Tag: perfect photo suite

Lightroom and Photoshop – Basic Portrait Retouching

One of the reasons I have decided to invest some time in learning Lightroom and Photoshop is because of the additional control it can give the photographer in processing images. In the past I have relied on “quick fix” programs like Portrait Professional and Perfect Photo Suite to edit images.

One Lens, One Model, One Abandoned Place!

September was a quiet time studio wise but here are a few portraits of ‘Brunutty’ taken at The Gem in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. All taken with the Olympus M.ZUIKO 25mm, f/1.8 lens and OM-D E-M5. A focal length of 25mm on a micro four thirds camera like the

Urbex Shoot at ‘The Gem’ with Freya

The Gem is a new shooting space in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham run by Tip Top Photography Studio. It opened for business a couple of weeks ago and I was one of the first photographers to give it a try (well apart from this guy). The Gem is basically

The End of Aperture?

So Apple have announced that development on Aperture, its professional photo editing software, has stopped. The news was broken on The Loop last Friday which also revealed that iPhoto, Apple’s consumer-level photo application, will be killed off. Instead of Aperture and iPhoto we are to get a new application called

Olympus Venice Workshop Part II: Patterns and Reflections

This is the second of my posts from the Olympus Venice workshop I attended at the beginning of June run by Olympus ambassadors Steve Gosling and Neil Buchan-Grant. The first post, The People of Venice is here. One of the challenges of photographing a city like Venice is to capture

Olympus Venice Workshop Part I: People of Venice

Earlier this month I spent three days in Venice at an Olympus workshop run by Steve Gosling and Neil Buchan-Grant. The complementary skills of Steve, being mainly a landscape photographer, and Neil, being mainly a portrait and travel photographer, meant it was an ideal opportunity to learn three of my

One Chair, Five Muses

Sometimes when working with someone who has not done too much modeling, or when the ‘chemistry’ is not quite right, it can take a while for both the photographer and model to relax and for both of you to get into the flow. One of the tricks I’ve found useful

One Camera, Two Lenses

I’m increasingly finding that much of my photography is being accomplished with just two lenses, the M.ZUIKO 45mm f/1.8 (90mm equivalent on so called ‘full-frame’) and M.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.8 (50mm equivalent on full-frame). The usefulness of the 50mm lens (in full-frame speak is well documented. Here’s the reason from the

Neil Buchan-Grant at Duke Studios, Leeds

I first discovered the work of Neil Buchan-Grant last year when I started to explore the community of Olympus OM-D evangelists having purchased my own OM-D back in March of 2013. Neil creates the most sublime black and white portraits, both from the street and in the studio, and really

A New Year – A New Aperture Workflow

I’ve used Apple’s Aperture pretty much ever since I acquired a MacBook Pro back in the summer of 2009. I still have that same Mac but have been realising over the course of the last year that my image management and workflow using Aperture have been somewhat lacking to say

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