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Alabaster white

By KennyP      
I have been having some major confidece issues lately with my photography and for the past few months have not picked a camera up. I was considering packing photography in due to really nasty emails to me about my work but after being talked to by really good friends, I have taken steps to get some further training and have embarked on relaunching myself as a photographer. This image is the first one out of my training yesterday and my first step back into regaining my confidence. It's a photo of model Siobhan Goodman and its a fine art image. I hope you enjoy.

details of shot.

One large parabolic umberella 45 degrees to the left as you view this image and pointing down. Image taken at F11 @ 1/125th second with the D800 and then I used some tutorials I saw on youtube to create an alabaster white image.

Tags: Black and white Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Digital art Portraits and people Flash and lighting

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cats_123 Plus
13 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
19 Nov 2012 1:03PM
certainly don't give have talent Smile

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19 Nov 2012 1:04PM
thank you. that means a lot
19 Nov 2012 1:53PM
Stick at it, cos this is good stuff
at the end of the day all that matters is 'are you happy with what you do'
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
19 Nov 2012 3:19PM
Yes I agree do stick to it. Cracking pictures.

I find that people who send you "nasty" email's only send them from behind the security of a PC Screen. They would not have the "B**LS to tell you that face to face.

Stay with us and show them that you are a better photographer than most of them could ever aspire to.
Let them leave if they don't like it and perhaps EPZ will be all the better for not having them.

David. Wink Smile Smile
19 Nov 2012 4:32PM
Hi all and thank you for the comments. I think some might have got the wrong end of the stick about the emails. they didnt come( as far as I know) from anyone on EPZ and I have only ever had positive and constrictive feedback on here. The comments came though facbook messaging due to me putting some images on as public so anyone even though they were not a friend could message me- I also didnt know this is standard on facebook that anyone who isnt a friend can message you. I also got emails through the contact email on my website all of which were in the main abusive. When I tried to reply to the emails my emails got bounced back a few times. I assumed they were using throw away email addesses and were using them to cause bother. I did bin the emails and messages but have to say that it was not pleasant. One of them even said to me they wished I had died in my car accident then they wouldnt have had to view any of my photography....
All I know is this, I know a good shot when I see it, and for every good image there is a good photographer behind the camera, you take the shots you do all the work you present your work and very good work it is I can tell you that, well captured very well presented, Onward and upward I say. look forward to seeing more of your work

19 Nov 2012 5:13PM
Thanks John

I was that fed up with the comments that I took extra training- this image was taken yesterday after an intensive three hour lighting training workshop. I have a disability that has affected the way I retain information( due to the medication I have to take) and so I find sometimes I forget things and find it frustrating. Its worse when you have negativity from other people inside your head. At my last shoot I had the opportunity to shoot my friend who drive 40 miles just to let me do so,and It was awful when I just went to pieces. I got some great support when I spoke to a few good mates about it- which resulted in this training and some other training which I took advantage of. I hope now to get my confidence back and get back on track.
19 Nov 2012 5:15PM
I like this very much. It has good clean simple lines. I'm always impressed by the way arms can give a lot of structure when well placed, as here. Bill Brandt did that famous shot of the girl with the arm Brandt shot . Nowt wrong with your confidence from where I stand. Voted - for a good overall shot.
19 Nov 2012 5:30PM
strange you should post that link because I am a fan of Brandt's work and one of the shots you posted a link to, I took a slightly different direction with and was one of the shots I shot yesterday. Have to say that yesterday when I went to do this shoot I was all for turning round and not bothering going but thought I had to see it through. I am glad I did now cos I feel a lot better.
19 Nov 2012 5:37PM

Quote:Strange you should post that link because I am a fab f Brandt's work and one of the shots you posted a link to...

have you read the biography of him by Paul Delany? excellent read. Might need to get a used copy now. BOOK LINK
19 Nov 2012 5:53PM
thanks for the link. I first came in contact with his work three years ago when I started my Ba(hons) degree at the University of Bolton and liked his urban landscapes. I later found more work by him and I think he was a great photographer.Thanks for the book link.
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
19 Nov 2012 5:56PM
This young lady is a real cutie and you've taken a fine image of her Kenny.

There are a few small things you might want to change if you do it again, but then again it might be that you wanted them that way.

Firstly, the line of the infinity backdrop as it changes from wall to floor is visible as a slight darkened gray, if you make it have a bigger curve instead, it won't do that.

Secondly, I think you could afford to increase the exposure a little bit more in whatever programme you use to process your shot, or better still perhaps a tone curve alteration to bring the lighter bits a bit closer to white, without altering the blacks.

The only other thing is her ahir needed a gentle combing just before the shot to make sure there were no flyaway bits sticking out.

If you have trouble remembering stuff ( I know I do!) how about jotting notes down in a little exercise book, so you can review them before a session or a shot - bit like a checklist?

Don't give up!
Cheers, Goggz
19 Nov 2012 6:13PM
thank you for the cracking advice and I aim to shoot again with this model so will take on board what you said. I'm not native in processing with photoshop and before I took a direction in my photography after a serious road accident which broke my back, I used to take landscape photography which was my forte. back then I didn't have or use photoshop and so photoshop is also a learning journey for me. Mostly though I am aiming to get it right in the camera first, and use minimal photoshop. I just liked the milky white look of some images I have seen of female models and fancied a go. I'll return to the image later and take on board what you said and re-edit it. then I will post the re-edited image on the blog I have just started....

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