Anna Quinn

Recently I had a chance to do a quick shoot with the lovely Anna Quinn.  It was only a casual five minutes at a studio social evening, but lucky for me Anna really liked one of the images and thought the style would be perfect for something she’s got coming up.

Anna has been asked to be a special guest at the London International Tattoo Convention in September, it’s a huge event in the tattoo community and she’s going to feature in all the promotion leading up to the event so they needed some photos of her for the adverts etc. so she asked me to do a proper shoot, which we did this week.

Lots of images to sort though, but here’s a quick edit to give you a taste of what’s to come..

Gig Photos!

gigphotos-logoI’ve just made a new website specifically for my music photography.  Check it out at www.GigPhotos.co.uk

 

Layla-Leigh Browne

Layla

A quick mono edit of the lovely Layla, shot at Eyebox Studio in Bristol this evening.

Expect to see a lot more of this young lady very soon!

 

Anna Quinn

Here’s one of those shots that was a case of being in the right place at the right time..

Last night I went to a little social soirée at EyeBox studio in Bristol.  It’s a great little studio run by Paul Claridge and well worth a visit if you’re in town.  Anyway, in between drinking tea, eating pizza and talking cameras with other like-minded folks, I grabbed a quick five minutes of Anna’s time and took a couple of dozen snaps.  After a couple of quick exposure tests this was literally the first frame I shot, and as such I’m pretty happy with the result.

I’d love to say it was all down to my photographic genius, but really, with a model like Anna you’re already 90% of the way there.  Having got this in five minutes, imagine what we could do on a full shoot..

You can find more of Anna online here: www.annaquinnuk.com.  Be sure to tell her I sent you!

 

Oops, rookie mistake!

I had a quick trip out yesterday to take a few snaps with my friend Phil.  I’d suggested a quick trip down to the Severn bridge as there’s generally something pleasing to be had there.  I’ve been a bit under the weather for a few days and I clearly wasn’t firing on all cylinders as when I got home I realised that horror of horrors, I’d been shooting with me camera on medium size, highly compressed jpegs..  Oops, how embarassing, especially as I’m always preaching the benefit of shooting in RAW mode..  It just so happened that last week I’d shot a weekend event where I was only taking snaps that I didn’t expect to ecit, so of course I was happy shooting in jpeg.  First time ever..

Still, it seems I just about got away with it – click the header image above and let me know if you agree :-)

 

 

RPS Workshops / Committee matters

A quick update about my role in the local region of the Royal Photographic Society..

Following a very successful series of workshops I helped to run at the RPS HQ last autumn, I will be presenting three more at the RPS in the spring on the topics of digital workflow and editing with Lightroom and Photoshop.

I’ve also accepted a position on the committee of the RPS Western Region, which is the societies largest chapter with some 800-odd active members.  My role will primarily be concerned with education and training, but I’ll also be dealing with the region’s membership database, mailing list and newsletters etc.

Talking of newsletters, I’ll be sending out a new year update myself very soon with preliminary details of some travel and training events for this year so keep an eye on your inbox!

Chloe-Jasmine Whichello

Chloe-Jasmine

So, if you’ve been watching the X-Factor this year, you’ll no doubt have seen my friend Chloe-Jasmin Whichello on there this year.  She’s doing rather well, and through to the live finals so be a sweetie and give her a vote or five and we’ll be eternally greatful!

This image and more are also on my PurplePort profile

 

Ruby

A little sample image from a fun little shoot last week with the lovely Ruby

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You can see some more images from this same shoot on my Purpleport profile.

Hold the Front Page

Nice surprise for a Sunday evening to see my latest image with the lovely Natalie had been featured on the Front Page of Purpleport :-)

For those not familiar with the site, Purpleport is a models, photographers and related creatives networking site with tens of thousands of members and every day literally thousands of images are uploaded.  To have an image selected for the front page is quite an achievement so I was delighted to see this:

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Here’s a link to the original:

http://purpleport.com/portfolio/richardolpin/image/997322/photographer/?referrer=richardolpin

And by the end of the day it had been in the list of ‘most loved’ images too :-)

 

Mono Conversions

The example below show how much more effective a simple image can be with a monochrome conversion.

Hopefully by the wonders of modern science you should be able to move your mouse over the image below (grab and drag the little handle) and see a before/after example of the original image with nothing done to it (other than a slight crop), and then the ‘after’ image with a little TLC applied. What’s been done? Actually on this one not that much.

  • Cloned out the plastic bag
  • Converted to mono
  • Localised exposure adjustments to bring up some shadow detail

Move the slider to the left to reveal the ‘before’ image..