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 07 15
Deep in the shooting season, I'm busy with hotel and gardens shoots at the moment. There are also a couple of Homes and Gardens shoots coming up too (we just did the christmas shoot for them!!)
26 01 15
We are happy to announce a video production service that we are offering to hotels. Alongside our photographic services, we are working with Holden Films and will be delighted to discuss your requirements! see a couple of recent examples here... Holden Films
01 01 15
New Year! another one gone... I'm updating this site, redoing my portfolio, and preparing for the new season. Cleaning the office, trying to get fit, sorting out the accounts and generally avoiding work... see you all soon though!
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...