A few Photoshop tools

Some more recent retouching. The ‘before’ images here are those I processed for proofing, so I had finalised all basic enhancements to colour, density and cropping prior to undertaking any retouching. All modifications were at the request of the client. You can mouse over the photo below for slideshow controls, which are at the bottom of the image.

Recent Processing & Retouching

Milk & Honey Photography have updated their blog showcasing some of their recent weddings and portraits that I have processed and retouched. The images here represent some of the photography I’ve been working on.

Style Me Pretty also featured one of these weddings in a recent article which you can see here, or browse the full gallery.

Antithesis

Another part of this.

Clarissa Grace

This selection of photographs showcases my retouching and processing for the collection of couture wedding gown designer Clarissa Grace. My methodology for this series of images was to approach their creation as a painter might. In the preliminary test shoot I advised and helped to create a lighting environment to best suit my intensions for post production. The resulting setup was a balance of natural and studio lighting. I started by using the original captures as a base sketch, then layered depth, dimension and a general colour palette, before the final layers of highlights, colour and retouching were applied.

Before sitting at the computer to work, I began sketching out an intended workflow with pen and paper. After a few revisions I had developed an approach that answered the client’s brief to present a consistent catalogue of images that showcased the artistry of each gown. We had discussed that the colour palette, feel and tone of the photos was crucial so as to ensure that the printed catalogue and online campaign faithfully represented the collection.

The photograph above was one of only a couple of images that I selected to hand colour. It became the primary reference used throughout the campaign and was featured on the front of the printed catalogue as well as being the hero image for the Milk & Honey Photography website. Many of the industries leading publications ran feature articles and web galleries of what became a very successful collection.

Under

In early 2007 Mmmedia began filming their documentary series exploring what lies beneath the cities in which we live. The images below are a small selection of photographs that I captured during the project, including portraits of key crew members and interviewees. I’ve also included an early promo video below, which is sadly the only video that remains from the shoot.

Whilst setting up to photograph Civil Engineer John Breen, we discussed some of the largely unknown tunnel and drain networks that lie beneath Sydney’s CBD. Busby’s Bore is a huge disused tunnel that runs from Centennial Park, along Oxford St to a giant reservoir under Hyde Park. Now decommissioned, it originally provided water to Sydney residents for close to 60 years. If you zoom into the map I’ve linked to you’ll see Busby’s Pond remains in the middle of Centennial Park as a legacy. John also mentioned St James Lake, a 10 metre wide, 5 metre deep, 1 kilometre long abandoned tunnel which was flooded to produce an underground lake. Older generations talked about visiting it years ago as their city swimming pool. In the 1930’s another disused portion connecting St James tunnel to Circular Quay was used as a mushroom farm, producing 4,500kg of mushrooms per month.

Antithesis

Part of a little photographic project I was capturing years ago. I plan to get back to it again soon, but then I’ve been planning that plan for some time now…