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Hooray for Bollywood

April 30th, 2010 by admin

I’m working on a project at the moment that entails production of a promotional video for a Bollywood dancer/choreographer. It’s a fun project and I can’t wait to show the video. The first day of shoot wrapped up yesterday, and along with some great video footage, I captured some stills. Here’s one I liked.

Alan Wake

April 30th, 2010 by admin

Alan Wake is a new game that comes out in May, and I was recently involved in a preview event, where selected gamers experienced the game in a unique environment.

The location was called QStation, the North Head Quarantine centre. Over 500 people died there, and it’s known as the most haunted area in all of Australia. Being such a dark and immersive game, it was really suited to this type of test.

There definitely was a creepy vibe to the place.

The game was played in some of the most haunted rooms with heart monitors and video cameras to capture the player’s reactions, and the official website with more of my photos is here.

CRUST!

April 28th, 2010 by admin


We recently celebrated my son’s 3rd birthday, and since we have been so time poor, the solution for party food was Crust Pizza! Everyone loved the pizza, including my father who very rarely eats pizza. We ordered around 15 pizza’s of various flavours, and some of my favourites were Peri Peri Chicken, Szechuan Chilli Prawn and Mediterranean Lamb.

Busy

April 28th, 2010 by admin

The last few weeks have been really busy for me, with shoots almost every day. And every day I’m not shooting were taken up with the need to edit and distribute my work.

Here is a pic of me at Bondi Beach, taken by Dave Watson, thanks Dave!, where I was photographing Nacho Pop’s road trip which was part of the TV show: So You Think You Can Dance. More pics are on the official site.

How to: Shoot Food

April 28th, 2010 by admin

Similar to my “How to: Shoot Concerts” post, here is a brief outline of how I photograph food.
This does depend a lot more on what the client wants. If the product is destined to be on a restaurant’s menu, I will shoot it quite differently to how I would shoot an editorial feature on food.

Repeat business is a very good thing for a photographer, it means you are at the very least, doing a good job. Last year my favourite Korean restaurant in Sydney, Min Young To, asked me to shoot their new lunch menu. Recently they had developed a new dinner menu, and once again asked me to shoot their latest spread. Being open 24 hours, MYT has a wide range of dishes, so a huge amount of shots were taken.

My setup for this type of shoot has evolved from shooting products for various magazines, and consists of a portable white plastic background, two 580EX’s with shoot through umbrellas, triggered by pocket wizards. All easy to transport and setup on site.

This set up gives me lots of flexibility for angles and lighting and results in clean images perfect for a menu, or backlit signs.
I usually use my Canon 100mm Macro lens for these, which gives a good working distance and super sharp results.

Below is a 100% crop of the above shot.

Pro/File

April 7th, 2010 by admin

The new issue of Digital Photography and Design just hit the stands. Inside is a 4 page interview and profile with me. Starting from page 14. I’m chuffed with it. I submitted about 10 shots and they used 4, which is cool.

Pick up a copy now!