Muscle Help Promo Shots

Yesterday I took some promo shots for the Muscle Help Foundation, a charity dedicated to young people with Muscular Dystrophy.

The shoot featured CEO and co-founder Michael McGrath together with Olympic hopeful Jodie Williams, who has recently become an ambassador for the charity.

The shoot took place at a training centre in St.Albans using a short section of running track as a backdrop and some promotional stands for the charity and their annual 10K run.

The shots will accompany a press release and other promotional materials for the charity.

The charity’s website can be found at www.musclehelp.com.

Black Comedy

Earlier in the week I photographed a production of Black Comedy, a farce by Peter Shaffer. The play centres on the events that take place in a flat during a power cut, and features a reverse lighting plot. This is to say that the stage is lit only when the action takes place in darkness. The play opens with a darkened stage and the first few minutes of action take place as if the lighting were normal. However, a few minutes into the show there is a short circuit, and the stage is illuminated to reveal the characters in a “blackout”. So, the first challenge for the photographer is the almost complete lack of stage lighting!

Luckily there is a moment where there’s virtually no movement and I was able to capture this shot, which is a 2 second exposure at F4.5 ISO800. You can actually see more in this shot than you could with the naked eye!

Thankfully, most of the rest of the production is well lit, the only other challenge being a raised upstairs bedroom area (seen at the top of the stairs in the picture above). I had to photograph these scenes from the top of the raked seating towards the back of the auditorium to get a good angle.

Otherwise, there were plenty of visual moments to capture as the characters groped their way around the stage.

If you like to find out more about the theatrical photography services I offer, please visit www.stevebeeston.co.uk.

Photography Afoot

I had an assignment yesterday to take some exterior shots of a chiropodist’s premises in Ware, to be used on a new website. Part of the brief was to show the premises in relation to the rest of the high street. Unfortunately, in one direction was a disused pub, complete with a large hoarding advertising the premises. This was a shame as it was an otherwise interesting building and would have made a good backdrop. If truth be told, the chiropodist’s premises themselves weren’t looking their best, but with a careful choice of angle and some softening of the image in Photoshop I was able to provide a suitable image.

As well as this shot I also presented the client with a variety of other angles, including shots of the front of the building and close ups of the signage that might be cropped and used on the site for graphic effect.

In this shot, I again softened the image and added a vignette for effect.

Whilst the brief in this instance was simply for exterior shots, when working with commercial or business clients I often advocate the Three Ps – Product, Premises and People. This often gives a good all round feel for the business and hopefully encourages people to engage.

For more about the photography services I offer just visit my website at www.stevebeeston.co.uk.