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Neil Harsant

Neil Harsant

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Plan B is a creative design and photography agency. We work with some of the best known names in the UK, and we enjoy working with a lot of the less known. Plan B design logos, brand identities, promotional literature & display material. We conceive ad campaigns, online campaigns, product packaging & presentation. We create engaging websites that function beautifully - on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. And, dovetailing into all of these disciplines we photograph stunning images of products, food, people & places in our own unique and dynamic style. At Plan B we execute every piece of work to the very highest of standards. As a direct result, this approach adds value to your business and credibility to ours.
  • Nikon D3x
  • Nikon D300s
  • AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 2.8 ED
  • Sigma 150-500mm
  • AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.4 ED
  • AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 ED VRII
  • AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 ED
  • AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8 ED
  • Nikon wireless shutter realease
  • Lastolite reflectors, softboxes
  • Nikon SU800 flash transmitter
  • 3x Nikon SB900's
  • Elinchrom Strobes
  • Elinchrom Quadra Rangers (A) heads x2

Shooting a Multi-Storey Car Park Blow Down!

Published February 1st, 2012

Got the opportunity to shoot the demolition (via explosives) of a 6 floor multi-storey car park on April 1st. Yes... I have checked - and this isn't an April fools prank.

So, I'm thinking Nikon D300s for high continuous frame rate, pre-focus lock, Sigma 150 - 500mm glass, guessing F8 - F11 (subject to exposure and the distance I'll be from the action) with remote shutter release - and then a bit of post in Photoshop. If anyone's shot this kind of thing before and can offer any advice I'm all ears.

I've already been warned that despite being 5 or 6 hundred yards away I have to expect a Tsunami of dust clouds consuming everything within about 15 seconds of the (several) explosions, so a couple of heavy duty bin bags will be ready for my gear as soon as the last frame is done!

Watch this space for any results!

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Compositing

Published January 29th, 2012

I'm getting hooked on compositing images. I guess it's down to my commercial advertising background. I'm going to try photographing (can't say shooting)!! my daughters in a couple of poses under studio lighting, and transforming them into a fairyland fantasyscape - complete with wings 'n all. Don't know how it will turn out? but I will post the final shot when done.

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Fifteen Grandbag…

Published January 23rd, 2012

Here in our Warwickshire based studio we have photographed a number of unusual objects over the years. Lipsticks, a military grade laptop being dropped into a swamp (which was recreated in the studio), food, watches – the list goes on.

So what’s the big deal in shooting a handbag for a client? well, the price tag of £15k for starters. I was expecting something super blinged up that Beyoncé would wear… but when I opened the rather nice bright orange Hermes box and saw the “Kelly Box Black handbag” I was surprised to find a very modest, classical, understated design – obviously made from only the finest leather (sorry, it’s a skin according to Hermes) and handmade by a highly skilled craftsman or craftswoman. Everything shiny on this bag is gold.

Well, it probably won’t be a surprise to know that I shot the bag within 24 hours and eagerly returned it to my client. If ever I were unfortunate enough (I’m touching wood) to have the studio go up in smoke or be broken into you can bet it wo ...

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NPhoto Published Photograph

Published January 17th, 2012

The new Nikon dedicated monthly magazine published one of my shots as letter of the month in issue 2 - February 2012. The shot was inspired when I caught my camera on a window shelf at night - it reminded me of the Space Shuttle (in profile). Note in the mag they re-touched out the Nikon tagline which is included in my original image shown here. The only post I did was to add the moon, tweak levels and curves and finally add my tagline in the current Nikon brand style.

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