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My latest portrait photography. You will not believe it but  I made this image using only natural light. Right people only natural light.
It was quite cloudy day. I met with the model in town and started to walk for some time to find the right place. Normally I do not pull out the camera right away as soon as I meet with the client and not jumping around them. The first thing I do is try to get to know them, then trying to make them feel comfortable, then start shooting. After some time walking, and common conversation I found a place that was good. 
I pulled the camera from the bag and I started to set it up. Believe me or not but I've tried different settings on my camera but the ones that I liked the most were:

f/1.8
1/80
ISO 125

Canon 5D mark III and Sigma 85mm 1.4 - great lens and camera 

Exposure was -2/3. That was perfect exposure that I wanted to get. Not bright at all but underexpose. I enclose a photo below (straight from the camera). 

I focused on the eye.
Little curiosity for all interested: 
As long as you shooting on a very small aperture like f/1.8, 1.4 and even 1.2 you shouldn't move your camera at all. Try to set yours position and the camera position that a focus point will be on one of the closest eyes. You can always crop the image later. Remember one thing... even the smallest shake will causes the image would be soft and a little blurry, and we do not want that, right?

Ok, so we done here, and now it's time for some fun in Photoshop.

The first thing what I did was I started to delete all the things with Spot Healing Brush, Clone Tool and Patch Tool. Of course, sometimes the process takes time. Believe me, you better do something longer and more accurately, than later regret and do everything again.

Then I started to remove bruises under her eyes. For me personally the best way is to use curves. Of course, you can use the dodge and burn tools and also one of the healing brush. Everyone has their own way to do this so I leave it to each of you individually.

Next process was to dodge and burn the whole face and hair. There is so many ways to do it. Important thing is that you guys have chosen the one which fits you the most.

How to get the proper tones in the picture? 
This is a question that many people has been asking me so far. What exactly I've done to get it right? I tell you guys that i didn't do that much. In this case I used Levels where i changed the channel RGB to BLUE and I added a little blue in the shadows and a little yellow in highlight. Then I played with white balance. After that I added a bit of contrast using BLACK/WHITE Layer and have changed the blend mode to Soft Light. Then I used the new BLACK/WHITE Layer to remove a little colours from the face. And that's it!

You really have to play with everything. You Attempt until finally something will come. There is no way for abbreviations. There is no rules for it. Every picture is different and each requires a different style. On one image you will spend moments, on the second u might spend a few hours to make sure everything is perfect. Of course, the end result is to sharpen all the details of the image especially eyes, eyelids, mouth. It took me some time to finished this image but I think came out pretty good. 

Enjoy!

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The measure of any good professional photographer is whether they can deliver a great portrait or headshot. And although very similar they are not truly the same thing, as the word suggest a portrait portrays something about the person in the photograph. Be that a vocation, talent, hobby or other aspect of their life and personality. The skill is in capturing any one of these facets so a simple image becomes elevated to a photograph that conveys a lot more about the individual.

I love taking on such sessions and was thrilled to have a recent portrait photography shoot with a very talented singer, musician and writer. This shoot gave me the chance to be perhaps less formal with a typical headshot and mix things up with both a location setting and some time in the studio. I really enjoy capturing portraits in dynamic environments but it also creates challenges. Particularly with the weather and critically the light. So knowing a wonderful spot for the perfect shot I was a little frustrated with the pretty dull conditions, but I always come prepared and with the London weather as it is I'm very experienced in reacting to such situations. Natasha looks amazing in the Tower Bridge capture and I have used my knowledge of photographic techniques to take control of the light and really make the shot pop. Mixing both natural light and a well placed flash we have a stunning image, but what makes the portrait is the fabulous subject and the props that give the viewer the clear insight in to the person.

After shooting at some other spots we popped back to the studio to finish the session. Here is where a great portrait photographer can control the light totally and it then becomes a lot to do with how we engage with our subject to bring out aspects of their character and life. These photographs are sensational and really draw the viewer in showing a warm and creative character in the images. 

So when you are looking to book a portrait photographer London it pays to find one that has not only the knowledge of the medium but also the technique to deliver beautifully lit shots anywhere, as well as the personality to engage with the person sitting for the photography. Once we have all that it's simply a case of pressing a shutter button. Which is way easier than playing a guitar let me tell you ! 

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HEADSHOT AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER IN LONDON

Headshot and Portrait Photographer in London - just a little bit about me, what I do and how I do...

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When looking for headshot or portrait photographer London its important not just to choose someone who has the technical know-how and all the right gear , but someone whose images show they can make a connection with their subject. I understand this and always go out of my way to ensure I focus on getting to know my client, as well as their specific photographic needs.

Portrait photography isnt just a technical skill, it depends a lot on how well a photographer listens to their client and how well they understand their client’s character. In fact Id say it is 100% about listening then turning what you have learnt of your subject in to that moment when the shutter release captures their true essence. Yes I can guide you on how to hold yourself in the most flattering way, yes I use lighting techniques to best present you in the environment we choose for your shoot. But most of all I will strive to understand and capture your character by being engaging and friendly with you.

You may need a great portrait photography in London for the corporate and work world, or social media. Maybe you are an actor or model looking for a stunning portrait. Or perhaps you just want a fantastic image of yourself for personal reasons.
It makes sense to choose a portrait and headshot photographer London who can instantly relate to what you need and why you need it.

I am adept at shooting on location, maybe at your workplace or an outside space for a more natural feel. Or you can come to my studio where we can also create the exact look you need.

Wherever the shoot takes place I can assure you that at the heart of my process will be me listening to you and getting to know the true individual I am about to photograph. 

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