Embrace the Shadows

Recently I found myself in an art gallery looking at some of the paintings. I can’t recall why I was there and it’s not something that I ordinarily do. As I stood, staring at an amazing landscape painting, a realisation struck me. The painter was simply using techniques to create the illusion of light. These … Continue reading Embrace the Shadows

Friday Image No. 45

This week I want to share with you another image from my recent trip to the Lakes. At the time this was my favourite although this feeling is now fading. I often find this happens. What appeared to be a great/favourite image immediately after a trip is replaced by a different favourite as the memory … Continue reading Friday Image No. 45

Deciding how to edit a photograph

Following my last blog post on the Essential Skills for photography, the question was posed "Where I’m stuck is the step between picking the strongest image and playing with software. How do I decide what to do with it. " This seemingly simple question is one of the most fundamental in photography and is one … Continue reading Deciding how to edit a photograph

False Colour Conversion in Infrared Photography

Before I get into the details of this post I need to point out that I'm not a fan of the false colour effect in infrared. That said I do quite like the look of the image above. I realise this is a personal choice and you may or may not like the effect. Despite … Continue reading False Colour Conversion in Infrared Photography

New Book and Free Book

I'm usually really excited to be announcing a new book launch but recent events have somewhat dulled my enthusiasm. I received the final edit over the weekend and as always my editor has done a great job. I thought about delaying this but then decided I wanted to try to regain some normality. I also … Continue reading New Book and Free Book

Free Lightroom Profile – Faded Summer Colour

I promised I would do it if anyone asked, and you have. You can now download my Faded Summer Colour Lightroom preset for free. The preset was used to create the image above and the one in my previous post. You can download it from a new Presets and Textures page on my Lenscraft website. … Continue reading Free Lightroom Profile – Faded Summer Colour

Yet More Emotional Impact

Yes, I know that I keep going on about using emotional triggers in photography but it’s a fascinating subject. It’s also a great way to make ordinary images more interesting. And if you want to consider yourself as more of a visual artist than a photographer, I would say it’s pretty much essential. Today’s example … Continue reading Yet More Emotional Impact

More Emotional Impact in Photography

I have posted a few blogs now talking about creating emotional impact in photographs. The subject is something I find absolutely fascinating but it’s also a double edged sword. You see each person’s background and experiences will dictate to a large extent what triggers an emotion. There are of course some things we are all … Continue reading More Emotional Impact in Photography

Emotional Challenge 2

  Recently I posted a blog entitled Emotional Challenge where I spoke about my recent interest in the emotional aspect of photography and how we could create images that had more emotional impact. As an initial example I posted the image of a seagull flying over the sea. Now some of your reading this will … Continue reading Emotional Challenge 2

Emotional Challenge

Recently, besides buying lots of new equipment, I have become interested in the challenge of introducing emotion into photography. With some photography (mainly involving people) it tends to be a little easier. You can catch that moment of joy or the look in a subjects eye but with landscapes it becomes a little more difficult. … Continue reading Emotional Challenge