12 December 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Pre Holiday Flash Sale
{25% off purchases over $40}

It's been an amazing year, full of new ideas and inspiration, from running workshops to sharing and launching the NEW Creative Actions for Beyond the Lens. Next year is set to take my work in a slightly different direction, along with a return to surface and texture design.  2015 is going to be a very exciting year indeed, but I'm not quite done with 2014 yet! So here is a little extra treat for those of you searching for either that special gift for a photographer you know or for yourself... from today through to Monday enjoy 25% off all purchases from my Sarah Gardner Photography website (or the Quick Shop option here on my Blog page) Available on all purchases over $40 USD. 

Simple use the following discount code: SGXmas14 at check out.) 

Visit the WEBSITE here or QUICK SHOP page here.

30 November 2014

Creating Industrial Conversions

CREATING INDUSTRIAL CONVERSIONS with the NEW Beyond the Lens Creative Actions. Styling your black and white conversions to suit the intention of your photography is essential to bringing in more creative narrative. I have always been drawn to very strong conversions. Traditionally I have a bias towards the masculine strength of deep blacks.  But now as I become more interested in strengthening mood and intention within my work I have started to experiment more with softer, delicate greys and matted effects.  Industrial conversion is fast becoming one of my favourite types of conversions, especially for organic subjects. In my opinion it draws on an atmospheric quality that makes the air feel heavy, like the exhale of breath on a cold morning. It implies a stillness and lingers on the side of eerie. So for all those misty morning landscapes and winter leaves, dew drops and earth and sky shots this type of processing is ideal.

The key to creating this look is to focus on an images mid tone range, illuminating pure blacks and stark whites. By matting both extremes you create a slightly metallic quality. Its this quality that provides the 'industrial' look. You can hand edit this look or use my Beyond the Lens NEW Creative Actions for a consistent result. Beyond the Lens Creative Actions provides three essential Actions that create this look. 

PROCESSED 
1) Play: Liquorice Action
2) Play: Snowball Action
3) Play: GROUP ALL LAYERS & B&W Action (this will convert your image using the B&W Film 35 Action. It will also group the two previously run Actions.  Now you can adjust the opacities of both Liquorice and Snowball to suit.  

TIP: If you use the Liquorice Action on an already converted image, open the Action and toggle off the Richness Overlay layer, this will remove the slight pinkish tint. 






MAKE A SAVING If you don't yet have the NEW Beyond the Lens Creative Actions now is the time to get them! My Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers are still available. See the previous blog post for code details and QUICK SHOP product bundles. 

24 November 2014

BLACK FRIDAY WEEK OF SAVINGS



THANKS GIVING, BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SAVINGS from Sarah Gardner Photography

MONDAY | TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY ONLY
15% OFF ENTIRE CART
USE CODE:
BFW2427

BLACK FRIDAY | SATURDAY | SUNDAY ONLY
25% OFF PURCHASES OVER $80 (USD)
USE CODE: 
SGBF28

CYBER MONDAY ONLY
35% OFF PURCHASES OVER $200 (USD)
USE CODE: 
SGCM01





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BEYOND THE LENS COLLECTIONS

I built my career up from children's portrait and wedding photography through to Fine Art work and now commercial projects.  The biggest contributing factor to my success has been knowing how to process my work to a professional standard good enough for commercial use. Providing excellent professional quality Photoshop Actions and Textures as always been of the upmost importance to me.  I launched this side of my business in 2010 and continue to sell my Texture Collections and Action Sets to photographers across the world.  In 2012 I worked with Focal Press to publish my first book 'Art Beyond the Lens working with Digital Textures' in which I showcase my work, practises, methods and my Texture designs.  From the success of my book my Beyond the Lens Action Sets have been as equally well received. Each Action Set has been logically designed, using the principle methods detailed in my book. They are straight forward to apply and use. Both Action Sets come with a Product Guide to help you get started, so regardless of whether you're just starting out or a professional my products as equally suited. Please don't just take my word for it...read all the testimonials on my website. HERE  







BEYOND THE LENS {Photoshop Action Set}
Includes:
5 Workflow Actions & 17 Rescue Actions
23 Creative Actions & 7 Lightfill Actions
4 Conversion Actions & 5 Finishing Actions

PDF Product Guide

*Photoshop Creative Suite (CS4-6) & Creative Cloud (CC)
*Photoshop Elements (PSE 11-13) only


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$125 USD
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Add NEW Beyond the Lens Creative Action Set
$185 USD



Plus add Beyond the Lens Texture Collection 
$255 USD











BEYOND THE LENS {NEW Creative Photoshop Action Set}
Includes:
31 NEW Creative Actions
5 Brush Actions
2 Sharpening Actions (High Pass & Frequency Separation)
Group All Layers & Group All Layers B&W Convert Action
Play All Action

PDF Product Guide


*Photoshop Creative Suite (CS4-6) & Creative Cloud (CC) Only

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$95 USD

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Add Original Beyond the Lens Action Set 
$185 USD


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$255 USD










BEYOND THE LENS {Texture Collection}

Includes:
50 jpeg files

Size: 6300px x 4200px at 300pdi

Includes all Textures as illustrated in my Book 
Beyond the Lens Working with Digital Textures published by Focal Press 2012. Available from Amazon.co.uk & .com

*Photoshop Creative Suite (CS) & Creative Cloud (CC)
*Photoshop Elements (PSE)  Not suitable for Lightroom (LR)

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$70 USD

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22 October 2014

Christmas at Peony & Sage





LINEN & SPARKLE at Peony & Sage this Christmas. Muted tones of cream through to steel, mixed with a little christmas sparkle was the styling theme for this latest shoot.  It's always fun to bring in a string of fairy lights, whilst the olive tree adds a splash of green, lifting the sullen tones. Keeping everything simple so that the quality of the fabric can shine. See more at Peony & Sage


15 October 2014

CHANGE

THE PASSING OF SUMMER Summer leaves without so much as a goodbye. Overnight there is a soulful change that is intuitively understood. Instinctively, like an animal I want to raise my head to the changing air. Taking deep inhalations of clean, cool air, I know without asking, Summer has passed.  I start to get nostalgic for hearty foods and family gatherings. Mornings are reluctant to part with the heavy blanket of night. Think atmospheric clouds draw across the sky.  Even the warmer days, are just that, warmer; but sadly they no longer belong to Summer.  Colour begins to recede to yellow and red, a symbolic burning of the leaves, before they tumble to the ground and dance across the pathways.  Soon a winters landscape will be drawn of browns, greys and washed out blues, but before we get there join me and embrace this amazing seasonal transformation. 


Autumn is a wonderful time of year to find inspiration, not just in the amazing colours that transform our landscape. But also in the circle of renewal. Every flower fades to reveal its seed heads, many of which endure the entire winter. Their paper like structures remind us that even flowers don't really die, they simply surrender themselves to the process of renewal.  The ever enduring circle of life, death and transformation. Autumn is, in my option, the strongest of all our earthly seasons, it reveals patterns, shows us endurance through decay and renewal.  It's a fascinating time of year and I'm certainly looking forward to getting outdoors to enrich my own portfolio this season with some landscape and still life studies. I'll be sharing new work here, on my ART BLOG across the remainder of the year as well as revealing a new creative project I'm working on called Invoking a Beautiful Life.