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13/06/2014 - 12:25 PM

Lady in Black

Lady in BlackLovely pose although, personally, I would clone out the line going into the top of her head
24/09/2013 - 2:25 PM

Macro work

Macro workTry increasing the ISO, to say 400 so you can have a smaller aperture. You will get more in focus
10/09/2013 - 10:17 AM

Cooley-Q Cools Off

Cooley-Q Cools OffTo me the DOF is just right, concentrating on the horses expression. The rider walking towards the horse adds to the image. If it were mine though, I would clone out the white area at the top. It does distract.
10/07/2013 - 1:40 PM


A RIGHT CHARLIEThe edges are a bit rough. If you are using Photoshop try running around the edges with a very small brush (about 10 pxs) and hardness set to 100 (remember to reset this back to 0 afterwards).

You can also get tips and demo from YouTube (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPsAHYjvgRQ). If you are not using PS try searching on YouTube for the software you use.

It is difficult to give a full process of what you are trying to do in a comment.

Hope this helps.
25/01/2013 - 4:28 PM

Drying Out

Drying OutThere is a beautiful quality about this image.

Looking for things that MIGHT go against it in a panel.

The OOF rock in the bottom RH corner. It might be better if you could clone that out. When you get to the area of the main rock, do the cloning with a very small brush and the hardness set near 100.

There is also a very thin white line around the butterfly's wing. Blow the image up very large and again carefully clone it out with a very very small brush, again with the hardness set near to 100.

Remember to reset the hardness back to 0 once you have finished.

These might seem small points but you never know if they might mark it down for this.

Good luck. I believe the RPS whole pre assessment meetings so it might be an idea to try going to one of these.
08/04/2012 - 1:20 PM

Elizabeth Frink Sculpture.

Elizabeth Frink Sculpture.Superb capture.

Hi I have done a mod as follows.

1. Different crop
2. In shadows/highlights - set shadows to 0% and highlights to 35%
3. Increased contrast to +30
4. Quickly (so it is not perfect) clone out all the windows and white areas in the BG.
5. Painted the scarf with black at 32% opacity

I hope you like it.
09/12/2011 - 11:53 AM

Waiting for the Fairies

Waiting for the FairiesLovely image

I have done a mod where

I ran a small blur brush at 33% around the edges of the girl to help it blend in with the image, rather than looking as if it has been pasted
Cloned out some of the ragged edges in the skirt.

Hope you like it.
27/11/2011 - 10:04 AM


BethanyLovely expression from the girl and, from a photgraphers point of view, the coloured bricks add a lot (albeit they do take the eye from the girl). I would suggest showing your client this one and a mono version and see which thet prefer.

Hope this helps
02/11/2010 - 6:13 PM


SnailI have done a mod

1. Cropped the image to remove the distracting OOF area
2. Decreased brightness by -14
3. Increased contrast by +12

Hope you like it
24/10/2010 - 12:43 PM

Autumn Splendour

Autumn SplendourI did a mod where I cropped off some of the sky, reduced brightness by -27 and increased contrast by +8.

Hope you like it
24/10/2010 - 11:36 AM


Ratty.1 and 2 are best. Really well caught.

I did a mod on #1 where I

1. Cropped some of the foreground
2. Using an overlay layer with the 50 gray box ticked.
a. Darkened the immediate FG at 31% opacity
b. Darkened the grass in front of the rat at 55% opacity.
3. Flattened the layer

I hope you like it
30/09/2010 - 8:47 PM

Coming In To Land.

Coming In To Land.Particularly good shot in #2 but I would either clone out or darken down the large green leaf.

See my mod where I cloned out the leaf and darkened down the FG using an overlay layer with the 50% box ticked and used a black brush at 45% opacity.
Then I flattened the layers.

Hpe you like it.
29/09/2010 - 10:34 AM

Crystal Fountain

Crystal FountainExcellent use of the light. Personally, I would crop out the sky to give the fabulous light on the fountain more prominence
17/09/2010 - 8:03 PM

Daniel Thorndike

Daniel ThorndikeI have done a mod as follows

1. Increased contrast +8 and reduced brightness -15
2. Extended the canvas on the LH side and cloned in some of the BG. I felt he need a bit more space in front of him. (The cloning was done quickly so it is not quite right but will give you an idea).

Hope you like the mod
17/09/2010 - 10:45 AM

portrait 1

portrait 1The girl has been caught with lovely expressions and has beautiful eyes.

With #1, I do not like the close crop but that is probably just me.

#2 has a bit of originality to it which I enjoy. To me the bag is too overpowering and I think either a plain or a smaller bag would be better. I do like the low angle.

Hope this helps
11/09/2010 - 11:33 AM

festival characters

festival charactersGreat expressions and characters.

If the lost finger tip bothers you then, just a suggestion, you could crop his arm off (up to his sleeve). You would also get rid of the sign.
07/09/2010 - 9:43 AM

big brother

big brotherFor a first attempt this is very good. As already been mentioned, the eye needs to be more prominent and lighter.

I am not sure about the area in the bottom RH corner. It doesn't say anything about the picture. The cat like figure is excellent although it seems a bit messy around it, however, it is a very strong part of the picture.

The secret of this sort of picture is to not have too much in it. It is so easy to add another bit, and then another bit until the picture gets too cluttered.

I hope you read this as constructive comments meant to help. Keep on using your imagination. From personal experience, some people like this sort of work and others wonder what planet you are on. With the latter, ignore them.
Fete des Battages, Fontaine-GuérinI prefer #3 but have done a mod on #1. Using curves in PS, I picked a midpoint grey on one of the roofs and in brightness/contrast darkened the image a tad and increased the contrast a tad.

Hope you like it
26/08/2010 - 9:55 PM

Portrait !

Portrait !Lovely portrait. If it were mine I would clone out the small white area, just above the parting in the hair. It was the first thing I noticed when I viewed your picture. I would also do the same to the small highlight between the eyes
25/08/2010 - 12:38 PM


PURITYWell presented. Just a tip - The left hand top of the flower has no detail. For this sort of sort, I try and expose for the lightest part. In this case the left hand top of the flower.