Natural Light Portraits

Examples of natural light (or ‘available daylight’ a more accurate description) corporate staff portraits and portraits for private clients in London and locally within Surrey. Shooting with only the available light can be difficult to master. There are many considerations to account for such as time of day, light direction, reflected colours, background, choice of lens, iso and shutter speed /aperture.

The beauty of working with only the available light without adding supplementary lighting, is the ability to setup quickly with minimal and lightweight equipment which is always good if you have to haul gear up stairs or a long way from a parked car. More importantly it allows you to focus on the subject, is less distracting and intimidating for the subject and is very flattering if the ratio of shadow to highlight is balanced well.

corporate staff portrait for website taken in surrey, united kingdom

Natural light Nurse portrait Natural light theatre nurse portrait

Baby portrait - Surrey series

Hotel Staff, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka LinkedI Social Media portrait Portrait of female consultant surgeon

Photographing Rasberry Pi for the FT – Portrait of Eben Upton

Recent portrait work commissioned by the Financial Times to photograph the Eben Upton the Founder of Cambridge based Rasberry Pi for the FT Business Page. Rasberry Pi manufacture pocket sized affordable computers for school children. Priced at £24. The company has won acclaim for inventing the versatile computer which can be put to a multitude of uses.

Portrait Eben Upton, Foundar of Rasberry Pi.Cambridge based company.

Simple Corporate headshot Lighting Setup

Simple corporate headshot diagram. The is a typical lighting set up I use when space is limited and I need to travel with minimal equipment. The back light usually a lastolite umbrella softbox allows for the choice of either a rim highlight with lighting on the background as well or just a rim light if the umbrella is swivelled 180 degrees and feathered away from the subject and background.

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New Website Launch

I am very pleased and excited to announce the launch of my new commercial photography  website.

Designed to attract the interest of  creatives and in house marketing professionals by providing a streamlined single page of information with immediate and functional portfolio browsing. The result is a minimalist gallery presentation which resizes and responds to different mobile devices and screen sizes. Developer James Lindeman provides a little insight into the thought process to achieve this.

‘Full screen or large images on websites can work really well, and it may have seemed like an obvious place to start here. Although after a few prototypes we realised we actually wanted to avoid setting a pace, at least when someone first loads the page, and we wanted that experience to feel very similar across various devices and screen sizes. After more work on the gallery we found something we felt fit. The user has the option to browse a lot of images almost straight away without the gallery compromising other content by forcing a change in pace.

Although there are some subtle and necessary differences to the design on different devices and screen sizes, we tried to make these small. There is no mobile ’version’ of the site. The content available is the same whether on a smart phone or large desktop computer. The images in the gallery load depending on your viewable area which is intended to keep the site as fast as it can be without trying to guess your bandwidth or intended use.’

Alex Orrow is a corporate and commercial photographer based in Cambridge. – http://alexorrow.co.uk
James Lindeman is a web developer based in Nottingham – http://jameslindeman.co.uk

Cambridge Photographer Alex Orrow Photography Website Screen Shot

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New Icon for Cambridge – Cambridge Biomedical Campus

The new Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooks, Cambridge, UK. Gallery here Always pass this on my cycle ride to Cambridge, and love the way the light falls on the metal cladding. Looking forward to seeing it completed and all the fencing disappear.

Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus

Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus

Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus

Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus