Hints and tips home - Mike Martin Photography

This page is where I shall share some hints and tips on techniques I use in my creative photography. I shall also use this to ‘deconstruct’ some of my images, explaining how these were created. 

If you want to learn more, why not ask your camera club or group to book one of my talks?



Men in White Suits

Ever had the feeling that you "got something" only to find you've missed it? Here's one "failure" transformed into an exhibition accepted image.... read more 



Back to Black

You’ve got that perfect photo taken against a black backdrop. You fiddle and diddle with it until it looks perfect...…… then the projector is brighter than your screen and your finely honed masterpiece looks HORRIBLE.. read more


Back to Black - Part 2

In part one I outlined a simple process for ensuring black backgrounds are always black.

But what do you do if you don’t have a solid boundary between subject and background, for example if your subject has wispy hair? …… 
read more



Frequency Separation

This is the 'go to' technique used by many photographers for retouching photos, especially portraits. The technique relies upon the separation of colour or 'tone' from 'detail', allowing each to be edited independently.

The video (right - best viewed full screen) walks you through the process (and using a few additional tools within Photoshop), but if you want to check the settings mentioned in the video, read more



The Photography Show 2020

I was asked to speak on the Fotospeed stand at the now postponed Photography Show 2020.
As this has been deferred to September, I was asked to record my talk for Fotospeed, to share on their website and social media.
  
In this talk I discuss my approach to images (simplify, making the most of what you've got and adding stuff), before looking at how I pulled together my successful panel, awarded Associate of the Welsh Photographic Federation (AWPF) 

Here's a link to my video and  to the Fotospeed YouTube Channel, and whilst you're there don't forget to check out the other videos too.

AWPF Panel


Basic Editing 

In this video, I show a very simple portrait edit demonstrating the use of: 
- Healing Brush
- Layers 
- Adjustment curve 
- Layer Mask 
- Adding a texture 
- changing / controlling blending 

Best viewed full screen so you can see the photoshop tools and fine detail