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photonews 26.6.2012

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Pin Hole

We have all seen the apps that turn your iPhone pics into antique photos or played with the settings on Instagram, mimicking the processes of a by gone time. So all of this got us thinking could we combine the very old with the very new. The result was the worlds most expensive pin hole camera. The lens, or I should say hole, was made from a piece of very thin metal, think coke can, mounted to the rear of an old 5x4 lens shutter. This was fitted to one of Mark's technical cameras and the whole lot was captured on our PhaseOne P65 digital back in three shot mode. We did a test in the studio and then when it stopped raining we ventured out with ten tonnes of kit. To reach our chosen location we had to carry everything for about a mile down a steep and muddy hill and then start setting up. After a couple of hours playing we had captured some very pleasing retro style images. The image is created by a hole about 0.5 mm, the average exposure was 10 seconds and the vignette is natural with no photoshop editing.

This Month

Video Shoot

It was dark, very dark. No, in fact it was darker than that, and we hadn't any idea of what to expect. Our job was to capture images of a music video shoot where the crew were using Olympus' new high speed camera. It was all taking place in a derelict warehouse in south London. As there were no working sockets the only power to be had was through miles of extension leads and our battery packs. The darkness was necessary to create an effect the director required. On top of that the poor video crew were falling behind time, but we had to get our shots without interrupting their schedule, in almost pitch black darkness where sometimes the only light to be had was from our phones! It proved really difficult to get setup and compose the image without being able to see, only using our modelling bulbs when there was a lull in recording. The video ran so far behind that we didn't finish till 4, that's AM not PM!!!



In the not so good old days we used to fire the flashes with cables. Very long cables,very very long cables, that the client would trip over, break and the rest of the day would be filled with lots of misfires and the air would eventually turn blue. But thankfully times have changed and things have turned wireless. Our lights are now fired by our pocket wizards and clients find other things to trip over. These little magic boxes allow us to work in a much freer way and place lights where we often couldn't in the past. These little gems have a range of 500 metres and will also fire the camera so we don't even need to be in the room, although it helps if we are. Isn't technology a wonderful thing!

Dr Mark

Extension Leads

The recent video job is a great example of being prepared for the unexpected. Almost every piece of equipment that we took was used. On the day if we'd only bought one extension lead then the job would have been a disaster, not just for us but also for the video crew, as they also ended up using our power supply. We brought 3 cameras and shot on all of them as we needed to be setup in different locations at the same time. Our studio lights acted as work lamps for the crew between filming and our small battery powered flashes allowed us to get right into the action, but still giving us flexibility and control. The wireless remotes meant we could setup side and back lights for the shots with no trailing cables to trip over in the dark, and the final images could be checked on the laptop. Even the camera box became a handy seat as we waited till we could take our next set of images. As you all know we do really like a challenge.

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