Emmerdale’s Barton Brothers for Inside soap Magazine – Jesper Mattias © 2014

A few weeks ago I was commissioned to shoot the four brothers on the British Soap Emmerdale for Inside Soap magazine. The Brief was to get some moody portraits and make them look as good as possible!! The picture editor and myself thought a nice grey background would work and apart form that the only proviso was to keep the lighting constant and get them looking as brooding as possible for the singles and a nice fun group shot of them together. Lighting Wise for the singles I had a play around and initially was going to use a gridded soft boxy at 45 degrees to the side bout the light that was coming out was too harsh and you were losing detail in the shadow areas where you really still wanted some light, so I used a normal soft box and hit them with a Key light (clip light) from behind to just lift the face from the background. A bare head for this rear light was too much so I attached some trace to the front to soften it ever so slightly. The background was lit with a few heads with barn door attachments on them and I tried not to light it too evenly but to have some fall off at the bottom to create mood. I did use a few polyboards which were brought in closer to lighten or darken the face which sometimes is all it takes to get it just right.

The Singles:


Bill Ward - emmerdale

Bill Ward – emmerdale



Michael Parr - Emmerdale

Michael Parr – Emmerdale

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The Group Shot was lit more evenly. I used a large silver umbrella on a large boom above and angles slightly down and a small soft box on the floor a bit further away from them to just keep the fall off of light from the brolly from going too black, again, to have some mood but to still have detail in the shadows. Then it was a case of having some fun, which all four of them did. The post was fairly limited as I got most of it in camera (as you should always try and do!) I tweaked a few things here and there but that’s my technique and I won’t be sharing it here 😉

The Group Shot


The Barton Brothers - Emmerdale

The Barton Brothers – Emmerdale

A really great shoot for a lovely client. Hope you like the images and feel free to comment if you so wish.


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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