Posts Tagged ‘Ian Thraves Photography’

PHOTOGRAPHING FOR THE MOVIES

PHOTOGRAPHING FOR THE MOVIES

Working as a photographer on the set of a movie requires a different discipline to other areas of commercial photography and achieving a successful shoot requires careful planning, plus strong communication and interpersonal skills. In the case of British movie, Habit my main role was to shoot portraits of the key actors ‘in character’, one of […]

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Workflow – After the shoot

Workflow - After the shoot

Once you’ve completed a photo shoot it’s vital that all images are backed-up as soon as possible. It’s possible for memory cards to be lost, damaged or corrupted and I have witnessed this myself, especially in the case of SD cards! Of course some cameras now have dual memory card slots, allowing you to write images to two […]


Workflow – Planning a successful photo shoot

Workflow - Planning a successful photo shoot

Whether paid, or not when organising a photo shoot I always plan as much as I can beforehand in an effort to ensure the outcome will be as successful as possible. The Brief Most photography briefs received from my commercial clients don’t provide a great deal of detail and are usually delivered by email. In […]


Portrait lighting: keeping it simple!

Portrait lighting: keeping it simple!

It’s easy to get caught up in thinking we need to utilise multiple flash heads to achieve professional lighting results but this is not always true. Much depends on the effect you are aiming to achieve and often there is a lot to be gained from keeping your lighting simple. After all, when shooting outdoors we […]


Music Photography

Music Photography

Creating Track Artwork For Band White Eskimo A few months ago I was asked by band manager and TV presenter Yvette Fielding to shoot the artwork for the up-and-coming band White Eskimo. I have worked with White Eskimo a few times in the past (see blog history), so I’m familiar with the band members but […]


How to plan a photo shoot with band, White Eskimo

How to plan a photo shoot with band, White Eskimo

A few months ago I was asked to organise another publicity shoot for up-and-coming band, White Eskimo. I’d photographed White Eskimo in the past on two separate occasions, once on location and another time in studio (see previous blog posts). However, this time it was requested that the shoot should be booked for the entire […]


Photo Shoot for BBC2 Sitcom, Boy Meets Girl!

Photo Shoot for BBC2 Sitcom, Boy Meets Girl!

Back in January 2015, I purchased the Nikon D810 and within days of owning this state-of-the-art high-resolution camera I received a commission to shoot images for the BBC2 sitcom, Boy Meets Girl. The brief was to photograph two models and in combination, produce highly artistic images of an unusual nature that could be used for display in an […]


How to light a Triathlete

How to light a Triathlete

                                    I am currently in the process of building a specialist portfolio related to Health, Fitness and Sports photography and recently completed a studio shoot involving Triathlete, Alison. Initially, the plan was to create a set of images […]


Photographers – consider the environment!

Photographers - consider the environment!

We are all familiar with the standard portrait ‘head shot’, normally seen positioned above or alongside a written article, sometimes with a short caption printed benth. Although images of this style are little more than quality snapshots, they do fulfil the simple purpose of putting a face to the story. The images here were taken […]


Ian to be published in Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2012

Ian to be published in Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012

A&C Black, publishers of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook have recently recommissioned an update to my ongoing article on the subject of working as a professional photographer.  First published in 1998, the article has been updated over the years to accommodate the many changes that have taken place in this ever-evolving industry.  Since the advent of […]


Corporate portraits that are crème de la crème

Corporate portraits that are crème de la crème

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to shoot some corporate images for Graham Shapiro, owner of GSD (Graham Shapiro Design). Graham had recently won the Crème De La Crème business award, another to add to his ever-growing collection of awards. Graham required a variety of images for press releases, magazine articles and other […]


From the pit to fit – all in one week!

From the pit to fit – all in one week!

Since my last blog entry I was asked to shoot something completely different – promotional photos for Manchester based fitness boot camp Front Line Fit. The image above is a good demonstration of shallow depth-of-field. A long 200 mm zoom lens, coupled with a wide aperture help to isolate the subject from the background, giving the […]


Britfloyd – A spectacular Liverpool Launch

Britfloyd – A spectacular Liverpool Launch

Shortly after The Classic Rock show (see last blog post), I was back in the pit photographing the Britfloyd launch show, performed to an audience of 6,500 people at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Featuring many of the musical performers from the Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS), musical Director and performer Damian Darlington hosted the biggest […]


Checkum campaign has the X Factor!

Checkum campaign has the X Factor!

Sean Smith from X Factor’s sibling duo, Same Difference is another celebrity to brave the on-going national Testicular Cancer awareness campaign known as Checkum. We photographed Sean a few weeks ago in London, but I will hasten to add that his sister, Sarah wasn’t present at this particular gig! Instead she took a hasty retreat […]


TV Autoglass man drops his overalls for Checkum

TV Autoglass man drops his overalls for Checkum

Gavin Jenks from the Autoglass TV advertisements is another familiar face to reveal all for the Checkum Testicular Cancer Awareness campaign. Shot about a week ago in Birmingham, Gavin told us he had never done anything like this before, but was willing to expose himself in the name of charity and for the good of […]


Recent Checkum shoot and Press Release

Recent Checkum shoot and Press Release

Recently voted the best-looking housemate ever “BIG BROTHERS” Dale Howard is the latest celebrity to join forces with over 40 other top celebrities for the Famousmales Testicular Cancer Awareness Campaign in Association with Macmillan Cancer Support. Dale looking even better after leaving the BB house is now a Personal Trainer and is working in Manchester. Dale […]


Future Checkum images to be shot on Nikon D3x

Future Checkum images to be shot on Nikon D3x

Above – Nikon D3x test shot. Those who have been following my blog posts and Twitter ‘tweets’ will be aware that I have been approaching top camera manufacturers for a higher resolution camera body for use on future Checkum shoots (see previous Checkum blog posts). I am delighted to publish that Nikon UK have responded […]


Taking Stock – Whitby

Taking Stock - Whitby

During a recent two day family trip to Yorkshire, I was faced with little time, heavy rain showers and grey skies, together with an over-saturated travel market.  I therefore decided to try something different.  I was amazed at the results of two scenes taken at Whitby, both 20 minutes to half an hour after sunset. […]