August 22, 2016 § Leave a comment
iPad Collaboration with Emma-Louise Gibbons.
So, I made somewhat of a big switch recently. After watching hours of YouTube videos and reading everything I could find I purchased an iPad Pro and Apple pencil with the intention of completely changing my workflow so I could constantly have my “editing suite” with me.
Installed on my iPad from Adobe CC I have Adobe Fix, Adobe PS and Adobe Mix as well as third party programs such as VCSO and Enlight.
The shot above was actually shot on the iPad, edited on the iPad and then “drawn on” using Adobe Sketch on the device…
It took a while. It was a huge learning curve for me but I’m delighted with the results. I absolutely love editing images on the iPad, and in truth, I’ve barely used my MAC since.
There are downfalls. The file handling is somewhat frustrating as you’re restricted to the built in Camera Roll. So for example, if I take an image into Adobe Fix, work on it then it exports the image to Camera Roll. I then want to edit in VSCO, so I do just that it, save it and it exports to Camera Roll. All of a sudden I have 3 varied images all on my machine. Not so much of a problem if you’re just handling 1 image at a time, but for larger shoots with 100+ photographs it can become somewhat confusing. I almost wish there was a way to overwrite previous versions of the image on saved to the Camera Roll. Despite all of this though I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I love the handling, and the precision the Apple Pencil gives you and having it on the rad with me, at every shoot, on every train etc has been a massive time saver.
With news that the next OS update will give the option to handle true RAW files (not through a conversion in Lightroom mobile) I only see it becoming more and more of a “must have” tool for professional photographers.
September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
Image from the series ‘Fade To Black’ by Carl Beebee. 2014.
I recently read an article on the popular photography website fstoppers.com called “Censorship is Good for Photography. Seriously” The article explains, or rather argues, why censorship in photography is a good thing. It is of course the writers opinion and he offers valid points. But to me it is not a good thing. It is something that restricts creativity, opinion and thoughts. It simply holds artists back!
I want to make it clear here; i’m not in anyway supporting illegal images – only images that fall within the law. I’m also not talking about classification – where it is important to fall within age restrictions etc. If an image is “not safe for work” does that make it wrong? If it’s labelled “not safe for work” or ‘NSFW’ then to me it is fair game. It is after all, at the heart of it, personal preference. If someone wants to put the word “fuck” across their image is it inappropriate? Should it be censored?
I think we live in a world where we should all be able to offer our opinion with freedom and creativity. Surely, it’s a simple rule? – if you don’t like what you see then look away. Galleries, curators and the press already put so many restrictions on artists I feel that at times it prevents said artists from creating the work they actually want to create. As soon as that happens then they have lost their voice.
It’s so important to believe in your work, regardless of others opinions or thoughts. It has to have an honesty and an integrity to it in order for the artist to be themselves – not just as an artist but as a person. It is this trait that will blends personality into the work.
How will history view the censorship of photography? Well, look back in time at Hollywood – films such as ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Clockwork Orange’ and ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ were all banned in certain regions and countries. Today they have been re-introduced and are widely available – but perhaps more importantly, each in their own form is considered ground breaking and important. That is perhaps the biggest lesson to be learnt and the reason why I will always say “Censorship is bad for photography. Seriously.”
October 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
This is an image from circa 2004 – it’s a Polaroid of a nude woman (Jenni Knight) taken on extremely expired film.
The high quality digital scan at 30 x 30 cm is now available on Saatchi Online (limited edition of 10)
The California trip is now just a few weeks away – so to keep everything in one place I have opened up a tumblr blog for the trip. So far it has images and interviews about all of the preperation etc. Whilst I’m away I’ll keep it updated daily with new photographs etc – which I’ll continue to do up until the book launch.
You can find the mini-site here.
May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
October 10, 2012 § 2 Comments
I had a shoot last week with Roseanne – we did some editorial shots as well as some general portraiture.
The editorial shots are part of the ‘Fatale’ series that I have been working on in recent weeks.
The series depicts, strong, powerful and sexy women in a “noir” like environment…
We spent a hour or so working on some regular portrait work – the one below is one of my favourites thus far…
July 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
The image above is from a new project I’m working on. It doesn’t yet have a title but I’m hoping to end up with 15 images that all have a “cinematic” feel to them. To help this I’m only intending on using the natural light available for each photograph. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload more on here very soon…
On a side note I just want to mention (and recommend) Custom SLR – they have sent me some real cool gear including the most comfortable and functional camera strap I’ve ever used. I really do urge all photographers – amateur and professional – to check out their products here.
You can see a couple of their products in the photo below.
Thanks for reading/looking.
April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
The above photograph was taken last month and it’s from a shoot for ‘Carnival’ with model Hollie Chekov.
We shot it in a large manor house just outside Kidderminster and I’ll be uploading the photos to my site very soon.
Speaking of which my site has undergone a dramatic change (I thought it was about time) and hopefully now the galleries and information are easier to view on all devices including iPhones and iPads.
Please take a look and let me know what you think…