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Kevin Pack
Stockport, United Kingdom
Contemporary Digital Photographer
Interests: travel, anime, toys, photography, manga, stargate, cosplay, web building, warcraft.
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On the 5th January, Tia visited the studio. Before the shoot, Tia had told me the different outfits she would be bringing along, and showed me some examples of the sort of picture she wanted taking. There were three outfit changes in total. The first was a Pikachu onesie/kigurumi, next there was a maid outfit, and finally a sailor fuku. I was still getting used to the gear in the new studio, but I was really pleased with the images we managed to obtain. I think the images we achieved covered everything we set out to get. I'm really looking forward to having another shoot with Tia in March. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Kevin Pack Photography
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In January Lucas came into the studio for a portrait session. Over the course of a couple of hours, we tried a number of different setups. My favourite is the main picture (above). With his head lowered, and no eye contact, I think he looks deep in contemplation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Kevin Pack Photography
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It is that time of year again, when I review my portrait photography from the last 12 months. 2013 has been a transitionary time. During the year I spent much more time outdoors using off camera flash than taking portraits in the studio. One big change has been that to make it easier to work on the move, I made a rather large technology change. Very few of the images shown here were taken with my Canon 5D Mk II. In 2012 I invested in the Fujifilm Finepix X100 and this was a fantastic camera to carry around and use on the street. Having a fixed lens meant it didn't offer the flexibility of a DSLR, but the image quality was superb. There is nothing wrong with the Canon 5D Mk II, but once you add a grip and a large lens, everything starts getting rather heavy. After careful consideration,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Kevin Pack Photography
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If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you will probably have picked up on the fact that January 2014 marks the start of me having my own studio in Manchester, United Kingdom for my portraiture. The studio isn't just for myself (I still can't justify that sort of cost). Instead I'm sharing with two other photographers. It is located in a building filled with units occupied by people from all manner of creative fields. Everything from musicians, game designers & fashion designers, to model agencies, photographers & artists. The studio I'm using is 400 square feet. While this isn't huge, it does have enough space for two shooting areas and a changing room. One of the first things I did after moving in was to try out the gear in the studio to see how well it all worked, and start putting together lighting diagrams for future shoots. To... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Kevin Pack Photography
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Last weekend I travelled down to London for three days shooting with Welshot Imaging. I had been down for the same weekend in 2012 and really enjoyed the experience. So I was keen to go again. I'm not going to go into too many details about the weekend itself. If you want to know more about it you can read the blog post by Linda Churchill. On Sunday morning we were due to shoot portraits using off camera flash outside the Lloyds Building. However due to the bad weather we were forced to retreat into Leadenhall Market. Somewhere I had never been before. My brief was to show the members how to use a light meter to help balance natural light with a flashgun and my model was the excellent and stunning Radha M Patel. You can see three of my test shots above. If you look at the two... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Kevin Pack Photography
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Sometimes you can find yourself struggling to remain creative. New ideas and the inspiration behind shoots can start to leave you. Warriors Perhaps you have a formula that you know works, and so you end up falling back to it every time. The result can be that your images all start to look similar. Don't get me wrong. This may not be a bad thing. If you have developed a certain style, and this is why people come to you, then keep on doing it. The problem is you may start to forget what you love about photography. Without drive and passion, interest can begin to fade. So how can we keep our photography fresh and exciting? Try shooting something different. I'm not saying if you are a portrait photographer and love taking photographs of people, you should suddenly start taking landscapes. But think about other areas of portraiture and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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I love Kickstarter. It allows anyone with a great idea, and the knowledge of how to develop it, to get the funding they need. Forget the Dragons Den. This is where unique concepts are born. One of the projects I've been funding came to the end of its Kick yesterday and generated enough interest to proceed. In fact the target they were looking for was $20,000.00 and they achieved $244,085.00! This is the Lumu 21st Century Light meter. When I first started in photography (long before the days of digital cameras), I had to carry a light meter and a notebook & pen everytime I went out to shoot. And now I've returned to film, I've been doing the same again. But this is such a small and simple device that I couldn't resist investing. Looks like I may be putting my Sekonic up on Ebay. The photo and video... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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On 21st to the 23rd of March, Salford Quays played host to The Speed Of Light. Its very hard to actually explain what it was, but I'll try my best to explain. Light and movement are used by performers to create a unique performance. But its one you can't really appreciate to its full extent at the time. There were hundreds of volunteer runners wearing LED light suits running choreographed patterns through streets, across bridges and around the public spaces and buildings in Salford Quays/Media City. Using long exposure photography the patterns created by the LED lights create beautiful but earie patterns as they illuminated the areas they passed through in almost silence. So all you can see with the naked eye are people jogging by, with flashing lights on their suits. But to see the patterns you need to put your camera on a tripod and try various lengths... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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Yesterday was a lovely day for shooting, but if anything the sun was a bit too strong. The model featured above is Joanne Juiceboxx Wright (and Ellie Kiss is also in a couple too) with shots taken in a studio, in a mill and out on location. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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As it has been over a year since my last Polaroid Project post, and you may be forgiven for believing that this blog was dead before it got started. But nothing could be further from the truth. During the last 12 months I've aquired many more instant cameras and accessories. I've tried out both Polaroid and Impossible Project film, and I've even contributed to a Kickstarter for a new Impossible Project lab unit. The only thing that hasn't happened is that you haven't been able to follow my progress on this site. I hope that this will change over the coming weeks as I add more and more content. . Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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It may be years since the Polaroid stopped selling the Spectra camera system, but various accessories still appear on Ebay. I was delighted this week to win an auction for a close-up stand (which allows 1:1 close-up photos to be taken of small objects such as stamps etc...) along with a close-up lens ( which allows 1/2 life size photos to be taken from as close as 10" away from the camera). The photo in this post is from the auction entry. I'll post more about this when it turns up in the post. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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This was the 2nd test shot. Following on from my photograph of a branch in freezing fog I had proven that the camera worked. But that was pretty much all that I had been able to confirm. I wasn't sure if I was getting much colour from the expired film I was using and I also didn't know what sort of shutter speeds were being achieved. I spent the afternoon at a workshop about living with diabetes, but before going out I had seen the weather forecast was for a bright sunny day so I slipped the Polaroid Spectra camera into my bag. The venue for the workshop is close to the airport and I did think I may catch a good shot of an airplane coming in to land. However after the workshop I needed to catch a train into Manchester. So I decided I would take a test... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
I have some more test shots coming up soon, but I thought I would just share this video I found on the internet. It pretty much covers everything I've discussed about Polaroid Spectra cameras and films in my last three posts. You can see the photographs mentioned in the video on Angie's blog. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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To try out my new camera I bought a pack of Polaroid 1200 instant film from Ebay. It is a colour film that doesn't suffer the same foibles as the new film from The Impossible Project. But it expired in October 2008. So there was no guarantee it would even work. When I loaded the cartridge, I heard a click and whir as the camera sprang into life and ejected the darkslide. As the battery is contained within the film cartridge I didn't know if I had a working camera until that point. After hearing the whir I knew I had what appeared to be a working camera, but I had a heavy cold and the weather outside was dreadful. Regardless of the weather outside and how I felt, I needed to pop out to the shop to get bread and milk, so used the opportunity to get a quick... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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In the first post I talked about the recent history of Polaroid and the reasons behind this project. The second post looked at which new (old) camera I decided to purchase, and where to buy them from. But there is no point in buying a film camera without considering the film itself. Polaroid Spectra film was also called 1200 or Image film in some markets. Early Spectra cameras (like mine) have a counter that when a film cartridge is entered counts down from 10 to zero. Later film cartridges contained 12 films instead of 10, with newer cameras having a different counter. I can use the cartridges with 12 shots, but I'll only be able to take 10 and 2 will be wasted. This is assuming you can find the film. Film manufacture ended back in 2008 and the final expiry date on these films was October 2009. You can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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Yesterday I spoke about why I had become interested in Polaroid instant photography, and a little about how this obsolete format was being revived by The Impossible Project. I didn't say anything about my own plans. The Impossible Project appear to be making film for three main groups of Polaroid cameras; 600, SX-70 and Image/Spectra. So it made sense to me to buy one of these type of cameras. The only time I've used a Polaroid instant camera in the past was during a teambuilding exercise while I was still working for Accenture, which was a 600 camera (I don't remember exactly which model). After looking at the various different options I decided to go with the slightly larger prints created with film for Image/Spectra cameras. The model I was interested in has a self timer, tripod point, an electronic flash, exposure compensation and (most interestingly) is also able to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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I've been rather depressed during the last couple of month. First my mother sadly passed away, then I was diagnosed with diabetes. My father has been ill, and is currently recovering in the intensive care ward of the hospital. I was recently reading about André Kertész. When his wife died he consoled himself by taking up a Polaroid instant camera. He mastered the camera and produced great images that both honoured his wife and lifted him out of depression. Sadly Polaroid no longer make instant cameras or film, but I've been interested in news articles I've read about The Impossible Project. In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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The following is a page of my photographs that have appeared in a magazine this month. Back in December I spent a weekend in London with Welshot. During the weekend we were joined by Will Cheung, editor of Advanced Photographer magazine. On the Sunday afternoon he set us the challenge of describing in a series of photographs what you can expect if you visit Speakers' Corner in London. It has taken a while, but this month the results appeared in the magazine. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
Thanks Rick. I did find it great fun. Working to a set focus distance is something I've done with my old manual focus SX-70 Polaroid, but not with digital. At the end of the day it is just another technique that has its place in certain situations.
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I love the Rogue gear and I'm using it in more and more of my shoots. A couple of years ago I saw my first Flashbender at Focus on Imaging and ended up coming home with a medium Flashbender. Last year I went back to Focus on Imaging and bought a large Flashbender with diffusion panel, a standard gel set and a grid set. This year at Focus I bought the new XL Flashbender set and a set of gels for the grid set. The photograph at at the top of this post was one of my first test shots using the XL flashbender. However most people I talk to don't seem to have ever heard or seen these accessories in action, so I thought before I start making posts to this blog about shots taking this gear it maybe worth linking to a few demonstrations and reviews I've found... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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You've probably already realised if you are reading this blog that I don't post here very often. But that doesn't mean that I've got my feet up, having a rest. My latest blog post can actually be read over on the Welshot Imaging Blog, where I talk about a recent street/documentary workshop I attended (and why this was my favourite shot of the day). During the last year I've become more and more interested in taking observational shots out in the street. Some people feel uncomfortable taking shots of people when the subject is unaware there picture is being taken. But my belief is that while we can certainly get beautiful posed shots, these pictures are truely honest representations of real life. Whatever your skill level, I'm sure there is something you will find interesting by taking a Welshot Workshop. The next workshop I will be attending is "The final... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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As it has been over a year since my last post, you may be forgiven for believing that this blog was dead before it got started. But nothing could be further from the truth. During the last 12 months I've aquired many more instant cameras and accessories. I've tried out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Project Polaroid
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It has been an odd year. After losing my mother at the end of 2011, both my father and I had health problems in 2012. But the year also had a few high points too. I really got into instant photography (and hope to post more about this in the future), and at the same time started shooting film again. I enjoyed the Queen's Jubilee weekend and had multiple visits with friends and family to see events at both the Olympic Games and the Paralympics. On my birthday I got to go up the Orbit and see the Eastend at night. At the end of the year my father was well enough to come and spend Christmas with me for the first time. During the year I continued to predominantly shoot portraits, and this blog post shows one of my favourite images from each month. January The year began with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at Kevin Pack Photography
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A few weeks ago I took part in an event held as part of the Creative Tourist Manchester Weekender. At work in the northern quarter "All in a flash" was held at the Manchester Digital Laboratory (MaDLab). Len Grant, a documentary photographer, spoke about his work and challenged us to go out into Manchester's Northern Quarter and take photographs of people that illustrated what this part of the city was all about. However these photographs weren't going to be taken at a distance using a long lens. Instead we were going to ask strangers to pose for our pictures. We then had to choose one of our images which was sent for printing on A3 card, before we embarked on the 2nd part of the challenge. A flashmob human gallery! We would walk around the city, and when a whistle was blown we would display our images to a bemused... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2012 at Kevin Pack Photography
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I charged up the battery and brought the Fujifilm Finepix X100 away with me this weekend to try and work out he best way to use it. There is a lot of talk on the net about this camera being ideal for street photography. So I've started testing the camera with this first. After spending the day shopping in Liverpool I've now returned to my hotel to download the images onto my iPad and recharge the batteries ready for tomorrow. I'm now going to go down to the restaurant and grab some dinner while I look through the shots. But here is the first "proper" shot out of my new camera. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Kevin Pack Photography