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Instant Backgrounds, Stage Sets and Structure

Shooting with Julie Waterhouse, a very proficient dancer and model, I wanted to put together a stage set that Julie could improvise around.

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Crop Rotation - Odd Crops and Going Dutch

The standard head in the middle of the frame is OK, but if you want add a bit more dynamic to your image consider shifting the crop and or rotation of the image for a more striking effect.

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The trick with the first shot

Whenever I start a shoot I always take a "test" shot. I tell the client this is a test of my lighting, but what it actually does is let me quietly examine their facial structure before continuing with the shoot.

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Have you ever wondered about making a video from all your photographs the hard way?

Have you ever wondered what happens if you take all the photographs you have made of a particular model and play them back at 30 frames per second?

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About Spot Metering (video)

A short YouTube photography tip

Facial Analysis in Fine Art Portraiture

There's a really good article (albeit a little old fashioned) on PhotoCamel that is well worth a read for a good introduction in to the art of Facial Analysis.

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Feva, Dani and Me

This has always been one of my favourite images. I have it in the studio on a mega-large canvas print.

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Favourite Photoshop Plugins: Filters Unlimited from icnet

Part of an occasional series on Plugins that I use while in photoshopping (or strictly Corelling) images.

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Experimental Shoots: Panoramas, Spheres and Stitching

You are probably familiar with the idea of stitching multiple photographs together to make a panoramic image.

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Agyness Deyn doing some posing

Some terrific posing work here, I particular like the scene early on where she's pulling the lighting assistants and lighting rig around, looks very strong.