Clayton Bastiani Photography: Blog en-us Clayton Bastiani (Clayton Bastiani Photography) Wed, 31 May 2017 09:33:00 GMT Wed, 31 May 2017 09:33:00 GMT Clayton Bastiani Photography: Blog 120 40 Fantasy and make-believe I've always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction illustration. My one request every Christmas is for a copy of the latest edition of the Spectrum book - a fantastic, jaw dropping and inspirational, collection of fantasy and sci-fi illustration in both 2d and 3d. I've yet to get my attempts featured in the Spectrum Annual, but one day I hope to. 


I had the absolute pleasure of working with the model Kes Wild a few weeks back and we spent a couple of days down here on the Isle of Wight taking lots of pictures, covering all sorts of ideas and focusing quite a bit on the fantastical and otherworldly.

These types of pictures give me a chance to stretch my imagination and practise my Photoshop skills. Sometimes I have a definite plan and can bring them all together relatively quickly. At other times it's like doing a jigsaw without a picture guide and I have to wait for the image to tell me where it wants to go. The quickest will take somewhere between 4 and 8 hours. The longer ones might take a few weeks. Do a bit, step back, have a think. Is it working? Start again? What's missing? What needs to change...?

I reckon it might take me a few months to finish those I plan to work on (and to a standard I'm happy with), and I thank Kes for her patience. 

I'm very pleased with those I've managed to complete so far...

Model: Kes Wild.













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Workshops and re-visiting flash photography Never be afraid to say you don't know everything. The learning is often the best part of the journey...


I used flash lighting at college many moons ago but then sort of stopped using it and, over time, developed an irrational fear for the subject, preferring sunshine instead. Put me in a studio and I look a bit like a perplexed and frightened rabbit. 

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a lighting workshop hosted by GT Imagery with the wonderful local model Nikita Caslida

Gavin enthusiastically and clearly explained, step by step, how to set up and light various fashion style shots. Answering all our questions along the way and then letting us try out the styles for ourselves. 

The evening was relaxed and fun and by the end of it much of my fear had gone and I can't wait to get back into the studio again to try things out and get better. I don't think I'll ever let go of sunshine, but I might have been converted enough to incorporate more flash photography in my future work. 

Watch this space. 

I strongly suggest anyone looking to get more into strobe photography keeps an eye on Gavin's workshops. Well worth attending. 

Thank you Gavin and Nikita :)


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Return of the photogram and photographic competitions Welcome to my new site and new blog. 

Ah! New beginnings. 

So, what have I been up to this week..?


The Collection

There seems to be a run of photographic competitions to enter this time of the year. This week, I managed to enter the Lensculture Emerging Talent competition at with just hours to spare. 

I say it a lot, but I love experimenting with my photography. Going right back to my early days in the darkroom I enjoyed making camera-less pictures, following in the footsteps of photographers such as Man Ray / Lazlo Moholy-Nagy's photograms. I've been making my own photograms for some time now, dipping into the theme whenever I can, using digital enlarger technology rather than analogue. 

My first attempts were scientific / clinical studies, but eventually I realised that I could loosen up a bit and employ some of the skills I use in the post production of my other photography. I started combining pictures, playing with scale and creating juxtapositions of objects that would usually not exist together in such a manner.

I'm always collecting 'things' that might be useful in my photography (I'm sure this is heavily influenced by my Dad who had a shed stacked with 'stuff' as it might prove useful one day). It's a good excuse for me to go through my collections and turn them into pictures rather than leave them gathering dust.



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