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The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

Studio 197… as seen on Channel 5’s The Gadget Show :-)

Yes, that’s right. My little studio is on the telly!  Channel 5’s The Gadget Show was filming a piece on “Death of The Desktop PC”, and as a part of the feature, wanted to film me on a photo shoot set, using wireless SD card and iPad to wirelessly transmit the photos for quick review, and also to “edit on the go”.  They were probably in the studio for all of 1 hour at most, but it was a great experience having the whole crew in my studio.  I thought I was quite used to being around famous people, having met a bunch of musicians in the past life. But I must say, I was rather overwhelmed having 3 presenters whom I’m used to seeing on TV regularly.  As they say, cat did get my tongue for most of the filming.

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

I think I did ok when it came to actually doing what I do; shoot!  The photos aren’t what you might call world class, but the brief was “fun and playful”, so simple lighting, lots of fun poses and pulling faces were clearly the way to go.  Jason, Ortis and Rachel were all fantastic to photograph, and made my job so easy.  Unfortunately, for the majority of the shoot, we had the director, cameramen and sound guy in the background, so it was hard to concentrate, and to be fair, make the photos pretty much useless 🙂

But for the 5 to 10 minutes of actually shooting time, it was a blast, and we managed to get some cool shots. Here are a couple for preview.

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

The Gadget Show © Keigo Kato

Make sure to check out the gallery. And check out the video on Channel 5 to see yours truly in action.

Finally, a big thanks to my lovely model friend Rachael Shar Marston for sticking around the studio after our shoot to help me out on the day! Photos from our shoot aren’t quite ready yet, but be sure to check out her portfolio. She has some awesome work.

Focus on Imaging 2013, Birmingham NEC

Focus on Imaging 2013

It’s that time of the year again. Every year in March, thousands and thousands of photographers attend Focus on Imaging at NEC Birmingham, to check out new photographic gear on offering. I’ve been going to these trade shows every year for the past 5-6 years, and always enjoy these days out. This year, I’ve just bought 2 new cameras (that’s for another blog), so I turned up with intention of spending, well, nothing. And for the first time, I’ve managed to keep my promise. As tempted as I was with some cool gadgets and products, I realised that, actually, I didn’t have any need for photographic equipment per se. The studio could do with a few new additions, but they would need to come from DIY stores and car boot sales. 2013 is off to a great start for Studio 197 Birmingham, and there will be a lot of new and exciting things happening in the next few months. I’ll update you with the progress, for sure. Anyway, here are a few snaps from the day (and yes, they are absolutely nothing more than snaps, I’m afraid. Only took the compact, and had no real desires to be making pictures today).

Focus on Imaging 2013 NEC Birmingham

Focus on Imaging 2013 NEC Birmingham

Focus on Imaging 2013, Birmingham NEC

Focus on imaging 2013 – there were loads of guys with their big zoom lenses. Always baffles me what they want to photograph at a trade show.

Focus on Imaging 2013, Birmingham NEC

Club 197 members Greg and Martin.

Focus on Imaging 2013, Birmingham NEC

This was one of the cool things we saw on the day. Laser cut out from a mount. We wants it!!!

Focus on Imaging 2013, Birmingham NEC

A nice, not so cold, Abbots Ale to finish off a great fun day out!

It was a good day out overall, and met up with some old friends (who just wouldn’t have their photos taken!). I’m sure I’ll be back again next year, and the following year. One of these days, I will attend a talk or 2 as well. See you next year, Focus!

Keigo Kato and Yellow Aura joins force

Birmingham based photographer Keigo Kato and Yellow Aura Fashion and Creative solution have joined force to form Studio 197; it is a new photography studio based in Saltley area of Birmingham, just down the road from the neon clad entertainment park Star City. Situated in the heart of industrial city of Birmingham, we offer family portrait, weddings, model portfolio, studio hire, make over photoshoots, photographic tuition, and much, much more. We want to become a part of the local community in the area, and look forward to meeting so many new people!

Be seeing ya!

K and T

Club 197 opens

We have opened Club 197, photographic club by photography enthusiasts for enthusiasts, to learn, share, and most importantly, have fun.

Birmingham photographic club - Club 197 members! Birmingham photographic club – Club 197 members!

Our membership consists of all levels of experience, from keen beginners, all up to seasoned pros. We created the club for social activity, and not be another one of those old fashioned clubs with elitist, hierarchical set of rules and competitions.

Skill levels are not important. What we ask for from each member is to be keen about the club, get involved, give ideas, and be a part of it. I think we have a good mix of members. We want to keep the number around 15, and there are still a few more spots left. If you are looking for photography buddies who you can share the