My external hardrive is a bomb site. Photos in no particular order (except of course clients!!) and a mish mash of odd photos taken for no particular reason. So I had a bit of a sort and came across this from December. This kid is such a delight.
Ive had a ton of emails and comments left this week which has left me reeling. So many nice things being said about my photo's and so many questions. Here are a few answers for you!!
You asked what lens I use? I use a Sigma 28-30 F2.8 on both my Nikons D200 and D70. I also use a 28mm F1.8 and an 85mm F1.8. Next week I get my dream lens - the 50mm F1.4. That will make my lens kit complete.
You asked what I do to get such crisp shots? Well Im glad you think they are, thank you. The trick is to get the shot right first. I never crop after a photo as my main aim is to fill the frame at the session with the composition I need. That helps because once you crop a photo in an editing suite, you start to get the dreaded pixelations. To prevent pixelations I would suggest you photograph in RAW. But Im not anal enough to swear by it. It also helps if you use your on board metering. I live by mine. Lighting is key. I love northern light - its bluer with a kind UV colouration. I also love the shade. I avoid midday photography as I hate shadows on faces and TRY to avoid it but sometimes it works. Southern light is fine but tends to be yellow/red/orange depending on the angle. Dawn and dusk is wonderful for silhouettes. But my best light is an overcast day!!!! So lighting is definately a helper with crisp shots. However once you over expose a picture you cannot darken or reclaim whats not there (ie - white out skin, white out clothing etc). I tend to slightly under expose a picture - at least the information is there to saturate/de-saturate at will.
You asked if I use actions? Nope - not at all. Some actions have destructive filters which make the quality of the photo look a bit pants. I generally work in layers using 2 brush styles (top secret!!!) and a sensible usm. Sometimes I might truss it up a little with a hard light or a glow. But I never, ever add what isnt there. Its likened to using a dimmer switch at home. You either boost or decrease the light according to taste.
These really are just my own thoughts and musings. Im sure David Bailey has his comments or ideas too. I hope they help. But do invest in a DSLR at your earliest opportunity if you want to be creative. The canon 350's and D50/D70 are going great guns on ebay right now. Prime lenses such as a 50mm 1.8 are considerably cheap too.
Gotta go - Im chin strapped xx