Mista Skee

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"In full colour"

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

So I guess, I can start calling these ones good ;-)

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary. -David Bailey, In "Face," (London), Dec 1984

Being a Artist and also a photographer ( Of some sorts, but please, please, please...don't call me one :-) ) I have come to agree with this!

Then came the "Digital era"... Things changed...bigtime!

I consider myself to belong to the new school of thought, I am a digital photographer, but still embracing "old school concepts".

I've used film of course, but not in recent years, I do believe that it's days are numbered! You might argue with that fact, everyone to his own :-) But the breakthroughs in digital technology in the past 10yrs is astounding and unprecedented in the film/ analogue world!

I predict a time when us "photoshop guru's" will take over the world! :-)

Seems frightening; It should, I have grave concerns as well, "Photoshop abuse", for one :-)

Will everything now look sci-fi?, will the era of natural skylines & sunsets, be gone forever?

Will no one age in portraits?

Grave concerns indeed!

OK on to todays shot

Lighting: SImple as can be! One light source provided by a softbox angled 45 degrees to model.

Processing: Used canon's DPP software ( I'm impressed by the results) to convert my RAW file into a tiff and then straight into photoshop. Not much done here, image left in colour, didn't see the need to adjust, so cropped a tad bit of the sides and converted into a jpeg for upload! I might add at this point that, at this stage I always become sad, in comparision to my tif file the jpeg seems so flat and no matter how they look above...I can assure you they are alot better! :-(

"In full colour"

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

So I guess, I can start calling these ones good ;-)

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary. -David Bailey, In "Face," (London), Dec 1984

Being a Artist and also a photographer ( Of some sorts, but please, please, please...don't call me one :-) ) I have come to agree with this!

Then came the "Digital era"... Things changed...bigtime!

I consider myself to belong to the new school of thought, I am a digital photographer, but still embracing "old school concepts".

I've used film of course, but not in recent years, I do believe that it's days are numbered! You might argue with that fact, everyone to his own :-) But the breakthroughs in digital technology in the past 10yrs is astounding and unprecedented in the film/ analogue world!

I predict a time when us "photoshop guru's" will take over the world! :-)

Seems frightening; It should, I have grave concerns as well, "Photoshop abuse", for one :-)

Will everything now look sci-fi?, will the era of natural skylines & sunsets, be gone forever?

Will no one age in portraits?

Grave concerns indeed!

OK on to todays shot

Lighting: SImple as can be! One light source provided by a softbox angled 45 degrees to model.

Processing: Used canon's DPP software ( I'm impressed by the results) to convert my RAW file into a tiff and then straight into photoshop. Not much done here, image left in colour, didn't see the need to adjust, so cropped a tad bit of the sides and converted into a jpeg for upload! I might add at this point that, at this stage I always become sad, in comparision to my tif file the jpeg seems so flat and no matter how they look above...I can assure you they are alot better! :-(

comments (17)

  • ibrahim
  • Nigeria
  • 13 Apr 2006, 08:07
Nice picture. The light gives is an interesting effect, and the red lipstick is a good contrast. The picture almost looks black and white and i love it. Nice 1 Mr. Skee
Wow, those red lips and those bright, big white eyes. I'm liking her expression very much; she means business but she also seems a little vulnerable at the same time. Regards, Brent
  • Sinem
  • UK
  • 13 Apr 2006, 08:39
A very powerful portrait!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 13 Apr 2006, 08:56
With no disrespect to either party, this portrait reminds me of Eartha Kitt, particularly the eyes. Once again, a masterful piece of work.

As with any tools, there's the potential to misuse Photoshop. Take cars, for example. In the wrong hands, they are killing machines.

I don't think you should be too concerned about the future of imagery though. Even now, some of the better images are made to look like those that were taken with the oldest image making technology, in black and white. You and I at least - and I suspect many more - will continue to present natural skylines and sunsets the way nature intended. (I might have the odd experiment on the way, though!)
Ah it Miss T.

Great shot. Somehow I wish the light were softer to start with. I'm not sure it works with her expression the hard light i.e.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 13 Apr 2006, 11:34
The Skeee, how you doing? Still trying to catch you on the phone bro.. One day, one day.... smile

I totally agree with you on your comments. I am one of those guys who do not like the "photoshop abuse" on images I sometimes see. When used moderately and right, I go wow, but when it starts making the image look so cartoonish and futuristic, I wonder where the art is going to.

As you always rightly point out. Lighting got right can make the image wow. Not waiting to get into photoshop and performing some magic to make the lighting right. For crying out loud, get it right when snapping people. Enhance with the editing tool.

I still cannot bring myself to tweak the skyline on my images too much. I have tried it. It works once or twice, but if all my images with skies looked like the world was just about to end or aliens are just about to pop out, me will not be happy. Moderate editing use sort of springs to mind.

What got me into this quest to be the best prosumer out there? The need to capture our daily lives, our daily images, and present them slightly different to you my viewers. I use editing softwares to hopefully enhance slightly the image already taken, not turn it into a completely different image. There have been times I have actually posted images and done NO PHOTOSHOPPING AT ALL.. Now how many people can still say that?

I want to be seen as a photoshop guru don't get me wrong. Not a prosumer who without the help of editing tools is nothing.

Anyway to the image and beyond I go.

I just don't know why, it does not jump up and bite me. It just comes across as okay, Maybe a monochrome of this shot wld have bitten me(Maybe).

Nice pose though, love the look.

Suby smile
  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Apr 2006, 14:50
Not sure about the lipstick, makes her look like a vampiress? Then again, that's quite kinky... wink
Nice potrait shot, the lighting is superb and you managed to capture the perfect skin tones.
Duane and I reckon that you should change your Name on Shutterchance to "Doku" for sometime......What ya think?

Suby is Lord Vader
  • Tuffer
  • Seattle, US
  • 13 Apr 2006, 21:06
I think the lighting is a little harsh for my taste, but that that's personal preference. I always want something different in a portrait becauset they can so easily be common and I think (and you could probably tell) that to compensate I really demand a lot from a portrait.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Apr 2006, 21:11
ur control of lighting continues to astound me. and also hw u manage skin tones. this is really nice. uhmmm.... just crossed my 5,000 pic on my camera. guess i still have ways to go before i get "there." i also like hw uv explained the lighting. u should do more of it.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Apr 2006, 22:44
hmmmmmmmmmmmm............... Mr Skee this is not striking me as other portraits. The full colour doesn't appeal to me. The lighting is very good as usual, pose and composition are good too
  • Janice
  • Toronto
  • 19 Apr 2006, 00:28
What a beautiful lady. So when you convert, you export to a TIFF file rather than a JPG? Does this give you more freedom to edit then in PS? I'm trying to remember the camera software that came with my 20D. I'm at work so can't check. Does DPP come with that? I think the one I am using with my Canon is EOS Image Viewer Utility or some kind of animal like that. But I do know that I just naturally have been converting to JPG and now I am thinking that is a no no until the final product.
  • "T" Model
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 May 2006, 16:08
Goodness, i didn't even know these were online. Thanks for making me look good Skee. I'm loving Janice from Toronto by the way.
Mr Skee: The pleasure was all mine smile. do you want some prints of this and the rest. I'll be doing some printing maybe next week, Just send me a forwarding addr.
Have a wonderful day...Skee!
  • "T" Model
  • United States
  • 30 May 2006, 16:38
Hiya Skee,

Thanks, I would love some prints A4 glossy if possible. I would like them for my book as a momento of my last modeling job.

Please send them to Toyin Ogunbiyi, LNR Partners UK, 34th Floor, 25 Canada Sq, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LB.

Thanks

T x
the upper lip has a smear of lipstick.
very strong x

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