Category: The art of image making

Andrea Again

This is another composite image. Andrea was shot at my underground car park high tech studio in East Grinstead several months ago. The background image was shot about a week ago in London. I shot the London image as a

Posted in Models, The art of image making

Camden Town Shoot

  This image was made from an HDR made from a series of shots at the end of a session in Camden Town, London, yesterday. I was with a friend who wanted to learn more about HDR and I chose Camden

Posted in Processing, The art of image making

Which Witch?

This may not be the best example of standard portrait photography but then I’m not much of a standard portrait photographer. I find myself getting more and more involved in making images that are themselves made up of several other

Posted in Characters, Portraits, The art of image making

Live Band Work

There is some aspect of any kind of work that has the potential to be fun to do. At least that’s my theory. In photography there are all kinds of work I don’t particularly like. Event photography is one of

Posted in Artists, Assignments, The art of image making

Shoe Box Cover

This also came out of the other night’s one light shoot. Sort of. Well the face did. The rest is entirely fabricated. There is no client for this. I’ve just been exploring different ideas for where I’m interested in going

Posted in Artists, Photography business related, Processing, The art of image making

Sometimes It Happens

…. and a piece of kit stops working. In this case the second flash I was to be using on this shoot just refused to work correctly. Fortunately the other one still worked fine. But this totally changed the mood

Posted in Characters, Lighting, Processing, The art of image making

Thought I’d Spring This on You

Did a fun shoot today with Aled and Sian. Sian was very excited to be asked to wear a dress and they were both very grateful to be having to walk a bicycle about half a mile up the road

Posted in Lovers, The art of image making

Processing Other Peoples’ Pictures

I have been friends with Ping since about 1995 when she walked up to me and with a very happy smile said “Hello, I am Ping”. She is an artist who now lives in Scotland but is originally from China.

Posted in Processing, The art of image making

Uninspiring Locations

I don’t always get to shoot on exotic beaches or fabulous ruined mansions. In fact I pretty much never get to shoot in such places. Some photographers can rely on their locations to inspire. I love good locations but they

Posted in Lighting, The art of image making

Photographers can be Poets

“Photography will thrill you and she will break your heart. Sometimes on the same day. Sometimes within the same moment. And know that she will not be true to you… she will desert you with her BFF ‘talent’ and go

Posted in The art of image making

Are You My Type of Client?

So I’ve been studying some marketing stuff (again). I came across an idea that has been around for some decades. It’s one of those questions that I would ask if someone came to me asking for marketing advice. The question

Posted in Photography business related, The art of image making

Say Something

Yes there’s a tree*… but also some other interesting looking stuff at around 5:30 in the morning recently. The picture is gratuitous. I wanted to make a post and posts on here look ugly without pictures. This post is about

Posted in The art of image making, Things seen

What is Art? A rant

I was looking over a web based catalogue of products for photographers; frames, cards, books, etc. They had a category called Photoshop actions in which there was an action that would take “your photographic images and turn them into beautiful

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Even More For Aled’s Website

Shot yesterday. I like ’em both but I particularly like the second one. It was an experiment with HDR and people. I wanted to create an eerie light effect that was kind of like an old film to give the

Posted in Processing, The art of image making

What Happened?

This is an experimental picture of one of the more exotic rooms at ARTS House in Sharpthorne. It was made for day 32 of the 365 but never got posted. I have decided to stop the 365 after 76 days.

Posted in 365 project, Announcements, Daily Picture, Photography business related, Processing, The art of image making

72/365 The Lemonade Cookie

A cookie (or cookaloris to give it it’s full name) is something placed between a light source and the surface that light is intended to fall on. It’s purpose is to make the light more interesting by introducing shapes for

Posted in 365 project, Lighting, The art of image making

71/365 Petroula

Did a headshot session today for Petroula Kaneti-Dimmer. The above was my favourite. Just got through editing. Headshot sessions are interesting but I have discovered they are not the same as portrait sessions and the end results might be very

Posted in 365 project, Portraits, The art of image making

68/365 Watching

Yes this is late. It was shot at about 11:00pm last night and processed immeditaely. At the time of the shoot my right eye was streaming tears. With every flash it was like a needle poking around in my eye.

Posted in 365 project, Heroes and Villains, Lighting, The art of image making

50/365 Liz Lets Loose

Yesterday you saw Liz on one of her few and far between better days. Today I’m aftraid she reverted to form after drinking some camomile tea. And today is day 50 of the project. It has gone remarkably fast. I’m

Posted in 365 project, Heroes and Villains, Lighting, Portraits, Processing, Recognitions and Awards, The art of image making

30/365 Ideas

Every day that same lousy model. I hear you. Spent about 10 hours today working on marketing. Things are happening but because of that I didn’t get to even leave the house.  And as usual at around this time of

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18/365 Red Hot

Jasmine is back. This was one of those times when the idea came in a flash, the setup took about 5 minutes, the shoot took less than 5 minutes and the processing took two hours. For those who might not

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What is a Portrait? or How Much do you Charge?

What is a portrait? This is going to be one long post. If you aren’t an artist you’ll probably be better off skipping it. If you are an artist you might still be better off skipping it but you may

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Art and Creativity – The Short Answer

I just read a question on Flickr. Someone asked if certain kinds of graphics software is taking the art and creativity out of photography. This was my short reply. I’ll be gentle:-) Where does the “ART and CREATIVITY” lay? When

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Horsted Keynes Station

This is Horsted Keynes Station which is part of the Bluebell Line in Sussex. The line is shortly to run as far as East Grinstead to Sheffield Park. I’m intending to get some movie scene type shots at this station

Posted in The art of image making, Things seen

What Makes For A Good Portrait?

Or any other kind of art really? I’ve just been cruising around the net looking at  work by other portrait photographers I admire and had a thought that I thought worth sharing. Have you ever tried to watch a movie

Posted in The art of image making