Steve May­d­well

Is al­ways in on the ac­tion with his dy­namic model and event pho­tog­ra­phy

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Dis­cover how Steve de­vel­oped his pas­sion for event and model pho­tog­ra­phy, and see what kit he prefers.

From Mon­day to Fri­day, you’ll find me work­ing at a hospi­tal as an as­sis­tant theatre prac­ti­tioner. Week­ends, how­ever, al­low me the free­dom to ex­plore my pas­sion – pho­tog­ra­phy.

In 2010 I got my first cam­era, a point-and-shoot, from my fa­ther. I took it to gigs to take pho­tos of my friends and the DJs, and caught the pho­tog­ra­phy bug.

I bought a budget D-SLR so that I could learn the ba­sics, and saved up for my Nikon D700 [1], 28mm f/2.8 prime lens [2] and a SB600 Speed­light [3]. That setup is per­fect for dark clubs and mu­sic fes­ti­vals, which re­quire large aper­tures and off-cam­era flash. I’ve also got a Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fish­eye [4], which I think is an es­sen­tial lens for event pho­tog­ra­phy.

As I learned more, I took things fur­ther and bought a stu­dio kit. I had to get a new lens too, to do the mod­els I was shoot­ing jus­tice! Now I take stu­dio por­traits with my Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 [5], which is a fan­tas­tic lens. I’m build­ing my port­fo­lio and ex­pe­ri­ence by pho­tograph­ing events and tak­ing stu­dio shots, which I hope will stand me in good stead to re­alise my dream of work­ing full time as a pho­tog­ra­pher. One day!

Strike a pose Model P rince Lorde pulling

some shapes in the stu­dio

No hands A cir­cus per­former a t the

Zoo P ro­jec t Fes­ti­val

Bal­let shoes Care­ful t im­ing cap tured

Jess Al­sop’s move­men t s

FEATHER S

Gabby Forre t mod­els a cus­tom corse t from Area 51

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