Want to get involved?

We are always on the lookout for willing volunteers to take part in any future creative projects that we do. Models, stylists, hair dressers and make up artists. If you would like to get involved then please get in touch. 

The key ingredient for joining in is a shared passion for creating that magical image. The ability to go that extra mile to make it work. If this is you then lets chat :)

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Never let a rainy day stop you being creative...

Playing with some coloured gels to create an in-camera effect. If you want to see how the light was played with to get the desired effect then pop over to our Facebook page to watch the video.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/Neumanngraham/videos

Making the most of a rainy day...

Still recovering from a NHS operation and it is raining outside. So rather than watch more Judge Judy I decided to start the challenge I set myself before Christmas. This challenge started when I came across a lonely discounted Stormtrooper sitting on a shop shelf. I started to wonder how I could light it so it stood out. So in exchange for a few pennies I accepted the challenge...

Now since my mobility is currently limited I decided to wreck the lounge trying to create this masterpiece. Luckily our lamp shade fitted the mood of the image so I used that and placed the Stormtrooper within the window frame (a frame within a frame).

My tools of choice were the Yongnuo YN-560 IV Manual Flashes all controlled via a central trigger mounted on top of the Nikon D800. I used a couple of Bessel strip boxes (with grids) on either side to provide a little kicker light. The central light was modified with a Barn Door to provide a very small amount of light down the middle. Then the background was lit with four more manual flashes (with gels) to help provide the blue (walls), red (window) and orange (light shade & stormtrooper) colouring. The camera was set to 1/250s (sync speed) at ISO 100 with an aperture of f/4.0 (to provide some separation from the background).

The secret to doing this whilst having a poorly leg is by having the Yongnuo flash system that you can control centrally (power & zoom) and the camera being connected (tethered) to the laptop. I could just sit back and tinker until I got the effect I wanted.

So whilst I wait for my leg to recover from this little exercise I thought I would share the out of camera preview image. This is the unedited version with no Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop trickery. What do you think? Was it worth the effort?


Flashgun: Yongnuo YN-560 IV

Trigger:    Yongnuo YN-560 TX

Soft box:  Bessel Softbox 120x30cm S-Fit


The Photography Show 2016

An audience with...

Excited at the thought of going to see two of our main photography influences. One who got us started and one who keeps us going...

1-2-1 Training with Lee

Lee contacted us to help him with his new Nikon D5300. We dedicated a whole afternoon of 1-2-1 training to Lee and took him through the features of his new camera and how he may use them to best effect. 

The images below show you how well he progressed. The first image is an example of how Lee learnt to balance the available light with a little flash light.

  • 1/5:  Exposing for the model
  • 2/5: Exposing for the background
  • 3/5: Using straight on flash to light the model
  • 4/5: Using flash exposure compensation
  • 5/5: Using directional flash to give dimension to the model

The second image was taken by Lee after he was quickly introduced to an example of studio lighting. Considering Lee arrived with limited knowledge of the exposure triangle he did remarkably well to get to this point in such a short period of time.

Would you like some 1-2-1 training? If so then please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Read Lee's review here.