Brett Ferguson Photography: Blog en-us (C) Brett Ferguson Photography (Brett Ferguson Photography) Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Brett Ferguson Photography: Blog 80 120 New direction?  

Recently I have been considering my direction photographically.  Bear with me here – it shouldn’t be as bad as you think.

Most of my current studio work comes about because of a lead from a model wishing to work with me.  Now sometimes I have had the idea first and direct the entire shoot but mostly it tends to be driven by the model (or stylist, or MUA and hair stylist) coming with an idea and then I assess it to see if it will add benefit to my portfolio.  But what does this mean for my own learning.  Well often it makes me consider how I am going to shoot and in addition, how I will ultimately edit the images.  Sometimes this is enough and I am definitely learning organically through this process – but is it enough?  This is the question I am now asking and thinking about where I go next.  More and more, I am thinking about specifically targeting projects rather than seeing what comes up.  The problem with this type of projects is that it requires more work for me up front.  More planning, more preparation and more production.  I’ve spent time building a capability with my photography and editing so I think it is almost time to test that investment.  “Turn your head into the direction you intend to travel.”

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(Brett Ferguson Photography) bfp gel gelled lighting melbourne creative photographer studio Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:00:15 GMT
Dolls Shoot I recently had the opportunity to work with a great team including model Courtney Homer, hairstylist Helen Thompson and styling by Susan Reynolds.  The concept of the shoot was to make Courtney look doll like in all aspects including makeup, clothing, lighting and editing.  


This was a fun shoot and made both the capture and editing processes interesting for me.  This set was recently published in Solis Magazine ( here

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(Brett Ferguson Photography) bfp conceptual doll melbourne creative photographer melbourne photographer photoshop studio Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:05:21 GMT
Engagement shoot with a difference I was recently engaged by couple Liana and Daniel to produce an image to celebrate their engagement.  But not any image.  They were seeking to replicate an image by Peter Hapak of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.  These two celebrities had organised a series of comical shots to be captured which shows all too well their light hearted nature.  As a photographer, I was intrigued by the challenge.  Having not shot much in the way of nude photography, I was somewhat hesitant but equally I wanted to see if I could go close to what is a masterpiece by Peter Hapak.  Both Liana and Daniel approached this shoot with the best spirit and sense of humour which ultimately delivered such a great output.  I also took the opportunity to capture some other fun (but clothed) shots of the couple highlighting their unique skills as hairdresser and barber.  Ultimately, these type of shoots are what being a creative photographer are all about!

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(Brett Ferguson Photography) Engagement Shoot Engagement photoshoot Melbourne Creative Photographer Melbourne engagement shoot Table Series engagement Mon, 08 May 2017 08:00:00 GMT
Publication in Gilded Magazine After much work and effort (and planning) I have managed to get some of my best images published in Gilded Magazine.  This project evolved from a simple idea to use a red headed model.  Following that, I started to study the theme for the shoot which evolved over time and eventually became a combination of a few different themes.  Of course I wanted to incorporate my table series into this work which led to probably the strongest image from the set.  An image that was difficult to deliver in terms of post production but also in execution.  I needed a strong model to photograph in the studio and a good team for hair and makeup as well.  The costume needed to fit the period also which involved drawing in my wife to make a skirt and for me to experiment with headpieces for the shoot.  Ultimately the shoot for me the creative photographer was fun but stressful.  The model Lillian Sallie, did a great job and showed her expertise in facial expression and posing particularly.  It is satisfying as a photographer when you get a model that understands the brief so well.  After much administration, we were finally accepted into Gilded Magazine which is my second time in the mag as a photographer.


The Florist, "Melbourne Creative Photographer", "Lillian Sallie", The Florist

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Lillian Sallie Melbourne Creative Photographer Model Old Masters Photoshoot Pre-Raphaelite Table series Wed, 03 May 2017 04:43:58 GMT
Australian Photography Magazine Photographer of the year Recently found out that my "Library Series" from my "Table Series" managed 6th place in the portrait section of the Australian Photography magazine Photographer of the year for 2016. You can see my wonderful certificate here .  On reflection it appears that the portrait section of most of these competitions seem to be focussed on Black and White imagery.  In that past, I have shied away from black and white portraits because my work wasn't strong enough in my opinion.  It's a challenging mindset for a photographer I think and therefore I think I need to broaden my portrait work and focus on B&W more moving forward.  It's not just about converting a successful colour image into monochrome.  The lighting, the shadow, the subject matter, all have to be successfully incorporated.  So to that end, more of my work moving forward should push in this direction

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Australian Photography Magazine Competition Melbourne Creative Photographer Photographer of the year awards Table series Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:33:57 GMT
Playing in the shadows I recently shot with a great model Joanne Maillet for the first time after she contacted me for a collaboration.  Joanne and I worked very well together and communication between photographer and model was good.  Ultimately, the images produced are unlike anything that I have produced before and importantly different than most things in Joanne's portfolio as well.  As a photographer, sometimes I find that I have to challenge myself and ask more of myself and the model to deliver something truly new.  This is a great example of how photographer and model can work well together and deliver some great results.  Lots of this shoot were conducted in very low light with the focus being the light falling on the skin.  Always a challenge is making sure that enough light falls on the eyes and this was no exception. JoanneJoanne

(Brett Ferguson Photography) BFP Black and white Joanne Maillet Melbourne Creative Photographer Series Studio Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:10:16 GMT
Collaborate with great people for great results Over the weekend, I was very fortunate to collaborate in a shoot which involved a makeup artist, a hair stylist/clothing designer and two models (one experienced and one new but talented model).  Both the makeup artist and the hair stylist are at the top of their game.  Their eye for detail and impressive work has delivered so much to this project.  In essence, a great project can be achieved with great people in your team.  Fortunately, my lighting skills were up to the task and I think we have delivered such a strong set of images.  It will be a little while before they are out in the wild as I intend to assess mag submissions in the first instance to see where they can go.  These images are likely to become a strong feature on both my instagram page (@brettfergusonphotography) as well as on this site.  I can't wait to edit them to their best potential.  A great start for 2017!

(Brett Ferguson Photography) BFP Collaboration Melbourne Creative Photographer Series Studio Teamwork Mon, 09 Jan 2017 04:53:25 GMT
Sometimes it pays to look back Sometimes as a photographer, I keep looking forward for the next project, the next challenge.  A recent learning however was that sometimes you need to look back at an image and re-think it, re-imagine it.  In this case, an image that I took back at the start of the year, was something that I had struggled to make work.  After re-considering it, and spotting a large fence covered with a creeper, I thought that combining the two images would tell a whole new story.  The outcome is a strong image I think achieved by a wonderful collaboration with Vienne Rose and myself ConsumeConsumeViene Rose

(Brett Ferguson Photography) BFP Melbourne Creative Photographer Tattoo Tattoo photography Vienne Rose Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:30:00 GMT
White Series As a photographer who enjoys the more creative pursuits normally, sometimes I like to add a new style to my experience base in order to learn and grow as a photographer.  In this case I wanted to try out a high key look and washed out tones with a blonde model.  After sharing the concept with the model Sarah Nicole, we worked together to deliver what I think was a success. BFPWhite SeriesSarah Nicole BFPWhite SeriesSarah Nicole BFPWhite SeriesSarah Nicole BFPWhite SeriesSarah Nicole  

(Brett Ferguson Photography) High Key Lighting Melbourne Melbourne Creative Photographer Model Photographer Studio White Series Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:30:00 GMT
Coloured gel lighting experiments For some time, I have admired the likes of Jake Hicks who make the use of coloured gels in studio lighting both flawless and effortless.  So how hard could it be? I thought.  Turns out rather difficult actually.  Getting the lighting in the right "plane" of the models body is the first challenge.  By plane I mean that when you throw multi coloured light at a model, the lighting is likely to light one side of the model and then have either a sharp transition to a different colour from the alternate side or a blended mix.  Depending on the lighting setup, this can be used to great effect.  Lighting the lower body in one colour and the upper in another.  The other trick with gels is that you need to consider that they behave differently to when you are using non-gelled lights.  That is, to achieve a deeper colour, turning up the power of the light is likely to give you the opposite effect so you need to think in the opposite way to usual.  And the problems for the photographer don't stop there.  Editing is troublesome also.  Modifications to luminance levels can affect the colours and not in a positive way.  Black and white images with different colour casts from the gels will also have a potentially negative impact on the image.  All this said, I am pleased with my experiments so far and will continue to use gels when the need arises. Gelled lightingStand tallThis is the wonderful Riv Oliver who was happy to work with me to create this image Gelled lightingStand tallThis is the wonderful Riv Oliver who was happy to work with me to create this image

(Brett Ferguson Photography) BFP Colour Gel Gelled lighting Lingerie Melbourne Creative Photographer Studio Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:42:00 GMT
Sleeklens Lightroom Presets I was recently contacted by Sleeklens to try out some of their LR presets and brushes and give my honest feedback on them.  I don't normally spend a lot of editing time in LR mainly because I learnt PS first and LR second (Silly me!).  I installed the presets which was straightforward and I think that they are pretty good presets.  I like that they are stackable, the layout makes sense and the brushes are very useful also.  I need to have more of a play with them but I think that I will incorporate them into my workflow more and make LR do a little more of the heavy lifting.  Thanks Sleeklens!

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Sleeklens Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:18:58 GMT
Success at Ballarat National Photographic Exhibition Last week I learnt that I have received two acceptances in the Creative/Experimental section including a Merit for the "Black Widow" image as well as three acceptances in the Portrait/People section including a Second for "Cocoa".


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(Brett Ferguson Photography) Acceptances Awards Ballarat National Photography Exhibition Creative Melbourne creative photographer Melbourne portrait photographer National Portraits Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:15:06 GMT
Pakenham National Photography Exhibition Win Last night I arrived home to find a notification from the Pakenham National Photography Exhibition telling me that I have received four acceptances, including a certificate of merit AND that my image "The Interruption" had one best portrait, best projected image and most outstanding image of the entire exhibition.  That's out of 1344 entries!!!!  Very impressed with the result and now looking forward to the presentation on Sept 10th. The Interruption

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Acceptances Awards Melbourne creative photographer National Table Series Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:47:14 GMT
Hopetoun Photography Weekend Last weekend I took on the challenge to manage the content for a weekend photography workshop held some 400kms from Melbourne in the Mallee township of Hopetoun. With around 50 photographers we created an action packed weekend with many different themes.  We focussed on some of the abandoned homes in the district for the sunrise and sunset shoots but also managed to get in some light painting, a farm visit including shearing and horse riding as well as some motocross riders in sand dunes.  A very successful but tiring weekend away.  Feedback from the session has been extremely positive and I believe that it will be repeated in the future.  Here are some shots that I captured.

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(Brett Ferguson Photography) Hopetoun Melbourne Creative Photographer Photography Workshop Fri, 05 Aug 2016 01:42:41 GMT
Image published in Dark Beauty Magazine Very pleased to have an image published in Dark Beauty Magazine.  Some time back Shane Holloway (@mr_stholloway) approached me about a collaboration using various forms of chocolate.  This sounded like lots of messy fun and we did excel with mess and fun.  The first part of the shoot involved covering Shane in Cocoa powder which was not as simple as it sounds.  Technical issues aside, we achieved the desired 'look'.  I love the texture in the shot and especially in black and white.   CocoaCocoaCocoa and photography

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Chocolate Cocoa Dark beauty Published Thu, 21 Jul 2016 01:33:25 GMT
Success at the Warragul National Photographic Exhibition Be still, go quietlyBe still, go quietly I entered the Warragul National Photography Exhibition for the first time this year by entering four photo's in the people and portrait section.  The above image "The Interruption" took out first place in the print section.  Two of the other images received acceptances.  It's a good hit rate and something that I am very pleased with.  I am going to make a concerted effort this year to get my work out there and in some of these competitions

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Acceptances Competition Table Series Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:52:41 GMT
Commendation for my portrait entries in Photographer of the year comp I learned tonight that I received a commendation for my entries in the Australian Photography Photographer of the year competition.

You can see the list here

It is nice but it drives me harder - I have since produced some better images so onwards and upwards!

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:40:49 GMT
March is looking busy Somehow I have managed to book 5 shoots this month beginning tomorrow - This seems to be the ways things go as I contact people and with their commitments and my commitments it takes time to get alignment.  Now everything is aligned at once!

This month I have the following:

- the final of my inked series with the talented @viennerose which should be a fun shoot

- next week I am shooting once more with @memphisblack11 with a white-on-white theme

- a shoot with @torififoot based on B&W portraiture 

-another shoot with @laurenjohansenbell

- a shoot with an athletic theme and lots of post production

- a shoot with a musician

- perhaps a very special creative project with a MUA that I used on another shoot

OK I can't count- that's seven......  Lets see if they all happen but if they do, I'm going to be busy!

(Brett Ferguson Photography) Shooting plan Table Series Timetable Fri, 04 Mar 2016 01:16:50 GMT
Curating a group of "like" images is not so easy I started out with my latest "push" of the table series thinking that I knew where I would take it.  After some recent feedback and taking into consideration the overall group of images myself, I have come to recognise that I have possibly created two or three different branches of a tree rather than just the trunk.  The table series has shown me just how diverse a series can be - and here lies the problem.  It's not enough to add one element consistently and then assume that the rest of the series will be "held" by that anchor.  By putting effort into the story and the costume and the lighting and the post-production, I have instead created packets within the series.  Coincidentally, I have stumbled upon another part of the table series which I haven't visited for some time.  I started work on a branch of the series involving capturing people with something that they love or something that they spend time on.

Like this capture of Arvin who has a series of Star Wars lego figurines.  I will now concentrate on making sure that I have some strong captures for this part of the image set.



(Brett Ferguson Photography) Fri, 19 Feb 2016 04:16:11 GMT
Where to now? After some experimentation with some completely dark backgrounds in my creative portraiture work, I am beginning to reflect on the output of that experiment and start to think about where to next.  I have enjoyed the experimentation as part of a short course I enrolled in at the University of Tasmania.  It's been a necessary deadline provider to get me to complete the work.  All too often I take photographs but run out of time to complete the post production or experiment further with a concept.  Further experimentation has offered me the opportunity to ask ongoing questions rather than "packets" of outputs which don't relate or flow together.

Next I have an interest in bringing back some backgrounds but only just a hint of them.  Something in between where I started and this new series of works.  I want the viewer to hold and consider all that's in the frame and to search the frame for more of the story.  I would also like to start incorporating more hidden tags within the image (something that you might miss first time around) to help ask more questions of the viewer.  

(Brett Ferguson Photography) #smputas New direction Table Series Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:08:43 GMT