Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts from the category Portraiture

  • After a break of almost two years, and a handful of small lighting courses both on location and in the studio, I’ve decided to organize another free day of photography and learning in the style of the Swiss Strobist days.

  • Following on from – and inspired by – the feedback I received from my aunt about what she felt to be ten of my best online portraits, my Mum sent me her list recently in comparison. I find the differences interesting and am only glad that so many of my images seem to be so…

  • Ten of the best

    My aunt picked out ten portraits from my Flickr stream which she feels are the best of those I’ve shared. Here they are, for you to comment, concur or disagree.

  • Tips on lighting, herding and photographing groups of people when time is limited.

  • 2012 is the year in which I’m going to try and catch up on an inordinate amount of photos which have never seen the light of day. I have no idea yet how I’m going to get them all online in a manageable form, but I’ve taken the first step by adding another new gallery…

  • Studio workshop

    I ran the latest of my photographic workshops last weekend and chose (mainly because of the time of year) to hold it in the studio. Thanks to the ready availability of the studio space at Satzart in Bern, we were able to use the spacious room to cover basic introduction to the Elinchrom equipment and…

  • As I wrote earlier in the week, I was honoured to be allowed to show 20 of my photos from the One Frame Movie series at the 50th anniversary show of Pix Mix in Bern this week. I hadn’t quite anticipated the number of people who would be attending and during the break, I quickly…

  • I love taking portraits of people; whether I know them or not. I do it because of my passion for the image, not for financial gain, and I really wish more people would volunteer to let me photograph them. Here’s why.

  • I was delighted to be invited to submit to the upcoming “Open Show” in Lausanne, an evening of photographic presentation by a small selection of photographers, and honoured to have my submission confirmed earlier today. I’ll be showing twenty photos from my One Frame Movie series next Thursday evening, 18th August, at the Espace Carbu…

  • My all-day coaching session on 11th June 2011 took place in the grounds of the ETH at Hönggerberg in Zurich. I’ve used this location several times before thanks to the size and variety of potential areas in which to take photos; from modern architectural detail to green lawns and trees.

  • A portrait shoot in the Satzart studio in Bern.

  • A photo shoot in a cellar cinema in Bern adds a new photo to my One Frame Movie series.

  • I’ve carried out the first of my photographic lighting workshops for 2011 and there are still places available for the next one in Zurich in June.

  • I’m happy to announce that starting in June, I’ll be taking the Swisss Strobist workshops to the next level. Moving away from the previous days with large groups of attendees, I’ll be leading affordable half- and one day courses both on location and in the studio. Each course is specially prepared for photographers who have…

  • Now that the spring is here once more, I’m looking for volunteers for my photo series “One Frame Movie”.

  • I was contacted a while back by the editor of Czech photo blog Odcloněno, Michal Fanta: Michal asked to interview me and use some of my photos on the blog. The interview was published this morning; here’s the English transcript. Many thanks to Michal for the exposure and, as he’s mentioned; please do get in…

  • With the money I’ve put aside for new camera gear, a new, reliable, fully automated flash gun was high on my “wants” list, not least because I receive a slowly increasing number of requests to take portrait photographs and cover events.

  • One of the reasons I organize photographic meetup days is so that I can learn new techniques and use equipment that I might not have encountered before.

  • Revenge

    One of my favourite pictures of the year, which was shot at the end of a studio session a couple of weeks ago.

  • Simply Yannick

    A portrait of a friend and work colleague, shot for a work project earlier this week.

  • Zum Wohl

    As a British person abroad, there are several aspects of Swiss culture which take a little getting used to. One of them is making eye contact when chinking glasses with someone.