Thanks for dropping in.
Today I’ve a new picture to share with you and a little bit of Behind the Scenes.
However the reason I’m posting this isn’t to just show you a new picture but rather to encourage you to do something different…
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The set up for this shoot couldn’t have been simpler: natural light in our conservatory and behind the food board to act as the backdrop was a piece of cardboard with some of the grey seamless attached to it…
The reason for this was that I wanted to create the look of an old plaster wall with scratches and texture in it and using grey makes creating that effect incredibly quick and easy by a simple use of textures, blend modes and layer masks within Photoshop. If you’re not entirely sure how to do that you might want to keep an eye out for next week’s episode of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show / Podcast [Link] where I’ll show you exactly what I mean but on a completely different picture.
Obviously as you can see there weren’t mice running around on the table during the photo shoot. Instead they were added in during the retouching stage having found suitable characters on iStock Photo and you can see a little bit of how that was done i.e. the cutting out in this weeks video [Link]
PERSONAL PROJECT – DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
So as well as showing you a recent new picture I just wanted to touch on something I’m a big believer in doing…Personal Projects.
I’ve mentioned this many times before in this blog but that’s because I strongly believe that giving yourself projects to work on goes a long way to not only adding images to your portfolio but also keeps you motivated, keeps you learning and keeps you active with the camera and Photoshop.
Naturally doing what I do means I have clients and paid commissions however I’ll ALWAYS set time aside for personal shoots and I highly encourage you to do the same, but here’s the thing…THEY DON’T HAVE TO INCLUDE PHOTOGRAPHING A PERSON / MODEL!
Sure it would be fantastic for us all to have an unending supply of models who want to work with us for FREE whenever we want but that’s just not the reality. So if you can’t manage to organise a model or you fancy doing something last minute, then do something different. The picture above I did when I had a little bit of downtime and all very spontaneous i.e. I didn’t wake up that morning with the shoot planned…it just happened during the day and actually took no more than 30 minutes to get everything together, set up, shoot and packed away.
However I did have the picture in mind to do one day because I’d scribbled it down…
I carry an A5 sized black moleskin note book with me everywhere I go and whenever an idea for a picture enters my head I scribble it down; admittedly not very well but the fact is, it’s there and always in my mind. By the way I don’t use my iPad for sketching these out purely because I can’t get on with the stylus I have at the moment; however I’ve placed an order for one of the new Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus designed specifically for use on the iPad so hopefully that’ll change and make it more convenient…seeing as my iPad is always with me…
TO SUM IT UP…
Again I say it quite a bit I know but put some time aside for personal projects and not just what you’d expect to shoot; try something different…something you can guarantee to do no matter what the weather and without having to source locations, models and all that kind of stuff. Just keeping it simple and using what you have around can be a lot of fun.
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.