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As a commercial photographer I sometimes find myself in a bit of a quandry. Here’s the problem:
- I aim to deliver images that separate myself from the crowd. Post-processing and retouching thus form a critical string to my bow, allowing me far more self-expression than I can achieve otherwise. I’ve written about this previously.
- I put my images into my portfolio, and these attract the attention of potential clients. When I’m hired, they’re hiring me in part for my ability to deliver the certain style of imagery that I use to promote myself. A good portion of that style is due to this post-processing work.
- The client then asks me to deliver images that have not been retouched – they often prefer to retouch in-house in order to have more creative flexibilty and to keep costs down.
I recently had great fun photographing a local skate boarder who was up for a bit of a challenge – to skate in the middle of Valence town center wearing a suit! Here’s a quick run down of the whole creative process.
The snow we had here just after Christmas was impressive – It measured 60cm on the garden table. It’s the first time we’ve had that much here since we moved to France nearly 10 years ago.
Having the family blocked in the house was a good opportunity for a fun family portrait. I decided to play with interior paranoramics.
Following on from my announcement of the tailor-made photographic workshops that I’m offering for 2010, I’m proud to announce that I’m now an official partner with Kolor, makers of Autopano, the class-leading panoramic software.
Participants of the Panoramics Workshop will receive Kolor’s demonstration DVD and a discount code for their Autopano software.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion with you through this blog and I’ve had some great feedback. For 2010 I’ve decided to go even further and offer tailor made workshops.
Many photographic workshops are aimed at newcomers who seek basic guidance and support, covering entry-level subjects such as exposure, composition “rules” and simple post-processing techniques. My objective is different — to address the needs of intermediate and advanced shooters who wish to push themselves further and overcome any hurdles that are preventing their progression.
With this in mind I have chosen not to offer a rigid menu of predefined workshops. Instead, I will discuss your requirements with you in advance so that each workshop will be a unique experience designed to meet the specific needs of its participants. Nothing is fixed — the dates, course content, duration and even the location are all open to discussion (and guidance).
You can browse the list subject areas that I’m currently proposing on my workshops site. If you have other needs then please feel free to contact me.
To get the ball rolling I’ve decided to offer a 20% discount on the first five bookings for 2010.
I thought it might be interesting for some of you if I explain how this image of a tennis player diving for the ball was created, starting with the concept and working through to the the post-production.
Each and every aspect of a successful photograph is important – the concept, the subject, the intention, the planning, the lighting, the composition, the final presentation, the list goes on and on….
Despite this, all too often the post-processing stage is neglected. Some photographers even condemn the practice, uttering arguments along the lines of “wishing to capture the scene exactly as is was”, and using this as an excuse for avoiding any post-processing effort. I’d like to have seen them have this discussion with Ansel Adams!
Recently a friend of mine asked me how I took my family snapshots ‘to the next level’. He has a DSLR and a good eye for composition but he couldn’t get the look he was after. So we went through the images that he liked and there were two things in common – I thought I’d share them here (with help from a small person).