Great day down at the studio again , the model is Marie-Jean Taylor and makeup artist Joanne Bates. Really hysterical shoot as Marie-Jean has a wicked sense of humour.
Well today I said goodbye to Gitzo as a supplier.
After being a long time supporter of Gitzo I have finally had it with them and their lack of customer service.
After spending £350 on a GH3382QD ballheads just over a year ago the arca clamp has seized after getting wet in a rain shower , now I have used lots of different ballheads over the years and they have taken a pounding in rain , waves , snow and sandstorms but I have never had one seize until now.
The head comes with a an extended 7 year warranty , a quick call to support and it will be sorted !!!!!! how wrong I was , apparently getting a ballhead wet and it seizing isn’t covered under the warranty.
Despite me explaining that I wouldn’t expect a £350 ballhead to seize after getting wet once I was basically told tough and it would cost me £100 for it to be repaired.
That was the final straw so I have said goodbye to Gitzo and have bought a new tripod and head.
After a good deal of research and reading reviews I came upon a review by Thomas Heaton for the Ifootage Gazelle and Acratech head , having watched the review time and time again and putting it up against Benro and Manfrotto my mood was made up , Turned up tw days ago and I have to say I am impressed with the build quality of both the Gazelle and Acratech . hopefully I will be able to write a review in the next week or so.
Watch this space :)
Well i actually ventured away from studio work today to get out and shoot something I have been want to shoot in a long time , Burnham-on-Sea Low Lighthouse is one of three light houses in Burnham-on-Sea but it is the only one that is still active.
The Low Lighthouse’s lights were inactive between 1969 and 1993 and were re-established on 31st December 1993 , The lighthouse is painted white with a single vertical red stripe on its front face and is 9m tall with a conical roof and mounted on 9 timber pilings.
At high tide the legs are completely covered so it stands all alone
Well I thought I was having an evening off tonight but got an email late on in the day asking if I could stand in for a photoshoot in Salisbury as the original photographer had let pulled out at the last minute. So despite a busy day I thought why not could be fun, Belle Eve is a fantastic model and bought all the Princess Leia Star Wars outfits, We had a real laugh at the shoot and I was so happy I went.
What a laugh we had today down at Trident , massive shout out to Alexandra and Chris for a fantastic day
Working with gels is a real photographic challenge , working with a colour wheel for the best colour combination is something I haven’t come across before but its amazing the difference it makes when combining the colours , once again the Nikon Z7 proved all doubters wrong with its performance in low light
Great photoshoot with Leanne at the studio , she is a first class model and I can’t wait to work with her again.
The range of tattoo’s she has is fantastic and such a photogenic model.
Really starting to enjoy portraiture photography and has revitalised my love of photography