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#Changeiscoming

Hey everyone! Hope you are all having a great Tuesday! Just to let you know that over the next couple of days we are going to be scaling back social media profiles. There are many various platforms out there and with growing time restraints we have decided to scale back slightly and concentrate on updating fewer of our social media profiles more regularly.

ReClick Photo profiles which will be retired are:

Google+
Tumblr
Path.

We will be formulating a regular posting schedule so you will know where and when new updates and content will be added.

This is the start of some exciting changes here at ReClick Photo so please look out for further updates over the next couple of weeks!

‪#‎changeiscoming‬

Thanks

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Beauty: The Art of Retouching.

How many times have we looked at an image of ourselves and started to think about what you wish could be altered, whether it is to remove some unsightly blemishes, change the colour of an article of clothing, or even fix an unruly head of hair. How many images of major events in our lives have been tarnished by an unsightly problem. Here at ReClick Photo we are always here to help. Would you like to see an example of what we can do? let’s take a look at an image before retouching.

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Original image before retouching

As you can see from the image above they are a few imperfections that here at ReClick Photo can rectify through image retouching. Personally I think this a lovely photograph, but I can understand why someone would like some alterations to the image. So with this photograph I decided to give you an example of what a complete retouching experience would look like here at ReClick Photo. Here are a list of objectives I wish to complete in this project.

  1. Remove all blemishes, spots and freckles from the models skin.
  2. Tidy up stray hairs from the models forehead.
  3. Tidy up the models eye-brows.
  4. Change the colour of the flower in the models hair in order to compliment her make-up.
  5. Reduce the size of the models nose slightly and increase the size of her eyes a little.
  6. Emphasize the colour of the models eyes and build up the shadows and highlights on her face.

Would you like to see the finished result?

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Image after retouching

What do you think? I hope you agree that there is a marked difference between both of these images, although each of them have their merits. It is merely a matter of preference of which we may like or dislike.

Please note that this is an example of a complete image retouch from ReClick Photo.  I can retouch anything from just a single spot on your chin to an example illustrated above.

After completing all the objectives listed above I decided to then darken the edges of the image slightly and and apply a blur to everything in the image except the main features of the face. My intention in doing so was to finish the project by drawing further attention to the main area of the models face.  Let’s now take a look at a comparison of both images to compare the difference in both images.

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Before and after retouching comparison

Image retouching can be carried out on personal images as well as those intended for professional and publication purposes. Here at ReClick Photo I would be delighted to assist you in all your image retouching needs. Please feel free to contact me via my email at info@reclickphoto.com for a no obligation quote.

For more information on ReClick Photo and the work I do, please visit my website at www.reclickphoto.co.uk.

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Retouching: Look Spook-tacular for Halloween!

With Halloween nearly upon us I hope your preparations are going well. Whether you are young or old, Halloween is enjoyed by many people all over of the world.

If this year you do not have the time, or just simply can’t be bothered with dressing up, then don’t worry help is at hand! Here at ReClick Photo I can give you a spook-tacular digital makeover that you can share on your favourite social media sites or to hang on your wall at home to scare your family and friends! let’s take a look at an example of what I can do.

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Girl before digital Halloween makeover

Here we have a free to use public domain image from http://www.pixabay.com. As you can see the subject is not really evoking the spirit of Halloween. What can I do to remedy this situation? Here is what I want to achieve with this project:

  1. Make the subject look like something synonymous with Halloween e.g. witch, werewolf, vampire etc.
  2. To ensure that the subject is still recognisable after retouching.

Would you like to see the finished result before I explained how I managed to achieved it?

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Girl after Halloween makeover.

What do you think? Certainly a transformation! Here is how I achieved it:

  1. Firstly I reduced the size of some the features of the girls face, i.e. the nose, point of her chin, etc. to make them look sharper.
  2. I then lengthened her chin and pushed in the sides of her face, making a more sculptured face.
  3. To achieve a more witch-like appearance, I then started to recolour certain areas of the image such as her face, arms, hands, and hair in various shades of green, grey and black.
  4. To brake up the smoothness of the subjects skin I applied a little texture to it to give the illusion of blemishes, spots, etc.
  5. For the eyes to really stand out, I decided to recolour them a bright red so they would contrast strongly with the green of the skin.
  6. Finally I flipped the image so it would be a mirror image of the original. The reason to do so was so I could use both the original and retouched images together, giving an impression of good and evil.

Would you like to see the finished comparison image?

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Halloween makeover before and after comparison.

In order to look totally fang-tastic for Halloween why not send me an image of your choice for a free quote. Starting from as little as £9.99, you can have your spook-tacular image in time for Oct 31st.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, if you would like more information about ReClick Photo’s Halloween Digital Makeover Service please click here – http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk/halloween-makeover.html.

Remember time is running out – This service ends October 31st! Don’t miss out!

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Cables, Flag Poles, Sign Posts – Oh My!!

Sadly sometimes the image that you want to capture simply does not exist. So what can we do? Just take the best photograph you can at the time and with a little digital tweaking you will get the image you want. Let’s take a look at an example of what I am talking about.

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View of the Pharos Lighthouse Fleetwood before retouching.

Located within the seaside town of Fleetwood, Lancashire are two magnificent examples of early Victorian lighthouses which are still in operation. Built in conjunction the 28 metre tall Upper Lighthouse (also known as the Pharos Lighthouse), and the smaller 10 meter tall Beach Lighthouse (also known as The Lower Light) were built to the designs of the architect of the new town of Fleetwood Decimus Burton and Captain H. M. Denham.

Whilst at sea, when both lighthouses are in alignment ( the light of the Upper lighthouse positioned directly above the light of The Beach Lighthouse) then as long as a vessel follows the guideline projected by the lights then they will enter the Wyre Estuary safely.

As you can see from the image above there are many elements which are taking the focus away from the lighthouse itself, so in true ReClick Photo fashion I will work my magic in transforming the image into the best it can be. Would you like to see the finished result before I explain how I achieved it?

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View of the Pharos Lighthouse Fleetwood

What do you think? I hope you are agree with me that the image has been greatly improved. As you can see there has been a number of elements removed, if you don’t want to play a game of spot the difference here is a list of what has been removed:

  • The lightning conductor on the lighthouse.
  • An unused bracket of the railing at the top of the lighthouse.
  • The sign post.
  • The overhead tram lines.
  • The telephone posts.
  • The flags and flagpoles.
  • A few imperfections, and damage to the sandstone of the lighthouse.

To continue the retouching process further I turned my attention to the emphasising the main subject , the lighthouse, itself. To do this, I worked on the light and shade. To draw attention to the Lighthouse I lightened it before darkening the outer edges of the image in order to frame it. To finish, I carried out a few further adjustments such as curves, brightness/contrast, exposure etc. Let’s take a look at the before and after comparison to see the how much difference the retouching process has made.

The Pharos Lighthouse Before and after retouching.
The Pharos Lighthouse before and after retouching.

Whilst things such as road signs, telephone posts, and cables are vital in the real world, when it comes to a photograph thankfully you can remove them without causing any devastating effects.

If you have any images like the one featured in this blog post that you would like to be given the same ReClick Photo treatment, then please contact me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk. For more information about ReClick Photo and the services I provide please visit my website at http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk.

To see the other images I took whilst visiting Fleetwood please visit my 500px page by clicking here – http://bit.ly/1GeSMv2. If you like them you can license them!

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

P.S. Remember its not to late to enter our Halloween Prize Give-away. For details on how to enter please visit http://bit.ly/1P343GU. Good Luck!

The Midland Hotel Revisited: Behind The Scenes

Welcome to today’s second post about the iconic Art Deco Midland Hotel Morecambe. I hope you enjoyed looking at the images in my first, The Midland Hotel Revisited – An Exhibition in Monochrome just as much as I did taking them. Here I will share with you the original images as the were shot, and tell you about the behind-the-scenes process behind getting the images ready for posting.

Let’s starts with the first image.

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View of the The Midland Hotel before retouching.

As you can see there are few distracting objects in this image that could do with being addressed. Here is list of the work I carried out:

  1. Removal of the:
  • Cracks on the render on the boundary walls
  • Lamp post on the right
  • Sign post on the left
  • Birds flying in the sky
  • Black car on the left
  • Red and white plastic barrier
  • Signs at the pillars
  • Bollard in the middle of the road

2. Desaturated the image then adjusted the various levels including brightness/contrast, curves, sharpness, etc.

Now we have a finished image. Let’s take a look.

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Front facade of the Midland Hotel Morecambe.

Although it is tricky to remove the signpost and street lamp, it is definitely worth the effort. Now you can appreciate the facade in all its glory.  Let’s take a look at the next image.

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View of the Midland Hotel from the left

Like the image above, there are few things that could do with being changed in order to make it a better image. let’s take a look at what I did:

  1. Removed of the seagulls
  2. Cropped the image slightly
  3. Retouched the blemished in the render of the wall to the left
  4. Desaturated the image and adjusted various levels including curves, exposure etc.

Let’s take a look at the finished image.

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Front facade of the Midland Hotel from the left.

I believe that seeing the image in black and white helps you focus on the hotel itself. The cars are no longer a distraction as their colour has been stripped away. Now we can move on to the image of the hotel’s entrance pillars.

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View of the Midland Hotel’s entrance gateposts before retouching.

As you can see here the pillars are getting lost within the image. My main objective here is to make sure that they are the main focus. with so many things to do here its hard to know where to start. here are the things I had to do to achieve the finished image:

  1. Removed the private parking signs, and AA sign.
  2. Reinstated the grill running between the pillars.
  3. Removed the orange barrier and retouched the side of the blue car.
  4. Removed the security cameras, and the fun fair from the background.
  5. Retouched the render on the walls and the pavement and slope leading into the car park.
  6. Cropped the image.
  7. Desaturated the image and altered various levels such as exposure, brightness/contrast etc.
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The entrance pillars of the Midland Hotel Morecambe.

A feature like these pillars should be celebrated and now with this retouched image I believe they are. Like the previous image by removing the colour the pillars are now the main focus as the cars are not as much as a distraction as they were. Let’s now turn to the images taken from the rear of the building.

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Rear facade of the Midland hotel from the right before retouching.

Compared to other images in this post, you will see that there is not much that needs to be altered. But what is done makes a world of difference. Here are the steps I took:

  1. Removed the seagulls from the sky.
  2. Cropped the image.
  3. Desaturated the image and adjust various level such as brightness/contrast, exposure etc.
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The Midland Hotel Morecambe rear facade or the right.

Now in black and white you appreciate the architectural features of the building even more. let’s take a look at an image take from the other side of this facade.

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The Midland Hotel from the rear showing the cafe before retouching.

As you can see with this image, like the one before, it does not need a lot of retouching but with a few small tweeks the image can be greatly improved. Here are the steps I took:

  1. Retouched the pavement, removing some of the blemishes.
  2. Removed the bird in flight.
  3. Cropped the image.
  4. Desaturated the image and adjusted various level such as brightness/contrast, exposure etc.
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The Midland Hotel rear facade from the left.

Out of all the images of the Midland Hotel I took that day, this is my favourite. Now in black and white its architectural features really stand out. Finally we will move on to the last image of the shoot.

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View of the Midland Hotel taken from the pier before retouching

Like the previous two images this last one requires little change. What is done, I’m my opinion , make a great difference. This is what I did:

  1. Retouched some on the blemishes on the pavement
  2. Desaturated the image and adjusted various level such as brightness/contrast, exposure etc.
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View of the Midland Hotel from the Pier.

Now you can see the architectural form of this building at its very best. By changing the image to black and white you can see the hotel in all its glory.

From the outset I had decided that I wanted black and white images for this project, as I have mentioned earlier,it accentuates the buildings form plus it echoes the original photos of the hotel when it first opened in the 1930’s. I wanted to show in this post how sometimes taking the photograph is just the start of creating a beautiful image.

If you have any images like the ones you see above and want to give them the ReClick Photo treatment, then please contact me at info@reclickphoto.co.uk or you can visit http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for more information.

Thanks for reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

Fashion Faux Pas Part 1 – Makeup.

How many times have we all decided to try out something different? Whether its is a change of hairstyle, a new make up look, or a different style of clothing? In the end on how many occasions have we looked at photographs of ourselves with our new look and wondered what on earth were we thinking?

Over the next few blog post I’m going to show you how here at ReClick Photo I can help. Todays post is all about makeup.

Athough I am a guy, and not someone who wears makeup (well maybe just a few times when going to fancy dress parties!), I know when someone has made a makeup disaster. Let’s take a look at our image:

As you may have guessed this is not me in fancy dress, it is an image I found on my favourite stock image website http://www.pixabay.com.  It is a public domain image which can be used for commercial purposes. Here is the is the link to it : https://pixabay.com/en/young-woman-makeup-model-beauty-687444/.

The lady shown above is modelling a rather distinctive makeup look. As it may not to be to some peoples taste, I thought I would demonstrate how here at ReClick Photo I can give you a digital makeover! Let’s get started.

This is what I want to achieve with this project:

  • Create a much more natural makeup look.
  • Only retouch the makeup, and no alterations to be made to the models facial features.
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Image retouched.

What do you think? I thought that it would be a good idea to create a look that was the opposite of the image above. I wanted to show how the model would look with her make up applied in neutral tones.
So how did I mange to achieve it? First step was to remove the brightly coloured makeup, in other words a digital washing of the face. Next step was to work on the new look.  Working from the existing facial skin tones, I started to build up the neutral colours, digitally reapplying the makeup. I then amended the colour of the models jewellery in order for them to complement her new look. With a small levels adjustment the image was finished.

As you can see, here at ReClick Photo we are here to help with any fashion faux pas caught on camera. Over the next few blog posts you will see that it’s not only makeup disasters that we can help you with, so please stay tuned.

If you have any images that you wished to be given a digital makeover, then please dont hesitate in contacting me  at info@reclickphoto.co.uk. No matter how bad the the faux pas is, we are here to help.  Don’t worry I will not judge, I grew up in the 1980’s – the decade in which I discovered hair gel and sported multicoloured tracksuits. Need I say more?

Thanks for Reading!

Hugh at ReClick Photo.

P.S. Remember to stay tuned for our next thrilling instalment!

Fairy-tale: the image as art

Today I’m going to showcase something completely different. Yes you were right, that was a quote from the great Monty Python! I’m a great believer in that your creativity is only limited by your imagination, so with this as my mantra I got started. Firstly I needed an image to work with.

Original image
Original image

After selecting a few images I liked, I decided to use this photo of my sister taken when we were on holiday in Germany a few years ago. The trip took us along the Fairy Tale Route in Germany visiting some of the locations which inspired some of the fairy-tales written by the Legendary Brothers Grimm. This picture was taken at Sababurg Castle, located in the Reinhardswald Forest, next to the small town of Sababurg in Northern Hessen, Germany.

After Grimm’s Fairytales were published in the 19th century, many people started to wonder where the famous brothers had drew their inspiration for their tales, as it was well known that both brothers wrote their stories taking inspiration from their own lives and surroundings. At the time Sababurg Castle was believed to be the source of inspiration of Grimm’s Sleeping beauty as it was reminiscent of the castle in the tale, and when looking at it you really can imagine the story may have happened there. Plus, it was known that the Brothers spent some time in this area of Germany.

Sababurg Castle
Sababurg Castle

With all this in mind, I knew I wanted to create a fairy-tale inspired image. Not in the sugar-coated Disney style, but more in a Brother’s Grimm fashion. After sketching out a few ideas on paper I knew what I was going to do, so now I needed some more images to achieve this. Knowing that I did not have the images I needed, my search ventured out in the the world of the stock photography website. As you can imagine there are many to choose from, but at the moment I like to use www.pixabay.com. Here the images are free, all in public domain, and can be used for commercial purposes. Here is a slideshow of the images I selected to use in my project:

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When you look at the finished image, sometimes it is not evident that some of these images have been used. This is because I did not use the whole image, only parts e.g. the doves wing, segments of the hair etc. Each section I used I adjusted the colour, brightness/contrast, and sometimes the exposure levels in order to blend it in with the original image. I also retouched my sisters skin and eyes, so that they would contrast strongly with the hair and background. Lets take a look at the finished project:

The finished image
The finished image

What do you think? I think its safe to say that there has been a major transformation! I wanted a truly atmospheric image which you could imagine illustrated within the pages of a fairy-tale book. I hope you agree with me that this is an example of the image as art; of how you can, with a some time and creativity, transform a holiday snap into a piece of art.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and if you have any images that you would like given the same treatment then please do not hesitate in contacting us. You can do so by sending us an email, with your image attached, to info@reclickphoto.co.uk. You can also visit our website at http://www.reclickphoto.co.uk for more information.

Thanks for reading!

Hugh @ ReClick Photo.