Category Archives: In the studio

Return to classic portraiture

Marc-Lafreniere-2015_GSL-7298-webIn a visually noisy world of over saturated, over photo shopped, really bad HDR artificial photos it is so nice to have someone who appreciates classic black & white portraiture walk into your studio. It’s always rewarding to revisit and practice the lighting lessons taught to us by the great masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer (…see Rembrandt Lighting) and 1940’s Hollywood photographers such as George Hurrell, who pioneered the use of high intensity focused fresnel lights found on movies sets. Its clean, back to basics and keeps it simple. It’s about the light, not the camera. This is Marc Lafrenière, teacher, photographer, film and art aficionado  …future .com billionaire. :^)

You can visit his website at marclafreniere.ca

© 2015 Greg Locke

 

More Headroom

Headroom-Emma-GSL9875-WEB-FINALWe really love working with The Headroom in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Great people with creative vision, drive and skills. We are back in the studio for this latest shoot for Olivia Chafe, one of the hottest hair stylists in the city, was for a Sebastian Whats Next contest.  You can vote for her entry online at Sebastian.

Model: Emma Dagher
Makeup: Janel O’connell
Photo by Greg Locke © 2014

Neil Edwards, CEO of the NSO

Neil Edwards, CEO, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Photographed by Greg Locke in St. John's, Newfoundland © 2014

Neil Edwards, CEO, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Photographed by Greg Locke in St. John’s, Newfoundland © 2014

 After three years of photographing the musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in performance, back stage, on the road and in a series of on location photo shoots, I finally got the symphony CEO, Neil Edwards, in the studio and in front of the camera for his portrait. …click to enlarge.  Photo by Greg Locke © 2014.

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With the team from The Headroom at the Goldwell Fantasy hair show. Congratulations and thanks to Trish Malloy, Janel O’Connell, Courtney Day, Olivia Chafe and model, Kristen Parsons. Spectacular!  Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Sucker for sapphires

Last week we went from climbing rocks to polishing them! We shot these beautiful sapphires for Diamond Design. ….and sapphires are our favourites anyway. Photo by Greg Locke© 2013

Tempting Topaz

A lovely topaz pendant in 18k white gold on a braided silk rope by designer, Bellarri, for Diamond Design.
Photo by Greg Locke © 2013

Channeling 1968 style

After a week on the gritty, slushy, cold downtown film sets of The Slattery Street Crockers I’m happy to be back in the warm, dry studio to finish up this project I’ve been working on for Olivia Chafe at The Headroom in St. John’s. Kept thinking I was having a 1968 flashback. Must be watching to many episodes of Mad Men.

Model: Laura. Hair: Olivia Chafe. Makeup: Janel O’Connell. Photo: Greg Locke © 2013.

Hair today….

….and its back in the studio at The Head Room with this shot for hair stylist Olivia Chafe and our new favourite model, Laura, with makeup by Janel O’Connell.

Geek Assassin

Geek Assassin movie still Photo by Greg Locke © 2012 Actress Natalia Hennelly on set during shooting of Geek Assassin last week. This new independent film by Kenneth J. Harvey is currently in production in St. John’s. Check out the 1 minute teaser on Vimeo. This film will be deadly. © Greg Locke 2012

Nikon D800 – Loose in the real world.

Nikon D800

I have not been excited about a new camera since I traded a bag full of Olympus OM1’s and a bunch of lenses for a couple of new Nikon F3’s, an 80-200mm and a 20mm back in 1985. The first digital camera I considered worth buying was the Nikon D100. I had used the NC2000 and the D1’s and they were total crap. Sorry, it’s the truth and we all know it. Since the D100 I’ve only bought a couple of D2x and a D700.

I wasn’t really planning on buying a Nikon D800.  However, when I saw the specs and it coincided with a need for a new HD video setup I figured it was as good a time as any to make the credit card say ouch.

I don’t think anyone expected a 36 megapixel “full frame” monster with new expanded video features.

I got my order in to  Nikon Canada Pro Services preferred purchase program and Jeff Chevrier at Photocreative, I was able to get one of the first D800s to come into the country.

Cameras, as cool as the technology can be, are still just work tools for professional photographers. They have to have features that are useful and functional in my “real world” shooting and production environment.

With that in mind, this review of the D800 is going to be more about things that matter to working photographers in the field. It’s not a tech “test” or a spec review or, God forbid, a Nikon vs Canon discussion.

Every camera and tech geek on the web has their own version of that and you’ll find the best at RobGalbraith.com and DXO labs websites. Which, by the way, calls the D800 the best DSLR to date. Continue reading »