#NotJustHolidaySnaps

I’m a firm believer in not telling people your plans but showing them your results but this one needs some forward planning and I’m too excited! Me and my other half are going to try out some light travelling this summer, by light travelling I mean as much as we can get by on our budget, Lisbon or Florence or the Greek Islands? We’re not quite sure, we have inspiration and lots of books. And my camera needs some colour. 

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Self portrait shoot

I was feeling inspired earlier, partly by the wonderful new pale blonde wig i bought, and ive set up a little daylight studio in the bedroom so i had a mini self portrait shoot.

used a 50mm 1.2 lens, daylight mimic bulbs, i used the awesome app that connects my phone to my camera to get it just right too.

I found this awesome artist too who inspired me to do something like these again, more test shoots with self portraits to come before my proper shoot on the 30th with my lovely model friend Emily

More on IG @_perfectlycandid

 

Watch this space! 🙂

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The Imaginarium

I discovered the rabbit hole and enjoyed the fall.

The Imaginarium – York

I stumbled across something shiny through the window and wondered into this beautifully quirky shop. The first thing i noticed was the wonderfully mysterious music playing, complimenting each magically unusual item. It made me want to stay and take photos in there all day!

They have everything you love, if you love quite gothic, delicate and fantasy like designs. Decorate your home, find cute & quirky gifts and discover items made by amazingly talented  local designers and artists such as the stunning map cotton tea towels made by Jane Revitt.

This little shop is everything i love about little towns like York, i love discovering little treasures, and this is certainly a treasure! Have a look through the photographs below and make sure you visit their website!

I will definitely be returning with my camera and my purse!

The Imaginarium – site

The Imaginarium – fb

 

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catching up

I’ve been so busy ive hardly had time to catch my breath, with my illness getting worse im finding it hard to stick to things i originally wanted – but my blog wont suffer, i promised myself.

Ive graduated from uni,well, not officially, the ceremony is on the 14th, im excited but also want to have it over with. I wish my attitude was different but being utterly skint has become the norm and i want that to change asap! I have a promising job interview in the next or so 🙂 we shall see.

Ive been vamping up my site, im using it as an extension to my CV, its: http://www.alicecatherinephotography.com and its the only thing thats consistent in my life at the moment.

I  have a referral to see a rheumatologist (should probably learn how to spell that) and he/she  is going to give me a firmer diagnosis, im pretty excited about it to be honest, finally get some secure help and proper advice – you know a nurse told me to ‘have a bath‘ instead of prescribing me the pain meds i desperately need? a fucking bath? 

any way, with all the stress of moving out of my student house -(FYI, SO happy to no longer be a student, not happy to miss out on all the discount, but oh am i glad) cancelling bills, paying surprise fee’s, you know – grown up stuff. I suddenly remember that all the worries can temporarily go away while my camera is in my hand.

to whoever is reading (hi, and thankyou) but remember theres more interesting stuff on its way, reasons:

  1. i recently discovered Lush = hauls, reviews & photos of me smelling stuff
  2. i started an online shop to sell prints so ill be shamelessly plugging my work via wordpress
  3. alot of stuff is happening in my adult life, ill be complaining or celebrating, either way, itl be entertaining.

alice x

a pin-up girl inspired shoot complete with 50’s glasses

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For the complete photo set, click here – Divine Distortion Photography

New video up next week, here – Divine Distortion Channel, showing behind the scenes exclusives & bloopers! I will also be talking about a bit retouching etc.

🙂

Being both a model & a photographer.

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Since ive been studying photography.. seven years to be precise, ive delved into a bit of modelling, its a confidence boost and its nice to be at the opposite end of the camera! I think it gives me an edge on other photographers because I can relate to models very well, and because I have some makeup & hair experience as I do my own I don’t need to hire a MUA! 🙂 perfect. Anyway, I have a few more shoots before I return to university. Its so much fun :3

Especially when I get to work with awesome photographers who make me look like this..

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Post production software – photoshop alternatives

Is Photoshop the limit?
So, ive been spending some quality time with my laptop. evil laugh Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 5, to be precise, but ive also been pondering the idea, is there anything better/more user friendly than the big 3 (photoshop, lightroom and capture one) ive been using the brand new program from OnOne software – Perfect Photo Suite 9,it is just as powerful, more user friendly and leaves extra room for customisation, if youre one for creating your own filters/presets. it has qualities of both photoshop and lightroom. Recently ive been creating a new watermark and this program has helped massivley with that.Untitled2

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the program opens up in the browse section of this page, it is just like lightroom, however, without the catalogue feature, so i havent included that screen shot. In this section, Layers, you can add layers before going on the edit it, the top bar is like the path to editing before it gives you the option to upload the edited product to the web via a number of platforms.  this first window is basic and helps with organising your photos.  you can use the brush tools, basic editing such as removing red eye, blemish removal, cropping, etc.

From here you move onto the Enhance page.

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Untitled3the next page you find is the portrait section which lets you edit portraits only, it detects the faces in the image automatically, however this can be done manually, obviously it wont edit if a face cannot be detected therefore this section is just for portraits. Skin smoothing is just the first basic, you can edit the eyes in detail, the mouth and the skin tone and hair. its brilliant!

the next section is the best!

Untitled4all the filters and presets you could ever need in life. borders, textures, all customizable and you can stack the layers and play with everything! its brilliant. the Matte filters are especially beautiful.

Untitled6this section is just for black and white images. You can find all types of colour casts and tones of black and white effects. Perfect if youve taken a black and white image and need to add some extra punch or if you want to desaturate a colour image. You can play around with tone, clarity and borders.

Untitled7the final step is an indetail and simple to use image sizing page. This is perfect if the image size feature in photoshop confuses you slightly like it confuses me! ive never been great with numbers.

All in all, if youre needing to use the pen tool, stick with photoshop, indepth and fine tuning – photoshop will always be the best. This perfect photo suite 9 is brilliant, though, for adding your personal touch to your images. I adore it. and on the OnOne Software website they have freebies including filters and presets for use in Camera Raw, they basically put all the most popular filters together in one easy to use drop box and you can add them to your images before opening into photoshop.

Photo editors – enjoy!