Category Archives: Something New


I have always been a fan of Adobe Lightroom for its simplicity. Learning the craft before the digital era taught me to try a get it right first time as it was always difficult to manipulate later (though not impossible). Lightroom is as near to the old darkroom process as you will get for the digital age. Its a shame really as it takes the edge away as a multitude of errors can be corrected after the shot, but not all.

Now I want to look at what it can do, so I will be posting some of my efforts for your feedback.

I went to my Great Nephew William’s christening during the summer, I was happy enough with the photo but now have looked at them again. I will work on these using various effects and processing so I have comparisons. The first edit was done a saved as a preset, the idea was to look for a high key effect or very little shadowing. But after the initial processing  the post cropping to be suited to the picture, so some have light vignetting and others dark.

BeforeWilliam Before


William After


The sisters before


The sisters after


Tracey Before


Tracey after

Each of these were processed using the same preset, using Adobe Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool and tweaking the exposure, the preset works better on photos with more exposure. With the Spot Removal tool I hadn’t realised that you could in effect paint over trouble areas rather than just spotting.

Below are more images that I have tried the same process with, not all work but are interesting.

youngones-1 rose-sally-1 rose-sally2-1 rose-tom-1 thebros-1 thehuntleys-1 Tracey-1-2 william-grandma-1 william-mum-dad-1 William-Rebeeca-1 william-richard-1 William-Rose-1 William-stare-1



Taking the plunge

Its coming up for a year that I have been working on my Project 365, I haven’t been as dedicated as I was in the beginning but have learnt not to beat myself up or feel too guilty about missing days. I have found out lots though about myself and about the abyss we call the web. When I wasn’t posting pics it became a topic of conversation with people I met, wondering where the photos had gone. I have been told that families have discussions about them, others can’t wait to see whats coming next and some enjoy the macro work trying to guess what the subject is.

A lesson here is that although some days you feel no one is watching, on the internet there is always someone watching. If my work can bring a smile to a sad face or even just a smile, remind someone of a fond memory long distant or just bring a little respite in hard day then I will be happy too.

Anyway I have never been that good at self publicising, my attempts at CV’s are evidence of that. But I have been told that some of my work is very good and should be on a wall somewhere. This is where the plunge comes in, I have started to upload some of my work to an online gallery called Photos4me where my work can be purchased in a variety of formats including canvas  prints, posters, giclée prints, or acrylic sheets. I am in the process of uploading images to the site, but if there is something you want the just let me know and I will upload it.

My gallery is at

I thee wed!

A close friend asked me to help out at a wedding recently, she had seen my Project 365 work and needed assistance for the day. I have done weddings before but never had the title of official photographer which kind of made me nervous. Amanda was great though and guided me through the day, I couldn’t belive how much hard work it would be. The pressure of making sure I not only got  the shots but also that you are getting them right sure tired me out for the day. In knew it would be hard mentally but I wasn’t expecting my legs to hurt so much from all the crouching. (took three days for my legs to stop hurting).


You can see more at The Illuminations Photography website, alosng with the kind words from Amy and Alan. Hopefully this will be the first of many, a lot of lessons were learnt that day and I will be posting about that later. I think I was lucky as the Bridge & groom (well everyone actually) were so nice and relaxed.