In today's blog, I'm listing some of my favourite things that I've discovered or used in October. Some things are photography related, some not so much, but I think they're worth knowing about. I realise my first two items on this list are from people I've worked with, but I do genuinely love the products. I know a lot of time, care and attention has been given to their respective products, and that really shows with what they've produced.
Tanya Burr Cosmetics
I recently bought a few products from Tanya's Autumn Collection, the new lipstick in 'Big Kiss', the Face Illuminator, and Cheek Illuminator in 'Forever Summer'. I had a quick sneak peek of the products when we shot the promo images for the collection a couple of months ago, but it was nice to get my hands on some pieces to try myself. The lipstick is a fantastic, bold red, with really strong pigment but without drying my lips. I've been using the illuminator mixed with my foundation, and it mixes fantastically well giving my face a bit of a glow. And I've been using the cheek illuminator as a highlighter, particularly around the eyes.
Eat Smart by Niomi Smart
Niomi put a lot of work into Eat Smart, I'm so happy it's done so well. I've been lucky enough to try some of her recipes when shooting stills and video for her, so I knew the cookery book was going to be something special. A couple of months before the book's release, we shot a video of her making a few of the flapjack recipes that feature in the book, including one for a Peanut Butter and Jelly flapjack. I'm a big fan of anything peanut butter and jelly, so I was looking forward to the book's release on the basis of that recipe alone! Niomi eats a plant based diet, and the book features recipes that she uses. I do eat meat and dairy, but the recipes in this book demonstrate that a diet without them can still be exciting and full of flavour.
Chase Jarvis podcast
Chase Jarvis has had staggering success as a photographer and entrepreneur, and has a really inspiring attitude towards life. He's the founder of Creative Live, an unsurpassed source of learning content for creatives and entrepreneurs. I've followed a few courses, and the content is invaluable. It has thousands of hours of content, and several streams where you can watch tutorials, or you can pay to access tutorials on demand. So you can tell I'm a big fan of Chase Jarvis's work. His latest project is The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show, a podcast series where he interviews a wide range of people including entrepreneurs, artist and celebrities to gain insight to their creative lives.
Noise cancelling head phones by Bose.
Holga CFN 120
I think I've mentioned my Holga CFN 120 on my blog before. I won it a couple of years ago when Metro Imaging ran a competition on their twitter account. I was really excited to use Medium Format for the first time, and intrigued by it's colour and texture effects on photographic film. It's a very cheap, plastic camera. It has a regular white flash, but also has the option to use red, blue or yellow flash. It has only two f stop options, so going from a DSLR with thousands of shooting options to a camera with limited capabilities is oddly liberating. I have limited control over what the final images will look like, and I have no way of knowing the outcome until the film is developed. It's quite exciting to get images back, with little clue of what they will look like. You can find Holga CFN 120 fairly cheaply on eBay, along with other models of Holga.
In the last couple of months I've developed an interest in shooting with film. For black and white film, I keep coming back to Ilford films. They have a wide range of ISO films, for both 120mm and 35mm films. Rather conveniently, they also offer a fantastic development service for films, not just their own brand. The benefit of black and white film is that it's fairly easy to develop it at home, should I decide to make my own make-shift development lab.