Light Painting

Light Painting is a technique used to light an image with a hand-held light during a long exposure. You may also see it referred to as Painting with Light. I do quite a lot of this.



Everything that I shoot depends on the dedication and talent of the models that I work with. These galleries showcases those I shoot most often.



Back in the days of film I shot a lot of Kodak HIE infrared. Since that was discontinued I've had a DSLR converted into a dedicated infrared camera.


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Bulldog 8×10

Bulldog 8x10So after many years of procrastination I’ve finally decided to get into 8×10 photography, primarily to shoot tintypes and wet plate collodion.

After hunting for a vintage or second hand modern camera on eBay for a while, I decided to go with the Bulldog 8×10 kit. Vintage cameras tend to use (by modern standards) odd plate sizes which would make finding suitable film and plate holders more difficult, and modern gear is just too expensive for my level of experience.

The Bulldog is made from laser cut MDF, but so far it looks quite promising. The bellows and focusing screen (the important bits) are good. I just need to buy some glue and clamps and decided how to finish the ‘wood.’

More posts to come as the project develops, assuming a don’t glue myself to something.  

Bulldog unboxed.

Bulldog unboxed.

Bulldog parts.

Bulldog parts.


GatsbyBefore they were married we’d been talking about a shot of Alix and Marty, but time wasn’t on our side. So recently we managed to sort out our schedules and took this one next to Glasgow Cathedral.

It was the first outing for my Gitzo carbon fibre tripod too. A great new toy that’ll make travelling with the tripod a lot easier.


HanzelUndGretyl-141015-18In the last couple of months I’ve been getting back into music photography. I’ve shot Je$us Loves America, Hansel und Gretyl and the Nanobots. The lighting is challenging, but low light is kinda my thing, so hopefully there will be more of this sort of thing in the future.


Despite vowing to do so I’ve not been keeping the blog here updated. Social media is the enemy to this sort of thing. So time for some catch up.

Back in July, Habs came back into the studio to model one of her own Double Crossed Clothing t-shirts. We also took a lingerie shot with her in fully fashioned stockings, something that I’ve wanted to shoot for a long time.  No lasers this time, but always fun.

While editing those I found leggings shot from our last shoot that I had never properly processed. The latest version of Lightroom came to the rescue. Now algorithms FTW.

Mac Drive Failure

DaveBootProblems with backup strategies.

On Thursday the hard drive on my Macbook Pro failed. Not a problem. I run Time Machine regularly so I have a full incremental backup that’ll restore my machine back to working condition. Just need to buy a new drive, install it and boot the machine into Recovery mode to start the restore.

Oh… That’s doesn’t work with a blank hard drive. Need to use a boot CD.

Oh… OS X hasn’t come on CD for ages. Try with the last physical disc I have – Snow Leopard. Nope. Doesn’t work.

What the hell do I do now?

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JLA-060615-029As part of SPRLMNL I shot Je$us Loves Amerika performing at The Poetry Club in Glasgow. It was dark. Very dark. A great performance by both the band and my Canon 5D Mk3. Camera equipment has come a long way in the last couple of years.

The full set is here: JLA