Sunday, 26 August 2012

Latest commission...

During the filming event I did with Jamie Barrow in Verbier for his speed run attempt, we also did a few photo shoots in various locations around Switzerland. This pic is the latest to be used, highlighting all Jamie's sponsors:


We shot the image down at Lake Geneva and then I added in all the sponsors logos with Photoshop afterwards.


Friday, 24 August 2012

Photo editing set-up...

Trying out a lazy editing set-up: 

- Macbook Pro 13" with mini-display to HDMI adaptor
- Sony Bravia 42" LCD TV
- Wacom Intuos5
- Lightroom 4
- Reclining leather chair!

Monday, 20 August 2012

How to get a good sunset shot...

I wanted to get a decent sunset shot, here's how I went about it.

Research

Obvious first step, find out when the sun goes down where you are and make sure you leave enough time! If you're going up high you'll have a little bit more time...


I then used Google Images, Maps and Streetview to determine the best angle and location:





Equipment

I packed:
- D7000
- Nikkor 200mm (I needed the zoom)
- Tripod
- Remote trigger to get sharper shots
- UV filter if you have one (shouldn't point your lens directly at sunlight)
- spare battery and memory cards

At Location

I went out to the location with plenty of time to spare. Set up, waited, moved, set up again and waited some more. Take sunglasses as you'll be staring at direct sunlight for an extended period of time! To prevent damage to your camera and lens, try not to point it at direct sunlight for too long, even with a UV filter.

Post-Processing

After getting about 100 shots, I took them home, processed a few in Lightroom 4 with the Wacom Intuos5 and here's the one I was happiest with:


Camera Settings: 1/80, f/20, ISO 200
Lightroom 4 retouching: exposure +0.25, contrast -9, highlights -45, shadows +100, clarity +100, vibrance +34




Thursday, 16 August 2012

Photobox Poster Prints

Photobox has excelled again with its prints, these large 30 x 20 poster prints arrived today and they look awesome!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Friday, 3 August 2012

Wacom Intuos5 Touch Review

I'm giving the Wacom Intuos5 a go at the moment and the first few hours of using it I've been blown away at how easy it makes retouching and editing in both Lightroom and Photoshop. It only took a matter of minutes to get used to the hand-eye coordination required and then I found that using it alongside the keyboard of my Macbook Pro, it made editing more accurate, easier and quicker. I've got the Small Intous5 Touch here and I wouldn't want any bigger to be honest, the surface area is perfect.



I'm not really into my portrait retouching but I gave it a go with the Wacom and it actually made it enjoyable! The pen is very responsive and you can turn on pressure sensitivity so that you don't have to keep adjusting brush sizes. Here's before and after pics from a quick 5 minute retouch:



And a finished retouch from a photo-shoot I did a while back with Australian Drag Racer, Michelle Adamos

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