Isolating at home has been difficult for so many, including me. As a photographer, my passion is getting out and shooting models/fashion and content for brands and companies so being confined at home is like tying my hands behind my back.
But now is not the time to wallow in the struggle of it all. I have set up a studio at home, and shooting for local Australian Brands encouraging people to “BUY LOCAL” with creative images from innovative companies. At the same time, I’m perfecting my photography skills, I’m learning new skills about lighting, styling and being creative in a confined, limited space.
Times are tough, and for some, it’s just too much, but if you can, try and find a positive. Anything. Learn to cook something new, spend time with family or help others. It’s a great way of coping and keeping yourself happy in these difficult times.
Stay safe everyone and if you want any more information of shooting from your own home studio, or need images, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are samples of images created at home in my makeshift studio.
A very common question from clients to photographers is “Can I have the RAW Images from a shoot”. The answer will mostly be “no” and here’s why in simple terms.
A RAW file is a format that most professional photographers shoot in as it gives more editing capability. Basically it is the unprocessed data of the image information from camera, without processing and compressing. It allows the Photographer to be able to correct slight flaws in the image such as exposure, texture, contrast, colour etc without diminishing the quality of the image. Usually when a photographer shoots an image, they already have in their mind the editing that will take place in Photoshop post shoot. For this reason, to an inexperienced eye, a Raw image may look less attractive. Raw format images need to be converted to JPEG and other image formats prior to printing and sharing as these formats are more convenient and user friendly, plus the fact that many devices to not have the capability to read a RAW file without specific software. The quality of a JPEG file generated from RAW format is much better than the one directly shot in JPEG. Generally Photographers do not share their RAW images. It would be like asking an artist to give away an unfinished piece of work.
In any case, you can edit the JPEG files, but just be aware it is not going to be as good as an edit on the RAW so I suggest if there is something specific, you are better off going back to the photographer and asking them to complete the edit for you. I would’t recommend converting the Jpeg images back to photoshop images as they have already been compressed, so you cannot “uncompress”.
Following are some examples of the RAW image straight out of the camera on the left, with the edited image on the right. Obviously, a photographer will try and get as much “right” in camera, but there are always slight tweaks that you can make to further improve an image to your liking post shoot in Photoshop or Lightroom
The first image is an indoor studio shoot.
The following image was shot about 30 minutes prior to sunset at the beach with soft, low light.
Finally, a much faster edit is landscape photography, but as you will see in the following example, the differences are a lot more dramatic. I have overdone the edit on the colour balance in the sky just to demonstrate the difference that it can make. At the end of the day, it is the personal preference of the photographer as to what temperature to set the colour and how far to push the edit. This is also another reason that a Photographer will not share their RAW images. The edit styles on an image can be quite varying and dramatic, depending on the Photographer’s personal style. Therefore, if a Photographer shares their RAW image and it is edited in a way that does not reflect the Photographers brand, it can be damaging to the Photographer as the image is still technically theirs.
I am often asked my favourite style of photography, and it’s a hard questions, because I love taking photos of anything, anywhere. Capturing a moment in time through my eyes and my perception. It gives me a little thrill!
However, if you look at my social media, where the pics are more what I like to photograph, rather than what I am paid to photograph, I tend to favour reflection type shots. Ok, I’ll admit, I am a self obsessed reflection junkie. And judging by the reaction when I post one, many other people are too.
You may think that they are difficult, but honestly, it’s not rocket science. But there are a few tips and tricks.
It’s all about the light the winds – and if you are shooting for a water reflection at the beach, it’s also about the tides.
Firstly, the light. The best reflection shot is in low light and usually with a bit of cloud around to add to the reflection, but as you can see from my examples, it’s not imperative.
The weather must be calm. You are never going to get a good reflection shot in strong winds. Basically, the reflection is in the water, and so the water must be calm, which means the wind must be calm to allow this – simple right. Get a good app and check the conditions before you head out.
If you’re shooting at the beach, you want the refection from the the water in the sand. This is best on an incoming tide where you will get the water streaming up the beach and leaving a nice glossy reflection in the sand for a few seconds as it recedes back.
Once you have your perfect shot you’re happy with, there’s a couple of editing tips for reflections too. Firstly, play with the highlights. I usually bring them down a fair way. And the new texture tool on Lightroom will give you good detail in your shot, just don’t push it too far. I sometimes pull the clarity down just a touch to offset the texture so it’s a softer image, but have a play and see what you think.
Finally, be prepared that you may not get your shot the first time. I post a pic and its easy to think I just dashed out, took a quick snap and presto, its a perfect reflection. Sometimes it will take me 5, 10 even 20 trips out to get the shot (and more importantly the conditions) right so don’t give up, it’s definitely worth it once you nail that perfect reflection shot.
For more ideas, go to either my Instagram or Facebook pages @Jules Ingall and of course, as always feel free to comment or DM me with any questions at all.
When I travel somewhere new, I do always want to shoot my first impression images – what stands out and “gets” me in new surroundings. But saying that, I also don’t want to miss out on anything so I do my research prior to visiting. And that’s what I’m sharing here with you. This was my first visit to Lithuania and wow, I was totally blow away. From the history, to the gorgeous laneways to the old town. It’s incredible. If you’re going for the first time, these are some of the places that I would suggest you don’t miss out. Oh and a little tip, the “old town” is not too large to be seen on foot, where you see the best of hidden laneways, derelict buildings and hidden gems.
Start in the Town Square, day or night there’s lots of activity and beautiful buildings
The Vilnius University has a great old chapel as well as beautiful buildings and corridors to explore
The laneways of Vilnius are some of my favourite in the whole Baltic region. Lots of colourful old doors, cobble stone streets and interesting windows.
There are actually 40 churches in the old town of Vilnius. What is interesting though is, as you visit them, they are more of a tourist attraction than a place of worship so don’t worry if you’re not religious. A guide is always a good idea as there are some really interesting historical stories
Vilnius Library founded in 1570 it is the oldest library in the Baltic States with with over 5 million documents. Relocated to a modern new building in 2013 which is well worth the wander through
Cant miss the bohemian district of Uzupis – just outside the Old Town. They have their own tongue in cheek “constitution” and if you can talk with the locals, a great historical story.
Trakai is a famous town about 20 minutes drive from Vilnius with the legendary Trakai Castle, originally built in 1408 and then rebuilt in the 20thcentury. It’s a weekend escape for Vilnius locals with plenty of lakes for locals to swim in. Also great local Kibinai traditional foods to try at local eating houses.
If you’re on a driving tour of Lithuania, the resort town of Anykscia is recommend on a lot of tourist websites. To be honest, I could take it or leave it. It was a nice relaxing rest after all the walking and tourist activities of the few days before, so I’ll leave it up to you. There is the Laju Takas park with tree top walk.
We stayed at the Spa Vilnius Anyksciai which did have a lovely day spa, indoor pool and plenty of forest area to relax and explore around it.
It’s the new trend. We are all travelling more and with this, comes sharing our adventures on Social Media. Often, a great “Instagramable” location can determine our destination choice. In fact, many people travel to a location purely with the aim of getting that perfect “Instagram shot”.
With the explosion of social media and the continuing improvement of smart phones, everyone is becoming better and fussier at taking good pictures. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get a hero shot anymore.
This is something I have been wanting to do for some time. Lets call it a little experiment. I took a similar shot firstly on my I-phone, as is, then on my camera, as is, and finally the camera version edited in Lightroom to compare the results.