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Basic edits

Basic edits

Moments That Matter: things I always do… A couple of playground shots from the weekend. I did the same process for each of them – a bit of skin correction, brighten the eyes, fix tone and contrast (I usually shoot a bit cooler then warm them up a bit in photoshop), adjust the mid tones for skin colour, sharpen slightly, crop, vignette. I usually use an action to boost the colour, tone,... »

Identifying (many) problems

Identifying (many) problems

I tried to be really brutal when doing this. I don’t mean to sound “oh look how wonderful I am” but Robyn you’ve taught me to be really vigorous about looking for background distractions before I even press the shutter release and then I tend to delete and crop out anything that snuck in straight away, so it was actually quite hard to find some shots that would be good to r... »

Basic editing

Basic editing

8 week online workshop lesson8 Editing: the basics These were done in Photoshop, which I am really loving. The first picture was taken just the other day, another end of the day walk around home because I am somewhat obsessed with the lovely light at that time of the day and backlighting now! I mainly wanted to bring out more of the detail in the light and trees in the background with the edit, an... »

The princess defends her castle

The princess defends her castle

8 week online workshop lesson7 Storytelling (OK, so it’s a play tent and a stick, but that can be very effective. And she is a well dressed princess). ISO 400 f/3.5 1/100 50mm, »

Bunny Heather

Bunny Heather

8 week online workshop lesson 6 Think Lifestyle These were some of the images from the bunny photo session (I can’t bring myself to say ‘bunny shoot’) that I set up to get a shot for this year’s Easter card etc. I did the same thing for Christmas last year and I just loved the shots from that, too. Heather is quite cooperative about it as it involves dressing up and what th... »

A smile and a splash!

A smile and a splash!

8 week online workshop lesson 6 Expressions I’m sharing this mainly for entertainment value. Heather was standing on the edge of our fish pond calling the fish (as you do) while I was taking photos of her (as you do) when all of a sudden she disappeared from the viewfinder with a splash! And then I was left with the serious issue of clutching my semi-submerged child in one hand and my gorgeo... »

My smiling girl

My smiling girl

8 week online workshop lesson 6 Natural Smiles When I take photos of Heather I almost always do it while she is doing something else – I don’t try to just have her posing for photos as then I get the goofy faces and the complete lack of cooperation (taking pictures of other people’s kids I do not have this problem, I can direct them and engage them very differently). But for this... »

Different angles

Different angles

8 week online workshop lesson 5 Angles Been so busy playing with my new camera baby the last week that I haven’t put any photos up, but I have plenty! Had lots to think about, one of which was angles, thinking about changing my angle from the obvious, looking down on subjects as well as looking up, and also just changing my angle so as to frame the shot differently. The first picture is the ... »

Indoors

Indoors

8 week online workshop lesson 4 Indoor light Was thrown in the deep end a bit with the indoors and low light conundrum on the weekend when I was asked to photograph my niece’s baptism. Although the church has lots of windows they are all of a yellowish stained glass so the light inside the church is very diffused and, well, yellow. I did have to resort to the Speedlite for a couple of situat... »

Backlighting

Backlighting

8 week online workshop lesson 4 Backlighting I’ve spent the last week on the road photographing a group of cyclists doing a charity ride to raise money for cancer care centres, so I’ve had lots of chances to practice lots of things I’ve learnt but not so many small people around to practice on! So I’ve pounced on what opportunities I have had. When I had Heather out in her ... »

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