Learning to See in Black and White

Seeing Past the Colour and Visualizing Tonal Values. Learning to see tones instead of colour is something every photographer has to do in order to become good at black and white photography. For experienced photographers, looking at a scene in colour, or as a series of tones becomes as easy as pressing the shutter release on your camera. It can be difficult to see past the colour, while learning to see tones. Your whole life, as seen though your own eyes has been in glorious colour. It takes a lot of practice and…Read more …

Straighten Horizon Line

Three easy methods for straightening your photographs. It is very easy to end up with a crooked photograph, especially when you are shooting hand-held. Even the most seasoned pro photographers make photographs that need to be straightened, usually this is because you are so focused on the subject, trying to a capture a moment that the background becomes a lesser priority and you end up with a photograph that is a little wonky. The image itself may be stunning, but needs a little correction in order for the horizon line of the background…Read more …

How to Convince Your Client to Choose the Best Photographs

Convincing the Client, How to Convince Your Client Which Photographs are the Best Choices. I personally have no idea how many images I have created to date, let alone how many photographs I have edited to find the best ones; several hundreds of thousands at least. In the past scouring over contact sheets fresh from the lab with a loupe, a red grease pencil and a cup of strong coffee. More recently editing choices on a computer screen using colour coding to select the best choices on my Capture One Pro  RAW conversion software,…Read more …

Selective Sharpening

Selective sharpening for print output. Sharpening photographs for prints is more subtle practice than sharpening JPEG or PNG files for the world wide web. Only certain areas of a photograph may require sharpening. A portrait or beauty photograph will most likely need selective sharpening, perhaps on the mouth, nose, cheek bones, hair, or eyebrows, and most importantly the eyes. You may want to sharpen around the eyes, like the upper and lower eyelids and the eyebrows, but want it to be less sharp than the iris and pupils. Both eyes may need to be…Read more …

Vignetting

Vignetting Photographs for Artistic Effect. Vignetting to put it simply is the darkening of the outside edges of a photograph. In photography there are many types of vignetting, mechanical vignetting, optical vignetting, natural vignetting, pixel vignetting and finally vignetting for artistic effect. All the different types of vignetting ( excluding vignetting for artistic effect ) are not considered desirable and are caused by objects on the lens ( mechanical ),  in the lens ( optical ), by light fall off ( natural ), or in the case of pixel vignetting this can happen…Read more …

Casting Models – The Interview, What to Look for in the Model’s Portfolio, Booking and Options.

Casting Models - Part Three Talking to the model during the interview The personality of the model is important of course, after all you could spending several hours or even several days working with them. It helps to be a good judge of character since the typical interview with a model on a casting can very short. Even if I am pressed for time and have a large amount of people to see I try and get to know the person who is showing me their portfolio as best as I can in…Read more …