Every so often a commercial photography job comes along which is a little out of the ordinary. I was recently contacted by Origination, the Derby-based marketing agency, to carry out a location shoot of a sporting nature. It transpired that the location was in Darlington and the job was to photograph the team members of Middlesbrough FC wearing their new season’s strip. The team is sponsored by Adidas, so the shoot had to be carried out with careful attention to presenting the clothing in the best light, and to make the players look appropriately heroic. [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…]