St3v3M wrote:Hey Graham,
Welcome to a new beginning with old friends. I'm sure more will follow!
And without giving away too much of the magic can you offer a basic primer to how you take and process your images? They're amazing, always amazing!
Thank you again and know you have a home here! S-
How do I take my images? I have three ways of operating "on the street". Full candid where the subject is unaware that they are being photographed. For this there has to be something interesting in the way the person looks or perhaps the way they are dressed, something to grab the attention such as strong patterns or shadows Random pictures of random people seldom work well.
My second method is "reaction" shots where I catch my subjects immediate reaction to me taking their picture.
My third way is to chat with the subject for a while and then ask if they would mind if I took their picture, this how I took these pictures of Simon.
Taking someones picture on the street is quite a personal thing, almost intimate, so using a telephoto lens to
"snipe" from a distance doesn't sit comfortably with me.
I like to keep processing simple, the original exposure needs to be close to correct, although digital does give you lots of lovely latitude. Then it's very much trying to release your vision for the picture, I will say that I think it is important to have a vision before you trip the shutter and to try to see that vision through to the end product.
For the actual processing of B&W I will use whatever method experience has taught me will give the best results for that particular image and it's vision. I could do all of the work in Lightroom or use the channel mixer in PS but I don't think you can go far wrong with Silver Efex Pro either using the sliders alone or using a pre-set as a starting point.
I study lots of good monochrome images until I get fixed in my mind what makes a good monochrome and then try to acheive that look in my own work.