Photoshop Editing Technique

fashion image from Birkhead location shoot

Given that Photoshop is such an important part in the image making process these days I’m always on the lookout for different techniques that will enhance my image processing skills.  I recently came across an article on the Chase Jarvis website where I really liked the final result.  I’m a frequent visitor of his blog which contains lots of useful information and updates about his work, a great source of inspiration.  The technique was fairly straightforward, involving a channel mixer layer and and change of blending mode to Overlay, followed by some selections to tweak the final image.  The image I used was one from a recent shoot with fashion model Lisa Marie Thompson at Birkheads Secret Garden on the outskirts of Newcastle. I think  Lisa’s pose is great here and the sky provided a great backdrop, as you can see the colours are much more punchy than in the original edit and I really like the final result, be glad to hear your opinions 🙂

Location Shoot With Lisa Thompson

Have been talking to Lisa for a while about shooting together again following our recent studio meet up.  Unfortunately the weather wouldn’t play ball, had a look at the weather this morning and it didn’t look good, however things did improve and we decided to give it a go.  We headed off to Birkhead’s Secret Garden near Sunniside, Newcastle.  The weather turned out to be lovely, a little too sunny if anything!!  and we spent about 90 minutes shooting in around 5 different areas around the gardens.  The owners, Christine & Mike, were very welcoming and just asked that we didn’t cause an obstruction, the place was pretty quiet though so this wasn’t a problem.  Good luck to Lisa who is off to London tomorrow for an agency interview, sure she will do really well.  If you would like to see more of Lisa’s work click here.

Lisa was kind enough to pen a few words about her day:-

‘What can I say? I have worked with John in studio and location. I had alot of fun on both occassions and getting great shots seemed effortless! We tried and tested various themes and ideas to see what worked best and we always saw eye to eye (well almost always, as I do think his taste in pink macs has a lot to answer for!)

On a more serious note, he’s a smashing photographer and has a sharp eye for detail. Even my dog Gucci took a shine to him, although that may have been the alluring scent of left over cheesy quaver crumbs nestling in John’s palm.

John is quite the gentleman too. I was chauffer driven to the location and he kindly took me back home. He was extremely patient despite the fact I fed his sat nav an incorrect postcode!  Nevertheless, we got their in the end :)”