Welcome to Heath's blog. This is mostly not wedding photography related, for the work that Jac and Heath do for weddings, please click our logo above, or 'main blog'. There will be more experimentation, technical information, and commercial work displayed here. I'll try to update daily but it's unlikely! To see more information about us, click here.
(Nikon D800/D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G + Nikkor AFS 300mm f/2.8D) It's important to know your camera's weaknesses and strengths, especially when shooting in lighting conditions that are rapidly changing like below (shot for BBC's Top Gear Live). The Nikon D700 has the best highlight recovery of any DSLR I've used. The D800 has the best shadow recovery of any DSLR I've ever used. If I shot the car on fire with the D700, I would be less worried if the highlights were slightly blown. With the D800 I would err on the side of underexposure almost all the time. It's getting more popular now to bring up the shadows and/or decrease the highlights to add to the perceived dynamic range, but I feel as thought it looks too artificial - like the HDR (high dynamic range) photographs.
(Pentax 67II + 105mm f/2.4 + Kodak Portra 400 desaturated) Shooting colour film and converting it to black and white is fine by me. Some say that if you are wanting black and white, shoot black and white film. I suppose I'm not a purist in that sense, I like the option of having both. On a side note, shooting portraits is something that can be challenging. Especially when shooting with the Pentax 67 with a lens like the 105/2.4 - you are really close to the person. A hint is do it quickly. People can start to get freaked out if you take too much time. This can be a challenge on a manual focus camera like the Pentax with the narrow depth of field.
(Pentax 67II + 105mm f/2.4 + Kodak Portra 400) Today's tip is to obsess over photography less, and surf more. I need to learn this too. Here is a friend dropping in on a wave that we rarely have to share =) Magic Island surf needs to be a priority.
(Nikon F70 + 85mm f/1.8G + Fuji 200 Walgreens $1 sale + Pakon scanner) This baby was not photographed in Chattanooga! Baby Lachy is our next door neighbor when we stay in Australia. He is making us both want to have a baby. Such a chilled-out and happy little guy. My idea of baby photography is to spend time with a family doing what they do, for a realistic moment in time, documentary style. That way in 10 years it's like looking back at everything though a time machine, rather than just looking back at an overly styled baby photo that looks almost exactly like the rest. Jac works this way and is keen to take bookings to Photograph babies in Chattanooga. It's not really my thing (unless it is a casual thing with friends like this shot).