Lomo Effect

A effect commonly used in the digital darkroom is that of lomography. This is an effect that emulates the results produced by the Russian Lomo camera, which typically gives saturated cross-processed images with a vignette. Other features can include light leaks and lens flare.


You can see the original photo by hovering your mouse over the image above.

You’ll often find Lomo filters in photo editing software, such as Picasa. It is also the basis of many Instagram images. The look is often thought of as retro.

The find our more about Lomography visit www.1stwebdesigner.com/inspiration/what-is-lomography.

Guitar Making Classes

A word I often like to use to describe my photography is “observational“. This can mean photographing people, their environment, and the things they surround themselves with, either personally or professionally. Yesterday was a good example of this kind of work, when I was invited to photograph Nick Blishen at his workshop in Hertford.

Nick is an accomplished guitar maker and lectures on the subject at London Metropolitan University. I was asked to provide some promotional shots for forthcoming classes in guitar making being offered by a local music retailer.

The setting I was given was ideal – informal and relaxed, with a handful of visitors taking an interest in the various stages of the craft. I was able to photograph Nick chatting and talking about his work, as well as focusing (quite literally) on some of the tools and work in progress. The workshop was also light and airy so there was no need any artificial lighting.

The shots were delivered to the client the next day after post-production editing.

Hot Headshots

Headshots are much in demand at the moment judging by the number of enquiries I’ve been getting recently. Most of these are from performers or business people wanting to update their profiles, either in print material or on websites.

My usual practice for such assignments is to visit the client’s home and set up my mobile studio, which takes around 20 minutes. We then spend around 10-30 minutes taking shots, depending on the client’s requirements. I usually recommend a plain shirt or top, often a neutral colour such as white, grey or black.

There’s typically little post-production work other than tweaking exposures and adding optional vignettes (some clients like them, others don’t). Some clients ask for slight blemishes to be removed whilst others are happy with the natural look. If the work is straightforward and a two minute tweak then I’m happy to do this without any extra charge.

Prices start at £30 and you’ll probably need to set aside no more than an hour. To find out more visit the Portrait Photography & Headshots page on my website.