Corporate Staff Headshot Portraits – Retouching Example

I’d like to provide an example of how I like to retouch images while retaining a realistic look. The below are taken from a recent commission for some corporate staff headshot portraits. The photoshoot took place at the clients office. The first portrait example is  lit with strobe flash lighting. The second is natural light from windows to camera left and behind the subject.

In these images the retouch has been applied to the skin and eyes. So as you can see in the before and after the skin tones and texture are smoother and the eyes brighter. The image has been brightened overall and contrast adjusted. This is a subtle retouch which I think does not draw attention to itself.

Corporate Headshot Before and After Retouch Before / After

The second image has a similar retouch as above with an additional edit to the background. I found the window edge distracting and so extended this so that it appears to continue beyond the image frame. Finally the image is cropped to a tighter composition.

Staff Portrait Before and After Retouch

Royal Brompton Annual Report Photography – Healthcare Photography London

Healthcare annual report assignment completed earlier this year for the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Hospital. Completed over a two day period at the Hospitals London sites in Chelsea and Harefield. This years photo shoot took had an added significance as my daughter Eleanor was born the day after the first days shoot. As always it was a pleasure to meet the patients and staff at RBHT.

The work is a mixture of fly on the wall reportage and stage managed shots.

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MIT develops Lighting Drones for Photographers

Seems like drones are going to become part of everyday life from weapon of war, pizza delivery, expensive toy, police surveillance and now the drone lighting assistant. MIT researchers have developed autonomous lighting drones. Which can be deployed to continuously adjust to a photographers movements presumably providing the optimum lighting during a shoot without having to pause to readjust lights etc. I suppose the next step will be drone photographers.

Co-operative Store Photography South East Stats To date

Some stats from my ongoing Co-operative store photography commission. To photograph many of the store mangers in the South East.

96 stores

3308 miles / 1767 miles this year

2526 shutter actuations

Screen Sharing using Apple OSX and Messages

Screen Sharing using Apple Mac is straight forward however both parties wanting to share a screen will need the latest version of OSX, Messages and an apple me.com or icloud email address.

My method is as follows:

First you will need to add your apple email as an AIM account in Messages.

In Messages Goto Preferences > Accounts > Add new account by pressing the plus + lower left of window.

  • Choose ‘other messages account’ from the list.
  • Select AIM as Account Type.
  • Type your apple me.com or icloud.com email username and password and create the new account.

Now that you have an AIM account you will need to add the person you wish to share your screen with as a buddy to this account. To do this goto the menus at the top next to the apple icon make sure your still within the Messages app find Window > select the AIM account you just created.

A new window should appear on screen titled with your AIM account name and should include a a list of online and offline Buddies. From this window you can add a new buddy who is also using an AIM account. Add them using the Plus sign at the bottom left of the window. Once a buddy has been added you can then request a screen share by using the screen share icon at the bottom of this window. It looks like two overlapping rectangles.