A word about editing…

I have recently been spending equal (if not more) time on editing as I do on taking my photographs. I’ve found I’ve learnt a bunch of new techniques, and by studying other photographers work and watching numerous tutorials my confidence in Photoshop and other programs has really increased.

Instead of going out and organising new photoshoots (I’m doing that too, but more on that in another post), I’ve revisited a previous photoshoot to see where I can improve, and tackle the original photograph from another angle. You’ll see other versions of this photograph in an earlier post, and it was actually after realising yesterday that the original image was featured in an issue of Blur Magazine (www.blur-magazine.com/blur-magazine-31/) that I decided to re-visit it.

I love how seamlessly Lightroom, Photoshop and Color Efex work together, it’s embarassing to admit but I used to export from Lightroom, then import into Photoshop etc and end up with a dozen different versions eating up HD space before I reached the long-winded finished product. So in that sense, it is seriously making my life a hell of a lot easier. I’ve decided to post a before and after shot of this photograph and I’d love to hear your feedback on it. What techniques do you use, what have you found makes your life easier? leave a comment below 🙂

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Self Portrait Thursday

I’m unemployed and currently packing my house in preparation to move back to Australia. I got back from a trip to Berlin on Tuesday and I leave for Ibiza on Sunday and I suddenly find myself in a calm-between-two-storms. I’m tired of packing and I came across this mask I bought in Venice back in April. I had grand plans to use it for a photoshoot with a model but alas time got the better of me, so I stuck it on and took a few selfies. Voila. Maybe I’ll take it along to Ibiza with me this weekend 😉

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Nepal

Nepal is a country of stark contrasts. From the moment you get there you are instantly faced with a harsh and sudden culture shock. For example, on my drive from the airport to my yoga retreat centre, I witnessed  a large cow blocking one of the busiest and chaotic intersections I had ever seen (surprisingly still moving like clockwork), a monkey swinging from electricity wires, a dead body being carried to a cremation, and numurous scooters and cars loaded up with far too many people and livestock.

Once you get used to this though (trust me it takes a couple of days) you are drawn a bit further in to what this place is really about. The Nepalese are truly spiritual people, and once you get off the beaten track and really immerse yourself in their culture (yes, letting your guard down is a must), it is actually one of the most peaceful and enlightening places on earth. Here are a few pictures, mainly of the people I came across, in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas.

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2 Lovely Days in Prague

I spent 2 wonderful days visiting Prague last month with my fiance. Although we didn’t have much time, we managed to fit in a whole bunch in this beautiful city. They had some impressive restaurants, and an amazing microbrewery where we got to sample our fair share of the local brew (and admittedly where we spent most of our time!). Here’s a few holiday snaps…

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