I had an especially good time this year because I was lucky enough to have my daughter model for me. Its never been something she has been keen on, which is understandable, but this year something changed for her and she was interested in joining me. She even seemed to enjoy herself which I know is something teenagers rather not admit. I can honestly say that she made me very proud and its been a joy to edit these images.
This year I did two different demonstrations. The first was that of a simple portrait using 2 lights, each with large softboxes. For the keylight I used the 120cm octobox and the fill light used the 100cm softbox. In all cases I used Bowens' new Generation X kit, the XMT 500's which are designed for location work as they are battery powered. I know these are not location type portraits, nor do I go on location where I am without mains power, however having now used these lights in my own studio since January I would hate to have to give them up. The freedom of no cables is considerably more enjoyable and noticeable than I anticipated so I'll be sticking to these for the foreseeable future.
The other great feature of these lights is that they are not just high power, but also low powered. So many things in life high power is the desirable feature but when it comes to lighting my portraits its actually low power I am after most often. Lower power allows me to shoot at wider apertures which is something I often do. Here I was shooting at F5.6 and I was still able to have my fill light at F2 and I wasn't even on the lowest power. These lights work perfectly for me. And I've not even mentioned the fab triggers yet that allow me to control everything from the camera. I must write a review of these lights and I promise to do that soon.
(This is the edited version of the image above - using content aware fill, cloning and textures I was able to make something of the background we had available. Ideally I would have used seamless paper but the stage just wasn't big enough for this)
(Only one light was used for the above portrait)
(For this image we had all 4 lights on - this also happens to be my favourite images, not just from the show but one of my favourites of all time)
Well thats it for this year now. Time to start work on next year's demos. Like I said earlier, please let me know if there is anything you'd like to see. Its actually harder to come up with ideas for these things than you'd imagine.
For those who attended or sat through the live streams I hope you found it useful and inspiring. Thank you so much for giving me your time. Its very much appreciated. If you wish to keep up with me throughout the year here are the links to my social media accounts.