Another month has passed, this year is flying! I can't believe it's August already. I had a relatively quiet month in June because May was so full on but July saw me back hard at it. I've previously mentioned that that I had put up a profile on a site called "Purpleport" (I have no idea why it's called that!) it allows us 'creative' types to network, it has a mixture of models, photographers, makeup artists and graphic artists. As a member you're free to contact whoever and arrange to work with them. Naturally, I'm mainly in contact with models. Models accept work on a paid basis or a "time for" basis which is essentially a collaboration and no money changes hands (sadly this doesn't mean free there are always some costs associated with a shoot), we both end up with a selection of pictures for our portfolios. I've shot four models from the site on a TF basis and that means that I've been incredibly busy behind the scenes as well as behind the lens.

Innocence

I guess most people would be aware that photographers edit their pictures but I suspect don't know what that means and that even if you have an idea, it almost certainly doesn't mean what you think it does.

Chic 3

In my case, it simply means replacing a process that is normally automatic and performed by the camera with a manual process done on my computer. All digital cameras (from the cheapest to the most expensive) automatically edit pictures in this way but you end up with what the manufacturer believes is the best edit for a picture "if the camera has settings of 'x'" and really this "one size fits all" approach doesn't really work for all pictures.

An English Rose?

What I don't do when I edit, is chop bits out or replace the sky or swop people's heads; I apply the modern digital equivalent of old school darkroom techniques. This is why any given shoot takes me a while to get ready for publishing; for example, I may take around 200 shots over a two hour shoot, I have to review them, selecting the ones I like, I'll apply some basic edits and refine the list still further and then I'll apply more advanced edits. For any given shoot, I'm looking for around 25 to 30 great shots. FInally, from those I'll select around ten to publish and I'll normally print 2 or 3 as well (prepping for print takes about 1.5 hours each on top of time spent 'editing') so all in all I'll spend about a day prepping and finishing a shoot. It's not done in one hit but it is done for each and every shoot. 

Brooklyn Bridge 4I liked the way the sun shone between the buildings, a tiny little aperture (f22 for those interested) allowed the camera to cope with the sun shining straight into my eyes! I'm pretty pleased with shot, I couldn't see a thing!

The tf agreement is such that I normally try to supply the pictures within a week, I'm often a couple of shoots behind because I have a day job as well. In between times, I'm doing administration tasks, I'm organizing shoots and of course I have the day to day stuff I do to live my life. 

Dolly 1Dolly is her favourite toy but I'm afraid to say she really didn't get a look in!

in the meantime, I'm prepping more shots from my trip to the states, I've got shots from Lena, Tasha and Caroline to share. Last weekend I took more pictures of the lovely Pippa, more or less a year since the first set, she was much more inclinded to shyness but I did get some lovely shots of her (and her bottom lip!) As I write I've returned from a shoot this morning that I don't want to say too much about just yet but I was really excited and pleased to have the opportunity and I'm booking shoots for next weekend

It's not all running around witha camera looking cool. Thanks for reading.

Mark
6th August 2017