Pose shared with models, let there be light! DAZ 3D

by on Nov.29, 2012, under Creative

I’ve loved 3D graphics ever since I had CAD-3D and Cyber Sculpt for the Atari ST and later VIVID and POV-Ray for the PC. My CAD-3D animation work got me my first published articles and demonstrating the products at a large computer show. Things have moved on loads in the years since with things like the sophisticated human and animal figures in DAZ 3D that with inverse kinematics bend and move the figure as you’d expect when an element such as a finger is moved in a scene. (read the rest of the post…)

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Trey Ratcliff, the man that got me back into photography, lauches new video tutorial.

by on Jul.18, 2012, under Creative

A number of years ago my wife called my into my daughters room to watch a program on the BBC about a photographer and his stunning HDR photography. I’d sold all of my film cameras, both 35mm and medium format a while before and Trey’s work helped make my mind up, a good dSLR was the future.

Rather than write lots of text about Trey and his work I’ll just say this: Click play to see the sorts of images that inspired me. If you’d like a copy of Trey’s tutorial follow the link: “Beginner and Intermediate Training: Discover the Art of Photography”

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Sister Act Lucy Lucy Lucy

by on Jul.12, 2012, under Creative

Here’s the results from my first “clones” shoot with a model, the lovely Lucy Cates. Given everything that had happened leading up to the shoot and on the day itself I’m rather pleased with it and looking forward to the next one!

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More MARKSE 2012 Covers

by on May.30, 2012, under Creative

Creating these covers from a favourite shoot image is getting quite addictive! They all share a common technique that can be used in Photoshop, GIMP or any other image editing application that supports layers and masks. It’s the same sort of technique used to create clone images.

  • Open the source image, making it the bottom layer.
  • Add your title text across the top
  • Make a duplicate of the image layer and move it to the top
  • Add a black layer mask to give full transparency
  • Pick a white feathered brush
  • Paint on the mask where you want elements of the image to overlap the title text
  • Use the same technique to show/hide elements of other text and images you add
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Don’t eat the prop :) Fun cinema themed shoot with Sophie

by on May.03, 2012, under Creative

When my daughter was younger being in front of the camera was never an issue, she’d pose for shots and I’ve many many wonderful images in my archives. Then as her school life and my work life got more demanding the images tailed off. When she said a few days ago that she wanted to be part of the lighting setup test shoots and do images that “would count” I was delighted!
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Thanks to Sky1’s Touch I reexamine the rule of thirds and Phi

by on May.02, 2012, under Creative

Thanks to the program’s fictitious Amelia Sequence, the number 3185296328795229751188 that links all things together, I did a bit of Google searching and found myself coming back to my favourite topics art, design and photography.
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The hair that launched a shoot idea

by on Mar.25, 2012, under Creative, Portraits

In the play The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus the abduction of Helen of Troy by Paris causes the launch of a thousand ships, starting the Trojan Wars.
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Professional Beauty 2012

by on Mar.05, 2012, under Creative, Fashion, Portraits

I popped along to Pro Beauty 2012 this afternoon at ExCel London primarily to meet up with fellow ‘tog Mark “Goose” Sayer. He’d made the four hour trip down south from Selby, North Yorkshire to work with the team on the Nouveau Beauty Group stand. They were there to promote the new line of eye lashes by Amy Childs. I was also looking for inspiration for some more off the wall make-up for studio shoots. While talking to Mark I spotted a lady with very shiny pink lips, see the fist of the shots below. While Mark did some more press shots with Amy I went for a wonder finding the lady in the second image below having a lip makeover. Applied to the lips and soaked off the paper with water they’re very much like the transfers so popular with children, only in much more vivid colours! These “lip wraps” were from

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Mirror mirror on the wall.. New to modelling? Changing the self portraits!

by on Feb.19, 2012, under Creative, Kit Bag

I’ve seen a lot of “mirror shots” like the one on the left over the last few years, people wanting to start as a model and needing something they can upload to a profile site in the hope they can get a photographer to help them shoot something better. Many are shot in low light indoors in the evening, blurred and very noisy.  Everyone on this planet starts with nothing, so the fact they’ve taken some initiative is good, not everyone has the money to pay for shots and sign up with an agent day one.  Of course not everyone will make it, many will give up early leaving the determined, hard-working and persistent ones to continue on.

If you’re just about to start and using a phone with a reasonable camera here’s some tips that might help. (read the rest of the post…)

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Lighting setups #3 & #4

by on Feb.14, 2012, under Creative, Fashion

I’m still doing the final sort and edit on the images from the shoot with Holly and friends, but a few stood out for an early post. I’m loving the results from the beauty dish.

On a non-lighting side the biggest takeaway is that I need more flexible clamps to hold lighting mounts onto polls. Thankfully tarp fasteners and lots of electrical tape were to hand as an alternative!

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