Category: learning

Creating a Triptych in Photoshop

Traditionally a triptych was a set of three panels or compartments side by side, bearing pictures or carvings. Nowadays a triptych refers to a set of three images, often related in some way (as in variations on a theme or different views of the same subject). There are numerous ways of creating

Home Shoot with Elinchrom Deep Umbrella

Setting up a makeshift ‘studio’ when visiting clients can be problematic. You never know how much space you’re going to get, what the ambient light will be or how much gear you should take to cover all eventualities. For portrait shoots I think I have settled on the ideal combination

What I Learnt from Ansel Adams

Not, unfortunately, from seeing and hearing the great American landscape photographer personally but from his autobiography published just a few years before his death in 1984.  The book, as well as being a an enjoyable and captivating story of the life of a working photographer at the start of the

Creating the Image

This year I am really pleased to be working with the fashion designer Chiedza Dawn Ziyambe and her team (pictured above) on her 2017 Zimbabwe Fashion Showcase event due to run this summer in London. At the beginning of March I worked with Dawn to create one of the publicity shots

Photographers Block and Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone

Photographers, like artists in any medium, constantly struggle with how to keep their creative juices flowing. All of us, at any and various times in our lives, enter that period of time when it seems impossible to come up with something new and sometimes seem to lack the inspiration to even

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It – Shoot 2

This is my second shoot based on the lighting examples provided by Scott Kelby in his book Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It. The first shoot is documented here. This time I’m going for Scott’s 1 light soft glamour set up. In this arrangement I just have my Elinchrom RX 4 and

Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It – Shoot 1

The photographer and Photoshop wizard Scott Kelby has written a very informative book called Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It (or how to go from empty studio to finished image) which takes you through 12 studio lighting set ups and how to shoot them as well as giving hints on

What Can “The Boss” Teach You About Photography?

Bruce Springsteen’s biography Born to Run is not only an extraordinary look at the life of one of the biggest rock legends of our time but also provides some amazing insights into what it takes to become truly great at your art. If one word stands out that describes the life of Springsteen it’s “disciplined”. To some, the

The Four Stages of Photographic Competence

In a previous post, Five Reasons Why You’ll Always Suck at Photography, I talked about some of the things that could be holding you back from really excelling at your art. Here, I’m going to take a look at the stages of competence you typically go through when trying to actively learn

Jamming with Photoshop

I normally do my black and white conversions in Lightroom but for this post thought I would just experiment with Photoshop. A kind of jamming session but using Photoshop rather than a musical instrument. Here’s the image I’m starting with. All I’ve done with it at this stage (in Lightroom)

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