One day I was rummaging through my garage in Huddersfield when I noticed how nice the natural light coming in was. This sparked a thought that maybe I could use it as a makeshift photography studio. I tested it on myself and it worked.
I asked a girl at the gym I go to if she would be interested in a photo shoot and she said yes. So we did part of the shoot in the garage. I put up a black backdrop and used only the light coming in from the front and the window on the left.
There wasn’t much room to move but we made do. I’m very happy with the results. Take a look and let me know what you think.
In my ongoing mission to improve my photo skills, I recently purchased a series of retouching tutorials by Pratik Naik a.k.a. Solstice Retouch. It is a series of videos teaching how to do professional level retouching to make photos look flawless but avoiding making them look fake. As he says, the best retouching is when it looks like it hasn’t been retouched. Topics include skin retouching, minimising neck lines and flyaway hairs, contouring and many others.
I have been putting this into practice with my latest shoot which I will post pictures of when I have finished the lot but here is a sneak preview.
The things I retouched here are the skin by removing spots and smoothing the skin while keeping its texture, removing stray hairs, filling in a gap in the hair by her right eye, reducing shadows in unwanted areas like under her eyes, and reducing bright hot spots like above her right eyebrow and on the tip of her nose. Going back to what I said earlier, I think you would agree that if you only looked at the retouched photo, you wouldn’t think I had done anything to it.
I am pleased with the result although it does now take me a lot longer to retouch one photo. I have been spending 1-2 hours retouching each photo from this shoot. Of course that is because this is I am learning the ropes with these new techniques so I hope to get faster as I get more experienced.
Do you like what I have done here? Let me know in the comments section.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. That is why it was such a pleasure to do a photo shoot with Leon who is a Michael Jackson impersonator. The video above shows his transformation from regular guy to Michael Jackson courtesy of make-up artist Neha Kumari followed by a slideshow of some of the final shots from the shoot.
The shoot itself was split into two parts: studio and on location. We first started in my home studio in my London flat. I set up a single dark blue background and two lights. The aim was to create a cinematic look and feel and I think I achieved that. Leon put on his BAD and HIStory jackets and went through some trademark MJ poses.
We then drove to Greenwich University. It was late afternoon and the setting sun created a gorgeous orange light which I took advantage of. We took some photos on the grounds and against some of the wonderfully designed architecture of the surrounding buildings.
This was one of my favourite shoots yet. It was so much fun and all three of us were still buzzing the next day!
Leon went on to purchase a folio box of matted prints of his favourite photos from the day.
The newborn stage is a very desirable time for a parent to have their baby photographed. The problem is that many parents are so preoccupied with preparing for their baby’s introduction to the world that having professional photos of their new arrival hasn’t even occurred to them. By the time mum and dad have become acquainted with their new arrival and change of lifestyle and started thinking about a professional portrait, their baby is not a newborn anymore.
Does that resonate with you? No need to worry! If your baby is still a few months old, this might be the best time for you to get his or her portrait done. Why? While newborn photos can be lovely and very artistic, they are usually done while the baby is asleep. When they are a few months old, they have started to develop a personality and facial features. Now is a great time to capture their liveliness.
Theyusually can smile by then. And what a lovely smile it is.
They laugh and play.
Their expressions are priceless!
And because they haven’t developed the strength to crawl away, it is not a struggle to take their photos! I really enjoyed taking these babies’ photos and I look forward to taking more in the future.
Don’t let this time precious time pass by without recording them. If you would like to book your baby photography experience with me, please visit my website. I look forward to hearing from you!
A portrait box, or folio box as it is sometimes called, is a keepsake box holding your precious memories. It is a treasure chest of art prints from your photography experience that you will hold onto for the rest of your life.
The one shown here is a luscious metallic gold leatherette box housing 11×14 inch white mats. Each mat holds a 7×10 inch print on fine art paper, guaranteed to last over 100 years without fading.
When you have a photography experience with me, whether it is for a portrait of yourself, your family or your newborn baby, you will get the option to purchase one of these wonderful items.
To book your photography experience, please e-mail me at email@example.com or call 07849 211009.
Please visit http://www.projectzerophotos.co.uk for more information and to see some of my work. I look forward to hearing from you
I’m sure I have said this before but I am always learning and improving my skills and knowledge as a portrait photographer. For the past year I have been learning a new style by renowned photographer Sue Bryce which is contemporary beauty portraits. I am now a lot more skilled at posing the client and making him or her look their best.
As you can see, Zoe here is wearing an exquisite dress which I absolutely loved photographing.
We had a lot of fun doing this shoot. We were both relaxed and had a lot of fun. I tried out lots of new poses and setups. The results speak for themselves!
I submitted the above portrait at the Portrait Masters Awards and received a bronze merit in the Creative Portrait category! It is the first time I have entered a photography competition so am very pleased. I has motivated me to push my skills and creativity even further.
To book your own creative portrait, call me on 07849 211009 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.