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?

If you want a more general introduction to Photography why not sign up for the annual Photography Course with myself and other expert tutors from Bristol Photographic Society

Droste Effect

The Droste Effect is named after a Dutch brand of cocoa that created an advert early in the 1900s with a figure carrying a tray with a cup and a tin of Cocoa on it.  The tin had the same image of a figure holding the tray, etc, with elements apparently repeating infinitely (though in reality limited by the resolution of the image).

Having watched a demo by Gavin Hoey recently, I decided to have another go, having first tried this technique way back in 1998! 
This video show the creation of the image right in about 10 minutes.

This topic is further explored within the article written for the Royal Photographic Society, Digital Imaging Group and published in DIGIT magazine.

Live Edits in Photoshop
Want to see me give a live demo in Photoshop deconstructing two of my recent images?  
I went through these in a live webcast with the late Andrew Appleton.  The replay is available here. (registration with Crowdcast host required)

The first edit is the creation of "Palace of Light", the 'glass' building with people walking through it.  The second edit is the fantastic professional dancer Kate Byrne Dancer, photographed in a dance workshop in the Lake District with the late Andrew Appleton.  He was one of the greats in the industry and is missed every day.

Managing colour harmony in montaged images.
Here are a couple of examples of why it is important to manage colours when montaging several elements from different photos, and how to do it.
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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? …… 
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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

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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