Last night I literally was sent to Coventry; well actually to give a talk in Coventry to the Mercia Group having been booked by Jaguar…
I was asked specifically to give a talk on how I first started in Photography and as those who know me will be aware it came from first of all being introduced to Photoshop by one of my Uncles who was always the family photographer and pointing a lens in your direction if you stood still long enough. As a child it always felt uncomfortable but I always kind of knew that it was important to take photos and lots of them irrespective of them being technically correct or not…it was the memory that was most important.
Anyway aside from how I started, I was asked to talk through the story behind some of my images and how I go about putting them together..from the lighting and through the editing stage. I love this part and you know what’s funny and I’m sure it’s the same for you…I can remember taking each and everyone of the photographs and of course what happened during the process; which in my case when shooting on location does tend to involve managing to find the only dog mess in the area and getting at least some part of me covered in it…as happened here:
The talk lasted just over two hours with a short break half way through for refreshments and included a couple of videos, a photography demo where I went through the Invisible Black Backdrop technique and finished off by showing some fast and easy retouching using Photoshop.
Huge thanks to the Mercia Group and to Jaguar for being such a wonderful group of people, making me feel so incredibly welcome and even laughing at my jokes; Great times!
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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.
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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.
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.
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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,
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.