Builder’s Hands

Hi folks and I hope that this post finds you well?

Here is an image which I would like to share with you that I took of my builder’s hands.  As you can see these are hard working hands!

I will be recording a short walk through on how I processed this image.  Until then please feel free to leave your comments below.

Hands

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Todor

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Promo Shoot : 12 week body transformation

Hi folks!

I hope that you are all well? I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with Thamir who recently completed a 12 week body transformation with On Point Training, London.   Thamir went through 12 weeks of hard training with Jay Benedetti.  I was extremely impressed with the transformation having seen the before images!  I you would like to find out more then contact OnPoint Training by clicking here.

A few times prior to the shoot Thamir contacted me to say that he was getting rather nervous for the shoot itself.  I explained that he had nothing to worry about as I have a couple of techiniques which I employ when working with clients.

On the day of the shoot it was Thamir, as well as Jay and a make up artist. I explained to Thamir that I knew he was nervous so we would be starting off with some simple excersizes I have found that work when working with someone who is a little nervous.  The first technique I use is when I am doing the test shots.  This is where I get the client to close their eyes, relax their facial muscles and control their breathing, which will in turn calm their heart rate.  Whilst they have their eyes closed and are focused on this I take a number of test shots and when happy with the exposure I explain to them that on the count of three to open their eyes very slowly.  I have found that I can get some very intense images with this technique, too.  Following on from this another task I gave to Thamir was to go through various poses which would get him to focus on something other than the camera.

The studio we used was called Village Studios based in Bexley as opposed to the usual one I use in North West London.  It was very nice, very friendly, albeit a bit of a schlep! The lighting which was used was two strip boxes either side and a fill light to the front.

Here is one of the images from the shoot.  The processing was a combination of techniques used by Joel Grimes, Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood at Kelby Training [click here].  Furthermore, I also downloaded a trial copy of Topaz Adjust which I have used sparingly here.  An absolutely, awesome bit of kit!

Here is one of the images from the shoot which I quite liked.  Please let me know what you think of the shot in comments section below.

Thamir Website

If you would like to learn more about physique photography and see what images inspired my shoot then go to Glyn Dewis’ site where you can see a selection of images as well as future courses on the subject [click here].

Thanks for stopping by!

Todor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editing images on a digital television test

Hi and I hope that you are all well?

Whilst unplugging the DVD player from my TV I noticed that there was a PC input next to one of the SCART sockets, and decided to try and use the TV instead of the monitor.  I was not in possession of my calibrator, so I could not try and see if that worked, so it was just a case of plug in and go for it.  The television is a Panasonic Viera which is about 5 years of age…

Naturally, there were a few adjustments to be made, such as making sure I could see all of the desktop on the screen, but being able to see everything larger was a little more appealing. Albeit, it was a lot brighter.

Now, the purpose of this post is to ask those of you who have calibrated monitors whether you can see any obvious signs that the image which I have posted was not edited on a calibrated monitor.  This picture is of my son and was taken in my kitchen.  The editing has been done in Adobe Camera RAW, as well as PHOTOSHOP itself where I just adjusted the levels.

 

TV EDIT

Let me know your thoughts and any feedback on how it looks on your display.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Todor

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A very quick first video tutorial – The Screen Blend Mode

Hi folks! I hope that you are all well?

Not so long ago I put together a tutorial showing you how to brighten up your images using the SCREEN blend mode.  This is a fantastic little technique because you can use it for a variety of different techniques, for example brightening the whites of the eyes, as well as the general image.

The post to which this relates to can be found by clicking here.

This is my first video, and there is no sound as I have written out the steps to the technique on the linked post.  Please let me know what you think and I am sure that by the time I record the next few I will be a whizz at the software I have downloaded!

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and please leave any comments below or contact me via e-mail on todor@nw10photography.com

 

Shots on Film

Hello and I hope that this post finds you well?

I just wanted to share with you a couple of images that I took using a film camera – Olympus OM2n and Ilford 400  film.

As I have said in a few posts I want to do more shooting on film for a variety of reasons.  One of them being getting out of the On Demand mindset where we expect an everything now mentality.

Here are a couple of images I have recently taken in London’s Regent’s Park.

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These images are straight from camera and have not been edited in any way either in LR or PS.

Thanks for stopping by!

Todor

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Quick midweek post

Hi folks and I hope that you are all well?

This weekend we had a tea party for my two year old who turned two earlier in the week.  It was a lovely afternoon sharing it with close family and his god parents.  It was fun packed and filled with e-numbers, fizzy drinks and everything else to get the kids bouncing off the walls! Alas, this is something that my kids not indulge in and get as a treat every so often.

Here is one picture I took of the birthday boy.  It was one of those “Quick get the camera!” pictures.

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Look forward to catching up with all soon!

Todor

 

London Life

Hi and I hope that you are all well?

Wow, what a wet and horrible day it was today…  I had a location shoot planned, however, as those of you living in London are aware it had to be cancelled due to the heavy showers.  So, mum came to the rescue and allowed me to set up a very impromptu studio in her kitchen.  I am going to be putting images from that head shot shoot up on the blog in due course.

But until then here is a shot I found lurking within Lightroom that I cannot recall taking when I was doing a photowalk with photographer and friend, Nick Stubbs.

I processed this in Lightroom (I actually used one of the pre-sets on there, as well as sharpening), then jjust added some noise/grain in Photoshop.Image

Let me know what you think.  I like this for some reason, I hope you do, too.

Take care and you can leave any comments in the section below.

Todor

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