January 28, 2015

More - Be Still

Be Still - V3. David Hayes, 2015

As I mentioned in Monday's post, I have started Kim Klassen's "Be Still 52" workshop. Our first photographic assignment involved working with negative space and the rule of 3's. I set up a simple still life using a glass vase, three antique silver knives, and a canvas cloth. 

In Monday's post I showed you what I did using my iPhone6 camera app and two different apps. I also shot this set-up using my Nikon D90 DSLR camera and then applied a Lightroom preset that Kim provided us in the lesson as well as a texture that was applied using Photoshop CC. The results of this can be seen above. 

I'm looking forward to doing all the lessons in Kim's workshop in this manner...shooting with both my iPhone6 and my Nikon followed by editing using my apps as well as Lightroom and Photoshop. Perhaps...even a bit of cross platform work as well! Could be interesting...

January 26, 2015

Be Still

BeStill 2a. David Hayes, 2015

I'm not one to have the patience or the staying power to take on-line workshops...I usually drop out mid-way from neglect or boredom. I'm hoping to change that with the workshop I have just started, "BeStill52" run by Kim Klassen. My reasoning is to sharpen my still-life photo skills and at the same time getting back to using Adobe LightRoom and Photoshop, both have sat dormant on my desktop for any number of years. So we'll see what happens!

Our first challenge didn't involve any actual photography, just some set-up activities and the like. So far so good. The second challenge has us working with a very simple set-up and exploring the use of negative space in our images using the Rule of Thirds and a 5:4 ratio. 

For the image above, "BeStill 2a", I applied these concepts shooting with my iPhone6 native camera app. I then used the app Handy Photo to remove blemishes and the app VSCO to apply a filter much like what Kim uses in Lightroom and then in Photoshop.

BeStill 2b., David Hayes, 2015.

In this version "BeStill 2b", I used the same source image and used several filters from the app Stackables to give it more of a grunge look...and something more to my style!

I also shot this set-up using my Nikon D90 DSLR but haven't had the opportunity to work with those images. My plan is to download them into Lightroom and then apply the LR preset and PS filter Kim used in her demo. Hopefully I will have that for you to see very soon.

January 2, 2015


Stillness. David Hayes, 2015.

To be still.