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Case study in The Times

A bread and butter case study this for The Times Money pages. This gentleman had a problem with his energy supplier helping themselves to his bank account via Direct Debit after billing him incorrectly for a period of time. I include it here because despite not being the most fascinating of assignment to a press photographer it was never the less an interesting technical challenge. One of the requests from the desk was a shot taken around the cooker in the kitchen. Typically, the cooker was wedged into the end of a galley with nowhere for me to position myself.

Photography enthusiasts, this is how it was taken. The camera is placed in the corner of the kitchen with a radio trigger operating the flash that illuminates the man as well as another flash hidden behind him with a blue gel pointing to the cupboards. The blind is closed and room lights off so a 2 second exposure can catch the gas flame after the flash has fired. The shutter is released on a timer while I am hiding out of shot around the corner. These sort of jobs may never reach the front page but that doesn’t mean you find yourself working any less hard on them.


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The above shot was the one used but I did others. The shot below was taken a few miles down the road. Here I used a Canon flash with diffuser on a stand with radio slave and used the useful high speed sync (HSS) setting. This meant I could shoot at 1/2000th sec almost straight into the midday sun and open the lens to f4 which knocks the pylon out of focus even on the wide angle lens I was using.


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