Online Galleries

The View – 2012 – Taken on iPhone

One of the biggest problems I’ve always had with my website, is settling on a way to organise my online galleries. Recently I’ve had a page with links to different galleries; portraits, conceptual, places, polaroids etc. but I found that all a bit tiresome… It can also be difficult when you have a image that could fit into more than one category – where do you put it then? Just in one or in both galleries?

I’ve spent the last few hours taking lots of photographs down (and adding a few new ones) and I’ve “bundled” them all into one gallery. At the moment I like it and it seems to be easier, but I’ll likely change my mind soon.

Please check it out if you get a chance here: www.carlbeebee.com

What do you find the best way for organising your online galleries?

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Instagram

Those that have been reading my blog for a while know that I have a bit of a love, hate relationship with Instagram.

Just recently however, I’ve tried to use it a little more purposefully, and I have to say I’m really enjoying it.

I only upload images that have actually been taken on the iPhone but I do try and mix things up a little bit by uploading “proper” photographs (portraits, places etc.) as well as shooting some behind the scenes images from photo shoots along with just completely random photos (see above).

If you use Instagram please follow me on @carlbeebee – and leave a comment in the comment section below with your username so I can follow you back.

The iPhone Shoot

The photo above is from my iPhone shoot which was exclusively for ‘Snap My Life’ – taken on a iPhone 4S.

The studio shoot, using only the built in camera app on the iPhone had it’s up and downs… Because there is no manual metering mode on the iPhone camera it it can be increasingly difficult to get an exposure (and focus) that you’re happy with.

I found if I used too much light then the camera gave the skin tones a highly saturated yellow temperature but if the light wasn’t significant enough this allowed for unsharp images and noise – so finding the right balance was essential.

The only editing I gave the photographs is the same editing that I’d give any studio portraiture if it had been shot on my DSLR; brightness, contrast, clarity, saturation etc.

I have to say considering these were taken on a phone camera I’m very pleased with some of the results – as with any shoot there are some images better than others but I do feel, overall that the images are of a high quality… In fact there are at least 5 images that I would happily use in a portfolio of my work – this is a testament to the camera.

This shoot would of been near on impossible just a few short years ago and it is a credit to modern technology just how far these “camera phones” have come along – who knows, maybe in future editions of the iPhone the camera app will be able to deal with manual controls of the exposure and white balance etc.

The whole experience of shooting with a phone in a studio was very unique – and so different to using a pro DSLR – but the results are there for all to see – it is possible to get good, high quality studio portraits using a camera phone.

To see all of the photos from the iPhone shoot please go here.

There is also a behind the scenes video from the shoot on YouTube here.

Instagram

I don’t often use ‘Instagram’ anymore. I don’t really have anything against it I just generally prefer to build Lightroom Presets that I think suit individual photographs.

Having said that, I took the photograph above a couple of days ago on my iPhone and tried a few different presets, but I couldn’t get it how I wanted. I got frustrated and bored so decided to whack it into Instagram.

As it turned out I really love the look of it with it’s current filter so I was pleasantly surprised… Maybe I should give Instagram a little more thought in the future…

 

 

Lightroom Presets & iPhoneography

The last few days I’ve been working in Adobe Lightroom and creating some new presets – the shot above of model Jodi Lakin is one of my new presets which I have titled (boringly) Silver01. Creating presets is a great way of time saving when mass editing hundreds of images… It’s also useful, if like me, you create a really good print in Lightroom and can never remember which filters and settings etc you used to create it! I’ve got about 30 presets ready made now and if I get time I’ll probably upload them for free download…

A few months ago I purchased an iPhone 4S. I always thought that I wouldn’t really bother with the camera too much – it just seemed a bit lazy somehow… Anyway I started fiddling about with a little and I’ve been really enjoying it. You can see samples of my ‘iPhoneography’ on Snap My Life here.

Thanks for reading…