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…
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15 11 13
Recent shoots for Walton Hall Hotel in Warwickshire, Elizabeth Bradley Tapestry and Bybo Wines... varied work indeed... looking forward to shooting some Kendall King Scott interior and architecture at Bristol University, and a shoot in in North yorks for Culinary Architecture..
19 09 13
Just off to shoot some images for a feature in the rather good-looking 'Milieu' Magazine, and American interiors magazine... its suddenly rather autumnal here, so Im also beginning to think autumn garden features... any suggestions?!
22 08 13
Busy shooting at The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury this week, and preparing for another Top Floor Rugs shoot with fab carpet designer Esti Barnes next week. Just enough time for a visit to The Pigs Nose in East Prawle!... I reckon!
17 04 13
Wow, its all gone mad now! off to Cornwall for a hotel shoot tomorrow, back to Bath for a hotel shoot on tuesday, then to East Sussex for two days shoots for magazines, then back to Bristol to prepare for four days in Italy... see you on the other side...