I have not been blogging for quite some time, there had been a number new things going on at the moment. One of which is my desire to shoot really good quality headshots. So how do I set about learning. A good place to start is to learn from others. One of the very best in the headshot business is Peter Hurley. A flamboyant character from New York who was once a successful male model that moved from the front of the lens to behind the camera. He has been extremely successful change for him. So how do you start the learning journey and what compromises do you have to make as a beginner.
This is a shot of model Izzie. Post processed to look old school art style. How did I get here Continue reading Learning Pro headshots with Fujifilm X-E1
I have decided to make a logo for my bog and website, all part of a new phase of my photography. I have started this year with a more positive outlook on my photography and all aspect associated with it. Hence the logo. I have decided to stay with the one camera one lens and maybe extending it to add 1light. I want to focus on portrait work this year particularly head shots. I want to work indoor and on location and include just one light, that may be ring, continuous, off camera flash, strobe or even long exposure. I will have to wait and see what is creative juice at the time. I have created two new headers for my blog, I am learning on the fly how to custom design my blog using the WordPress tools. The logo headers should appear random on loading.
Above is the first version that will be deployed and below is the second, each hopefully given a different look and feel the the blog when active. Below is the second header.
I created both by selecting images I have taken using Fuji XE1 and 35mm lens with two types of home made ring light. (made from an old inspection lamp) its fluorescent light so not quite good daylight colour balance but the Fuji is rather good at sorting out these issues and its well work the trouble as this ring light leave a fantastic catch light in the eyes. Next I would have normally opened up the image in Photoshop, however since the introduction of Adobe PhotoShop is now on a subscription based licence I have abandoned it. (like many others that are poor!)
I am not willing to pay a monthly fee to use software. There are a number for FREE options available to perform virtually all of the same functions as PS with out the massive learning curve and costs. I am not a designer or publisher or have reason to be constantly retouching images so I don’t really need it anyway, Im no expert this for sure. Programs such as “Gimp” is a great alternative and I have been using this for a while. However recently I have come across a new program not the App store. “Pixelmator” is a program that runs on Mac and cost around £20. I’m learning as I go and so far its looking good. You can check out a demo here. Its now available for iPad too, however I prefer the larger screen to work born this type of thing.
I created several text layers and a few filter lays to create the logo, converting some of the text into objects so that I could manipulate them to suit my needs. Once I was happy with the design, group the layers and position them in the image until I was happy, its then just a case of exporting back to jpeg and up loading to WordPress, a little effort was needed to crop the images to suit using the WordPress editor then…. hey presto logo headers have arrived…. I hope you like them.
I have not posted in a very very long time. The reasons are many but two reasons stand out. Firstly I was made redundant from the day job, yikes! so I needed to focus on finding new employment with the day job skills I have to offer. Thankfully I am now back in work and it’s going well. Learning curve is steep again as you would expect when starting a new job but all is good. Secondly we have not been able to get away in the camper so my desire to pick up the camera has been low.
Putting all this behind and starting to think about my photography again I begin to realise I am coming to the end of my 1camera1lens project with my Fujifilm XE1 and 35mm lens. So what did this journey teach me. Continue reading That time of year……new