MBP showreel 2016/17


6 months with my Hasselblad h4d

I've now had my Hasselblad for 6 months and I thought I would write up a few observations about it. To start - I have pretty much my whole life wanted a Hasselblad I would say I do have mild GAS (gear acquisition syndrom) in the lightest most un-serious way!  having said that i did just clear out my collection of totally broken unusable cameras (about 15) which i really didn't want to throw away but couldn't be bothered to fix as they were pretty much in an horrific state! Thats not including the 40 something actual working cameras I have but anyway...

So I obviously want the Hasselblad h6d but didnt have £35k to spend so I ended up getting the h4d 40 with an 80m lens and 2 batteries within the budget I had.

There are many reasons why I wanted a Hasselblad but the main one was the fact that you get a medium format look from a medium format camera and its impossible to replicate that with a dslr and I had a lot of misses with my film hassy so was keen to look at the digital options.

And it hasn't disappointed - its had its issues of which I will tell you about now!

1- Battery life when not tethered is horrific - especially on location and in the cold.

2- Random failures - so i've come from the canon dslr world where you just shoot - and keep on shooting with the hassleblad, stuff fails regularly, lens errors, back errors, battery errors, pretty much every kind of error you could think of happens.

3- Cost its a high end camera so EVERYTHING is expensive, lenses,extra batteries and most worryingly - servicing and repairs - if anything goes wrong it is not going to be cheap or fast to repair.

4- tethering - it was initially a nightmare - Im on a macbook pro and it took alot of troubleshooting to get everything talking to each other.

5- speed - using a medium format digital camera is not fast - its slow everything is much much slower than i was used to and it takes alot to get used too.

And now the positives:

1- so people always say that the equipment doesn't make you a better photographer - and I 100% agree with this BUT the type of images I can now create, the depth, the sharpness the file size and the dynamic range that can be achieved with this camera kicks the crap out of everything else ive ever shot on. which in turn allows me to create images more closely to what i imagined than ever before.

2- colour rendition - the skin tones are incredible

3- its sooo sharp

4- It's slower (i know i said this was a negative but) - you are forced to LOOK to observe the light to think more about what you are doing which is a great thing!

5- I love it - i like using it i want to go out and shoot on it all the time - which is a great feeling

6- I does take the best image out of any camera i have ever used.

So there you go!

Here are some examples:











Incidental landscapes

I have spent a lot of time traveling over the past few years and I love it,
I get to go to amazing places meet great people and create films, videos or shoot stills for them.
And one of the things is that I just love shooting images and so when i'm not working I go out and shoot stuff! And I decided it might be a good idea to put those images in one place! S

So i've just finished Incidental Landscapes: If you have an apple device you can download it:

Here

I hope you like :-)

2017 a year of fun ahead!

So it is nearly the end of January 2017 which is quite exciting!
I always like this period as its a chance to build on what I did right the year before and correct the things that didn't go so right!

So this year - The main plan is the create more films and shoot more stills!
I mean alot more of everything as thats what i love to do!

And spend more time looking - sometimes I can forget that its as important to look at life as it is to look through a lens at life.

but in the meantime here's our new showreel which I thought everyone might like:


MBP showreel 2016/17 from MBP LTD on Vimeo.

and here are some stills from the hassleblad - i feel im really getting to grips with this camera now, it took a few weeks to really understand what it can do and wow im blown away!





Lots more images to follow and more info on kit as ive got some pretty fun new lights and adapters which ill tell you all about over the next few weeks and months!

In the meantime happy 2017 and hope the next 11 months are full of adventures. 

A digital Hasselblad

It is exactly 1 week since I got a new camera whoooo

Now I need to make a confession- I like cameras, I like everything to do with cameras, I like new kit, lenses, lights, tripods, I mean i even get excited about a new lens cloth so when I finally got a chance to buy a Hassy I got very excited to say the least!

Now this particular camera is more than just another camera for me, since i first started taking images Hasselblad as a company represented the very best in camera systems and I never thought I would actually be able to shoot with one yet alone own one. It was something to strive towards and hope one day to borrow!

So after many years I finally have one! Now its not the newest version (aka the £30k version!!) but its still EPIC!!! And here are a few example images whooooooo:

So to begin with was an epic journey to ffordes photographic just outside Inverness a short 6 hour round trip!!!!
And I ended up with this: 


And this is next to my canon 7dmk2:




And here are a few images from the camera, they have been tweaked in photoshop and lightroom: 







So basically this is the most fun camera I have ever worked with And I cannot wait to see what other epic shots I can get with it!!! Oh and to check out my other work go to: http://www.mattsphotosuk.com/

and if you dont want stills but want video check out MBP here: 

 


fashion and production

So anyone that knows me knows that I split my time between my senior producer role at MBP and shooting fashion - here's my fashion page: click here

This year has been a great year for MBP in fact our best ever year since we started yey, we have diversified out and found some great new clients, incredibly cool new industry sectors and we are soon launching a whole new arm of MBP - more info will follow shortly (gasps welcome now)

Our all new super exciting showreel will be online very soon as well yey!

And with my photography it has been a great year too and its just going to get better and better - 2 new books are in the planning stages and some new equipment will be arriving in the next few weeks and then lots and lots of pics will follow!!

But in the meantime I got to create something really cool recently with a great team. Mairi Mcqueen was part of the mastered hair program and she was set a brief for Johnnie Walker whisky she asked me to shoot this for her and it was great! for the first time in years I got to develop a script with an incredible script writer called Kelly Pierce which was amazing for me because usually I shy away from anything like that, I usually either pull the team together or shoot but getting the opportunity to help shape the concept (with the input from the rest of the team) was incredibly rewarding! And getting to work with Karen Bowen who is such a great Make up Artist and my old friend and ridiculously talented stylist Ian Tod just made it even more fun. But the stand out awesome moment for me was when Patricia, a wonderful model from colours agency first started delivering the monologue and it was perfect it was exactly how i imagined it should sound was just sooo cool haha! So here it is:


johnnie walker edit from MBP LTD on Vimeo.

and here are some images from the day:







The life and death of ideas.

So its been a while... (I feel obliged to start each post like this!)


I thought it would be interesting to talk a bit about why I do what I do because exactly a year ago today I was in the North West of Australia filming chemical tank cleaning operations for an oil and gas service provider! - glamorous I know! Here's a pic to prove it! :


And then 5 years ago today I was shooting a commercial in New York (had to attach classic pic!) :


In-between these 2 incredibly different and yet strangely similar shoots I have had the honor of meeting and working with some of the most incredible people on earth. I've laughed until my sides have hurt, i've cried with friends at the horrors of what we are filming and I have been lucky enough to experience and see some of the most beautiful sites on earth.

I have been involved with over 2500 productions and along the way shot over 800,000 stills which take up ALOT of hard drive space!

I know a little about very very many things if you want me to tell you how to steer a nuclear submarine your asking the wrong person but I could tell you the front from the back! and I can definitely tell you the best way to keep the fine sand of the Sahara out of those nooks and crannies in many different types of cameras! (usually using gaffa tape)

But if someone 10 years ago said I would be doing this I would have said they were crazy! I was all set for a fine art/ life of crime! and somewhere along the way I discovered I liked business and I liked creating films and then I also liked money- or food either one but both are ideal. And with that for a while I seemed to loose my ideas, the creativity I had didn't disappear it was funneled into mechanical and technical solutions to problems that I found fascinating. I got really really into equipment and how/ why it works in certain situations, and then started working as a producer which meant I left the ideas to the creatives - the ideas people, while still trying to figure out how to work wonders with tiny budgets and outlandish dreams (mainly from the people with the budgets).

But just recently those ideas have been coming back and I realized that the ideas didn't die just the enthusiasm to see them exist had faded slightly!

So right now things are exciting - I have a son who is incredible and he has a large part to play for this resurgence in my enthusiasm for ideas - I have been spending as much time as I can with him and the way he sees the world (he is 9 months old) is just incredible - the playfulness in the way that he looks at others and the unending love that he has for everyone is pretty amazing! But for me the joy that he finds in discovery and play have really reignited my love for ideas which is pretty epic!

Soooo  long live Ideas and I am definitely going to try and see the world more from his view point as I want to explore again!







Its May whooooo!!

5 months into 2016 and it has been pretty incredible so far!

MBP has been doing some pretty fun different and engaging work recently and we have been around the world a bit again! here's some pics:

Dubai was incredible one of our favorite clients showed us a part of Dubai that we had never experienced before which was awesome!!

The desert in Dubai:

This was 30 sec from my hotel which is not a bad view!

When I had breakfast at the top of a very tall building:

Then we went to Berlin:




and then we were airside at heathrow: 


 
and then we were in the Caribbean:
 



 


and at the same time we have been delivering a huge mix of work for clients:
 
From animation for fife council: 
 
 

To helping the SNP deliver video content across Scotland: 
 

As well as content for Babcock Marine and Technology 

Oh and Matt's Book went to number one on Ibooks whoooo!! 





and you can get it here if you missed it: 

 
And we have also got our new instagram account up and running here: 
 

And we are knee deep in paperwork and loads of productions which are keeping us up all night! 

Will update again soon yey!