This is Stacey. The photography was made at what is now known as First Point Photography – a photographic studio which also provides Portrait & Wedding Photography courses in Bournmouth, U.K. I was on the course when this was taken back in March 2010. Check them out, they usually advertise in the Photography Mags.
I had the opportunity to photograph my friend and her lovely family. Part of the brief was to get some nice photographs of my friends daughter Nicole who was going to University to study a Drama based degree, the details of which escape me at the moment. Recently, I had the opportunity to look at these photographs again and have a “Play” with them in Portrait Professional and Photoshop. Portrait Professional is software for retouching portraits – removing wrinkles, dealing with skin blemishes and so on. You would guess right if you thought that Nicole wouldn’t need any of that, but I have used it to “Brighten” her eyes and a few other small adjustments for artistic effect. PhotoShop was only used for sharpening – all digital photos put through a RAW converter need sharpening – cameras that convert straight to Jpeg do the sharpening “in camera”. I also used PhotoShop for resizing to web size.
I usually use a filter called “High pass” then levels for sharpening, using “Unsharp mask” only if the first stage doesn’t work sufficiently, which is rare. You have a choice of light including “soft light” – my favourite for this sort of assignment, “Hard light”, “Vivid light” and a few others – the above photograph has had the benefit of “Vivid light” however, I had already made it quite contrasty in Portrait Professional. I wanted “Striking”.
I have finally done it; I have made the leap from working for wages to working for myself. I have “retired” from my job in the NHS and ventured out into the unknown. Paul Cullen Photography as an entity has been around for a while but now I can devoted the majority of my time to it. I have so many plans that I don’t know where to start – well I do – I’ll work work through my plans one thing at a time so expect to be hearing much more from me as I venture on.
I decided that I would like to venture into the realms of “people photography” some time ago and have been honing my skills for a few years now. I have concentrated on portraits with a view to widening my repertoire. Here are some of the results – please feel free to comment.
I was given a commission to photograph Emma and her family in February of this year, these are some of the images that came from that session:-