First blog post - taking selfies!

June 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

So here we go, I'm doing a blog. I'll try to keep this as up to date as possible. Sometimes it's not all that simple, a lot of the shoots I do are for clients and I can't start posting photos until the clients have either published them, or they have given me permission to upload them. So maybe sometimes I'll write a a bit about what I'm up to and maybe post some of the behind the scenes stuff if it's ok with them, then I'll follow with the whole blog post when it's released.

So let's start off with a topic which I don't need anyone's permission to talk about... selfies!! 

Havelock PhotographyHavelock Photography - commercial, editorial and brand photographyHavelock Photography This is me. I took this one as a profile picture, I'm using it on my About page, so you get an idea of who I am. Not too much of an idea though, because who wants to look at the photographer! I want to take amazing photos of you, not me! 

This shot was a really simple one light, and just letting it catch the front of me. But only just. Getting proper selfies done with flash takes a little bit of messing about, because you can't see what you're doing. You'll see my right hand is hidden... that's where I'm holding the camera trigger. Sneaky.

Here's another one:

Selfie at a riot Slightly more dramatic, but still me! You'll find this one in my creative gallery. Creative gallery, because as those of you in the know will probably have spotted, it's a comp. By comp, I mean it's a composite, it's two images mashed together to give the final one. So it's a shot of me, taken by me (this time I'm triggering the camera and lights using my foot!) and it's a separate shot of burning tyres at a riot. The riot image was a stock image. I don't use stock images normally, but this wasn't for a client or for a job, it was just me messing around, so I'll make an exception.

Wanna see another comp? Here's another one:

Havelock PhotographyHavelock Photography - commercial, editorial and brand photographyHavelock Photography Two images again here, me in the foreground and the background was another stock image. It's a park in India I think, I don't know. Stock images are from Shutterstock.

Again in this one I'm holding the camera trigger in my right hand, hence the clenched fist! I had to go in and photoshop out the wire, because I'm using a cheap wired trigger. Took a bit more photoshopping this one, had to add in a shadow and do some warping of the background to make it fit the perspective. It works, I'm happy with it. Compositing is not something I am really trying to make part of my portfolio, or part of my business. Being good a photoshop is a real skill, and I'm far from being good at it.

Just for interest, here's the original image of me:

Havelock PhotographyHavelock Photography - commercial, editorial and brand photographyHavelock Photography You can see it's take in my kitchen! Basically my wife and daughter had gone to bed, I had the camera out and I just started messing around. Just goes to show, you don't need all the space in the world to start snapping away. Especially not if you're going to cut out the centre of the image, which was always the plan.

So there we go folks, blog post number one. More to come!


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