+ ASA and both cameras, especially the Canon, coped very well.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome. All images have a signed model release, and Emily is happy for them to appear on the blog.

The other vintage clothing posts are here (with Amber) and here (with Mary) and further down the log if you’d like to see the others. I’d like to thank Emily and Amber for their patience, and Mary for supplying the clothes and organising the venues for these vintage clothing shoots.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Emily) Part 2

On to part two and this time in colour! In brief – same background story as part one – vintage clothing from Mary’s shop.

Starting with a Lensbaby portrait of Emily in a white fake fur wrap. The soft blurriness of the lens seems to suit the hair and white wrap and I really can’t decide if it’s better in black and white or colour!

Drifting quickly back into classic ‘book cover’ territory here – people holding stuff like books, postcards etc.

Emily with the stone staircase as a background. Does this count as a portrait?

More book cover stuff – hands held whilst sitting down on the steps.

And one from the same series – the shoes resting by Emily’s side make this one for me.

Now a ‘prim and proper’ abstract – reminds me of ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ for some reason.

Finally Emily writing in a notebook in a 1930’s jacket and dress, though I’m bit miffed the notebook isn’t more obviously in focus.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

All images have a signed model release, and Emily is happy for them to appear on the blog.

The other vintage clothing posts are here (with Emily part 1)here (with Amber) and here (with Mary) if you’d like to see the others.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Emily) Part 1

This post is the latest in a short series about shooting vintage clothing supplied by a friend from her shop’s stock.  These are the black and white ones – there are two more colour posts to follow due to the number of pictures. Looking at these they’re more portraits than fashion shoot – never mind!

Firstly, a simple ‘classic’ portrait taken with studio lights (supplied by the two other photographers – thanks), toned in DXO filmpack. Emily was wearing a black cape which disappears nicely into the black background.

Next, two taken in the same spot but with some of the industrial background showing behind – these were shot in a factory being converted into shops (where Mary’s new shop outlet will be).

And one more outside with a rather bleak background…

This next one is taken with a Lensbaby, and converted to black and white, which removed the distraction of a very brightly coloured 1950’s dress. There are some colour shots in subsequent posts.

Again with the Lensbaby which has excelled itself in the ‘blurry out of focus’ department! Just on the edge of being unrecognisable…

Finally Emily in a cloche hat with light from a reflector providing some light under the brim of the hat. Looks a bit 1920’s.

These shoots are always a good day, and we’re all getting a bit better each time. We even remembered to take lunch on the last one!

If you’re interested in kit, all Lenbaby shots were taken on an Olympus EPL3 and everything else on a Canon 60D with a 15-85mm. Both cameras were shooting in RAW. The indoor shots were all shot at 2000+ ASA and both cameras, especially the Canon, coped very well.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome. All images have a signed model release, and Emily is happy for them to appear on the blog.

The other two vintage clothing posts are here (with Amber) and here (with Mary) if you’d like to see the others.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.