Stills and Gaffer: Michael Huish

Michael was born in London where he now works and lives. He became interested in photography in 2000, but while studying architecture for two years in the University of East London it became a serious hobby and after switching to a photography degree he is now entering the world of professional freelancing after having recently completed his final year.

“While moving image and film was never a greater interest of mine, it has always been in the family with my parents taking family films on video cameras and my father working in a studio close to the BBC. Having an interest in photography and personally knowing the director of photography, Michael Franklin, it was clear we could work together with respect to lighting. It was my job to make his vision a reality and through collaboration or inspiration I provided the means to create moods in and outdoors. It was fortunately a huge learning curve, and I know I’m not speaking only for myself. Being a fan of natural light photography made my job quite difficult, and quickly I understood the huge and important jobs those in lighting have. Starting with the equipment being some of the heaviest and largest on set to the precise flagging and toning of the light colour and shape.

There were times when the lights were up and running, but my hands were decidedly empty. This was when I had time to document the whole process from cooking, cleaning and chilling to directing, acting and filming. For the most part I found that a 28mm f/2.8 lens was the best compromise between document/portrait/landscape and made a homogeneous final product that had a similar effect to the Nikon f/2 lens used on the Canon XL1 via an adapter. I found this experience extremely rewarding and probably one of my most successful projects of recent months due to the very real process of documenting and making magic with light in a most dynamic and beautiful location in the English countryside.”

Michael Huish on flickr:

Other Photography Work:

Ealing Comedy (2008) World Premier - London Empire Cinema, Ealing

Global Peace Festival (2008) - London Excel Exhibition Centre

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