Stock Photography Video Tutorial : Keywording your image

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Here is the second part to my video tutorial on how to take a stock image through the various processes before uploading it to an agency.

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Promo Shoot : 12 week body transformation

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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.

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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].

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Stock Photography Video Tutorial : Editing your image

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Over the last few weeks I have been recording a number of video tutorials.  Not easy to do in one take at the moment, but I am sure as I progress they will become a little easier and complete within the one recording.

Not so long ago a friend asked about the process of my stock workflow as he is keen to become a contributor.  So I put together this set of videos which are intended to be a beginner’s guide to taking an image from the RAW capture through to the upload and categorising of the picture at the agency.

The techniques which I regularly use for editing stock images I have learnt from the following – Calvin Hollywood [click here], Glyn Dewis [click here] and AJ Wood [click here].

I am still rather new to the world of video tutorials, so please any constructive feedback will be appreciated either on here, or you can contact me via e-mail

Next time I will be sharing the second part of this tutorial which is keywording your image.

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Editing images on a digital television test

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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.



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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Composite Practise

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The other day I was practising some compositing techniques.  Here is one of the images I have put together using a shot of actor, Mel Mills.

This particular technique is one I found in Scott Kelby’s LIGHT IT, SHOOT IT book.  I really like Scott Kelby’s books, mainly because of his writing style, but also the techniques you learn as well.


This second image is one that is still in progress, as I am not happy with some aspects of it.


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A very quick first video tutorial – The Screen Blend Mode

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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!



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One of my latest stock images

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This image is one from a series that I took for stock.  The one which will be submitted to the agency is in colour, however, for this post I decided that I wanted it in black and white.  The image was taken with a Nikon D700, bounced flash and processed through lightroom only.  I adjusted the sharpness, used the punch preset, and desaturated the image.


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