Their faces are larger than life-size, lit dramatically and looming out of the darkness. They could be actors in a stage play, but in fact are strangers photographed on the street, caught as they walk into the pool of light created by the photographer’s flash gun positioned overhead. They all have the slightly blank expression of people walking through a crowded street, and have been caught unawares by Philip Lorca DiCorcia’s camera. [Read more…]
These actor headshots were taken for Derby actress Ava Scott’s portfolio. I’ve tried a few different treatments on them in Adobe Lightroom, my preferred image editing program. For straightforward correction and retouching I find Lightroom is faster and more logical than Adobe Photoshop. It’s interesting how a shift in tone or contrast can make such a difference to the mood of the shot.In the first photo I’ve done a basic edit to correct for white balance and exposure then done a little retouching to smooth out the skin and brighten the eyes. Digital photos always require this kind of work as what comes off the camera always looks a little “flat”. The other photos show how it’s possible to create subtly different effects by adding grain, manipulating the colour balance or simply converting the image to black and white.
Ava is now based in Hollywood while she completes a drama course – I can’t claim that my actor headshots played any part in her progress, but it’s great to know that she’s doing well.
For many years now Adobe Photoshop has been regarded as the bee’s knees of digital imaging. It offers everything you might ever need in terms of image editing, but each successive version has become more bloated and loaded down with features and functions I will never use. [Read more…]
Here’s a selection of my recent portraits, mostly shot in the subjects’ own home. I do love the control of working in a studio, but from the sitter’s point of view it’s more relaxing to stay at home and let the photographer do the work! Most houses have enough of a neutral background to create a “studio” look if required, and sometimes enough natural light not to bother with artificial lighting. [Read more…]
They say never work with children or animals… well, I think I can just about cope with the little ones, but I have to say that Dolly the Jack Russell proved to be a difficult subject. OK, she’s only 11 weeks old, but I fired off over 100 shots in order to get a handful of useable photos. She had a great time though! I started off shooting with the flash and shoot-through umbrella on a stand , but Dolly decided she didn’t want to hang around in any one area of the house, so in the end I put the Speedlight back my camera and worked with bounce flash, following her around the house on my knees. Focusing proved tricky too – I don’t entirely trust the Continuous Servo focus option on the D700, but with a fast-moving subject like Dolly it proved it’s worth.
George proved a much easier subject – he’s clearly more relaxed in front of the camera, and he turned on the soulful look without much persuasion. Trouble is, he liked me so much he kept lying down on me… Photos shot on location – thanks to Jacky for the hospitality!