Art, Fine Art Photography, Fine Art Portraits, Photography

Emotion Coming Through

On Saturday when I taught my class I got some many fantastic photos of my model and so I have prepared two more for you today.

LeanneCole-thea-20131116-1449I do love this table, it is quite amazing.  I also love this pose, though I do wish her eyes were different.  I love the feeling of the image, is she just lying there because she is feeling depressed, or is there more too it.  I did tell her to pretend she was dead, as though she had been poisoned.  I think the image could convey many things.

I know a few people have asked me how I edit my images.   I don’t want to do a tutorial on it, but I am looking into software that I could do a screencast of it and then make it go faster for you, so you don’t see everything, but you get an idea of how one of my images comes together.  I don’t know much about this kind of software, but if I find out I might try it.  Though would prefer it to be free, so if anyone knows anything about software, screencasts for Windows, I’m all ears.

LeanneCole-thea-20131116-1561I was trying something different with this image.  I told her to pretend she was terrified sitting in the corner, and then I worked on making the image darker.  I wanted to convey a scared girl trying to hid in the corner at night.  The original image was so white, so it took a bit of effort to get it like this. I am not sure the scared part really came out.

I am really happy with where my images are going.  I do feel like I am growing as an artist and the work feels more like my own, rather than me imitating what others have done.

The weather has been horrible here, but we are finally seeing some better weather.  I really want to get out and some preparing images for the compositing, so this week looks like the first time I can do that.  So fingers crossed it holds and I can get on with it.

As I did the other day, the before and the after shots, one after the other.


    • I want more emotion in my images, I think this is a good start, though I couldn’t expect too much when the model was really there for the other students.

  1. Maybe black and white to convey fear? I like the image, but I see your problem. Hm. The face is perfect. This is a case for (dum de dum dum ) filters!

    • You don’t think black and white for fear is a little predictable. The part of the image that I don’t really like is the face, I thought there was fear there, but when I processed it, it seemed to go away. I don’t know. Still more experimenting to do.

  2. Well this was interesting for me because a lot of time I see photographers trying to avoid darkening up their pictures. Here you did it on purpose and I’m grateful to see it. I think then, perhaps, we need to look more at the message we are conveying rather than sticking to convention. As long as the viewer (is that what we call the person seeing pictures? <–noob here), is able to pull from the pic what we are trying to express. I come from a poetry background, so if I compare photography to poetry I'd say that pictures express different things to different people based upon their own perceptions.

    The table: you're right, good find. I like the original as well as the post. Do you think photographers are being led in the wrong direction vis a vis "professionals"?

    • Wow great comment, you could base a whole discussion around this.

      My images always seem to end up dark, I have one follower who says she loves my work, but wishes it wasn’t so dark, LOL. I agree, I think you should convey what you want in your images and not worry about what others think. I like to think of my images as poetry with images rather than words. I totally agree with what you said, they do convey different things to different people, which is great.
      I think a lot of photographers, especially amateurs do get stuck on those “rules” about what you are meant to do and what you aren’t meant to do. Camera clubs and competitions can be the worse for it. I think because I come from an art background that I am more willing to break the rules and see what happens. So I think there are different photographers out there, some who stick to them, and those that do what they want. I hope I am the second.

  3. leecleland says

    Great work, I love how you keep getting stuck into it and try different things to see if they work. And that you’re not afraid of failure to move ahead in the direction you are refining you want to go.

    • We had a lecturer at University that used to say you have to be prepared to f#*% up an image to learn, see how far you can go. I have always done that and tried to push myself as far as possible. Sometimes I go to far, but it is all about learning. Thank you Lee.

  4. I think you have a great style and I especially like the fact that you are not afraid to go “Dark”.

    • Thank you, thank you so much. No never afraid to go dark, I seem to have a problem going light, but I am working on it.

  5. I like your photos, and post processing the photos really make it look great.

    [Maybe just some screen capture of the process will be sufficient for your readers?]

  6. Hi, I literally just received my first DSLR camera last night – Nikon D3200 – just hoping to take very good quality photos. I have not even taken my first picture yet but stumbled upon ur blog a few days ago. I love the way you process your photos. It gives a different life to the images and I’m in awe. Great blog! I hope to learn a few tricks from you :-) I’m a sucker for pre-set filters and was happy to learn about the Google Nik Collection from reading your blog.
    So, from sunny Antigua (Caribbean), keep up the excellent work!!

    • Oh wow, how exciting for you, a whole new adventure awaits you. I remember how excited I was when I got my first one. My best advice is to read the manual and learn how the camera works.
      Thank you so much Nekisha, I will do what I can, and good luck with your camera.

      • Jenny Overton says

        When I was sitting in your class on the weekend and watching the photo’s on the screen scroll through I knew I loved your style.

      • Thank you Jenny, I have to say, I do love hearing people say that, I really like this type of image and I am so pleased to hear when others like it too.

  7. Rexie says

    Leanne, you are such a wonderful photographer that words cannot express the admiration. You have visited my blog so many times and I wonder how you find my photographs beautiful. My thanks and gratitude to you :-)

    • I like images, all sorts all types, so that is not something I need thanking for, it is always a pleasure. Glad you like my work too, thank you for visiting me too.

  8. Some online training software allows you to do useful things with screen casts. Have a look at Captivate. The only issue is that it isn’t free. In fact its really expensive but I’m fairly sure they offer free trial periods. There may also be free versions that I am unaware of.

    • Thanks Liz, that isn’t a bad idea, I did the same with another one this time last year, it was good, but at $300 I couldn’t afford it, not for software that isn’t necessarily something I would get a lot out of. I haven’t heard of that one, so will check it out. Thank you.

  9. martinlever says

    she looks isolated and very vulnerable to me. nice transformation, leanne

  10. Poisoned was also the first thing that struck my mind when I saw that first photo. The second one reminds me a bit of one of the twin girls in “The Shining”… Really scary movie.

    • I have to admit that poisoned was what I had in mind too, and that is what she was told to do. I have seen that movie but not for a long time, I wanted her to look really scared.

  11. Love this genre of your photography work Leanne .
    Looking and trying to extract the feeling the model is conveying by the mood you create … it’s fascinating how your processing takes the image into the realms of memory and imagination .
    It gives my mind and vocabulary a great work out :-)

    • Wow, I hadn’t thought of it like that, I do love hearing this sort of thing, how people experience my images. Thank you Poppytump, will have to see what else I can do.

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