26 June 2015

Summer Sale

SUMMER SALE now on all Beyond the Lens Action collections and bundles. Create beautiful pastel tones and harmonies in your post processing with my easy, effective and professional quality Photoshop Actions. After years of having my work published I know what both editors and publishers are looking for and I've specifically designed my Actions to give both beautifully tonal and professional results. But please don't just take my word for it, pop over to my website and read all the amazing testimonials from extremely talented professional photographers. 

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1 June 2015

Hello June

PLAYING WITH ILLUSTRATOR.. Taking inspiration further and learning how to create simple vector images in illustrator has been both a fun and frustrating experience. Mastering a new program is always a divided experience but I'm slowly picking it up and getting the hang of it. Building on the inspiration that drives my photography I'm now starting to create designs and illustration ideas that open up a new level of (instant) creativity for me.  I'm still in the early playing stage, working on random ideas in order to learn techniques and establish my own workflow. I have no idea where this will take me and look forward to seeing my own unique style emerge. 

My simple watercolour flowers and textured floral photography made their way to New York's Surtex last month. Sadly, I was unable to attend in person, but my work was represented by the lovely ladies at Sundance Graphics, booth 342. I experienced Surtex from a far and have been totally inspired and drawn into a new world of possibilities for both my photography and design work. Looking forward to the rest of 2015 and discovering where the next 6 months will take me. 

1 May 2015

Hello May

HELLO MAY YOU'RE JUST BEAUTIFUL. All the colours of late spring are now with us here in England. I'm simple in love with this time of year, the freshness of the renewed landscape and the soft pastel pinks and white of the season blossom to the darling shades of tulips. 

GOING BEYOND THE CAMERA Whilst I love my camera there is only so much I can do with it. Processing takes my photography to the next stage, whether I decide to give an image a subtle pop or apply rendered Textures. The key is in keeping it simple, keeping everything in harmony with the original image. Lightening and smoothing out tones creates harmony and lends itself perfectly to floral art.  

I aim to keep my exposure balanced whilst working to the lowest ISO I can get away.  I'll then proceed to process with my Beyond the Lens Original Actions. In the above-top example I've started with the Pre Processing Actions and ProTEC Workflow Action to brighten, lift and sharpen the image. From there I've selected two Creative Actions from the same collection, North Light and LaRosa. To finish I've proceeded to add a couple of soft textures to give the image a smoother faded look. In the top-bottom image I've again kept my exposure low to avoid overexposing highlights proceeding then to process in the same way as the first image. Instead this time Ive selected Joy. Joy is simply a magical Action, transforming grey/blue mid-tones into aqua shades, essential in creating this look.     

I'm still running a $40 saving on all Actions Collection purchased over the May Bank holiday weekend. Available to purchase from my Website or at the top of my Blog page on the Quick Shop tab. (Offer ends Tuesday 5th May, full terms and conditions apply)

Processed with Actions form The Original Beyond the Lens Photoshop Actions Collection.