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TFC Moving Competition
Emily Whittle
23 Nov 2018, 11:24 AM

TFC Moving Competition

All the way back in August we announced the TFC Moving Competition…. well the results are in and they are fantastic!
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TFC London Has Moved
Emily Whittle
19 Sep 2018, 3:05 PM

TFC London Has Moved

Some of you may have realised we’ve been a little quiet at TFC London this summer, well that’s because we’ve packed up and relocated.
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Ambassador Profile - Brett Harkness
Brett Harkness
22 Feb 2018, 1:07 PM

Ambassador Profile - Brett Harkness

In the first edition of our Ambassador of the week series, Elinchrom and Pentax ambassador Brett Harkness takes us on his journey in the industry, and explains what kit he's used over the years to create a successful studio and wedding photography business.
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An Abundance of Phase One Goodies!
Al Simmons
13 Sep 2017, 9:59 AM

An Abundance of Phase One Goodies!

We've been spoilt with a number Phase One announcements today. From the innovative new benchmark in medium format technology, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic digital back, to the exciting (and free!) Feature Update # 4. In this blog we go through all the cool new additions, as well as last weeks Honeybee Autofocus Platform 2.0 (HAP-2) upgrade announcement. Without further ado....
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Focus Stacking with the Phase One XF
Al Simmons
22 Jun 2017, 10:24 AM

Focus Stacking with the Phase One XF

There are many benefits to shooting with the Phase One XF Camera System, with a series of features aimed at achieving the most optimal image quality possible. In this blog post TFC London's resident Phase One guru Al explains why Focus Stack is such a useful feature, and how you set it up.

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The Big Interview - Ivor Kerslake The British Museum
Louise O'Shea
23 Dec 2016, 1:29 PM

The Big Interview - Ivor Kerslake The British Museum

In this month’s BIG INTERVIEW, Lou from TFC had the chance to meet and interview Ivor about his photographic work at The British Museum, the importance behind the image creation and how the inner photographic workings at The British Museum operate.

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Simon Burfoot
14 Nov 2016, 4:25 PM

John Denton Training – Algarve Safari September 2016

In this edition of The Flash Centre Blog, our very own Simon Burfoot has put together a piece documenting his experiences on this years Algarve Photo Safari by John Denton. As an experienced teacher of all things studio lighting, you're sure to pick up some nifty tips and tricks from Simon here, particularly if you are interested in overpowering the sun (it was powerful in Portugal!) with Elinchrom's ELB 400 packs and HS (Hi-Sync) heads.
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Photographing the Perfect Plate
Scott Grummett
3 Nov 2016, 1:40 PM

Photographing the Perfect Plate

My journey into food photography began when I left college with a love of still life, I loved the technical aspects and the control of it all. My early commissions involved blowing things up, starting fires and freezing items in ice. It was a feeling of controlled chaos. From there I started assisting food photographers and found myself loving the combination of control and realism involved.
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Photographing your Local Patch
Paul Miguel
6 Oct 2016, 5:14 PM

Photographing your Local Patch

I’ve travelled to a number of countries photographing nature but for me there is nothing more satisfying that capturing strong images close to home. One of my favourite haunts is Letchmire Pastures, less than ten miles from my home in Leeds.
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Photographing Dancers - Dare To Be Different!
James Musselwhite
9 Sep 2016, 1:00 PM

Photographing Dancers - Dare To Be Different!

These images represent girls who dare to dream. All of the featured performers are amateurs. Tiger Tone as a studio, encourages novices to walk through their doors and try something new. Hoop, Silk and Pole Dancing require core strength, no fear and a will to be different. It's not your conventional exercise class. But it's the girls willingness to try something unique and to express themselves that we wanted to capture. I've always thrived on showcasing those who dare to be different, who step outside the norm and who seek to challenge themselves to reach new ground.
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Sun Mover  -  Brilliant and Varied Results From a Premium Reflector
Bret Florens
30 Aug 2016, 4:29 PM

Sun Mover - Brilliant and Varied Results From a Premium Reflector

The contrast control of lighting plays a vital role in the success of your photography. And when it comes to controlling ambient light, there is nothing more convenient and effective than a reflector, which bounces back the available light onto the subject, thereby controlling the shadows and highlights and therefore the contrast in lighting.

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A day in the Life of Fashion Photographer Holly McGlynn
Louise O'Shea
15 Feb 2016, 11:02 AM

A day in the Life of Fashion Photographer Holly McGlynn

London based Fashion Photographer Holly McGlynn is a regular at TFC London Rental. We often see her busy collecting rental kit for her fashion and portrait shoots. Originally from Dublin , Holly is now based in London and has an MA in photography from Goldsmith's she was shortlisted for Irish Fashion Photographer of the Year 2014 and 2015. Plus won a gold medal in the Prix de la Photographie Paris 2015. She has a true passion for photography and capture fantasic fashion & portrait work.

We thought it was high time so see where our kit goes when Holly leaves TFC London and to find out what a day in the Life of Photographer Holly McGlynn is really all about!..

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Louise oO'Shea
18 Dec 2015, 3:00 PM

TFC's Top 10 Christmas Gifts

Get christmas wrapped up under the Tree for Photography.

Let's face it when it come to Christmas all us photographers are really hoping for something more than chocolate coins & satsumas in our Christmas stockings. I'm thinking accessories for my speed light, a Go Pro Hero, a mini well made tripod or on my perfect christmas wish list one of those awesome Elinchrom Lighting kits!.

No worries TFC Blog HQ have made the perfect Christmas shop with some fantastic gifts large and small, that the photographer in your life will get snapping with.

So you can get it wrapped up and ready for lights, camera, action on Christmas Day!

Here are our top 10 Ultimate favorite's for Christmas 2015

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Casey Gutteridge Interview
Louise O'Shea
8 Dec 2015, 3:38 PM

Casey Gutteridge Interview

This month TFC Blog HQ had the opportunity to interview Professional Photographer Casey Gutteridge about his work.
Casey, a hertfordshire based Photographer, has had the fantastic opportunity to work for every UK national newspaper over the past 7 years of his career.
His work has featured in global publications from National Geographic to the New York Post! Casey has a solid passion for what he creates & the people in his pictures. In his own words he says:
“My business isn't photography, it’s the people I am photographing, my passion for them and their stories is reflected back in their passion for me”
In my interview I get to the bottom of how a pro photographer ticks, what important advice Casey has for emerging new photographers, what tips & tricks Casey has for us, plus how he setup his recent shoot with Louis Walsh.

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Elinchrom Hi-Sync Explained
Alex Ray
2 Nov 2015, 4:05 PM

Elinchrom Hi-Sync Explained

Elinchrom's Skyport Trannsmitter Plus HS has opened a new world of High-Sync photgraphy to many users. But, what is Hi-Sync, and which flash units will it work with.....
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Icelandic Adventures & Underwater Photography with Fine Art / Fashion Photographer Cheng Han
Louise O'Shea
15 Sep 2015, 9:42 AM

Icelandic Adventures & Underwater Photography with Fine Art / Fashion Photographer Cheng Han

Professional Photographer, Cheng Han is a self taught Fine art and Fashion photographer who also specialises in underwater imagery. In this edition of the TFC blog we talk to Cheng about his life in photography, and his recent visit the southern part of Iceland which culminated in his stunning series of photographs where the fashion and landscape merge.
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An Interview with Andy Cotterill
Louise O'Shea
17 Jul 2015, 9:58 AM

An Interview with Andy Cotterill

London born and bred photographer and TFC long term customer Andrew Cotterill is a photographer with a passion. His love of music started in the 1980's so his passage into music photography was a natural progression. TFC London Manager Louise asks him some questions about his career – Thanks Andrew!
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Popular ELB 400 Accessories
Alex Ray
1 Jul 2015, 1:34 PM

Popular ELB 400 Accessories

The Elinchrom ELB 400 and it's predesessors, Quadra and Quadra RX are so small and light it's important to select light modifiers and accessories that don't weigh you down. In this blog post, we'll have a look at some of the most popular and see what effect they can have in your images.
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The Elinchrom Deflector Set
Alex Ray
1 Jul 2015, 11:03 AM

The Elinchrom Deflector Set

The Elinchrom Deflector Set is a unique accessory which changes the effect of your existing light modifiers. The deflectors can be used in a variety of other Elinchrom light shapers to eliminate, soften or tone sharp shadow edges. Read on to see these effects in action.
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Starting Out in Newborn Photography
Elli Cassidy
4 Jun 2015, 1:03 PM

Starting Out in Newborn Photography

One of our lovely customers Elli Cassidy has taken the time to write us a blog post about her experiences becoming a newborn photographer, and the kit she uses for her beautiful work taking pictures of newborn babies. Elli also runs mentoring courses so if you are as impressed with what you see as we are check out her website...
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