Giants of Photography Xposure 2017: Sharjah – Setting Up The Shoot

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Here I am with my team in Sharjah setting up the shoot for Xposure 2017. The logistics of shooting outside are complex and you have to find a way to control the lighting. I first used this technique in the the French Dordogne in 1991 when shooting my first Pirelli Canada in 1991. The reason I do this is that I want the figure within the awning to be completely in shadow so that I can light the model and then shoot with an iris shutter camera (like a Phase1 or a Hasselblad).

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This is because  a focal plane shutter can only shoot at 125th of a second before you get cut off either side of the image from the focal plane shutter .  With the iris shutter one can shoot up to and over 1000th of a second, so that the background can be lightened or darkened, with the powerful flash on the figure over powering the daylight for a fraction of a second giving the dramatic effect. For example a clear blue midday sky with the sun overhead shadowing the model can become a deep blue or even a night time dramatic back drop. This is a bonus with modern digital photography which is much more light sensitive than film. Making the process, quicker and instantly viewable on a monitor, so you know what you are getting and can therefore adjust the camera settings.

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Here is one of the finished shots, where the model was in the shadow of the overhead canopy but lit by the flash.

Lowry At Home – Exhibition Salford

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So excited that this exhibition is happening in Salford it’s taken a long time for the images to come to light. The process of printing these images large has also been really exciting and a lot of hard work. Genesis imaging London, Ken Seti and Paul Herren have been total heroes and have really made this process much easier. I can only highly recommend them, these large C type prints from 35mm film shot on Nikon for Nova Magazine are really incredible.

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