New Portrait Addition:

December 14, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Quick post today to let you I've added a new image to the site.  This time with model Dan Holbeche. We were looking at the mission impossible covers for some inspiration so for fun I put the flame one together and then started working on the smoke idea based on Ghost Protocol. However once I'd created some fake smoke in photoshop I found the background boring, so thought about making it look like the smoke was coming from the building behind him.

MI2 Movie Cover:

 

The Hood:

 

Hope you like. Any questions, feel free to drop me a note.

 

Thanks for reading....

Stu


PERSONAL PROJECT: The Fairy

December 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

If you follow me on facebook you'll see that I recently posted a step by step of all the images and processing applied to create the fairy shot which I recently added to my portfolio. I've had this concept in mind for a long while, in fact since early in the year when we bought my daughter's fairy costume for a fancy dress. But it wasn't until October that I finally found the background I wanted here. 

 

So, here is the first out of camera image of Imogen in the studio before being cut out:

 

Here is the cut out slightly tweaked version:

 

Here is the mushroom background found in the woods 10 minutes from my home:

 

Here are the remaining pictures in order of progress:

I hope you like. You can click on the picture above to see a larger version on my site. It was great fun putting this together. I'm always working on personal projects when time permits, so doing something with a very different concept and look to my normal work was good fun. 

 

Thanks for reading!

Stu

 

 

 

 


Christmas Bookings!

November 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

(picture above taken on a Nikon compact camera by my daughter)

So, November is nearly over, and the Christmas buzz is kicking in. The time of year where everyone is busy shopping for presents and making plans. If your ideas for gifts include portraits, or PRO FOOTBALLER shots, remember to book early to avoid disappointment. I always need to allow good time to ensure you get your high quality prints in time for the big day :)

If you are interested in PRO FOOTBALLER shoots and would like to understand more, please click on this link. For bookings or queries, you can contact me here.

 

Have a great weekend.

Stu


Personal Project: The Tunnel

November 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I've had this concept in my mind for a couple of years now since seeing something similiar, but had never had a chance to get a bike into the studio. Finally when I did, it took me 6 months to find a background that I really liked that I thought would work nicely. This was a personal project different to the normal portraits I create, so I was pretty excited to see what I could do with it.

 

THE BIKE:

I got several angles of the bike but this one stood out. In terms of lighting, I used 2 softboxes and a beauty dish, so relatively simple setup, and all on a white background, ready for cutting out in photoshop. Course, the challenge with this concept was that the bike was stationary, and I needed to convey motion in order for the composit to work.

 

 

THE BACKGROUND:

I was recently in Geneva and whilst walking near the train station, came across this tunnel which I knew I had to capture and use for backgrounds. It was perfect. Loads of texture, gritty, lights with different colours, leading lines, curves etc. So I ran back to the hotel, grabbed my gear and got back to start clicking. As always, taking backgrounds like this doesn't always make sense to people, and I can honestly say, the amount of strange looks I got standing inside this tunnel taking pictures was very funny. Just as funny, although not to me, was trying to capture different exposures without cars, motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians coming through it every few minutes. This didn't make it easy, and meant preparing the background for the bike involved quite a bit of repairing.

 

CREATING THE IMAGE:

Here is the image made up of several exposures with some clarity and details added. I opened up the shadow areas and then made it wider for more of a 16:9 film kind of frame. I also did a lot of cloning removing specific elements that were either distracting or didn't work. Notably the barrier that runs in the middle. This went right through the image, yet, when I dropped the bike in and angled it to make it look as if turning, it would look like he is about to crash into it, so it needed to go. Cloning can be simple at times, but can also present it's own problems, particularly when trying to use different textures and bits of a picture that have light spilling in places. Any way, I managed to make it work.

I messed with the lights adding some small rays, and then put some blur in there to help create the impression of movement.

For the bike, once I was happy with the resizing, angle and composition, I worked on details, cleaning up blemishes and the beauty dish reflections, enhancing some shadows and highlights, light on the front of the bike, and then added some streaks and more motion blur, again, to add to the effect and feeling of movement.

Finally, where the tunnel had some blue light, I wanted to add some blue to the overall picture which also helped blend the bike into the background and help the image make sense.

I'm pretty pleased with the results. You can click on any of the above images to see a larger higher quality version in my portfolio.

Any questions, comments etc, feel free to send them to me. If you have a concept in mind, I'm always keen to hear about ideas so feel free to get in touch.

Thanks for reading.

Stu

 

 

 

 

 


Personal Project: Whitehall Composite

November 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

You'll of seen my mate and model Matt Holbeche appearing on my website in several of my photo books. I had one last picture of him looking sharp in his suit to work on and had some backgrounds from Whitehall in London that I thought would be perfect.

 

Here are the before images and as you can see, I did quite a bit of cropping, cloning and manipulating of the background in order for it to work.

 

I used a three light setup up for these and a reflector to open the shadows a little. The background below is straight out of camera before applying some HDR treatment and making changes, stretching and skewing a bit to fix the lens distortion.

 

Matt out of Camera:

 

 

Whitehall background:

 

 

Combined:

 

 

As always, once I've done the major leg work on my images, I'll have a play with colors trying to blend them in to help pull off the fake composite, and also to see if it can be enhanced further. The following image was me doing just that, and I have to say, I was totally torn choosing which one I prefer so turned to facebook followers to help me out. Thanks to everyone who commented. Sure enough the image above was the favorite and has made it's way into my portfolio, but a few people were digging the below so I wanted to share here and under my recent work on the website.

Combined v2:

 

 

To view the larger better quality final images, click on the pictures above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stu