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Photo manipulation techniques are so much easier these days. Not only do we have Photoshop. But there is now a host of other programmes and applications to help with manipulation. The images below were captured on a Leica Compact, and basic post-capture processing carried out in Photoshop, – cropping, balance, contrast etc. The image was then loaded into Photo-Lab Pro, with the following results:-
This monochrome image of my granddaughter, taken around 4 years ago illustrates the high-key studio technique that was popular at that time, – frequently created in our studio at Dundonald.
I have thousands of images like this, shot in hundreds of baby-shoots, (after all my sales pitch was ‘Bob Shoots Your Kids!) and showing other studio techniques – but unfortunately, in this day and age, posting photo’s of children on the internet is not well received by parents and the authorities – and for good reasons too.
Techies: Nikon D700 Camera, lens at 42mm. f/11 @ 1/125th sec, on 200ISO, two Elinchrom 500 studio flash units, one as the key-light behind the camera, and one inside a hi-key white backdrop tent. Modifiers were a softbox on the key-light and a reflector on the back-light (inside the light-tent).
When I was studying for my HND Photography, one of the modules was Advertising Photography. As part of the project, we had to select a well known company and create three adverting images that could be presented to that company. I chose the famous ‘Old Bushmills’ Irish Whisky Distillery. I researched their existing and previous advertising campaigns, and asked them how they wanted their product to be recognised – what was their unique selling point. One of their brand images seemed to be the age of the old distillery – It was established early in the seventeenth century. Continue reading Bushmills Advertising Project→
Around 4 years ago, I loaded new batteries into my Nikon F100 film camera. We were moving house at the time, and I had moved the cameras to our business unit at Dundonald. When I went to collect them, two months later (we were two months in temporary accommodation) the F100 wasn’t working.
I set it down on a shelf and left it there. From time to time I tried to switch it on, but with no success. I thought about taking it to get repaired, – but then, what is a film camera worth these days? the cost of repair might be more than the cost of a second hand camera. A few times I considered just putting it in the recycling bin.