Featured Interview on ForegroundBlog

paulkerins.com is featured and I am interviewed on ForegroundBlog Very recently my website was featured in this excellent article on the ForegroundBlog "Embracing minimalism in your photography website." Alex Vita the owner of ForegroundWeb wrote about the philosophy of minimalist website design, and in it he also includes many examples of some great photography websites that embrace the minimalist approach to website design. Alex had contacted me to let me know that my website paulkerins.com was one of the photography websites featured in his article. I wrote him back after reading the article and checking out…Read more …

Control “Out of Gamut” Colours & Soft Proofing Images for Print

Printing Basics, Soft Proofing and "Out of Gamut" Colours Both your eyes and your computer monitor can see millions of different colours, and while modern high end printers can print an impressive range of colours, they are more limited in what colours they can print compared to what you can see on your monitor. These colours that cannot be printed are called "out of gamut colours" and are outside the range of colours that the printer is capable of reproducing. I had written and made a video about "How to Retain Highlight and…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 4 )

Testing and Portfolios for Models In this the final (most likely) part of "Model Advice ", I will discuss testing and portfolios for models. My thoughts on these two different modeling subjects are my own and are not written in stone. Every market is different, and has different needs. Just like every model is different and will have different experiences and needs. Some models are more commercial and some more editorial, some blur the lines and can do both with ease. The one common denominator is that all models need is to test,…Read more …

Koken, Website Publishing for Creatives.

A Review of Koken, a Responsive Website Platform for Photographers. Before I start my review of Koken I want to announce that the sixth version of paulkerins.com ( V6 ) is completed and is now live. All three sections, the main site, the blog, and the store have had been reworked or have been completely redone. The main site has the biggest change over all. I have moved it from a static html site to Koken a new content management system ( CMS ). Both my store and blog are already running different content…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 3 )

Model Advice - Part Three I had wrote over 8000 words on this topic and broke it down into 5 or 6 posting and I tried to think of what information would be truly useful for newer models. I can only give advice based on my experience as a photographer who has worked extensively with models, both brand new models and seasoned pros. In researching this topic I realized that even though there is a lot of content out there on the internet much of it, is more or less completely useless. I…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 2 )

Model Advice - Part Two There is a lot to cover and I spread it out over at least five postings. I am of course not a model, just a photographer who has at best been described as "ruggedly cute" and that will have to do. So what do I know about modeling and models you may ask. Although I have never modeled ( well once, but I was forced to and had no choice in the matter ), I have photographed thousands of models, casted thousands more, and booked and worked with…Read more …

Model Advice

Model Advice Part 1 I honestly could not tell you how many new models I have photographed, I have done thousands of model tests ( photo shoots ) with the majority of those tests being with models that just started, and on those shoots many of the girls have asked me for advice on what they should expect from the fashion industry, plus I have received many emails over the years from aspiring models, many whom wanted to work with me and some that were looking for some advice from a photographer's point…Read more …

How to Retain Highlight and Shadow Details for Print.

How to Use the Targeted Adjustment Tool on the Curves Adjustment Layer, to Get the Widest Tonal Range for Your Prints When you are editing your photographs to be viewed on your computer or to be uploaded onto a server to be see by the world on various devices that have access the internet, from desktop to hand-held then highlight and shadow detail while important is not exactly crucial. Often simply auto-adjusting brightness/exposure is usually good enough for viewing images on a computer monitor, especially since you should upload images optimized for websites…Read more …

Preserving the Photographer’s Rights to the Streets

Protecting Photographer's Rights I have noticed a disturbing trend in recent years of street photographers being harassed and even vilified, by individuals on the internet, in the media, by various police forces and governments around the world. I personally have been harassed, by the police, security guards, and even by just regular people on the street who thought I was photographing them just because my camera was pointed in their general direction. People have become more paranoid and aware of their surroundings in recent times, plus there have been many changes in society…Read more …

Using Lines in Composition

Lead the Viewer's Eye Using Lines in Your Photographs. Composing a picture usually begins with the subject matter, and where you place that subject within the viewfinder of your camera. The use of lines within the composition can not only help you with composing the photograph, it can also be used to draw the viewer's eye into the photograph. There are lines everywhere you look, some are just more clearly apparent than others. In urban areas you can find lines wherever you turn, buildings, streets, train tracks, sidewalks, hedges. In rural areas you will…Read more …