Cool Business

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Business man and woman working on digital tablet. Both people are looking at the touch screen and one is pointing. Both are casually dressed and look to be in a creative profession. Both are adults, one is African American or mixed race and one is Asian. He is wearing glasses and smiling. Close up with copy space.

Our recent “Start up business” shoot was a great success. We had 5 models in total (2 can be seen in this image) representing various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

All images were shot on location at a graphic design office in Surry Hills which had a wall of large windows giving us a beautiful natural light that was kept behind the models and overexposed a little to give the shots a bright contemporary look. To fill in the shadows we used our Elinchrom mono bloc flash units with octagonal soft boxes to create a soft natural looking feel.

The day was overcast, keeping the natural window light quite dim, so to keep our images bright we had our apertures set wide (f2.8 – f4.5). This helped create some wonderful lens flare effects and kept our depth of field very shallow. Due to the limited natural light, our shutter speeds were often quite slow, so a monopod was used to help stabilise the camera.

To create the cooler blue colour temperature, we set our white balance around 4200 Kelvin.

You can see more business images in our business gallery.

Shot on Nikon D4, 70-200mm 2.8 lens

Aperture f2.8, shutter speed 1/40, ISO 250


Getting wet!

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Smiling young people running on the beach

Shooting in and around water can produce great results!

During this early morning beach shoot we got some great shots, but as you can see from the blobs of water everywhere, the camera (and I) got a little more water than we bargained for.

Still, image turned out well, so can’t complain… just have to remember to take off my shirt next time!!
This image also appears in our lifestyle gallery

Shot on Nikon D4, Nikon 17-35mm 2.8 (one of my favourite lenses!)
Aperture: f7.1, Shutter speed: 1/500, ISO: 125

Milk it!

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Cornflakes with strawberries
Shooting food is often a challenge, but a recent breakfast cereal shoot really had us working hard!
We wanted to create that lovely thick stream of milk that always 
looks so luscious in cereal shots. As you can see, we got a great 
result in the end, but not before going through 3 boxes of cereal
 and 8 litres of milk!

We used a combination of studio flash, shutter speed and depth of field to stop the action whilst leaving just a hint of motion blur. As our mono bloc flash heads have a flash duration of only 1/1000th of a second, this was fast enough to freeze the action, whilst using a relatively slow shutter speed of 1/200th of a second, we managed to maintain a little motion blur around the edges of the milk. Our extremely close proximity to the image and use of a telephoto lens ensured our depth of field was kept minimal despite using a very small aperture.

You can see more food in our gallery.

Shot on Nikon D3, Nikon 70mm-200mm 2.8
Aperture: f16, Shutter speed: 1/200, ISO: 100

Good grass

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You would expect that good grass wouldn’t be too hard to find, but you’d be wrong! Believe it or not, we had to scout 4 different parks to find a patch of grass that looked good enough for this shoot. Clearly, our model Isabelle thought the whole thing was hilarious!
You can see more lifestyle shots in our galleries.

Shot on Nikon D4, Nikon 17mm-35mm 2.8
Aperture: f8, Shutter speed: 1/800, ISO: 160

Tennis Anyone?

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Woman holding a tennis racquet ready for a serve

Our first outing with our brand new Elinchrom Quadra Ranger flash system was very exciting and produced some great results!

We did a lot of research before the purchase and it looks like we made the right decision.

Our model Ali was fantastic and we had a lot of fun setting up the shots, the Quadra did a great job of competeing with the full Australian midday sun and gave us some lovely dramatic results.

You can see more sports imagery in our sports gallery

Shot on Nikon D3, Nikon 17-35mm 2.8
Aperture: f13, Shutter speed: 1/200, ISO: 100