An insight into image processing…

I am running some photoshop workshops next month and thought I would give a little insight into some of my workflow when editing images.

At the bottom of the page are some before and after images.

For information on upcoming PHOTOSHOP workshops click here

The RAW image…

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I will often process my RAW file (in the RAW converter) so that the image is flatter than originally shot. This will make the image appear flat. I only do this if I am taking the image into photoshop for further editing. This condenses the information towards the centre of the histogram and allows me to have greater control over the tones within photoshop. I always break down the image into ‘images within the image’. What does this mean? Well, it is important to understand that each element within your image has different tonal information. Working globally with adjustment layers may work well in one area of your image but make others too dark or light. You need to break your image down into separate elements and work with localised adjustments on the tonal information within EACH element. That means using masks for local, non destructive editing! With photoshop processing, the power of CURVES is unrivalled in giving you the most control over your tones. You can use the ‘on image targeted adjustment tool’ (this is the little hand symbol located on the curve properties box below) to locate the specific tonal information that you want to adjust. The curve can be used to lighten, darken or separate tones to create contrast. This can be a simple adjustment or an extremely complex one using a variety of selection and masking techniques.

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Below – The layers palette with a series of named groups/folders to manage the multitude of adjustment layers used when editing/processing the various elements within an image. A good workflow is essential when processing your images in Photoshop.

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Before and after images…

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For information on upcoming PHOTOSHOP workshops click here

(Thanks to Sue from the Tea Set for allowing me to use the above images. See the tea set blog post here)

The Tea Set…

Here are some images from a very recent shoot with the ever so talented and joyful Sue, John and Mary-Lynn, collectively known as The Tea Set. A fabulous, toe-tapping fusion of country AND disco that will leave you with a grin from ear to ear and legs exhausted from dancing all night long under the glitter ball!

Check them out here on Facebook

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The Baby Farmer…

Well it is finally here! The Baby Farmer has been birthed into the world featuring an incredible tale of darkness, madness and pain in 19th century London. The show is gripping in its intensity and not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend getting down to Brightspace Gallery to see the show and the accompanying exhibition from the wonderfully talented Chloe Neath. The images burn into the mind and give a strong visual reference to the narration from Nick Ravenswood, the twisted but greatly talented mind behind The Laudanum Project. A big shout out to Gareth whose musical accompaniment and vocals lent a palpable tension to the whole performance.

To top it all off, Chloe and Nick have written and illustrated a book together of the Baby Farmer. Below are some detail shots of the images and words within (At the back of the book are some of the photos I shot last year).

The images below were shot with my 90mm macro lens for a very shallow depth of field. I love how you can see the detailed texture of the paper stock in the book, but if you want to see more…well you will just have to buy one for yourself!

The Baby Farmer exhibition, play and book return to Brightspace Gallery in St Kilda this coming Friday, Saturday & Sunday (March 31st & April 1st & 2nd) To secure your tickets go to: The Baby Farmer

Video of ‘The Baby Farmer’ Performance


The Baby Farmer…

“Would you like to hear a story children?
The Baby Farmer is coming”

Well, I feel it is time again for some more Laudanum Project madness. Freaks extraordinaire, devilishly clever, a visual feast not for the faint of heart!

The images are from my latest photos shoot with Alphonse Cheese-Probert and his performance troupe, The Laudanum Project, with their latest offering…The Baby Farmer. Be afraid, be very afraid!


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(…and here is my full group photo of the Laudanums)


The Laudanum Project would like to introduce you to Sandrine Moreaux. Sandrine is not like other girls. She is complicated. Very complicated. In the year of 1920 Sandrine arrived on the streets of Paris searching for the divine temple of her obsessions – the infamous Théâtre Du Grand Guignol. What she found therein was a terrifying reflection of her own yearnings and dreams that rendered her transformed, reborn but above all beautiful, so very beautiful.

The Grand Guignol Automaton is coming to the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival this September.

Ah, Lady Lick-Penny…

In the words of the Laudanums…

“Without going into too much detail, there were accusations, games of hide and seek and several dead husbands who were all discovered with traces of succinylcholine in their systems. Please welcome back the innocent and the utterly not guilty, Lady Sophronia Lick-Penny!”

Shiny Helen…

You are about to be bombarded with a series of images from the Masters of Freak!! I did a photoshoot with the seriously twisted Laudanum Project a few weeks ago and it was a fun filled evening of hilarity and horror in equal measure. The Laudanums are a performance group from Melbourne and are about to embark on a new show that will premiere at the 2014 Fringe Festival. There will be more images coming…..but for now, I introduce you to Shiny Helen!