Been a while since I blogged anything – mostly as I’ve not had the time – covered (photography) a couple of London Music festivals and have other editing I’m way behind on. Will likely post some of these in time.
During my lunchtimes I often read photography (or related) blogs, news feeds and such like which sometimes include videos. One that’s not usually photography related (iD Magazine YouTube upload feed) has recently featured a video which covers photography and fashion of the 90s Grunge scene. Thought I’d share.
It’s part of a series on UK youth culture:
Episode 1: Grime & Emo – http://bit.ly/1eCWMxP
Episode 2: Jungle & Cybergoth – http://bit.ly/1UvT0XU
Episode 3: Grunge & 90s Style Mags – http://bit.ly/1K5gNL7
Episode 4: B-Boys, Ibiza & Acid House – http://bit.ly/1Dq3FIO
Episode 5: Soul Boys & Casuals – http://bit.ly/1Mk4xqI
Episode 6: Skins & Scooter Boys – https://youtu.be/5PpAWL1FVxY
Think I may have posted something very similar before – or it could be on Facebook. Either way this is both curious and interesting: A video on the ever increasing trend in fashion bloggers and photographers.
Obviously there are the very old-school people like Ian Cunningham (see previous post about a film about him) and then more recently it’s been made popular by the likes of The Sartorialist. But it now seems to be exploding!
During London Fashion week I passed a venue where there was a show and there must have been a dozen or so photographers there. Only one or two who looked like pros.
It’s also interesting to see that a couple of people being photographed are rather common in the different situations – as if they in turn follow the photographers!
(Found via PetaPixel)
Recently come across this iPlayer showing of an episode of the “imagine…” series on BBC which is about William Klein and thought I’d share. (UK only unless you’re going through a proxy))
On the whole I don’t know much of well known photographers and hadn’t heard of William Klein before either. But apparently he was listed as No 25 in Professional Photographers 100 most influential photographers.
Anyway – this is well worth a watch if you’re into photography and in particular 50s street photography from New York or fashion photography of the same era. It’s a testament to the strength of doing things your own way. His comments can be quite cutting and to the point but in not too unpleasant a way – quite funny infact. You can tell from a few of the scenes that he really likes people of all kinds ….. other than fools of course 😉
It’s been a long while since I’ve put something up on my main site but I’ve finally done it!
I had a shoot with with friends from Lacing Lilith Latex Couture over a year ago now! At the time they said they’d do the editing for their own site and so the set went to the back of my editing queue. But of late I’ve been managing to get through things and so came around to this set. Lacing lilith crew specifically asked me to do a fairly basic setup – with a plain light background which would allow them greater flexibility for edits – and so this also gave me such an opportunity.
Up to now my editing has been if not basic, certainly standard – possibly retouching on some images but on the whole correcting blemishes and lighting – no special or additional styling styling other than possibly turning an image to Black and White. Having seen many a fashion shoot styled with toning I fancied giving it a try.
There seems to be numerous ways to tone an image – some are basic and will usually only offer a single colour in one layer, while others can add multiple colouring options. Some possible options I found :
- Fill Layer (Solid Colour): Basic, just adding a solid fill colour, however it’s possible to mask it or change the blend mode to affect one area.
- Curves : Add a curve and adjust it differently only the individual channels – this allows different colour adjustment throughout the lights to darks.
- Colour Balance : Add a colour balance layer – adjusting the colour by Highlights, Midtones or Shadows.
While Curves gave more control over which luminosity you’d change – a colour Balance layer seemed to give more control, or easier control over which colours you could choose – and so I mainly used this technique. Here’s an example of one of the adjustment layers I added:
As I’m new to this I won’t go into an in-depth tutorial and as everybody who tries a new technique I’m probably overdoing it, but c’est la vie.
These are the main steps I used to edit the photos:
- Duplicate layer and do a general fix such as hairs, major blemishes, etc
- Adjust eyes – brighten, whiten, enhance colour.
- Skin, hair and eyes: Smooth skin + background (slightly), sharpen eyes and hair.
- Lighten & darken some areas of the subject e.g. hair, clothes etc.
- Darken the background
And a selection:
The whole set is here : Lacing Lilith Latex Couture.
Links to some involved:
Lacing Lilith : https://www.facebook.com/lacinglilithlatexcouture
Roseanna Velin : https://www.facebook.com/roseannamakeupartist?ref=ts
Just something I’ve come across that thought I’d pass on.
Being into all things photography I try to see as many films about photographers as possible (be it conflict photography as in my previous blog post HERE, or anything really e.g. think there was an Annie Leibovitz film – I’ll go dig it out). A new one seems to be out about a street fashion photographer.
Due to the internet and more-so of late – blogs – the niche of street fashion photography has risen to fame. I think the most famous of which is The Sartorialist. But in reality – it’s nothing new – just that blogs etc have made it so much more accessible.
The film seems to be about this eccentric character Bill Cunnignham (which I must admin I hadn’t heard of) who’s been doing it for decades.
Here’s a trailer.
Looks like it might be interesting for many different reasons – photography, fashion, and the human story of Bill himself.
The website (www.billcunninghamnewyork.com) seems to only list showings in the US – but hopefully it should get some form of release in the UK – in independent or art cinemas. I’ll keep a close eye on the ICA listings.
When covering friends fashion shows I’ve got into the habit of doing a little back-stage stuff. Sometimes the back stage stuff is more interesting to shoot and look at than the stage/catwalk stuff (for me anyway – all the stages of preparation, the before and after etc).
Usually I go along with a prime lens (50mm f1.4) that can shoot large apperture so that I don’t have to bother people and loose the feel of the moment by firing off flash at everybody. e
On this last weekend Lady Lucie asked if I’d like to do a quick few shots of the models – of course! (Although I didn’t have said prime with me) Due to the space available and the fact that it was being shared with 4 other designers – hanging around doing the standard back-stage thing wasn’t an option but I went back there just to do a few shoots before the girls went on stage.
The space was crammed with models, makeup, hair and designers so options were a bit limited but I went on a rekkie to find a good location. Initially it seemed an option between brick walled fire exit, plain wall, or plain stairs – but then I realised that the wall just to the left of where Lucie and the girls were getting ready was fantastic! Couldn’t have found a better wall if I’d go looking! So below are the shots from that quick 10min session.
Unfortunately my camera was all set up for nighclub work (since the show was during a night club event) and I didn’t think to change it so I’ve had to tweak a few things in post – inc taking the saturation down to suit the mood of the background – but on the whole I think these have come out quite well 🙂
Also had to clone out a conduit pipe and plug box here and there.
Also thought I’d test the slide-show gallery doobrie on this blog theme – not tried it before – so here goes. See above.
Will have a go at putting a different sort of Gallery at the end.
Some links /credit
Designer – Lady Lucie
Makeup – Tabby Adams
Wigs – Kezia
Said Gallery doobrie. Not sure which I prefer – slideshow or gallery. Slideshow is more visual but you can click on the individual items in gallery.