Bournemouth Beach - 15mm Fisheye Lens

The Passing of theLightMatters…

theLightMatters is now 6 years old. It’s been a friendly companion over the years; a fellow journeyman constantly by my side accompanying me on my quest, as hair brained as it seemed all those years ago. It’s been with me through good times and bad, the laughter and the tears. …

Is it worth joining the FSB?

Two years ago I joined the Federation of Small Businesses, or FSB. It’s an organisation in the UK that was set up …

High End Beauty Retouch - Amy

High end beauty retouching in less than 15 minutes?

Last weekend I was in the studio shooting senior portraits**. We had six young ladies in on Saturday and with 2 looks each I’m sure you can imagine that adds up to a lot of images. Just over 80 final images that needed retouching. What’s more, every image needed to be magazine quality and available for the client by Tuesday evening.

Time was not on my side, especially as I hand retouch every image personally.

Yes — I could automate it but to be honest I don’t like the overprocessed, same-old same-old look that many of my coleagues produce. Plus, I charge a premium price because I hand finish the images so automating and outsourcing aren’t really avenues that I want to pursue for strategic reasons. To me, retouching is just as much a part of the creative process as the lighting, styling, directing and making the images. It’s ingrained in my very style.

Thankfully I had a few tricks up my sleeve. In an earlier post I wrote about the benefits of having a defined process to improve client experience. That same rationale is as equally applicable to retouching as it is to running the ops side of your business. In essence, I use a defined workflow for retouching — it gives me consistency, I don’t need to ‘think’ or re-invent the wheel every time and more importantly, it gives me a massive productivity boost when it comes to retouching.

Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty

A few weeks ago, in the studio with a client, I had a major disaster — I broke a lens. I’d just set the lights up and we were ready to go when the back of the camera flashed up

ERR 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty

Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty

Not a good sign. I tried cleaning the contacts as suggested. No luck. Every time I zoomed the lens the error message popped up. Clearly the lens had failed and I needed to carry on with the shoot. My client was already very nervous and letting her know I’d suffered a catastrophic equipment failure was not an option. Instead, I…

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