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24 February 2018

Beyond the Lens Action Collection


Originally launched in 2012 this Actions collection is still one of my best sellers! Selling to all corners of the world to professional photographers and to those just starting out.  I designed these Actions based on the needs of my workflow as a portrait, wedding and still life photographer.
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22 November 2016


MAKE IT WORTH WHILE  - For the love of beautifully processed photography. It's not always easy to find the right light, or even the right backdrop. Knowing how to process images to bring in more light, whilst enhancing colour and detail, is one of the first steps to feeling more confident in the skills needed to take work beyond what the camera can achieve. 

Overcast winter days can be difficult when the only natural light is heavy and atmospheric.  Just as brilliant sunny days can be overly contrasting. Adapting to various natural lighting conditions is one of the first struggles for many photographers. Professional processing skills can provide the answer and give that added confidence in knowing things can be 'fixed' later. 

I created Beyond the Lens Actions from the every-day steps I was taking in my own Photoshop processing.  Launched in 2012 Beyond the Lens Original Actions are still as popular as ever being used by both professional and creative photographers around the world. The collection is designed to give the user as many 'tools' as possible to create individual outcomes.  From bright to pastel, from sticking to soft and hazy... all in one beautifully tailored collection.  I'm now offering 50% off all purchases from my Beyond the Lens Actions and Texture Collections for Black Friday through to the new year. See website for full details. CLICK HERE

23 May 2016

Finding my balance....



FINDING MY BALANCE, when all around me is in a whirl.... Finding placement, inner structure, consideration and leading lines. A visual meditation of harmonies....  Recently I have started using Instagram as my main daily uploading social platform. It's been fun to get back into finding creatives and being inspired. The stretch that comes form uploading every day makes me push deeper into my creativity.  

31 December 2015

Welcome to the New Year


WELCOME TO THE NEW YEAR, FROM ENGLAND. My favourite kind of inspiration, from the freezing days ahead to the first signs of Spring to follow. As the ground renews herself and life bursts free from the frozen landscape it's the perfect time of year to pursue creative aspirations. These projects and plans will shape the coming year and lead you into the arms of summer. Happy New Year, Sarah x

29 April 2015

MY LOVE OF SPRING


MY LOVE OF SPRING, IN ALL HER PASTEL SHADES. Spring is such an amazing time of year. Slowly the ice and snow melt away, the air warms, followed by a burst of fresh renewed colour. From pastels to bright zingy new greens. Whether I'm photographing wild, home grown or florist sourced blooms, the principles I work to are the same. I'm often asked how I achieve such soft pastel tones and effects. It's really quite simple, but you have to be mindful of one or two things first. 

1) USING THE RIGHT LIGHT
I always use cool lighting, so whether I'm working outside or photographing from my kitchen table, I'll alway work in cool even light. This means no sunshine what so ever. Beware, even in shade the sun can bounce in colour casts of warm tones.  Warm tones not only effect your white balance but can add a 'tonal weight' to the quality of the light. I work only in north sourced light, naturally cooler, purer light, bright overcast days are perfect or first morning light for outdoor work. And I always use a white non shiny reflector to bounce light into my shadows. (But don't be tempted to go crazy with reflectors!  The desire to remove all shadowing can leave images looking flat and seriously unreal!

2) SELECTING THE RIGHT LENS
For floral, table-top-set-ups I rarely drop my aperture below f2. Anything lower and the blur becomes too much and the focal point too insignificant. However when working outside and my distance-to-subject increases then I tend to drop my f-stop down as low as f1.6. I use my 50mm f1.4 lens for nearly all my floral work, except macros, and then I switch to my 100mm lens. 


3) USING MID AF POINTS
To achieve soft images, with distinctive points of focal clarity, I must use specific AF points and always try to keep these central to the image composition as possible. This ensures both optimal focusing (that has to be spot on when working at such low apertures) plus central focusing naturally draws the eye into the images frame. I know I can always slightly crop an image later if I need to.

4) USING THE RIGHT ACTIONS TO FINISH 
Great capture always comes first, but that has to be followed with great processing. I use my own Actions to process my work, both the Original and Creative Action collections enable me to add tints, enhance colours, and softly brighten; but perhaps most importantly enable me to build on the pastel tones and hues in my original images.   I believe Actions should only be used to enhance what is there naturally within an image. So I always work harder on my image capture and let my Actions add the finishing touches my camera cannot achieve.  

I hope this blog post offers a little insight into how I work. I welcome comments especially if you have any additional questions?