Continuing the theme of photographing genuine craftspeople in their work environments I took the opportunity to visit Paul, a skilled craftsman, a Cabinetmaker, working from his garden workshop in the small village of Thurne in the English County of Norfolk, UK.
It was a very frosty morning in December when I arrived at Paul’s historic home. The sun was shining in a clear blue sky but it was very chilly! The visit had been planned but I hadn’t seen the space Paul works from, for all I knew it could be cluttered or untidy, cramped or dark or full of power tools. These situations can be tricky to photograph aesthetically.
We chatted over a warming cup of coffee before venturing around the back of the house into the workshop. I was in for a treat, as I stepped into the space the sunlight filtered through the window behind Paul’s uncluttered, tidy workbench. The ambience of the space was more than I could have wished for.
Positioning Paul between me and the light coming from the window ensured I got the soft, backlight I love to work with. As a skilled cabinetmaker Paul uses vintage hand tools in his craft. As he worked on the wood with these tools I captured moments as the particles of sawdust almost glittered as they floated into the air.
To avoid dark corners in some shots I used strobe light directed into them and kicked a little reflector behind the subject. I also tried to counterbalance the window light by experimenting with the added glow of an electric heater almost out of the frame.
For more small business, craftspeople images see here.
The first beginners guide to digital photography workshop was held on the 12th January it was a great event and we received an excellent testimonial. ‘I would recommend photography training by Gary Norman. He is a dynamic trainer with an engaging style and a massive amount of knowledge, that he communicates in a way that is easy to understand.’
More workshops are planned so keep an eye on the website here.
The photograph was to be a feature in their annual magazine, Best of Norfolk. Classic big, cloudy skies and wide open landscapes Â are the classic features of a Norfolk scene. The traditional public house is another traditional scene and the two are often connected, a walk along the Norfolk coast followed by a pint and bite to eat in the pub. With this in mind, I located a classic location in Blakeney, where the muddy waters at low tide against the grey sky provided the perfect backdrop for Francis’ portrait.
Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre. For IOD Suffolk magazine.[/caption]
We recently photographed a business portrait for IOD Suffolk magazine featuring two high profile businessmen; Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre. Commission by Jane Chittenden of Format Words
Dr. Andy Wood Chief Executive Adnams Brewery & Antony Howell Business Development Director Hethel Engineering Centre.
A behind the scenes video of the setup for the business corporate portrait created by Tom Martin Fast Forward Media.