With the weather improving there’s a growing amount of colour about, and not just in peoples clothes, I’m spotting more and more people colouring their hair. Orange, pink and red hair dyes must be doing quite nicely, there seem to be a declining number of bleach blondes these days. I spotted three great pink funky dreds wizz past at different points of the tube I’d just missed in the morning.
I’ve got a laptop skin, poster and web home page design coming along nicely using Shape Collage with GIMP and a number of scripts. All these bright colours will be added to the mix to sit alongside Zia and the British Red Cross lady.
Having only posted this morning about “Drop of a hat” local photoshoots when the weather is good I was quite surprised to find that stylist Rihanna, on the right here, lives in the same town as me and may join in! She tells me she’s got a friend who’s a dancer and that they both like wearing bright colours when not at work. Watch this space!
With the profile sites still very much on my mind I thought I’d share another tip. Or maybe that should be make a request.
If you’re looking to get into modelling properly find yourself a photographer with a camera. Forget the self portraits taken at arms length with a phone in bad light. If a phone is all you have for initial images and you’re still hunting for a local ‘tog to help you, use it. They’re generally slow devices so avoid any shake at all costs. And use or bring some quality light, a LOT more than your average room lights.
If you make this effort it will show in your images and send a better message to those that might wish to work with you.
And have your first photographer think about composition, feet cropped out at the ankles doesn’t look great.
I’ve joined yet another profile site for models, photographers, make-artists, photoshop wizards and supporting services.
It’s left me wishing that they all had better geographic searches. Despite being a small island in comparison to the USA it’s still quite a large land mass when looking for local people to work with.
The weather in the UK is very variable, making it ideal for trainee pilots looking to clock up flight time in varied conditions but not so great for those planning outdoor shoots. It’s why I’m looking to team up with a number of local people who would be willing to join a group for “At the drop of a hat” photoshoots.
If you’re such a person drop me a line via the contact link at the top of the page.
If I could have a theme tune that followed me around playing like the background music to a film it would currently be Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E track “Beautiful People” with Benny Benassi. One of my favourite uplifting dance tracks Happiness by Alexis Jordan had almost been knocked off my #1 spot by this equally addictive dance track. They’re now joint first. And for a good reason.
There have been plenty pictures of what the celebrity world would call beautiful people having an off day and looking a lot like everyone else on a bad day. People come in all shapes, colours and sizes. Some like their hair long, some super short. Some stay natural while others colour it. Some dress in the very latest fashions, some don’t. Some cover themselves in piercings or tattoos, others wrap themselves up and hide from the sun. Some photographers focus on “conventional beauty” and the symmetry of a persons face. But none of that gets to the top of the list for me.
And if you feel you need a little make-up to help you on your way check out sites like beautysauce.com. Should our paths cross lets get a shot to show the world!
I’m trying to find a PC equivalent of the iPhone app “Photo Mess”, an app that lets you drop photos onto a canvas, position, size and rotate them freely with a boarder added to each image automatically.
If any of my readers are aware of such a PC app please could they let me know? I’m after a PC version as I’d like a little bit more control over image sizes and positioning.
Update: Found it! Shape Collage. This collage below is a random scattering of images. The pro version lets you save in .PSD format for editing in Photoshop or GIMP, allowing the ordering, rotation and position of each picture to be changed.
Shape Collage is now also available as an iPhone App.
This evening I got an email from Cyberlink inviting me to join in with the PhotoDirector 2011 Beta. Having moments earlier checked Lightroom to see if the latest version had free rotation of images in the custom print layout module (3.4.1 at the time of writing and no it didn’t) I was curious to see if PhotoDirector had anything like it. PhotoDirector has a slide show creation tool but no custom printing so fails in that respect. BUT…
All of the most used Lightroom features can be found in PhotoDirector; XML exportable presets, crop and rotate tools, adjustment brush, spot and red-eye removal, white balance, tone, level and colour controls, detail and vignette effects, export images, publish to Facebook and Flickr, select and reject images (the flags look identical), assigning colours to photos, filters on the views, and more.
Ignoring the position of the main control section of the screen it does feel a hell of a lot like a Lightroom clone, many items in close to the same order. It will be interesting to see how the features and price positioning of PhotoDirector will impact the Adobe product line. Hopefully it will get Adobe to look at the long feature request list photographers like myself add to and get them to raise the bar. A colour dropper like the white balance tool that can be used to match skin tones from one photo to the next would be wonderful. One thing Lightroom has going for it is support for third party plugins like the ones from onOne software.
If Cyberlink listen to feature requests and get them coded and out faster they could grab a big slice of the market. PhotoDirector is expected to sell for $99 (£60). The Beta program can be found here.
The Adobe Lightroom trial can be found here. It currently sells for £237.60.
Yes! Canary Wharf’s Summer Fashion day returned on the 26th May with what felt like a much bigger event than the previous year.
The corridors in the shopping areas were packed, probably helped by the stormy weather above, hopefully all the stores took record sales.
I couldn’t resist asking, Charlies Angels time again! Thanks for being such great sports ladies. 😀
Time to crack on with the rest of the image sorting and editing before the bride and groom return from their honeymoon!
Getting an action shot of a group of Taiko Drummers performing in a pub that I was really happy with was a lot harder than I’d expected. These guys drum with *so* much power and speed trying to time the perfect shot is close to impossible. I decided to watch for general posture and catch enough frames to find one with their arms in suitable places, their faces not being hidden by the bachi (very heavy duty drumsticks!). The rest of the shots from the evening are in the Coppermine Gallery here. Thanks to all that attended and help further the money raised for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
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