Shoot at a craft brewery

I have a long running project about craft food/drinks producers that i am working on constantly and after having shot various drinks makers (vodka distillers in Brooklyn, NYC and a champagne makers in Hampshire) i wanted to shoot a brewery and Bath has a fantastic one called The Electric Bear, which has one countless awards already for its ale. I love backlighting subjects anyway so this gave me a chance to do just that. I knew there would be lots of steam/smoke from the various tanks so backlighting it would add more drama. I wanted to capture the whole process from initial brewing to distribution. A lot of the shots were shot wide open to add more flare with a fair bit being retouched to remove branding and lighting stands! I had the luxury of attaching lights to an overhead mezzanine to increase the general light levels and override any tungsten that was floating around, this made my job a lot easier and was almost like shooting in daylight apart from working with my main key light which was the backlight.It was a good chance to try out my new canon 5DSr in a testing environment, lots of steam and heat basically. It worked and performed really well and the quality of the final images were amazing. I have included a few images here and more can be seen through my agency (image source). If you have any questions then feel free to ask .

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Dunkin Donuts Lifestyle and interiors shoot in Sweden

I was asked by Dunkin Donuts america to shoot two stores that had opened in Sweden. The brief was two-fold and included shooting moody interiors to show of the subdued and subtle lighting, plus get a range of lifestyle shots of staff and customers smiling, eating and interacting with customers and each other. Both Stores were in around the Stockholm area (beautiful city, go if you get a chance). There was not really much call for lighting on this shoot. I brought two speed lights that were really used to clean up faces and blast away any unwanted colour casts from ambient or artificial lighting. The Interiors were shot as is, the only thing (and utterly essential) was a circular polariser filter. I only use Lee filters and their 105mm circular polariser on the Lee adaptor ring is amazing. The polariser allows me to minimise reflections from glass and also control the brightness of monitors and internal lighting by twisting the filter.

I shot the majority of my interiors on two fixed lenses. The first was a 21mm carl zeiss distagon lens and the other was the 35mm equivalent. These lenses are unbelievable sharp and the colour rendition you get is outstanding. They were purchased while i was in New York in February shooting this ( brooklyn vodka distillery shoot) and are great lenses to have in your bag for interiors and landscapes. They are manual focus but don’t let that deter you, we all survived quite well before auto focus came along 😉

A few of the shots are attached below. Enjoy!

Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden


Dunkin Donuts shoot - Sweden

Dunkin Donuts shoot – Sweden

Portrait shoot at a craft vodka distillery in Brooklyn, NY

I recently shot a portrait session at a craft vodka distillery in Brooklyn, New York. It was for my agency (Image Source). Having not scouted the location beforehand it was a case of turning up and thinking fast on my feet as time was limited. However, the location itself was excellent. It had lots of natural light and lots of scientific looking instruments that would add interest to the shots.. (as well as the obligatory bottles of vodka).

I shot these with fairly slow exposures and a a wide open aperture giving bright and clean feel (around 1/15 sec and around f2). I shot them on a tripod with some new lenses i just picked up, a 21mm carl zeiss distagon and a 35mm carl zeiss distagon lens, both have proven to be amazingly sharp at even low apertures. i used a small flash head as a front light and two daylight balanced continuous lighting heads (make unknown) for some fill light to soften the harsh flash.

The main string of shots took place in the lab itself but a few were in the workshop. I loved the juxtaposition between a clean, refined final product and a room full of drills, lathes, tools and welding apparatus. I did a few tweaks in post to clean the images up and gave them a desaturated feel but apart from that it was all shot as is, in-camera.

enjoy and please feel free to comment

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Images Copyright of Jesper Mattias Photography 2015

Group Shot of Board members of Pentair – USA

I was asked to shoot the members of a board of a company called Pentair. They are a very large multinational US firm who deal with many different areas, oil, construction etc. They were in the uk and I had a fifteen minute window in which to shoot them for a group shot. Now, there were eleven of them and this is too many to shoot in one go on a white 9ft colorama (side by side anyway). I decided to break the group up and shoot them in four sections and fit them together in post. In order to do this you have to mock up what the final image will look like in your head so it will look seamless. It’s easy shooting four small groups but sticking them together so it looks like they were all shot in one go is quite tricky. Lighting wise; I had two large boom arms with my elinchrom heads with silver brollies above camera and angled sown slightly with a head on the floor with a softbox attached to act as a fill light to clear away any unwanted shadows etc. The colorama was lit cleanly so they could be cut out at later stage with relative ease. I did my usual tweaks in post and gave them the contrasty and de-saturated look i do to most of my work. The result was great and the client was happy. Pleas feel free to comment!PENTAIR-GROUP-LowRes

Julia Bradbury for Fitbit 2014

I was asked to Shoot Julia Bradbury for Fitbit this year. Fitbit are the worlds leader on fitness tracker bands so Julia fitted the bill as the face of the brand as she is outdoorsy and i think wears one of these bands anyway.. handy! The shoot was in Richmond Park and i had the intention of overcomplicating things by lugging round my profoto and using that but in the end a reflector and available light did the trick. I love the tones to the images, very pastel like and soft which works well and makes julia and the coloured bracelets pop off the page. I have attached a selection of a few of the final ones (screen grabbed for Low Res). Hope you like them, any questions then please feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!

Julia 1 - Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 1 – Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

 

Julia 3 - Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 3 – Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 2 - Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Julia 2 – Fitbit Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Still to advertise BAFTA winning Operation Ouch World War 1 Special for CBBC and Maverick TV

Operation Ouch - Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

Operation Ouch – Copyright Jesper Mattias 2014

I was commissioned to shoot the stills to advertise this one off special to coincide with the centenary of WW1. The image was shot in a cattle shed and we propped it up to look like a bunker. Three heads were used here, a snoot on the right with a grid insert to highlight the satchel and lantern. Another gridded dish on the left to highlight the maps and a soft box with an egg crate inert for the front light. I was conscious of the light flying everywhere in such a small space and it needed to be controlled hence using grids on all the lights. This also gave a really sharp fall off of flight which is what i wanted as it was going to be quite a contrasty image. Not too much post done to this, pretty much as shot in camera. Had to wait nearly a year to write this blog post as the show has only just come out. Hope you like the image, i think it worked really well. enjoy

 

Advertising shoot with Julia Bradbury for FITBIT

I was commissioned to shoot Julia Bradbury who was the face of FitBit, which is a fitness tracker band that syncs to your phone app and laptop etc and gives running stats on distance walked, calories lost etc. The Studio shots were up to me on how I was to light it, but as it was a white background type shoot there were not too many options really. I used a beauty dish with a soft cover on the front and a cut light (Clip light) on the side with a bit of added warmth in the guise of a 1/4 orange gel. It was about incorporating the Fitbit Flex bracelet in as natural a way as possible so i approached this like i would a watch shoot, as there isn’t really too much difference in positions between the two. The shoot was really about variation in poses and as we only had a few hours we managed to rattle of a fair bit, namely because Julia is a pro! Hope you like the images, feel free to comment!

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JuliaBradbury

JuliaBradbury