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These are videos I've watched there are a lot more than this but most were on-line from YouTube and similar.
David duChemin - CreativeLIVE Workshop                                                                                                                                                        
Douglas Kirkland on Photography Natural Light Portraiture                                                                                                                                     
Kelby - Mastering Selections in CS5 with David Cross                                                                                                                                         
Kelby Training - A Day with Jay Maisel                                                                                                                                                        
Kelby Training - Architectural Photography                                                                                                                                                    
Kelby Training - Creative Lighting for Photographers                                                                                                                                          
Kelby Training - Fixing Photographic Problems With Adobe Photoshop                                                                                                                            	
Kelby Training - Food Photography                                                                                                                                                             
Kelby Training - How to Photograph Beautiful Brides                                                                                                                                           	
Kelby Training - James Schmelzer - Senior Portraits - Lighting Techniques                                                                                                                     
Kelby Training - Joe McNally - Using Small Flashes                                                                                                                                            	
Kelby Training - Landscape Photography (with Moose Peterson)                                                                                                                                  
Kelby Training - Live Wedding Shoot, Start to Finish                                                                                                                                          	
Kelby Training - Mastering Multiple Exposures Using Advanced Flash Techniques                                                                                                                 
Kelby Training - On Location Photography  Pt.2                                                                                                                                                	
Kelby Training - One Light Lighting                                                                                                                                                           	
Kelby Training - Photographing Children                                                                                                                                                       
Kelby Training - Photoshop CS5 Automation Basics                                                                                                                                           
Kelby Training - Romancing the Landscape, Part 2                                                                                                                                              
Kelby Training - Shooting Fashion Models On-Location                                                                                                                                         
Kelby Training - Ten Essential Studio Techniques Every Photographer Needs to Know                                                                                                             
Kelby Training - The Business Side of Photography - Rick Sammon                                                                                                                              
KelbyTraining - Wedding Photography - Rapid-Fire Tips and Tricks                                                                                                                              	
KelbyTraining On Location Photography With Jeremy Cowart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
OneLight Photography Workshop 2 DVD Photography tricks  PeachPit Photoshop with Matt Kloskowski 2010                                                                                                                                                 
PixelPerfect - Photography with Stephen Johnson 
Kelby Training - Architectural Photography                                                                                                                                                    	
Kelby Training - Edgy Photography          
Kelby Training - Quick Composites From Photo to Finish
Kelby Training - Why Fake It When You Can Create It                                                                                                                                           	
KelbyTraining - Another Day with Jay Maisel     

these are books I've read at some point in the last year or so.

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom                                                                                                                                                	
Blue Pixel Guide to Travel Photography - The Perfect Photos Every Time                                                                                                                        	
Chasing the Light - Improving Your Photography with Available Light (Malestrom)                                                                                                               	
Course Technology - 101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century                                                                                     	
Digital Photography Lighting For Dummies - (Malestrom)                                                                                                                                        	
Focal Press - Exploring Color Photography Fifth Edition                                                                                                                                       	
Focal Press - The Manual of Photography(Tenth Edition)                                                                                                                                        	
Focal Press - The Photoshop Darkroom 2                                                                                                                                                        	
Illustrated Dictionary of Photography [2008]                                                                                                                                                  	                                                                                                                                         	
Langford's Basic Photography - The Guide for Serious Photographers 9th Ed - 2010                                                                                                              	
Langfords Basic Photography - The Guide for Serious Photographers 9th Ed. (Malestrom)                                                                                                         	
Light - Science and Magic 3rd Edition (Malestrom)                                                                                                                                      - Adobe After Effects Project Workflow                                                                                                                                              	
Night Photography  - Finding your way in the dark (2010) (Malestrom)                                                                                                                          
Photo Fusion - A Wedding Photographers Guide to Mixing Digital Photography and Video                                                                                                          	
Photography - The Art of Composition                                                                                                                                                          	
Photography and Philosophy                                                                                                                                                                    	
Portrait Photography - Secrets of Posing & Lighting                                                                                                                                           	
SIMPLY Digital Photography - 2010                                                                                                                                                             	
Speedliter's Handbook - Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites - 2011                                                                                                                  	
Strobist Photo Trade Secrets Volume 2                                                                                                                                                         	
Taschen - 20th Century Photography                                                                                                                                                            	                                                                                                                                                                                    	
The Best Of Wedding Photography (2005)                                                                                                                                                        	
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Photography 4 - 2010




For this exercise I a decided to show you all the shots that I took minus the test shots.   I think that the last few photos are the best

in that they have more interest because of the chosen subject matter.  I tried with reposition 1 and 2 to make a more defined composition by

making a regular shape without making it look unnatural.  I think that the use of shape as a subject using the squares/rectangles and swirl/circles add interest in a graphical sense. It seems to make more graphically from very little substance subject wise.



Reposition 1
Reposition 2

in the last week

in the last week I have read several photographic magazines and watched a few kelby training videos there was an interesting one with Jay Maisel the social documentary photographer.

contrast views 2

I’ve just been looking at some books on photography and reflecting on the contrasts assignment. I feel the I made some good choices now because of choosing to do all still life and I feel that making the subjects linked as pair through subject and processing has given the album a varied theme. So I feel that although some contrasts aren’t that obvious they work as a whole I did try to make one of the contrast easier to work out but felt that they might not be acceptable but I’ll  post them here so you can see my train of thought.





the photo magazines

The photo magazines say that you can make interesting photo’s out of almost anything. What they don’t tell you is that it doesn’t  mean they’ll be any good from an artistic point of view!

I really struggled with the contrasts project. I feel A bit like I could have got some better Ideas, I’m starting to struggle for subject matter. I think that I’m going to find it harder as it goes along the course, because its really difficult not to do the same old things. I want to be different to take picturess the way I see things but It’s hard to fit that into a course format .


I decided to add my contact sheets for this project.   These are most of the shots for the project but not all of them because I didn’t keep some of the badly exposed and composed shots.    I think the contacts show some of the decisions I made in choosing my final shots.


I took the black and white shots intending to invert the colours and turn them black and white.

The black shot is the leaf on some A4 paper with the paper blown-out to take out any texture. I converted the shot to black and white

in Lightroom. Then added quite a lot of blacks with the blacks slider to make the leaf as dark as possible.

With the white shot, shot on the black underside of a mouse mat.  I overexposed the leaf in Lightroom while keeping the back dark to produce the effect as seen.




For this set I had a hard time thinking of something good to shoot whilst keeping the connection between the two shots I eventually settled on this. Both were  processed in the same way they are converted to black and white then cross processed.







I had this idea to  use a cross processed look to make the pictures look like a murder weapon I think it worked out quite well.




I tried to add a hazy feel to these shots using the clarity slider all the down.




“saturation and angle of view”

I used this contrast to turn it on it’s head a bit  I did high and low saturation as well as angle of view.







These started off as dead and alive but I then reread the contrasts assignment so I did some reprocessing to make this dark and light

I think it works quite well.


This shot was taken on a photo walk in the town centre in Leeds.  I was looking for interesting social documentary shots I was shooting through fences and reflections of people in windows  I was using anything I could to stay away from the conventional. this was taken through the henry more outside the art gallery.   I feel that it is perfect for this contrast assignment because of it showing that I’m not just a still life photographer.