Over the course of 2017 I’ve taken plenty of photos that have been fun, challenging or fortunate. For each of the 12 days (of Christmas) I’m sharing one of my favourite pictures from 2017.

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#3 – Rosie

I first worked with Rosie down in Surrey. Our shoot plan was totally thrown out of the window due to the weather. A warm summer, festival inspired idea in June, was changed by a grey overcast and rainy afternoon. However it’s how you adapt to the conditions that matters. Outside I used orange CTO gels on the Speedlites to warm up the light. Rosie was a star and we created a fabulous range of work.

This main shot above was taken in a dark panelled room, I used my Lastolite Ezybox Pro medium softbox with a pair of Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes. In photoshop I’ve extended the dark background in front of Rosie.

#3a – Rosie

And there’s more… working with Rosie in June, made me want to work with her again. So in October, I asked her to model for my EOS Training Academy workshop, at Canon UK’s head office in Reigate.

The workshop was held on a bright, sunny warm October day. Making sure that the attendees were getting great shots and learning to make the most of their Speedlites, this was my last setup for the day. I put the Speedlites behind Rosie, so that they were lighting the side of a white painted building. This turned the hard light, from bare Speedlites, in to great soft light on Rosie.

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So two shoots, one in the summer with rain and grey cloud, one in October with warm sunshine – they say the weather is unpredictable in the UK. I’ll certainly be looking to work with Rosie again in 2018, regardless of the weather.

Also don’t forget that I will be leading more Speedlite workshops for EOS Training Academy in 2018. Keep an eye on my workshops calendar to find out the next dates.

Camera settings – June

  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF 135mm f/2L USM lens
  • 1/60s, f/3.2, ISO 200
  • Speedlite flash

Camera settings – October

  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens
  • 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 200
  • Speedlite flash


See you tomorrow for another picture…


About the author

Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag