Posts By Phillip Burrows

Model Shoot on the Beach

So early one Sunday morning in March I met up with a model by the name of Alana to do a test shoot on Las Cuevas Beach. It was our first time working together but there was a great energy and a great vibe from the beginning.

This shoot was going to be natural light only. I talk about some of what you need to look for when doing natural light shoots here. Read More

Why I sold my Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

So as you may know I owned the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens for almost a year. I bought it because it seemed to have all the right specifications. Things like image stabilization, constant f2.8 aperture, weather sealing, even a tripod collar ant it was about half the price of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. Initially I was so obsessed with bokeh and shooting at 200mm wide open that I supposed I ignored or downplayed some of the issues that the lens had. I even wrote a mostly glowing review about it which you can read here. After a while though it became too much to deal with and I had to part ways with it. Read More

Baby Bump Pictures

My next-door neighbor is having a baby. It seems like just the other day she was playing in the street. Now, she’s married and having her first child. Geez, I’m getting old.   Read More

Shooting in Natural light

Speedlights, studio strobes and the related modifiers are all great tools for you to use as a photographer. They allow you to control the way your scene is lit. But there is no light like that of the sun and no light modifier or GOBO like the ones made by mother nature. So why not make use of it? It’s why many photographers abandon the studio and take their sessions outdoors. There are however a few things that you have to keep in mind if you want to get the best results when shooting outdoors with natural light. Read More

Pictures Without Colour

When I took these pictures back in November of 2016 they were delivered to the client in full color. Most of the time you have a good idea of what your client is looking for so you develop a workflow around delivering that expectation. However once the work is delivered and the client is satisfied you know have the freedom to be creative. Read More

The Canon EF 70-200 f/4. A better lens than you think

The Canon 70-200 f4, the non IS version, is one of 4 Canon EF lenses with that 70-200 zoom range. It is also the cheapest (read least expensive) Canon L lens you can buy. There is no image stabilization or weather sealing, it’s only an f4 aperture and lacks the flare reducing coatings that are common in more modern lenses. That’s because this lens was released back in 1999 and a lot of that stuff hadn’t been invented yet. However, this lens is still in production as of the writing of this post. So why would anyone want this lens? Read More

Flashpoint 320M Monolight Kit

I have been experimenting with off camera flash for a while and I figure I got the hang of it. I got a few light stands, a few back drops and some support systems, all the makings of an amateur studio. Well everything except a permanent studio space. I usually go where the action is for want of a better word. However, Read More

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Tuesday 2016

The Main Event

This is what we have all been waiting for. Trinidad and Tobago carnival climaxes on Carnival Tuesday. This is the day the we witness all the what the whole country has been building up to for the 3 months prior. The high point is the visual spectacle. As usual I was there and I took a few photos. Read More