Enhancing My Photographic Documentary Aims .


Go to archives for research on my projects , find Something that stands out in my practice . I enjoy photoshop its as if I am painting which is what I also love . I am particularly attracted to documentary and the uncanny . A few of my inspiring photographers are   Giacomo brunelli , Bresson , Bruce gilden and Klein .

The idea and the message matters the most . I want my work up on people’s walls and Making a difference . I want to find something totally unique and original that changes society for the better . A unique vision . The ultimate message . Creating beauty from an underlining underbelly of social failure ?


  • Find a new reason for photography . A new way to again validate people’s trust in the image . People have lost trust due to modern technology .


  • To be acknowledged as a great photographer


I love the aesthetic values , deep layes of metaphor and metonymic language in an image the more the better . I like and enjoy creativity and get satisfaction from the end result of making new things .

Where can I gain a foothold in the industry .

First solution responses

Synthesise new knowledge and look for the unknown in my passions , as this is not a hindrance but a joy to do so . What lies beyond this . Enhance my visual vocabulary . Start thinking differently as a scientist or even a mathematician . Equate and experiment withy my practice through these experiments I’m going to find something I did not know . Stand back and look at my surroundings to find exactly what it’s all about .

Making Job Opportunitys .



A cv is a transaction of entering the industry . You need it when developing your sustainable practice .

What do employers want

I am looking to be self employed . My personal brand is what people say about you when your not in the room .


I need to demonstrate in my cv that I can do the job successfully . Show my passion and that I will love the job an employer will then know I will work hard and trust in me . Demonstrate that I will love it by showing my love for photography and all my projects etc in the cv . Show I Can be worked with and what am I bringing to the company , show the employer how if they don’t hire they will be making a mistake .

At the top we have the heading which is my personal details . I put my name , Professional email and mobile number together with links to my work .

My professional profile is a short punchy and positive statement . To ensure the employer or client gets a feel for the role and area of practice I am interested . It should also encourage them To read on . Avoid overblown unsupported superlatives eg like incredibly experienced . Demonstrate by the things I have how brilliant I am and where I am going in this world .

The best example is …A Ba Hons Photography student studying at Blackpool and the Fylde college . I am seeking work experience . My interest is blah blah …….aspects of photography . And working in blah blah . My final dissertation was on and deepened my knowledge and love of photography . I feel there is … and I can do this for photography .

The 4 A ‘ s

  • Activity set the scene
  • Aim what did you set out to achieve
  • Action what did you do to achieve this task
  • Achievement what was your outcome , good or bad .


Then after my personal statement I include my personal qualifications and Professional training . Do reverse chronological order concentrating on quals  and Proffessional training . Summarise GCSEs , Proffessional experience and individual or team projects , exhibitions , competitions , scholarships , study tours , proffessional development , publications , collaborations , zeens books etc . Also include a link to my personal website with a teaser . Creatives deal with the unknown so reflect this .




The Boat Man


For just one coin …

He will take your hand
and row across the black abyss.
Hell sweep you to his threshold,
into purgatory where you can’t possibly exist .

Basic Raw Skills

This is one of the basic procedures I use when processing my raw files . Every single image I process is done uniquely in camera and post according to how i feel and my concept at the time . First you should open your new raw file in photoshop . I prefer to change to my own taste in raw all by eye instead of using auto which i only use when rushing ( oops ) , or to keep consistency in a batch .


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Temp Lowered to 5200 because it looked too warm .

I lowered clarity a touch and increased the sharpness a touch . The most effective way is to increase Sharpness slightly and the radius to 1.7 which is the most efficient , at the same time that you decrease Clarity. This helps retain realistic looking texture in the skin and avoids a false look .

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Slightly increase dehaze ,

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 also lower the contrast and open the shadows a touch .

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Duplicate layer ( Always rename your layers e.g. this one is multiply etc to avoid confusion and make clear your intentions ) multiply with opacity usually pleasing to the eye it happily sits between 30 and 50 per cent  . Black and white adjustment layer and a curves adjustment layer  Press auto on these and adjust from auto to your own preference and as with all the tools at our disposal manipulate them to agree to our preferred concepts and enhance the refrain if you can make a link or gain further knowledge for yourself and others by doing so .

Flatten image .

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Duplicate layer . Convert to smart object , filter > smart sharpen , zoom in on the eyes usually 200 %  start at zero percent motion blur and increase slowly by eye to the preferential quality of sharpness ( Not too much not too little …. Just perfect ) .

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Turn off the smart filter go to channels drag the red channel to create a copy then press command invert and drag to load channel as selection . Press command invert and drag red copy to load channel selection then press select RGB and return to layers . Turn the smart filter on and add filter mask to selection .

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Duplicate layer name it heal or blemish as I do . Alter brush size to the smallest possible and  zoom into desired area spot healing away any unwanted blemishes e.g. spots or freckles . Another good way to improve the look of your models skin is by using frequency separation retouching .The principle of Frequency Separation Retouching relies on the differences between the two concepts: High frequency images are detailed, and sharp, and low frequency images are blurred, soft and contain only the tones of the image… no skin detail .Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 09.46.52.png

Also stray hairs or unwanted unsightly eye drawers , as i call them ,that distract your attention from the subject , or just generally make the image feel or look untidy .

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Next create a soft light 50% grey layer . Cmd Shift and N selecting soft light in the drop down menu and ticking the  50% grey box . This is to dodge and burn ) Light and shadow ) the image as required e.g. the eyes ( Highlights ) or creating greater textured effects in the skin ( Wrinkles ) if desired depending on your final notions or results .

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Select to appropriate size brush for the chosen area , I like to go small brush and detailed to create a better effect it takes more time but is worth it. Also keep the exposure between 10 and 30 % for small incremental subtle changes . Whilst your dodge/burn alter the brush size using tab ( Mac ) . In a good portrait one of the areas I concentrate the Dodge and burn in are around the eyes , eyelash etc always going for a realistic but enhancing effect . Use this procedure in th same way on any other areas you feel require attention .

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Next I use a noise reducing and ( premade action ) light enhancing layer or you can also increase grain depending on the final outcome your again desire .

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I also neutralise the whites and correct any obvious or unwanted colour casts to achieve what is the most optically realistic image according to my eye . Use the opacity and fill layers levels to constantly experiment with each layer always looking for perfection or a better look .

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Homeless after serving his country . Colins first port of call was to help others whilst getting himself back on his feet .


Heart Of Gold


Colin Big Issue

The Big Issue ?



Addicted to telling stories .

Even when I’m asleep my brain tells me stories .

Today i got speaking to a drug addict who looked desperate . I find it a shame that people reach these unfortunate states in there lifes due to aspects such as drug abuse in our society that seem so easy to … or should in theory be more simple to solve in our contemporary society . But for which reasons most of us could not even fathom this way of life seems to continue if not even thrive in modern culture . It seems as if money per greed and hyman selfishness allow it to continue for factors deemed more important such as social strata , individual pleasure or if just gets too much for some .

Its similair to a crutch for our deepest nightmares .

This shot was taken whilst on another recce acquiring more material for my new project .

Ive been up since the early hours but its all been worth it as I have had one of those great days where i have accumulated some great material that I’m very satisfied with .  Time now for a cup of kigomo expresso whilst I make a start on a book review with my eyes half shut .

I am also very pleased to have been noticed by American Suburb X . Many Thanks ASX .

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I will add more details to this post tomorrow .

Fingered At The Dinmore


I won’t spoil it for you but Ill let you make your own mind up on this one . Insult or re-living a sex act from the past ? Taken whilst on a preliminary recce for a new project documenting a council estate in Blackpool . This is the local pub ” The Dinmore ” with a local resident walking past it on Dinmore Ave . The pub has been closed down for 3 years and even when it was shut down they still , unfortunately , found dead bodies on the premises . Stories galore of which I intend to seek the best .