Getting your images to look professional with Photoshop

Here’s a quick tip for photoshop. I’ve wondered how professional photographers and retouchers get that hard edged, graphic look in the photographs that they produce. One of the ways they do it is so simple.
Open your file in photoshop. Do a duplicate layer and call it background copy. Go to Image adjustments and desaturate. Then go to windows layer and overlay the two images. You can set the opacity between 50-100%. Whatever you think works best. To save your image, go to save as and turn the file into a jpeg rather than a psd file. And voila ! That’s all !!
Here are a couple of examples that hopefully show the effect.


Original image without any photoshop.

The same image altered in Photoshop.


Original image, slightly adjusted in photoshop.

Altered in photoshop, with opacity at 80%.

You should give it a go. It works well if used correctly.

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Alexandra Park

Off on my wanderings around Alexandra Park again !! I’m really enjoying this project, especially as the weather is changing rapidly. Summer is well and truly over and the autumnal colour is starting to come to the fore. It’s interesting visiting the same area time and time again. Observing the landscape constantly evolving and changing even within a couple of weeks.
I’ve decided to publish the book early next year and have taken the radical step of not featuring any people in the images. The park is usually very busy but I want to convey the feeling that the park is exclusively mine. To show the space without distraction. I hope I succeed.

Here are a few more images from my recent shoots. They were all taken on the Hasselblad H4D 50 using the HC 120mm and the HC 35-90mm.

I hope you enjoyed them and feel free to comment.

Falling in love with Pembrokeshire…again !

I haven’t posted much on my blog recently. This was due to work commitments and also because of a wonderful holiday in marvelous Pembrokeshire, Wales. We actually had a two week holiday for a change and didn’t I need it.
The more time I spend in this wonderful part of the world, the more I don’t want to leave. It has just about everything. Fantastic beaches, rugged coast, serene countryside and a warm welcome. It’s a photographers dream and I’m gradually building up a nice body of work. I’m going to publish a ” blurb ” book soon but I want to visit the area, out of season. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like when it’s cold, freezing and hopefully snowy. It does help that I’ve visited when it’s been warm ! Certainly for trips to the beach.
Here are a few images from this wonderful landscape.


Broad Haven South


Bosherton Lily Ponds


Pwll Dewi


Sunset at Druidstone


The coastal path, Strumble Head


Marloes Sands beach

In the new Hasselblad Studio

I had a lot of fun last week in the new Hasselblad Studio, which is based in Hoxton, London. Hoxton is a great area to have a studio. The area is full of life and has a wonderfully artistic feel. It helps that the White Cube gallery is nearby and Hoxton Square is crammed with restaurants and pubs. The studio has everything that a photographer needs for a shoot and is backed by the leading photographic suppliers including Profoto, Broncolor, Eizo, Epson, Wacom, OnOne Software, Sandisk and The Printspace. Full details of the studio can be found at http://www.hasselbladstudio.com
The event was a Hands on a Hasselblad Day and details of future events can be found at http://www.handsonahasselblad.com
The events are well worth going to and allow you to have a full play with all the latest equipment and best of all, it’s absolutely free !
Here are three of the images I took of the model, Zoe, who was excellent again. She had to work so hard but was faultless in the way she dealt with the many photographers that attended.
I used the Hasselblad H4D 60 with a HC 120mm. An excellent combo !

Having fun with Poladroid.

I’ve been having a bit of fun with an application that I’ve been shown recently. It’s called Poladroid and is a free download that can turn your images into Polaroid style pictures. It’s easy to use and is available at http://www.poladroid.net

I love the examples that I’ve tried and thought I’d post the results here. Have fun !Piccadilly Circus Steps

autumn-leaves

Botany Bay, Kent

Wandering around at the weekend.

I thought I’d post some images from this weekends jaunt around Alexandra Park with the wonderful Hasselblad H4D 40 and a 120mm lens. The project is coming on nicely and hopefully I’ll have enough images soon to publish a book. The weather was good and I was very pleased with the results.

Canon 5D and 7D for video.

I have recently done my first video work with the Canon 5D. Video has become a massive growth area for Canon and their range of cameras. Colleagues and clients have been waxing lyrically about the capabilities of the 5D and 7D, and after using the 5D and seeing the results, I couldn’t agree more. The quality is fantastic and the cameras are very easy to use. I was pleased to be able to help out my good friends Simon McComb and Chris Whitehead on a short video for The Macmillian Trust. Simon directed, filmed and edited, and Chris produced for the project. I helped out with the filming along with Robin from the Pro Centre and another friend of Chris’s called Ian. I mounted the 5D on a figrig and shot with lenses 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2 and the 35mm 1.4. The lenses proved to be the right choice although I could have done with a longer lens. We had to capture the atmosphere and fun of the Brick Lane Takeover, a music event in East London that was being sponsered by Macmillian. The figrig proved to be an inspired choice as it allowed a bit more freedom than a tripod. Basically the figrig is a steering wheel but it provides a solid base with which to film. The only drawback is its tricky to use follow focus with it. Still it did the job. The whole evening was a success, however it was quieter than we’d have liked due to a clash with the World Cup. Simon spend about three weeks editing the video and we are all pleased with the results. Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it.