Archive for the 'Black & White Photography' category

The Power of the Black & White Landscape

San Antonio de Lipez, Bolivia

There are two landscape photographers whose work I admire a lot – Bruce Percy and Ian Plant. Go and have a look at their work. They are skilled professionals who travel widely to photograph some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

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My Ten Favourite Photos from 2015

Favourite photo from 2015

At the end of every year I take a look back and pick my ten favourites. I recommend that you do the same. It’s an interesting exercise, and one that gains value over the years as you compare each set of favourites. It helps you see where you are right now, and trace the path back through previous years so you can see how you got there. It may also suggest projects and themes you can explore in the future.

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Going wide in Galicia

Wide-angle lens photography in Galicia

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon 14mm f2.8 lens, 1/125 @  f9, ISO 400

There’s a seaside town in north-west Galicia called Muxia. The town has a church (Virxe da Barca) built on a rocky outpost facing the sea. On the rocks below it is a stone (Pedra d’Abalar) which people crawl under for luck. Muxia is on the final leg of the Camino de Santiago from the city of Santiago to Finisterre (or Fisterra in Galician, the local dialect). Pilgrims and tourists pass through, visiting the church, taking selfies, crawling under the lucky rock –and getting in the way of photographers like me who would just like to take a photo without anybody in it.

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HDR Merge in Lightroom: First Thoughts

HDR merge in Lightroom

One of the headline features in Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC is HDR merge.

In older versions of Lightroom the only way to merge two or more images together to create a high dynamic range (HDR) photo is to export the task to Photoshop or a plug-in.

In Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC you can do it from right within Lightroom. But are there any advantages to this method? After a little experimentation I believe there are.

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Video Tutorial: Environmental Portrait in Lightroom

Portrait processing in Lightroom

The other week I posted some photos from a shoot I did recently with artist Chris Meek. This week I thought I’d show you how I processed one of the portraits in Lightroom. It’s an interesting photo to look at because it looked very different by the time I had finished than it did at the start.

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Photographer Interview: Andrew Mulvey

Black & white photo by Andrew Mulvey

Andrew Mulvey is an Australian photographer who works predominantly in black and white. He’s a practitioner of the relatively new field of long exposure photography, and also likes to work in the square format. He has some beautiful work, and I’m sure you’ll love his photos. He gives some interesting insights into his creative process and his approach to composition in the interview which I know you’ll enjoy.

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Perfect Inspiration

Pefect black & white video tutorial

A few weeks ago OnOne Software asked me to create a video for its Perfect Inspiration series. The video shows you Perfect Black & White, part of Perfect Photo Suite 9, in action. If you’d like to learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 9 you can do so by clicking the link. Meanwhile, enjoy the video.

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Video Tutorial: Black & White in Lightroom

Convert colour photo to black & white in Lightroom

Today I’m trying something new, a video tutorial showing you how I converted a photo from colour to black and white in Lightroom. It’s my first tutorial, but I plan to do more and I’m sure I’ll get better at them as I go along. In the meantime, enjoy the tutorial, and please let me know what you think.

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My Top Ten Photos for 2014

Top ten black and white photos 2014

January is a natural time for thinking about what you’ve achieved in the year that’s just passed. In relation to photography, I like to spend a little time going over my best photos taken during the previous 12 months and selecting my favourite ten. Then, once chosen, I compare them to my favourite photos taken in previous years. The idea is to see what themes and ideas emerge, and to get an idea of where my photography is going.

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Fleur’s Place

Black and white square photo

My girlfriend and I have just returned from a two week road trip around New Zealand’s South Island. You’ll be seeing more photos from the trip over the next few weeks, but today I’d like to share some with you taken in a restaurant called Fleur’s Place in the seaside town of Moeraki.

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