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January 30, 2015

As easy as 123.

Filed under: Photography — Ashley Morrison @ 7:45 am
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They say ‘Amateurs talk about equipment, Pros talk about money and Masters talk about light’ – which is in some ways is true; however, I reckon most photographers will actually talk about all three, because each is important to them – as most know, one is only as good as the weakest link.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk a bit about lighting – which is something I’ve spend the last 30 years trying to master, as a photographer – who according to Wikipedia:

A photographer [the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with light”] is a person who takes photographs.

Anyway, at this time of year the days are short here in Ireland and it’s not always ideal weather neither, as it often dark & very grey outside – which therefore naturally effects how it looks indoors too. Which was very much the case last week, when we were shooting this 1920’s detached house in Belfast, as you can see here in the 1st frame…
The natural light in the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. which I took to see what the room looked like first, naturally lit.

Then in this 2nd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added a directional light, while Marie starts to tweak a few things in front of the camera.

And in this 3rd frame…
Lighting the sitting room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. you can see I added some fill light… and there you basically have it.

Well almost – as that was really only the start of it, as there was about anther 30 minutes of the girls playing around, before we finally asked Megan to strike the pose here…
Megan Edgar in the sitting room of her 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. by which stage, it had been ‘styled to within an inch of your life’ as Marie would say – but that’s another story for another day smile

So by no means ideal light; however, it was as simple as one…
The natural light in the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. two…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. three…
Lighting the dining room of Megan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. and after 30 years of practicing – as well as the odd wee tweak here & there by Marie who also makes it all look so simple to do – we had the next shot of the dining room here…
The dining room in Megan and Bryan Edgar's 1920's detached house near Stormont Park in Belfast.
.. in the bag.

And so it was throughout this house – 123, 123, 123 next smile

It was just the 4, 5 & 6 parts that slow us down – but nevertheless, what a great house – so just like to say a big thanks to Megan and Bryan here for inviting us in and we will keep you posted once we hear more.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com near Stormont Park in Belfast.

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January 25, 2015

Belated Christmas.

Filed under: Photography,Work Rest & Play. — Ashley Morrison @ 5:23 pm
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Or Christmas comes early – depending which way you want to look at it – as we were shooting Amanda and Keith’s double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast last week…
Amanda and Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. for a magazine feature in future Christmas issues.

So with the tree still up, I set-up the camera while Amanda made some last minute changes…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. before lots more changes were made, while I worked on the lighting…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. to give it a much more bright & airy feel, even thought it was raining outside.

Still, with everything and everyone in place…
Amanda Cunningham with her two boys in the living room of their double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. the first set of images were in the bag, one hour after we had arrived – which for us, is actually pretty good going wink

Lots of detail shots naturally – and then into the kitchen…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. where the fun began again – as Marie & Amanda did their thing…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. while I once again worked on the lighting – which didn’t actually take that long, as the outside light was already pretty much in place – so with just a touch of fill…
The kitchen in Amanda & Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. we had our second main room done, before stopping for a bit to eat.

Anyway, a great home for sure and there was naturally lots to shoot – but the room Amanda was most keen to have shot, was this one…
Setting up in Amanda Cunningham's home.
.. which she had just recently decorated – and so with little to do here but light it up…
Bedroom in Amanda & Keith Cunningham's double fronted mid terrace house in Belfast at Christmas.
.. we actually managed to get it all done in a relatively short space of time.

So one to look out for next Christmas.

From Marie & me @ ampimage.com – wishing you all, a belated Merry Christmas smile

January 7, 2015

I reclaimed the space.

Is the title of our most recent published work in the February 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine…
Pages 74 to 76 in the February 2015 issue of Style at Home magazine featuring Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. on pages 74 to 76 – featuring Donna Wilson’s guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.

‘A disused den is now a guest room and snug for Stylist at Home Donna, 50, from Belfast’.

Which we talked about shooting here: Back in action.

And even our Stuart, who often assistants us on various shoots, also got a wee plug…

‘My brother Stuart McNamara is an artist and I love these circus-theme pictures’.

.. in the captain beside this image…
Donna Wilson's guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim
.. which was also great to see – as I do love his style as well.

Anyway, another great start to the New Year – and so would just like to say congratulations to Donna here…
Donna Wilson in the guest room above her garage near Greenisland in County Antrim.
.. once again and a big thanks everyone else who was involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – wishing you all, a very Happy & Prosperous New Year.

January 1, 2015

Everything’s Rosy.

Is the title of our latest published work to kick off this New Year, in the February 2015 issue of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living magazine…
The cover plus pages 66 to 79 in the February 2015 issue of Ireland's Homes Interiors & Living magazine featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton's traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. pages 66 to 79, plus on the cover too – featuring Janet and Ken Hamilton’s traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.

“Ken and Janet loved their holiday home in Greyabbey, County Down, so much that they decided to move there permanently.”

Which we talked about shooting here: Something old, something new.

Anyway, making the cover is great way to start the New Year, so over the moon at having achieved this too – and so would just like to say congratulations to Ken and Janet here…
Janet Hamilton in the living room of her traditional Irish cottage in the County Down village of Greyabbey.
.. once again, for this time making it onto the cover of this absolutely beautifully printed Irish glossy magazine – and a big thank you everyone else involved here too.

From Marie, Mandi & me @ ampimage.com – wishing you all, a vey Happy & Prosperous New Year smile

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