How would you say just one thing in an image?
by John McAllister
Moreover, how can you convey a wide-ranging concept such as ‘just one thing’ that is both immediately understood and eye-catching? For me, it’s starting with the creation of a list of descriptive words – writing down what pops into my head. Getting ideas out onto paper without restriction, not concerning myself with whether it is right or wrong. Just five minutes later I had well over a hundred words in front of me… a great starting point. To simplify the list, I put them into vague groups such as emotion, movement, colour, senses and so on. Now that I had this organised in front of me, I was starting to add more words as ideas feed on ideas.
Shooting a Steaming Cup of Coffee
By Teresa SteMarie
This image was made to respond to a P52 conceptual photography assignment with the task of say one thing about one thing.
The concept I chose was to show that the coffee was HOT. To emphasize the hot concept I wanted a tight shot of the coffee with a bit of drama in the lighting.
The image was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 28mm lens at f22 on a tripod. I chose the lens to be able to get in close and show the whole cup. I wanted to have a large depth of field so chose a very narrow aperture.
Portrait/Head shot Retouching Tutorial:
By Alex Baker
Most portraits need some amount of retouching in Photoshop to help them look their best, and to an extent, many clients expect it. The most important thing to remember when retouching is to do everything on a separate layer so that you can easily go back to an earlier stage in the process, delete a layer or reduce the opacity of a layer if things have gone a little too far. My final PSD files have more layers than an onion! A really great retouch in my opinion doesn’t look as though it’s been retouched at all – the skin should retain all of it’s texture and not look plastic or soft, and (especially important with a portrait or headshot) the subject should still look like themselves (albeit after a really great night’s sleep!). I especially find working on skin to be quite rewarding (maybe I don’t get out enough…) and below you will find my methods for retouching. As anyone familiar with Photoshop will know, there are many different ways to achieve similar results, this is merely my preferred method. As you will see I almost never use frequency separation unless I absolutely have to so this will not be covered in this tutorial (there are many great ones online for this). I always keep the brushes at 100% opacity and just adjust the flow.
The P52 Assignment Brief: Chocolate.
“A square image that screams chocolate, with a bit of an editorial look if possible.”