broad daylight blog


a brilliant book & a swanky steading

blog…the book

This week we are pleased to report that German publisher Verlag Galiani Berlin is using our portrait of writer Christopher Brookmyre to promote his book ‘Where the Bodies are Buried’. Appropriatly we shot him in a graveyard…spooky or what? The jacket was designed by our friend and brilliant all round designer Mark Ecob.

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This portrait of Christopher was shot on a Hasselbald using film!...what's that I hear you ask? Well it's strange material that was made by Kodak, Fuji, Ilford and Agfa...I believe some is still manufactured for a dwindling number of users...shame as it has some great qualities. In this instance we used Fuji PRO 160C which we then scanned before using in our 'as others see us' exhibition and book. This was the first job we used the Bowens Explorer 1500 portable battery generator with Quad 3KM flash heads. The lights were easy to work with and enabled us to light up a dark, damp corner of the graveyard.


…the steading

The new web site of Little Hardford near Aberdeen is now live featuring our photos. Set in the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside, it’s a lovely place making our job so much easier and well worth a look if you’re looking for self catering accommodation up that way. It’s run by Majory and Ian Clyde who are lovely people with exceptional taste and standards hence employing us!!!

Check out Little Hardford at

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© broad daylight


© broad daylight


Shoot at different times of day if you you can see on the Little Hardford web site we started early and finished late. With jobs like this try to capture atmosphere and character by taking shots of interesting details as well the usual images showing the accommodation and facilities...this will help people imagine themselves being there. Try not to use flash as available light will often give a more pleasing result. Crank up the ISO or use a tripod if you need to. We shot on Nikons and used a range of ISO's and Lastolites to bounce light depending on what the situation required. We also took some shots of the surrounding countryside to help place Little Harford in it's surroundings.


barcelona and ralph lauren

blog blog blog……two images from Tricia’s recent trip to Barcelona…yes we know how great it is…no, we haven’t all been there yet.

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© tricia malley


In other news we covered Prof Brian Duffy’s inaugural lecture at GCU London. He’s Ralph Lauren’s main man in Europe and a Global Scot. The lecture was so interesting giving an insight into the marketing and aspirations of a major luxury brand.

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For her fabby Barcelona shots Tricia used the Fuji X10 which again did a sterling job...just the ticket when being a tourist.

Brian Duffy's lecture presented us with a few difficulties as we were unable to control the lighting conditions which consisted of a small amount of daylight, dimmed overhead tungsten, a digital projector plus purple and blue gelled 'mood' lights! When photographing a lecture it's best if you can to try to use a high ISO and available light as flash will kill what's on screen. It can also be very distracting for the audience if flashes are constantly going off and the use of available light with or without a tripod also helps capture something of the mood of the event. We used a Nikon D7000 set at 3200 ISO for this shot of Brian.


hasselblad, the hoxton hotel and brick lane

It’s been a busy old week. We met some great new people and reacquainted ourselves with others. We‘re so chuffed to be featured in the Hasselblad online news (click here to view). We found a fab place to stay in London while down for a portrait shoot. The Hoxton Urban Lodge in Shoreditch has great rooms, great service and great food all at great prices! No we haven’t been commissioned to shoot their web site images but if they’re interested! We had a quick lunch in Brick Lane and wished we had more time...there’s so much to see. Go yourself and have a look.

brick lane shopkeeper © ross gillespie/broad daylight


brick lane barber © ross gillespie/broad daylight


These photographs were taken using a Fuji X10. We'd been carrying our comparatively heavy camera gear around for two days and wanted something light that could used to grab some shots when we went for lunch. The camera was set up using manual mode for exposure and auto focus...manual focus on the X10 is far too slow and laborious to be practical for street photography.

Ross, Chiang Mai and a Fuji X10

Here’s this weeks blog pics…with some of Ross’s fab images from his recent trip to Chiang Mai. He’s far too modest to post them himself so I thought I’d share a few with you.

charoenraj road, chiang mai © ross gillespie


wat ket karam, chiang mai © ross gillespie


wororot market, chiang mai © ross gillespie


chiang mai © ross gillespie


muang mai market, chiang mai © ross gillespie


praisanee road, chiang mai © ross gillespie


The camera Ross used was a Fuji X10 which he bought the day before leaving for Thailand...he wanted a camera that was light and small enough to easily fit in a pocket. All of the above shots were taken using available light.


Pictured at an Exhibition

Here are a couple of recent pics we shot whilst on location at Edinburgh College of Art. They're students from painting and a sculpture photographed during their shows - we just happened to see them as we were working on the commission. We are always on the lookout for things that make a good image just for us - at ECA we were spoilt for choice!! Sometimes clients haven’t realized the full potential and so we’ve shown them these ‘additional’ shots…it’s surprising how often they then make it to final publication.

painter © tricia malley


sculpture student © broad daylight


Both of the above photographs were taken on our trusty Nikons. We used available light which Tricia supplemented with some fill flash from by an SB800 in her portrait of the painter.

More to follow next week!!!!