The Amazing Jessi

Hi Folks…How’s things?
I thought I’d share one of the shots I took of the amazing Jessi whilst hanging out in Germany with great friends Calvin Hollywood & Gabor Richter

Now I say ‘Amazing Jessi’ for a number of reasons…all of which make her an incredible model to work with. Calvin told me I’d be impressed and man was I. We’d booked out the whole of Tuesday last week to photograph Jessi in the studio in a number of set ups and themes and what was so fantastic was how well prepared she was…so many different items of clothing and props…and what’s more all for ideas she brought to the table.

Finding models like Jessi is no easy thing; sure there are models who look great, there are models who know how to ‘work’ infront of the camera and there are models who have lots of ideas but to get all of that in one package is something special. So I guess this is more of a shout out to Jessi to say thanks for being so great to shoot and such fun to hang out with; I had a blast!

I’ll be popping back and forth to Germany as often as I can now to hang out with Calvin, Gabor and everyone else and I’m sure we’ll be getting Jessi infront of the camera again but in the mean time there’s a few more images I need to work through from our time together…the Dark Angel and a take on the cover of Columbiana which we’re calling GerLondonia…or something:)

Oh and I guess if I was trying to say anything in particular here it would to make a point to shoot for yourself and your portfolio as often as you can but also when you do, make it count…and that starts by finding the right model.

Enjoy:)

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  • January 25, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Jonathan Thompson - Beautiful final image. Jessi sounds amazing to work with, it’s so nice when everyone brings ideas to the table, really feels like a team collaboration, 2,3,4 or more heads are better than 1.

    Oh, and like the new look blog header, splendid.

    Cheers, Jonathan

  • January 26, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Jonathan :)

Photoshop Speed Retouch, Focus NEC and Reading on the move…

Hey Folks…How’s things with you?
I’ve got a few things to share with you to kick the week off…a speed editing video, Focus NEC and a great resource for reading ‘on the go’…

Character Portrait Retouch
Last year I was asked to speak at a few camera clubs around the country giving an insight into what I do and how I started plus I would talk through the story behind a few of my pictures…most of which when I was talking about shooting on location ended up in me saying “…and then it started raining” or more of than not “…and I rolled right over it”…if you know what I mean.

Plus I’d also give a quick photography and retouch demonstration to give folks a look into how I go about putting some of my images together. I’m really excited that already this year I’ve been booked to talk at several more clubs and so because of that I thought I’d put together a few videos to add in; I got the idea from having read a great book recently recommended by my buddy Calvin Hollywood (more of that in another post)

Anyway here’s one of the videos I’ve put together to use at a talk later this week; a speed retouch showing what I do in Photoshop to make a Character Portrait; originally about a 15 minute edit but in the video down to 1 minute and 40 seconds…

Focus on Imaging – NEC
The yearly Focus on Imaging Expo at Birmingham’s NEC this year runs from Sunday 4th through to Wednesday 7th of March and it looks like there’s some fantastic exhibitors set to be there. It’s always great to take a look around and to get a ‘hands on’ with some of the latest and greatest kit to hit the market. Word of warning thought The Force is strong so coming out at the end of the day without having purchased atleast one item you never knew you needed is quite a challenge .

Focus is also a great social event and a great place to catch up with folks you maybe haven’t seen for a while. I’ll be heading there on the Tuesday 6th and I know that my Buddy Dave Clayton (N.A.P.P. UK Evangelist) is heading along that day too, so if you’re going to be there let’s meet up for a coffee.

Audible.com
Finally I just want to quickly mention about Audible. NowI love to read but I think I’d stand a pretty good chance of winning the ‘Worlds Slowest Reader’ Competition so I’ve started now listening to audiobooks when I’m on the move.

There’s lots of places to get audiobooks but I was put onto Audible the other day and I have to say not only do they have an incredible amount of audio books available but their pricing is superb at £3.99 ($7.49) each month which includes a book download of your choice and a discount on another.

You can check them out here [Link]

Ok that’s all for now so as always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time,
Enjoy:)

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  • January 23, 2012 - 3:32 pm

    Keith Hammond - I’ll be at Focus on the 6th, see you all then

  • January 23, 2012 - 7:28 pm

    Thomas Bruin (@tbruinphoto) - Im all booked up to go to focus as well. I wont see you tho as im heading down for the weekend. Sat Lunch time flight to Birmingham Maybe have a bit of an afternoon photowalk then hit the show all day Sunday.

  • January 26, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    Glyn - Thomas…Sounds like a great idea. Enjoy :)

Grunge Speed Retouching Video & Brighton Social Event

Hi Folks…How’s things?
Lots going on this end now that I’m back from Germany. Loads of images to work on from time working with model Jessi aka Poison Ivy which I’m really looking forward to posting but in the mean time here’s just a couple things I want to share with you….

Grunge in 8 Simple Steps
Just incase you’re new to the blog and hadn’t seen this post, back in 2010 I did a speed retouch and walk-through of a portrait I shot whilst down in Brighton and here it is.

You can catch the walk through which covers all the steps you see in the video here [Link]

Social Event in Brighton
Talking of Brighton I’m looking at planning a photo walk type of event down there in the next few weeks; maybe second week in February or around then. Anyway it’ll be open to anyone and everyone with a camera to come along have some fun and take some photos. Hey we may even have some competitions and prizes on the day so if at this stage this is something that might interest you then just leave a message in the comments section below or send me a message via email, Facebook, Twitter etc…

Right that’s all from me so have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days,
Enjoy:)

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  • January 21, 2012 - 9:45 am

    Vincent - Thnx Glen! The walk through video does not work anymore tho

  • January 21, 2012 - 11:53 am

    Dave - Brighton could work for me, workload depending!

Photoshop World…It’s Officially Official :)

Hey Folks…How’s things?
Well I’m back from having spent an amazing time hanging out with my great friends over in Germany…Calvin Hollywood, Gabor Richter and all and it’s probably going to take a few days for my jaw to stop aching from having laughed so much during the past week which thinking about it will be just in time for when we’ll be hanging out again in a few weeks at Photoshop World!

Photoshop World is the largest Photoshop and Photography Training convention of it’s kind in the world and this coming March is being held in Washington DC. Having had the call from Scott Kelby I’m now one of the Official Instructors and am so excited to be teaching a class on Sunday 25th March at 3.45pm which I’m calling ‘Photoshop Fast & Furious‘.

I can’t wait to share what I have planned; a class packed with exciting and fun compositing and retouching techniques that as the class description says: Will leave you spending less time being corrective and more time being creative!

If you’re going to be there be sure to say hi; you’ll recognise me from the Union Jack Boxer Shorts, Bowler Hat and Cup of Tea in hand…oh and with my little finger extended of course.

Enjoy:)

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  • January 18, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    David - :)

  • January 19, 2012 - 8:48 am

    David Kelly - Sounds like you just need the umbrella and John Steed would have nothing on you!

Getting down to business…

Hey Folks,
Hope you had a great weekend and are all set for the week ahead:)

I’m still over in Germany at the moment as yesterday saw the final part of Calvin Hollywood’s 3 Day Workshop with the last day focusing on Self Marketing and Self Management… so no cameras, no Photoshop…purely Business! Of course it was another fantastic day packed to the rafters with information.

As an Instructor and Business Owner myself it’s always great to hear how someone else approaches running their business and deals with things like time management, promotion and  so on and yeah for sure I picked up alot of invaluable best practices that I too will look at adapting when I return to the UK.

Later in the evening Calvin and his lovely wife picked me up from the hotel and we three went out to a very good local restaurant to sample some traditional German food. I can’t remember the name of the place to be honest but you know somewhere is going to be good when it’s full of locals and geez was it good! Fantastic food and the portions were extremely generous; infact I now see why when Calvin & Gabor came over to the UK in August last year that Calvin ended up having to order 3 main meals to satisfy his hunger.

Finally to end the night it was over to the Bowling Alley for the long awaited Re-Match…

I guess this is the point where you’d expect to hear how close the match between us was, all the hype and tension leading up to it and who after it all was Victorious?!?

Well in truth it was neither Calvin, Gabor or myself but Calvin’s wife! (With Calvin in 2nd Place and 3rd going to Michael)

I’m putting my excuse down to having eaten way too much and consequently not being able to bend at the waist which clearly put me at an advantage but as for Calvin & Gabor…between you and me I think they felt intimidated…but don’t tell them I said that because I still have to get home on Wednesday:)

So then this morning still full from the night before we all got together and went over to Heidelburg for some time to unwind and chat about anything and everything, grab some lunch, have a laugh and take some photos along the way so I’ll be sure to share some of what we got up to on the blog tomorrow.

Right…must dash so I’ll catch up with you later,
Enjoy:)

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  • January 16, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Mike Le Gray - It certainly was an interesting day – chock full of fascinating business insights, followed by not only one of the noisiest of rounds of bowling I’ve ever participated in, but also outrageously ‘dangerous’ and fast-paced air-hockey, alongside the Street Basketball Championship battle! ;o)

    A lot of fun. Can’t wait ’til the next time!