The Photographer's Post-Production

My new Adobe Lightroom instruction package, the Photographer's Post-Production is now available to download. The package includes:

  • 20 Video Tutorials (3+ hours)
  • 15 original RAW files so you can work along with the videos
  • Companion e-book containing image "recipes"
  • Lightroom Catalogue

This package follows-on from the popular Photographer's Workflow and the two together offer a pretty comprehensive digital imaging workflow. The brief introduction videos below will give you an idea of what's included.

The complete package is available for $69.

The companion e-book, "The Photographer's Workflow", which includes video tutorials and many Lightroom workflow and development presets is only $30 so you can download both guides together, providing a comprehensive and practical guide to image management in Adobe Lightroom, from Import to Export, for $99.

Cortona #3 - The spaces in-between

 

Last night I photographed shapes created as the sun cast angular shadows onto Cortona's medieval buildings. This evening, by way of literal and figurative contrast, I've switched my attention to the spaces in-between.

We tend to photograph "things". This thing and that thing demand our attention and become obvious subjects for our photographs. We're always pointing our cameras at "things". Sometimes, however, the space around something can be as interesting as the thing itself.

In music, the dramatic pauses which build anticipation contribute as much to the atmosphere of a piece as the notes played. There's even a word for it. It's called a "Fermata" or, in Italian, a "Corona". It's often used to indicate where the musician would take a breath. So, pleasingly, I've been photographing visual coronas in Cortona. The Cortona coronas, if you prefer.

In great speeches, the masterful orator knows that careful measurement of the gaps between words can build tension and focus the audience's attention. Would "I have a dream" be quite so memorable without the subsequent pause? Would "Ask not what your country can do for you..." be so familiar to us today if it had run quickly into the words which followed.

Moments of comfortable silence between close friends can speak volumes. Those quiet alleyways between two people will tell you more about their relationship than the tangible words and gestures they share. If you're not convinced, go and see a Harold Pinter play and notice how the pauses between dialogue are often where the real drama takes place.

So, here's a celebration of spaces. A nod in the direction of the pause.

The gap.

The silence.

 

Cortona #2

Walking around Cortona's narrow, medieval streets quickly becomes an exercise in creative composition as the sun aligns itself between the tall buildings. Angular, abstract shapes are created by the strong shadows, like pieces of a giant puzzle. The light is constantly changing the apparent shape of the architecture, providing a slowly shifting light show from dawn to dusk.

It's the sort of place where a photographer or a painter or anybody with an appreciation of light would enjoy just sitting and watching. Perhaps that's why there are so many bars and cafes with al-fresco tables. It's not only because dining outside is generally more pleasant, it's also because nobody would want to be indoors when the sun is breathing life into the walls outside in such an extraordinary way.