Creating Watercolour Effect Photography

On Sunday we took a trip to Sissinghurst Castle... in Kent.  Albeit under protest at the last controversy surrounding the outing of a squire as being gay, which I didn't approve of.  Anyway we decided to go and I shot this photograph of some red flowers and wanted to see if I could create a [...]

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There it stood – one lonely daffodil…

To keep myself out of mischief today I decided to play around with a singular daffodil that was photographed in the greenhouse of Hall Place in Bexley. And believe it or not it is of a miniature daffodil. I wanted to enhance the colours of this singular daffodil to make the petals a more vibrant [...]

Mixing Filters and Styles on your image

For me Lightroom is my first port of call when processing an image.  I like its simplicity, its versatility and for me the easiest post processing software to use. My main aim of using Photoshop is to remove elements that you can't remove in Lightroom. The above photograph was created by using Lightroom's HDR feature.  [...]

The power of texture

It was cold, it was murky and the sky was absolutely dreadful.. it was dismal and there wasn't any clouds that gave drama to the sky... but even with the sky as dismal as it was.. I still liked the photo... so what do I do with it?  Of course, at a texture and use [...]

On The Loch

Just over a week ago, I received an email from Jodi Robbins of Topaz Labs, who had seen my Duck Pond photograph; and she asked if I would be prepared to write an article for the Topaz Labs.. First of all I was gobsmacked... I couldn't believe that I was being contacted by a renowned company [...]

Apricot Roses

  One of the things I love about photography is post-processing... and taking photos to a whole new dimension.  Lately I have been experimenting using Photoshop... which I am slowly becoming conversant with. The above image started out... being rather bland and lacking colour. And I wanted to make those roses more apricot in colour... [...]

From Harsh to Delicate

I wanted to create a soft looking flower... and to see how soft and delicate I could make a harsh looking photo by using Lightroom and Photoshop. As you can see from the SOOC photo on the right, that particular rose has many petals and I did manage to get most of the rose in focus... [...]

Hever Castle Lake

Hever Castle Lake

    As you stroll around the grounds of Hever Castle in Kent... you come to this wonderful lake.. and what caught my eye was that red little building beside the lake. As you can see from the original photo there were some distractions and I knew I wanted to remove them.  So I did [...]

Sheer Drop

Birling Gap

  The above photograph was taken at Birling Gap in East Sussex, and was shot just by the houses that are very close to the cliffs edge. As you can see from the SOOC photo, there is a fence post that is rather distracting and a piece of fencing that just doesn't seem to belong [...]

Over the Gate and into the Distance

Woodland Walks

    The above photograph is a HDR composite taken at Northward Hill Nature Reserve... it was only a brief stop and this was taken at an off beaten track near the actual farm.  As it was in a dark secluded place, and we didn't bother to use tripods we were lucky that the three [...]

Stranger on the Shore

  On Friday we went to Seven Sister and Birling Gap in East Sussex... I have to say the drive down there was beautiful as we headed through the Kent and East Sussex countryside... and the views from Birling Gap are astounding. For the above image I wanted to create a dark image... with a [...]

Purple Flower of Quex

The above photograph has been processed in both Lightroom and Photoshop.... and was taken at Quex Park Gardens, near Birchington in Kent on the Isle of Thanet.. back in July of 2015. The gardens are spectacular and the wooded area is lovely to roam around.  As you can see from the photograph on the right [...]

Ivory and Fuschia

    One of the places we visited in San Francisco was the Conservatory of Flowers... if you ever go to San Francisco make sure you visit this place, especially if you like flowers. Anyway for my Before and After for today, I chose a photo taken at Conservatory of Flowers... don't ask me what [...]

Hydrangea in Bud

  Normally I never shoot unless absolutely necessary in a ISO higher than 200... the above image was shot with an ISO of 400.. and there was some noise to the photograph.  Initially I thought I might bin it, but decided to play around with some Presets I have from Serge Ramelli - Golden Age [...]

Soft and Beautiful

When we visited San Francisco last years, we went to the Conservatory of Flowers in the Golden Gate Park... I have never seen such beautiful flowers... truly exquisite and delicate looking petals. As you can see from the picture on the right...which is SOOC there is a dark mark and a very distracting background.  So [...]

My favourite tool – the crop tool

I don't know about you but there are times when you think you have taken the perfect shot, only to find when you are back home and importing your photos into Lightroom that the image you've just imported it is not what you envisaged when taking the original shot.  The composition is all wrong and you have not taken [...]

Swanning around on my own

Swan

Today I wanted to create a soft looking feel to this photograph, which was taken at Leybourne Lakes in Snodland, Kent.  It is an ideal place for the kids to run around, there is an adventure playground, and of course plenty of dogs on their daily walks, with some even swimming in the lake. My [...]

Surrounded by Bluebells

Today I watched a video that was created by Laura Macky about replacing colours in an image.  And it was one from her expanding horizons tutorials.  I had never thought about using colour range to change parts of an image.   So I thought I would give it a go.  So first of all I did my usual [...]

Cala Lily

The above picture is of a Cala Lily which was taken at Quex Park in Birchington, Kent. The grounds and gardens are beautiful at Quex Park and there are plenty of picnic areas and places for kids to run around.  And after you've visited Quex Park it isn't too far to the beach... and on [...]

Surfer Girl

Tonight I thought I would try something completely different... I wanted to push the limits and process a photo in a totally different style to what I normally do. The first objective was to find a photo to use ... and I chose the above photograph which was taken back in September 2014 at Joss [...]

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

The above photograph was taken at Merriment Gardens in East Sussex.. earlier this month... as you can see there are a couple of trunks that distracted your eye away from the tulips... so my first job in Lightroom was to clone those out using 'Spot Removal Tool'.  After that I then cropped the image to [...]

Beautiful in White – Flower

Last year we visited Quex Gardens near Birchington in Kent... and I took this picture of a white flower that was planted within the walled gardens. The exposure was all wrong and it was far too bright and I didn't like the green leaves in the right-hand corner. So today I wondered if I could [...]

Hever Castle in Kent

Hever Castle

The above image is the final image which was mainly processed in Lightroom... however I did go to Photoshop to remove some elements of the photograph which I found distracting. The picture on the right is the one straight out of camera... I started off by adding a Preset by Serge Ramelli called 'B&W: Complexed [...]

Power of Lightroom…

The above photograph was taken at North Greenwich overlooking the River Thames towards Canary Wharf... and it was one of our very first night time photography shoots we did. At the moment I am battling a PMR Flare-up and finding it difficult to move yet alone hold a camera... so our photography outings are very, [...]