Over the weekend I got to do a powder shoot, something I’ve fancied doing for a while now. This basically involves finding a willing (or crazy) model and covering her in flour. It’s fun Continue Reading →
I use Lightroom as my main photo organizer and basic editing program but now I’m learning Photoshop I need to jump from Lightroom to PS on a regular basis. Lightroom has a preconfigured integration with PS to make things nice and easy. From any module in Lightroom select a photo and then go to the ‘Photo’ menu and select ‘Edit In->Adobe Photoshop’ to launch your version of Photoshop.
Even better, the integration works the other way so when you save the file, the Lightroom catalog gets updated and it automatically creates a stack containing the original and edited files.
Perform any editing required and just click on save. The default will be to save the file in the same location as the original with the word ‘edit’ added to the file name. The format of the file will be decided by the settings in Lightroom. If you want, you can change the filename and location to something else and Lightroom will automatically be updated with the new information. If you make further edits and decide to save the file with another name then Lightroom will add this third file to the same stack as the other two. It’s almost magic Continue Reading →
Last year I actually got round to entering a competition, mainly as it was free to enter , and then promptly forgot about it.
A few weeks ago (I know its taken me ages to blog about it) I was notified that my image, An Explosion of Light, had been shortlisted in the top 10 for the Fashion & Beauty category. Ooooh. Apparently the winners are announced at a big do in Cheltenham on the 28th March although I can’t make it that day
You can see the top 20 images for all the categories here (make sure you check out page 70!!) although I don’t really expect to win (I think you can guess the winners by checking the size of the images…. )
I offered to take pictures at a charity fashion show in aid of the Make A Wish charity held in Billericay, Essex on 3rd March. If you want to help and donate £5 to them text WISH015 to 70070 (UK only)
As well as the fashion show there were some urban dancers and a couple of singers (Sam Callahan & Mila Falls). Continue Reading →
Fashion shoot in The Roost over near Dalston, East London. Another one of those cool locations owned by Castle Gibson with lots of rooms full of amazing stuff.
A bit cliched but I saw the dying flowers and thought it made a useful comparison to a young model facing the prospect of getting old.
Model : Charlotte Tedeschi
Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field – Peter Adams 1987
Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives – Charles William Dement (and pointed out to me by Selene Alexia)
This is a series of images from a fashion shoot in Brooklyn, New York (NYC) taken back in March. The location was at 280 Washington Avenue which is a fantastic old brownstone mansion run by Jessica and Doug Warren, a lovely couple who were so helpful throughout the time we invaded their house! Continue Reading →
This is a series of images from a fashion shoot in Brooklyn, New York (NYC) taken back in March. The location was at 280 Washington Avenue which is a fantastic old brownstone mansion run by Jessica and Doug Warren, a lovely couple who were so helpful throughout the time we invaded their house!
I managed to get a ticket for the women’s Beach Volleyball final at the London 2012 Olympics this week after trying for ages to get a cycling ticket. Yeah I know, they are not related but I wanted to go back to the Olympics so, as cycling wasn’t on the cards, I thought the volleyball would be fun. I’d seen a few of the matches on the TV and they looked entertaining so off I went. My good friend Selene Alexia came along as well and we had a good laugh, although I did have to keep her well supplied with chocolate otherwise she gets grumpy Continue Reading →
I was lucky enough (after much trying!) to get a ticket for the London 2012 Olympics Swimming on the Sunday 29th July at the Olympic Park in Stratford. It was at the new Aquatics centre, designed by Zaha Hadid, which is quite impressive although not as attractive as it could be with the big temporary stands at each side (apparently due to be removed after the games).
It was an exciting night with plenty of action to say the least. One thing that does not come across on the TV is the sheer amount of noise the crowd makes. When Rebecca Adlington was swimming it was a solid wall of deafening sound!
I got to see the: Continue Reading →
Some time back I stumbled across a great location in Essex that had an old abandoned factory type place, a large pond and some marsh areas near an estuary. It looked perfect for a photoshoot as I’ve always wanted to do a lady in the lake type shoot but, being my usual self, it took ages for me to actually sort something out. In the end I managed to persuade a great model, Coyla MacPherson, to do it and my friend Selene came down from London to join in as well. Continue Reading →
There seems to be a lot of anguish and ranting from page owners on FaceBook at the moment due to the introduction of the new promoted posts option that has appeared. This allows you to spend a small sum of money to increase the ‘reach’ of a post from your page with more money buying a greater reach. The reach is how many of your fans actually get to see the post in their newsfeed. A promoted post is shown to a certain number of your fans and their friends and is given a prominent position at the top of the newsfeed. Continue Reading →
I visited the Masai Mara on safari for the first time ever in September and its probably the best trip I’ve ever had. I enjoyed it so much that its one of the few places I will likely go back to. The sheer variety of animal, the fact everything is different each day and just this odd feeling of being in Africa made it quite special. Continue Reading →
I recently had an enjoyable 5 night break in Istanbul, Turkey with some slightly crazy photographer friends. It’s an interesting city to go and visit, full of contrasts between old and new, secular and religious. Lots of interesting places to visit and some great food (providing you eat in the right places) although alcohol is not cheap. Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking about getting a ring flash for ages as they can give quite a nice look to fashion images with very even light. I tried one of those things you stick on a normal speedlight, such as the RayFlash or one from Orbis, but they were rubbish. The light pattern was not circular and they gave a very uneven spread of light plus they were bulky and tended to keep coming off the flashgun making the whole thing very unwieldy. However, they were cheap, unlike a full blown studio ring flash which is not so I’ve never bothered with one until now.
A couple of things helped change my mind Continue Reading →
One from a fashion shoot in Clinton Heights Brooklyn, New York with Germaine Denegris wearing a dress by Faviana. Continue Reading →
One from a recent fashion shoot in Brooklyn, New York. Taken in a stunning Brownstone mansion in Clinton Heights. Model is wearing a dress by Jovani. Continue Reading →
I was in New York recently for a little sightseeing and to attend the first Miss Aniela Fashion shoot experience held abroad. I’ve been to a few of these in the UK and thought I’d combine a visit to NYC with a chance to do a bit of fashion photography. I’d offered to help out so I was planning on a days shooting and a bit of assisting on the other two days. In the end I managed to shoot on all 3 days along with getting some behind the scenes pictures as well Continue Reading →
A new camera is unlikely to make you a better photographer. It will, however, make you poorer! – Ian Mears, March 2012!
Now this is a cool use of some camera technology!
No doubt western governments have been spending billions on trying to make their weapons invisible and someone has knocked up a quick and dirty version for here it is appearing in a car advert at a fraction of the cost Continue Reading →
I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) so around Christmas time I finally got my arse into gear and started looking as 2012 is meant to be a good year for them. Turned out everyone else had the same idea and many of the trips were booked up. However, I managed to find one, via the Aurora Zone, to the Harriniva hotel in Lapland, Finland for early February. It’s a couple of miles from Muonio village, about an hours drive from Kitilla airport. Continue Reading →
Fashion shot taken at Dalston Heights in London. I was just trying to play about with these Tarot Cards I’d come across and after several ideas decided I liked this one the most. Continue Reading →
I’ve got another picture in an exhibition!
It’s an old travel shot (picture above) from a trip I took to Cuba back in 2008. I was wandering the back streets of Havana and came across a little boxing gym. It was basically a covered boxing ring plus some empty space and a few punch bags. A bunch of local kids were sparring or training and they let us take some pics of them (for a small fee!). Continue Reading →
Loads of information for new models. Links to agencies, how to apply to them, useful info on modelling, what to do and what to avoid. If you want to be a model its worth reading
I came across this singer a few months back and she’s starting to get some traction now. She was on this weeks ‘Later with Jules’ and is currently number 1 on the iTunes singles chart. I just love the song ‘Video Games’ – keeps running round inside my head! The video that goes with it has a great retro feel that goes perfectly with the song (at least I reckon so anyway).
I went to the private viewing of the Rankin Exhibition “Dig The New Breed” with the lovely Sarah Heaviside just before I flew off on Holiday. Pretty cool evening (free drink so always makes it more enjoyable) and got to see a couple of famous people such as Rankin, Erin O’Connor, Tuuli and La Roux. There was also some rock band there that I couldn’t understand a word of and then I realised they were singing in Japanese! Continue Reading →
A few images from a portrait shoot with a young local girl in Rochford, Essex. Thought we’d do a few summer shots outdoors in the local fields although at one point summer quickly turned to dark grey skies followed by a quick downpour. Don’t you just love weather in England?
A fashion shoot with the very talented Hannah Ashlea (check out her blog for some of her other work). All taken at a location called Dalston Heights which is one of the Castle Gibson set of shoot locations. They are all pretty cool places with tons of props. Continue Reading →
Images from a couple of portrait photo shoots with Coyla MacPherson taken over the summer (what little we had of it!). Coyla is an up and coming Essex based Folk Singer with numerous gigs under her belt already and she was after some images for her new album cover.
Bit of a dark and moody artistic shot taken at The Roost, a three story old house in London. Featuring Janelle McPherson wearing a Joanne Fleming dress. Continue Reading →
From a shoot with Bex Frost, a local model. Taken in the woods a Gusted Hall, Essex. Bex is pretty committed to modelling – note the shoes she painted to match the swing colour
Model: Bex Frost
Monica is an up and coming Norwegian singer, songwriter and musical theatre composer (multi talented!) I met Monica in London and it turned out she was looking to get some pictures for her portfolio so she could use them as part of her marketing and promo packaging. Continue Reading →
This was a studio based art nude shoot with the beautiful model Ivory Flame. Absolutely lovely model to work with and very experienced, which certainly made things easier. Give her some general direction and she will work on some interesting poses. Great red hair as well, hence the name! Continue Reading →