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  • Pete Robinson
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    July 9, 2019 at 8:41 pm #19052

    On Sunday 7th.July 8 of us enjoyed photographing two professional and accommodating models in Haslington’s Yoxall Village Hall.
    They brought 3 complementary sets of costumes so we could photograph them together or separately. They easily changed from one pose to the next and were open to ideas from us. The real magic of their ability for me was how they interacted with each other creating a narrative for our photography.
    Martin McGing was especially helpful to us all in bringing and sharing his equipment. He also explained his lighting set up and advised us on various techniques for photographing couples in a studio set up. Martin has sent me a couple of a couple of imaginative storyboards to demonstrate the narrative of the session. It wasn’t just about taking someone portrait, but telling a story.
    I’ll post Martin’s storyboards to start this post and if anyone else would like to share their photographs taken at the workshop please do so here.

    Martin’s Suffragette and the Policeman storyboard-

    Martin’s Espionage storyboard-

    • meg cumming
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      July 9, 2019 at 9:19 pm #19053

      Thanks Peter.  It was another quality day thathat was entertaining, learning and very well lead. I found yourself and Martin knowledge very useful. Dean and Linda’s skill was great and at no time was there any dull times. I love Martins story boards. Being straight back at work I’ve only just been able to download the images, but I will add some images on to the Web page and send some to Deans Web page as well. Well  done to everyone another successful day.

    • Pete Robinson
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      July 10, 2019 at 8:10 pm #19056

      Here are a few of my efforts. My background cloth got creased and didn’t really suit the models costumes so I’ve made a basic attempt at changing the background in a couple of images. I need to spend more time tidying them up or trying different backgrounds, but it gives you the idea. Sorry to post so many, but I didn’t know which to leave off. Blame Dean and Lynda for being so good!

       

    • meg cumming
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      July 10, 2019 at 9:33 pm #19057

      <p style=”text-align: center;”>I love your images.  Nice to see you dropped in a background. As you say Dean and Linda’s were professional in posing and had a good choice of outfits. It’s hard choosing a small selection fromantic a successful day. I like the way the last one has worked out.</p>

    • Pete Robinson
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      July 12, 2019 at 10:00 am #19062

      Carl has sent me a link to his website where he’s posted an article on his thoughts and photos of the day. See it here.

    • D.Williams
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      July 14, 2019 at 12:33 am #19065

       

       

       

      Lovely pictures from everybody from a brilliant day. It’s really interesting to see the different techniques and results. Many thanks to Pete for organising and Pete and Martin for bringing their equipment and guiding us all. Dean and Lynda were of course both brilliant, professional and incredibly patient.

      Anyway, here are a few of mine. I am finding that the screen on my camera gives very unreliable results as it shows considerably brighter than the actual downloaded images – especially in studio and low light shots. It is now 9 years old so I guess I should just be grateful that it still works. Annoying but fixable results.

    • Pete Robinson
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      July 14, 2019 at 7:02 pm #19066

      Thanks for posting these. I think that’s a good set of images. Like you say Dean and Lynda were very professional and did similar poses for of all. It was a good idea to bring your own props so you got something a bit different. As our photos will have similar poses I think post processing will make the big difference.

      You should be able to customise the brightness of your screen. Can’t you darken it a bit? However, the histogram is best way to check your exposure.

    • meg cumming
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      July 15, 2019 at 9:20 am #19067

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    • meg cumming
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      July 15, 2019 at 9:36 am #19075

      Just a selection of images from Dean and Lynda’s portrait session. I think we can safely say it was an outstanding success. Some of mine are a bit dark of the face but I think some times its adds to the menace especially the Sweeney Todd images. I have dropped anew background in on the first one but still needs work on it. There are others on the shoot that I am really pleased with and I’m working on these. Work does get in the way. But looking from the ones posted already everybody has come away with good shots.

    • Martin McGing
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      July 15, 2019 at 10:49 am #19076

      It looks like we have all taken some excellent images and had a good time.  I know every photographer says this but, I have not really spent a lot of time editing my images.  My workflow is basically shoot in RAW import into lightroom and make a few adjustments.  If I have to, I will edit in Photoshop, frequency separation and a bit of dodging and burning.

      I hope that we can have another session later in the year, when its dark and cold outside.

    • Pete Robinson
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      July 15, 2019 at 8:54 pm #19077

      Thanks Martin. I also don’t like to spend much time in PhotoShop. I tend to do a bit of tweaking in Lightroom and that’s it. If I have to do some more complex cloning that LR can’t handle I switch to PS. Dean and Lynda have told me they’ll be happy to work with us again. I thought I’d scared them off!

      Thanks for posting those Meg. I know you love B&W and thought you would convert some to it. I think the subjects will work well in B&W. Don’t forget you can upload your photos in the same post to save yourself the time and trouble of creating a new post each time. You can also specify the size if you wish to resize them.

    • Martin McGing
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      July 27, 2019 at 9:46 pm #19105

      Strictly speaking this has nothing to do with our Portrait workshop, but I thought I would share it with you.  The costumes that Dean and Lynda have are amazing.  The weather at Whitby, was grey and overcast, a real contrast to the mini heat wave we had earlier in the week.

      Dean and Lynda at Whitby

    • Pete Robinson
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      July 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm #19106

      Thanks for sharing this with us Martin. I agree that Dean and Lynda’s costumes are out of this world. You must have taken some very interesting photos despite the lousy weather.