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Sleeklens Review

Sleeklens review

When Jane of Sleeklens.com approached me to do a review of the ‘Strike a Pose’ workflow I was thrilled as I am always on the lookout for innovative new techniques and filter sets.  I was particularly keen to trial this set due to it having brush presets to give added control and an extra dimension to my work. I was kindly sent the workflow for Lightroom. I installed the product which was very easy as it came with an instillation download and a pdf guide showing what could be attained using the set. The product was ready to go but unfortunately I wasn’t due to my travel and stock imagery commitments, however, I thought it was worth waiting to trial it with some new travel photography images on my return. I know it seems like the product is set to be a go to portrait workflow set, but I wanted to see what my imagery from far flung places would look like with the filters applied. Well I can tell you I was delighted with the results from the all in one sets applied to my Cuba images…great results with very little correction needed if at all.

My particular favourites are Catch Me If You Can, see examples below, I really love the colour rendering and warmth!

I really like the results from Deep Portrait, I had to pull the black sliders out a little but that was no real problem…results below – it really made my sunset pop!!

A couple more I like were Duo for the monochrome look and Kaleidoscope which gave a slightly HDR feel

Cool Portrait was pretty cool!!! It certainly brought out the interior architectural details of this low lit staircase…included is a before and after

And finally for the travel shots my overall favourite…drum roll… the winner is…Edgy Radiance. Again a before and after shot it really added to the overall atmosphere of the place.

Overall I thought the ‘Strike a Pose’ workflow really worked well with travel photographs and the options to get the look you need are endless.

I suppose with the set being called Strike a Pose I ought at least try one portrait…here goes!

A before and after, I started with the All In One filter Crisp Dawn, again this was a brilliant starting point, I then went on to use the brushes, the define hair was used which was great for lifting the shot, I also used enhance eyes, rosy lips (just a touch) and lightly reduced the shadows under the eyes, I also brightened the eyes. There are so many options to go at, but you have to stop somewhere.

In conclusion Sleeklens Strike a Pose was a fantastic workflow, I have now fully integrated the sets into my daily editing routine.  Would I recommend it, of course I would! Please check out Sleeklens.com

Here is also a link to purchase any of the workflow in their range.

https://sleeklens.com/product/strike-a-pose-portrait-workflow/

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Leica Q

What a real pleasure it was to trial the Leica Q camera on a recent visit to Cuba. I tried it under various weather conditions and at the extremities of the day to see how it performed.  I was pleasantly surprised with the auto focus at night it was fast and accurate, I also liked the low noise it produced too. The camera worked well for me on the streets allowing me to be unobserved in the main during my work with this camera, it really is a great bit of kit for travel photography. Below are a few images under different lighting and weather conditions.

I really did not want to give this camera back!

 

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Top 5% in Stockimo!

I have just received great news that for the second time I am in the top 5% of trending photographers at Stockimo, leading suppliers of creative iPhoneography images.  I will have to work hard to maintain the ranking.

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International Award

SELF-employed photographer Paul Bucknall proved he was in the frame when he snapped up an international award for Street Photographer Of The Year. After being shortlisted for his photo entry, he attended the Societies Photographer Of The Year 2015 awards, held at The Hilton Metropole in London. The January event was held at Europe’s largest photographic convention – a gathering of the who’s who in the photographic industry.
The awards night celebrates the success of photographers from around the world and more than 500 people attended the prestigious ceremony to see who would be recognised for creativity, innovation and effectiveness for their photographic skill. It was also to celebrate excellence within the photographic trade.
“It’s good, it’s a big event. I was on a table of ten. I went down with my uncle who gave me support. When my name  was read out, he jumped up and hugged me. I was ecstatic! I last won four years ago. I thought it would be really great if I would win again but only in my wildest dreams, as you are up against the world’s leading photographers.   I was surprised.”
Paul triumphed in the Societies Street Photographer Of The Year 2015 for his image which was taken in Trinidad,  a town in central Cuba, on the Caribbean coast. The award-winning image was described as “quirky” by the judges.
Taken one morning, off the beaten track, Paul stumbled across the couple and was amused. “I just saw them come into view, I really liked the composition, with him being so tall, she looked like she was in charge – he knew his place,” joked Paul.
For the image, he was presented with a certificate, glass globe and a voucher to attend a course at the renowned Nikon photography training school.
The keen photographer has been nominated nine times in the past five years at the award ceremony. In 2011, he won Environmental Portrait Photographer and Open Photographer Of The Year and came 3rd overall as Photographer of the Year. For the last five years, Paul has been taking photographs for Arcangel – an image library which specialises in licensing highly creative, commercially relevant images worldwide.
Paul’s images are used widely for book covers and career highlights include a French version of The Green Mile by Stephen King and images for the cover of Born Survivors – a story based on Auschwitz by author Wendy Holden.
“I have been doing photography all my life. I first picked up a camera when I was about 14 or 15 and I have never put a camera down since. I started on cruise liners, travelling the world, I loved it! I’m a stock photographer and book cover imagery is a satisfying addition to my workload. I love doing the book cover work, it’s quite rewarding. It’s nice to see an image I’ve taken on a cover sitting on the shelf in a book shop.”
His passion for photography has already taken him to around 70 countries, including Iceland, Indonesia, Borneo, Mexico, Columbia, China, Philippines and India.
He added: “I have been quite fortunate. I take speculative trips here, there and everywhere – all around the world! I like to travel to different countries where I can get to meet the local people and immerse myself into their culture. I tend to use local models whenever possible for shoots. I really enjoyed Georgia on a recent trip, that was an interesting place. I like melting into the background and just observing – taking documentary and observational-style pictures. Eventually I would like to take small groups of people on street photography location courses alongside adding to my own stock portfolios.  I also enjoy photographing horses and owners on paid commissions, I love equine portrait photography. It’s so rewarding. However my true passion is travel photography.”

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Polish book covers

We were delighted to see some of our latest book cover images used on these recently published books from Poland courtesy of Arcangel Images.   We loved seeing the decaying bus on a John Steinbeck novel.

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Street Photographer of the Year 2015

The Societies Photographer of the Year 2015 awards were held at The Hilton Metropole, London on Saturday 23rd January 2016.  The event is Europe’s largest Photographic convention which is a gathering of the who’s who in the photographic industry.

The Awards Night celebrates the success of photographers from around the world. Over 500 people attended this prestigious awards night to see who would be recognised for creativity, innovation and effectiveness for their photographic skill and to celebrate excellence within the photographic trade.

I was pleased to be awarded The Societies Street Photographer of the Year 2015 and to be presented with a certificate, glass globe and a voucher for the renowned Nikon photography training school as part of my prize.

 

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I have been nominated 9 times in the past five years at the award ceremony held in London; I won Environmental Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011, Open Photographer of the Year 2011 and came overall third place as Photographer of the Year in 2011.

The  award winning image was described as quirky by the judges.

The image was taken in Trinidad, Cuba, Caribbean.

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Brandenburger Tor

Through this summer I was approached by Curart, a gallery in Berlin, to provide an image that I took of the Brandenburger Tor for an exhibition that they were co hosting with Westwing.  I had a fantastic time when I visited Berlin and I was delighted when this image was requested to be used during their exhibit.

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Photocrowd

I have joined Photocrowd to give my travel and non commissioned work more exposure.  I love the feel of the site and it keeps my travel images together in one block that can be easily viewed – follow the link here

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Iphoneography images

Here are a selection of iPhone images from one of our latest hacks out into the countryside.  I am really pleased with the results – hard to believe they are taken on my phone!

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Stephen King Book Cover

What an honour to have a Stephen King book cover in France for the novel the Green Mile!

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