An early (or late depending how you look at it) post, just because I happened to be up. A shot of a statue in the high street of Newport town centre, at night. Digitally 'developed' in Adobe Lightroom 3 (my first one). Loved the drama/mood of this end result...
It's surprising how a few little adjustments 'after the fact' in a photograph editing package on a computer can completely alter the atmosphere of a photograph. It may (or may not) surprise you to know that the photograph in this post just below was taken during a sunny, bright autumn afternoon...
Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 37mm
Here's a look at some things I've been learning about in Adobe Photoshop CS5. The young lady in the picture is a colleague in work who kindly agreed to let me use some images of her for my coursework (I had her images because of an impromptu photo-shoot I did for my employer actually, quite proud of the result too, so I may post that one day).
Take a gander at the 'Before & After' image below...
Click the image to see a larger version for closer inspection
A few things that have been changed in the 'After' image then :-
Altered the overall white balance
Maintained the original colour tone of her lips
Tidied up all the 'fly-away' hairs
Touched up several small skin blemishes
Whitened the white parts of her eyes
Enlarged her eyes by 5% (Hollywood eyes!)
Altered overall lighting tone (via a layered blend in 'Soft Light' mode)
Well, what do you think? Were all the changes worth it in the end? Is the final image believable and/or pleasing to the eye?
Taken in the hills and mountains somewhere in the vicinity of Newtown, Mid-Wales... Also, this is my very 1st HDR (High Dynamic Range) photograph, processed with (if memory serves) Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens @ 18mm
As Christmas is approaching, and because this image is being used for my employer's corporate Christmas card (among possibly others), today's post is of a festively themed robin I captured very luckily on the walk-a-round trail at Devil's bridge, Aberystwyth.
Taken using a Canon EF-S 18-55mm MkII F3.5-F5.6 lens
Check it - posts will be from now on named after the photograph in the post (which means I have to think of fancy ass names for some pictures that don't lend themselves easily to being named - please excuse my ostentatiousness on these occasions!)
Also, I'm currently digging through some training videos right now for Adobe Lightroom 3 too. I'll share the results in a few weeks...
Anyway, on to another photograph:
Taken using a Canon EF 50mm F1.8 lens (the nifty fifty!)
As I'm sure it will say on these pages very soon in a 'description' or 'about' box somewhere, I've created this new blog simply as a new place to post examples of my photography (wordy posts such as this will probably be few and far between). I'm currently enrolled in a City & Guilds course to gain academic knowledge of the craft, and I experiment regularly to gain practical experience.
I chose the name Imagery Inspired because of the way in which I have ended up throwing myself into this new hobby / craft / passion of mine : put simply, because of the loss of my 1st daughter, Anabelle...
So she is my inspiration for the work that follows and the reason I now find myself looking at things in this world with renewed eyes.
Appropriately then, the very first photograph I post to this blog is of something special bought for Anabelle by my wife Caroline (Caz - After Anabelle) for this Christmas, her first...