I have been recently testing a plugin (FocalPoint2) for Lightroom (the software I use for all my processing of images), and its got me thinking about the ways we use the ‘focal point’ in an image. Unless there is a ‘focal point’ in an image, the viewer tends to scan quickly across the image and move on…we need a point that the eyes can ‘rest’ on so that the eyes stay still for a minute and look at the picture. As photographers, we do this in various ways… the rule of thirds suggests that the focal point should be about a third of the way across, or down, the image, and if that point is accentuated (with colour/contrast and focus) it helps. We can also blur out the back/foreground so that the focal point is more obvious, and this is where this plugin, ‘FocalPoint2‘ is a great help. Obviously, its good to get the image right in the camera, but this plugin, neatly integrated into Lightroom, is wonderful for those images where, looking back, you wish you’d used a different f-stop, and hence had a different depth of field. Its very controllable, has an amazing array of ‘presets’ that replicate different lenses, and is infinitely adjustable. It would be easy to go a bit too far with it, and turn all your images into slightly gimmicky ‘flickr’ style shots, but if you’re careful, I think its a great addition to the workflow… here are some very basic samples with before/after examples…
12 09 14
Back from hols, and back into it... just done lovely shoot with Homes and Gardens for the Jan issue, and am off to shoot more for Harbour Hotels next week. Also have a meeting with a another top hotel company about forthcoming work... I need another holiday..
01 09 14
Off to Italy for a few days!! At last a holiday of sorts... When I get back, the rest of the month is a blur...
25 08 14
Finally finished doing christmas features for the magazines, and have been busy with hotel work too... Lovely summer of shooting for the Harbour Hotels group, at Salcombe, St Ives and Christchurch... Sidmouth to come!
06 06 14
Happy to announce the arrival of my new venture... Warbler Camera Straps..... luxury leather straps for connoisseurs
30 05 14
Working a lot with Harbour Hotels group at the moment, shooting in Salcombe next week for them... and there's a nice 10 pager in current Homes and Gardens...
of a house I shot for them earlier this year...
Pink vase with a Jimmy Galvin painting. For Ideal Home magazine (at Bristol, United Kingdom)