Richard Martin Photography » Fine art Photographer and Photoshop Trainer.


Composite Portraiture

Ben recently came to my studio for a few pictures. He has the most amazing tattoos and I took a series of images using my usual three light technique and then put him into this background which I downloaded from deviant

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One of my favourite places is Glen Coe in Scotland. I have visited several times and can’t wait to return. Every time I go I can’t resist taking this scene of Black Rock Cottage. With the weather and light changing so often, every time I visit and retake the same scene I get something different to work with. Here I have used the textured overlay technique to give the drama and the painterly feel that I love.

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Afloat sculpture at BrightonI am really pleased that I have won another Gold Award in the SWPP Monthly Competition in the Landscape Category. It was for the picture ‘Solitude’ featured above, which I took on the seafront at Brighton. If you scroll through my blog posts you will find another Gold Award which was taken on the same day and is of the ruins of the old pier at Brighton. So, all in all a good days work!

The pictures were taken using my Nikon D700 with 24-70mm lens. Post production in Photoshop CS4 and is with layered textures in various blend modes. This image, ‘Solitude’ is displayed in block mount on my study wall, so it is even more thrilling to have it recognised by my peers.

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Lagangarbh Cottage at Glen Coe

I took this image some years ago and have just revisited the original RAW file. This was taken on a Nikon D300 which I have since sold, but the image quality is still excellent even when printed to a reasonable size such as 18×12 inch. This was the camera that I used when I won the SWPP Landscape Photographer of the Year Award and in fact I took the winning photograph on the same day that I took this one and it was taken just a short distance from here. All in all, that was a great day and I came away with a load of useable images. I have since returned to Glen Coe recently, but the weather was sunny and blue skies which is a disaster as far as my landscape photography technique goes. I need clouds and texture in the sky in order to add the colours and textures that I add in Photoshop. Sunny days are for sunbathing, lounging around the pool or beach – I need clouds for my photography!

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It’s certainly true that in an average day we see hundreds of images, but in these days of digital photography only a very small percentage of digital images actually make it into print. I must admit, I am as guilty as the next man as the attrition rate of my photography must be enormous. If I go out for a days landscape photography and take dozens of pictures, then only a few will be chosen to be worked on and get to a finished image. But of those that make it through, I like to honour them and print them!

Below is a snapshot of my latest print which was printed by Loxley Colour Labs in Scotland. This is one of their bevelled edge prints and I have to say that I am very impressed with the quality. I resized the original jpeg to the exact print dimensions using the very clever OnOne Perfect Resize software and sent it off to Loxley Colour. The finished print arrived today in some very impressive packaging and I set about hanging the image up in my study. It took a bit of head scratching trying to work out how these prints hang up, but I got there in the end!

Loxley Colour Wall Art

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