Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Ashtonlane shoot

had the privilege of working with the band Ashtonlane on their album cover and promo shots 
there is nothing i like better than working with creative people fantastic fun relaxed shoot and here you can see the guys from the band got there own back on me by turning the camera on me and lets face it i have the face and body of a supermodel so i was cool with that ?

anyway thanks to the band esther,tim and jamie and to deborah for shooting this video.
also to the creative team that is Jacquie Bruin makeup and Gail Rankin hair thanks guys.
also many thanks to Dawn Martin and Anna Binning for their assistance on this shoot running about after me (and i wonder why my ass is getting bigger)

a few stills from the shoot firstly a behind the scenes shot of dawn and anna standing on a rather shaky fire exit stair lighting the band from above ahh the things a assistant has to do.

now a few shots from the shoot firstly the stairwell shot which no lighting diagram is needed as you can see how its lit from above image.

now this is the shot they are using as the album cover its a fairly straightforward studio shot using 4 lights.

i will add a lighting diagram

Monday, 18 July 2011

I live to create

welcome to what is my first blog post,
so why the heading i live to create ? yes i know it sounds a bit  up myself but it is a question i ask my self every day and truth be told my wife asks me often as well.
what the hell drives me to spend countless hours traveling hundreds of miles in sometimes fowl weather to some remote spot sometimes only to find the light is not even worth getting my camera out.
what on earth possesses me to spend hour after hour working on images refining each small detail in order to produce an images that shows the landscape or person the way i saw them.
why oh why do i spend money like there is no tomorrow, buying the best possible kit to enable me to produce images that are the best they can be in a time when clients are feeling the squeeze or some just unwilling to pay the correct money for quality work , yes the obvious answer is its your job David that's why. true i do get paid for this but i have on countless occasions spent whole days working on images i wont get paid for WHY......why indeed.
there are so many answers to that question most of which make me look a bit mad truth be told but i think if you ask any creative person what drives them on to do more and you will get similar answers most just feel compelled to create things of beauty or to record and capture what they see even if no one paid them.

Abhainn shira

of course as a photographer i have to make a living but that drive to create beauty runs through my veins.
so working on personal projects is so important to me keeping the freshness in my work, helping keep the joy i had as a amateur snapper.
when the road trip is over and several hours  of postproduction is completed and you find you have at least one good image you sit sipping your coffee happy and contented with your day ready to do it all again tomorrow.

swimware shoot glasgow

i will in coming posts let you in to my wee world of photography sometimes explaining why or how i have arrived at the image i am showing the techniques  behind the shots and the creative thought process involved. in the meantime feel free to check out my main websites www.stantonimaging.com and also www.stantonimaging.co.uk

speak soon