Tuesday, May 6
…that is the question.
Or is it? Isn't it really 'to admit to photoshopping or not to admit to it'?
I thought I would be really honest with this post today… I think there is a sort of unspoken lie with digital photography and I have to admit to being part of it!
The thing is, it's all nonsense. There is nothing wrong with a bit of post production, it's exactly the same as developing in a dark room, the choices you make with filters and any other technique you might use when you shoot in film. I am so against the horrible over photoshopped images we are bombarded with everyday that I would hate people to think any of my photos are retouched but I love the post production process. I'm a proud digital photographer and I think we should be able to use all the tools we have at our fingertips to get the images we want.
There is a line in my mind between the beauty of a raw image and what I can do on my computer to make it a little more special. For me, as long as the loveliness of the person I am photographing is left well enough alone, then adding filters and dodging and burning every so often can't really be that much of a sin can it?!
Anyway, rant over. I wanted to share an example of a 'before' and 'after' in which I changed the light, the hue, the exposure and really just the complete feel of the photo! I don't normally do this much but I fancied something a bit fun, a bit retro and this is where I ended up…
Sunday, April 20
Friday, April 18
The sun was out in Edinburgh today and it was definitely one of those days that made me happy about living in this inspiring city.
Luckily I had a little photo shoot organised and we had planned to have a couple of hours at Holyrood park with the gorse, the grass and the sunshine. The tourists and locals were all out but luckily Jemima, the gorgeous lady in all these shots, knew some beautiful spots away from the hordes that felt like we were in our own little world… amazing that this was a couple of minutes walk from the bustling centre of Edinburgh.
Special thanks to Jemima for being such a great model and I'm afraid she looked too lovely in all these photos to choose which ones to post… so I've just posted them all! ;-)
Thursday, April 17
― Robert Burns
I've recently moved up to Edinburgh. My plan was to arrive, settle in quickly, get to know the city a bit and then get stuck in with my photography. Unfortunately life kind of got in the way and I'm ashamed to admit that until now I haven't taken my camera out. It's been sitting in a corner of my sitting room looking at me, guilt tripping me and I finally broke… definitely time to establish myself up here and get on with some work!!