Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Waiting Room

Do you sometimes feel that you are just waiting for something in your life to happen? I think most people feel like that. We spend so much time trying to get to where we want to be that we fail to see what is happening around us. I have been waiting for someone to notice my photos and give me the break I need to make a career out of something I truly love.

See this image on my flickr stream here:

Recently I was contacted by a company who found my photos on my flickr page and they commissioned me to take some images. This image is not one of those images but for some reason I felt it summed up how I have been feeling - a solitary faceless figure waiting for for something to happen.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Big River Films

A Few months ago I spent two days shooting images whilst local company Big River Films were filming a music video. My role was to shoot some candid and posed images that could be used for the launch and PR behind the video. The second day of filming was on location at Marsden Bay in South Shields and in typical British summer style it rained nearly all day! This did not stop Alastair and Richard of Big River Films shoot a video that has been massively popular and has attracted the attention of the local TV news and press. One of the things that impressed me about Alastair and Richard was how they adapted to the conditions and requirements of the shoot.

It was great to meet two other Northumbria University graduates who were not only great guys but also passionate about what they do. I am pretty sure that even further success and acclaim await them and their company in the not too distant future.

I was commissioned last week to take some naturally lit portraits of the a selection of people with business's in my area. Although I had a certain group of people to capture I phoned the guys who's editing suite is only 5 minutes away from my home and the area in question. I felt that their business was so different and interesting that they would be ideal to change up the mix and maybe spread the word also about what they do. The couple of beers and the chat about all things cameras and movies was a great way to end a busy and stressful day.

Check out the Big River Films website here;

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Into Vintage

I have been massively busy over the last few weeks and have neglected my blog which makes me feel awful. So here I am back again and posting about one of my recent shoots for Into Vintage a retro/vintage clothing company based in Dalbeattie, Scotland. My brief was to shoot a selection of images for the company's new website and social networking pages.

The shoot was to take place outside on location in Dalbeattie and in true British form it chucked it down with rain and heavy drizzle all day. This was however not going to prevent a Geordie and four Scottish lasses from getting the images needed.

To bring more colour into a very drab day I warmed up the colour temperature of the images before cross processing them with a more vintage feel. I also shot at f2.8 with just a touch of high speed fill flash to reduce the depth of field and eradicate any rain or at least freeze it and remove it in the edit.

After being so busy with non photography based things recently it was lovely to shoot some fantastic models in some great clothing. Although I profess to know nothing about fashion I do feel more comfortable photographing people than any other subject. I think sometimes it's both interesting and informative to shoot something you feel comfortable (people) in a style out of your comfort zone (fashion).

For more information about Into Vintage please check out these links below;

I will be posting on a more regular basis now that my life seems to be more settled and time is on my side. I will be posting about my experiences with some recent press photos, issues with photo credits and why you should never work for free unless you get a credit or link that benefits your business as a working photographer.

Monday, 1 August 2011

The Colour And The Shape

I love cinematic photographs and I have been searching for a very specific type of image processing to use on some of my low light night portraits. After a fantastic email from one of my flickr contacts detailing a process which he uses I decided to use it on some images I took a few months ago. I'm really happy with the results.

View this image here on flickr © Anthony Dorman

View this image here on flickr © Anthony Dorman

View this image here on flickr © Anthony Dorman

I am going to embark on a number of portraits taken at night in Newcastle using this processing technique, watch this space.