I’ve been a member of Wakefield Camera Club for a long time now and I never imagined when I joined in the 80s as an itinerant nature photographer, that years down the line I would become a pro photographer specialising in portraiture, fashion and glamour. I still shoot a lot of wildlife images, and in fact I’ll soon be in Bulgaria for some hard core bird photography, but I mostly shoot people these days and its a big depature from my early ambitions as a photographer. Anyhow, every couple of months the club runs a lighting demo and I usually front it, taking along a model with me and showing a lighting set-up. Last night was no different and I used a simple three light set-up to shoot Terri Valentine, a girl that I shot a few months ago in the studio. Once I’ve set up the lights, explained why and taken a few sample shots to show how to get on with a model, I hand over to the club members who then take it in turns to shoot the model. Ergo, I only end up with a few shots each time and usually they aren’t well composed due to rushing. Last night, as ever, I only ended up having shot 10 frames, none of which I’m happy with, but here I’ve worked one up to show the results.
Portraiture lighting demonstration to camera clubs by professional Wakefield based fashion and glamour photographer John Gardner 01924 229800