Charlie here for this weekend's YOUR TAKEOVER. Thanks a lot for having me on, it's an absolute pleasure.
I'd like to kick off by sharing my recent exploits in photography with you, most notably my first band shoot! Last weekend I went and shot @punchbagband in rehearsals at Airtight Studios, Chichester. Was great fun, learned a lot about shooting groups especially. I found one of the most important things during the shoot, above others, was having fun and making your subjects comfortable and relaxed. I wanted to shoot the band as they would normally be - I essentially just acted as a friend and got them to pretend I wasn't there and eased off the pressure to look good, or to put up a false front. That way I could focus on composition, as I didn't have to worry about framing or posing them - I just wanted to portray what the band was really like as an observer.
I also brought a flash for the first time in a while, and rekindled my love for creative lighting techniques. I used a Nikon FM2 with a small Cobra flash attached via PC sync. This meant I could go handheld and use some really crazy angles for some of the shots. I also played around with different sync speeds. I was chuffed to bits with some of the results, really!
I'm also going to be travelling off to Kiev and Chernobyl in late March with a friend to go shoot the abandoned city of Pripyat and the surrounding area, which I'm very pleased to announce will become my second publication after the success of my debut zine, Latent Image. I have some rough drafts and sketches in place, but more information will be available after I've been and shot the images for it. Watch this space!
Look forward to sharing some other bits with you over the coming weekend. Love you all!