Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park

I had a lovely afternoon strolling round Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Park – Ripon

Will definitely return this summer when the trees have bloomed and I bet the colours in the Autumn are AMAZING








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Dust And Dance

As part of one of my modules, I shot a series of images in the studio using talc.

My series of images are very much from a personal basis as they feature my oldest daughter who is a pole fitness instructor.  I wanted to capture the movement of flexibility of the human body as well as remove the stigma and reputation that come with being a ‘’Pole Dancer’’ this being very dated that most Pole Dancers are strippers. My first shoot with my daughter where actually featuring her on her pole. Whilst these images were impressive (as featured in my book) they didn’t really reflect the fluidity of dance and movement, which was my inspiration for my exhibition. After some research I came across some images that inspired me to create a series of images titled Dust & Dance.

 I currently have an exhibition of these images at Dean Clough Mills Halifax 09th May – 24th May 2015

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Painting With Light – Workshop – Photoshop

One of my workshops for EDM (Exploring Digital Media) was to explore working with layers and Painting with Light in Photoshop.

We did this by photographing a Motorbike in the studio using various lighting angels and keeping the camera in a fixed position.

Then in Photoshop the images were edited by layering the images and painting in from each image (layer) the parts that were correctly exposed.

This process is used because it is very difficult to get the correct lighting in just one shot.

This technique is used widely in Car Advertising.


This is my edit of Motorbike in the studio processed in Photoshop.

Started with my base image.

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And used the other images to paint in using the brush tool and

layer mask the different parts of the bike.

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Added a Texture and Reflection


Creating my Aurasma Project

So after lots of research on Augment Apps I decided to use the Aurasma App.

This app will allow me to create my short video and design a Poster & Leaflet for the Market of Batley School Of Art.

First I shot my videos of Tutors and Students from the college.

After I had shot my videos I start to create my ”Trigger Images”

These are image that you scan with Aurasma App to link the image to the Video.



I then went about creating my leaflet in photoshop I had saved my images 5 inch square as I knew these were going to be the dimensions for my leaflet.

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I then went on to design my poster in Photoshop. I knew the images were 5×5 so I created the grid lines to help with the layout.



Once my designs were in place I then went on to create Apps in Aurasma.

I uploaded the trigger images first.


Once the trigger image is uploaded you then attach your video.


Once your video is uploaded you are then ready to ”PUBLISH”

It is that simple.






How to add Metadata in Light Room 3.6

All of our images have a general genre of metadata on them such as exposure, time and date, file name. We can also add our own metadata such as copyright information and add keywords to categorise the image. We would do this before we imported the images to develop.

Once you have selected you images to import, you then click into the ”Apply During Import” tab on the right hand side panel. You would the click into ”Develop Settings” and click in ”New” This will open another window on your screen called ”New Metadata Present”. In this panel you can add you name and copyright you image by adding your information inti the box called IPTC Copyright. Once you have done this you click ”Create” in the bottom right corner.


Once you have done this you can then add more metadata in the form of keywords. To do this you go into the same panel ”Apply During Import” and go to the box labelled Keyword. For instance I have added the artists name whom I based my images on, Pieter Claesz  and still life, this gives my images a unique name embedded in the metadata. Adding this information being importing your images enables you to copyright your image as well as add more data to enable an easier search of your image should you have vast amount of image files.


Once you have added your copyright and Keywords you are then ready to import your images to develop.