Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photo manipulation - portraits

Having a bit of a crisis of conscience over photoshopping portraits.  I've recently done a load and many of the people involved (mainly the young girls) asked me to photoshop them.
I'm OK with doing a bit of skin smoothing etc, but where would you draw the line?
This is a list of the things I would normally consider doing to an image: -
  • Skin smoothing
  • Spot/blemish removal
  • Brightening of the eyes
  • Darkening of the lashes
  • Colour matching of teeth
  • Removal of stray hairs
  • un-closing of eyes (usually as a clone from another similar image)
  • removal of bright/shiny areas
What I am not so sure about is when I am asked to change the overall shape or add to/remove from the image: -
  • reduce the number of chins
  • give someone more/less hair,
  • make the eyes bigger
  • plump the lips
  • "make me look like a supermodel"
  • make people thinner/broader/taller/shorter
What do you normally do, and where would you draw the line?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Recently I visited Manchester Airport with my family to see the Concorde on display there.  Had a great day out, with a tour filled with interesting facts about the aircraft from early development designs through to final demise.

Here are some of the pictures from the day

 The cockpit was amazing.  There wasn't a single inch of the walls or ceiling that didn't have some sort of switch, dial or control on it somewhere.

Apparently Concorde got so hot when it flew that it would expand about 20 inches in length.  Special "stretchy" paint had to be developed and there would be large gaps appearing between the banks of controls!

Fuel consumption wasn't bad at about 17mpg (although I think that was per passenger!)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Jodie: Botanic babe

I photographed the stunning Jodie Osborn in Southport's Botanic Gardens on Wednesday.  I stuck to my new year's resolution of shooting in full manual mode, and I was not disappointed with the results.  Below are my two favourite shots of the day. 

Although never having done any modelling before, Jodie was a natural and a pleasure to work with.  I'm already lining up for another shoot with her, and am confident my other photographer friends will be knocking on her door too!

Thanks Jodie, for making what I do an absolute pleasure!  See my website for the rest of the pictures from the shoot - - click Image Gallery, then Portraits.