February 4th, 2011

Here is brief insight into a recent commercial photography job that I undertook. I had a request from the Black Rat Gallery in London to photograph some paintings for them. The paintings by an American artist called Elbow-Toe are currently on show in the Warrington art gallery and museum. Black Rat are showing them next and want to prepare a book to accompany the exhibition. My problem was that some of the pictures were behind glass. How do you take a picture of painting square on without showing your reflection or the light?

These are the photos and a brief explanation of how I manged to get the photos with no reflections. I used two profoto d1 heads one with a zoom reflector and one with a beauty dish and positioned these about six feet away from the paintings and angled at 45 degrees to the painting. Thus if the light was contained by the reflectors no light should fall on the camera directly facing the painting. The second problem was a reflection of the camera and tripod. This was removed by darkening the whole room so that very little light went into the room and covering the tripod with a non reflective black cloth. Interestingly I have referred to Elbow-Toes work as paintings but they are in fact collages. They are made up of thousands of tiny pieces of paper all added individually. It must take him ages!

headshots for singers

February 4th, 2011

Here are some more recent headshots of musical theatre performer Nicki. At the moment you can see her on the television every Saturday evening on Take Me Out. She approached me because she needed some good black and white headshots for her new west end agent. So unusually for me these days the portrait photographs were taken in a studio environment.

Lighting here is a very simple one light set-up albeit with the fantastic profoto beauty dish and grid. Once you have used one of these it is difficult to see how you would ever go back! Both of these shots were just one light above and to the left of the sitter with no other reflectors. I was very pleased with the results. Nicki has used them for her agent and on singers pro and casting call pro.

headshots for business

February 4th, 2011

Here are a couple of photos from a recent business portrait or corporate headshot session in Manchester city centre. Darren wanted a portrait photograph taken for his author page in a book and journal articles.

The point of this post is really to show that not all business headshots involve a man in a suit and tie, and in fact many are the people and their respective business needs that can benefit from a stylish portrait. As usual the key to a good portrait is getting the client to relax and feel at ease. For the technically minded again this was taken with an 85mm f1.4, light typical manchester cloudy day, giving me very large natural softbox and nice soft light.

great john street hotel manchester

December 15th, 2010

In what is a bit of a departure for blog posts I thought I would showcase some of the commercial work we do at Richard Price photography. We have recently completed the interior and exterior shots for Great John Street Hotel in Manchester city centre. This is one of a group of hotels going under the Eclectic Hotels banner and includes Didsbury House Hotel and 11 Didsbury Park. Great John Street Hotel is probably Manchester’s most famous boutique hotel and the rooms and public areas are amazing. My assistant said that going home to her flat was a real disappointment after spending time in such sumptuous surroundings. Our brief was to photograph the rooms, public areas and the exterior of the hotel at dusk. These are a selection of the images and I hope they show what we can do for commercial clients.

A lot of the shots were taken using Nikon’s fabulous new 14-24mm AFS f/2.8 G ED. This lens is incredible. I have never before come across a lens so wide which also gives such straight lines all the way to the edges. Now I can see why so many people have been raving about it!

Portrait Photography at the Midland Hotel

November 30th, 2010

We will be providing portrait photography in Manchester city centre at the Midland Hotel, all over the Christmas period, including New Year’s Eve. This is my favourite image so far, taken on Saturday evening of the incredibly glamorous members of Selfridges Cosmetic Department. As usual we are trying to bring some style to the proceedings and give clients portrait photography that performs above their expectations of event photography, which is often a staid and unimaginative genre. We are taking portraits in the lobby in front of the Christmas tree using it as a backdrop. For the technically minded lighting here is one profoto d1 mounted high with a beauty dish and grid. I am always amazed at the quality of light that this combination can provide. We have the facilities to print out on the evening and prints cost £15 for a 9″x6″ in a mount.

number of prints

To facilitate card payments for clients who do not have enough cash on them we have set up this dedicated page to allow them to pay with paypal.

Just select the number of prints required from the drop down menu and then click buy now to be taken to a dedicated secure paypal site.

manchester city centre photography

November 11th, 2010

I took this yesterday, as part of an ongoing work for a client. It is the New Civil Courts of Justice and the Extension to the People’s History Museum. I like the abstract shapes produced with the fisheye and the lights in the buildings. I recently went in the People’s History Museum for the first time when spending some time with my nephew. Despite him studying double history A-level he did not seem too excited by it and wanted to go to GAME. I on the other hand found it fascinating and dug my heels in staying to watch a demo of trade union banner weaving!

Wedding Fair 30-31 Oct Trafford Centre

October 25th, 2010

manchester wedding photographer

As a local Manchester wedding photographer I have been asked to set up a stall as part of Debenehams Wedding Weekend at the Trafford Centre on Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of October 2010. I will be there from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday near the escalator on the first floor. Please come along. I will have a selection of albums with me and can answer any questions you have about your big day.

a smile, that is all we need!

September 28th, 2010

Here are the best photos from this afternoon. The basic task appeared to be relatively simple. Get a happy picture of a little girl against a dark background, such that her hair stands out. I turned up with lights and a backdrop but unfortunately the subject was having nothing to do with having her portrait taken. I tried moving to outdoors and using natural light, to no avail. Eventually these shots were obtained by me taking pictures of her parents, then pretending to leave and convincing her that she was going to miss out!

fashion photography, cord, manchester

September 27th, 2010

Here are the results from Sunday’s evening wear fashion photography shoot downstairs in Cord, Manchester. Thanks to all the team for their patience and perseverance, models Alan, Sinead and Chris from Nemesis, Nadia and Tracey and most of all Bryan. Finally I would like to thank the staff of Cord for their hospitality. Lighting was a mix of a gridded profoto beauty dish and a gridded spot as a second light. I am pleased with the way the light fall off keeps the dark surroundings of the bar.

manchester portrait photographs

September 17th, 2010

A few selected photos from a recent portrait and headshot session for Nick in Ancoats and Castlefield in Manchester. Thanks for your patience Nick and sorry about having to push the car! Interestingly it has now fixed itself and no fault can be found! All of the portrait photographs were taken on a Nikon D700 with a Nikon 85mm f1.4 AF-D. Thanks to Manchester’s fabulous soft diffused light (ie wet and overcast!) no external lights were used just the available light and open shade. Comments are always welcome.