I’m more used to being behind the lens, and the person interviewing and copy writing, than being photographed and written about! So you could say I got a taste of my own medicine – in the nicest possible way – when I was interviewed by the Editor of Imagemaker, Mike McNamee, about the workflow behind the production of my Fellowship panel of images. I have to say, if it’s a sin to be proud, I’m a sinner… As it was actually quite thrilling to see the culmination of a successful year’s work in print, and in one of my favourite industry magazines too.
I couldn’t resist posting the magazine pages below. However, I’ve also copied the workflow process below too, so if you aren’t a subscriber to the magazine you can still read how I achieved my cohesive panel ‘look’.
Commentary on Angie’s Workflow
by Mike McNamee
Angie’s workflow is based around OnOne software. She preps her image from Raw and then uses just two effects. The first is from Effects>Grunge Filters where she chose ‘Just Enough Darkness’. This may be carried out on the original but for more control, if you use a duplicate layer you can drag back the opacity slider of the layer to refine the strength of the effect. As the screen grab shows, the effect may be applied in any of four pre-set strengths: Normal, Lighter, Darker or Strong. There are also sliders for Amount, Brightness, Saturation and Detail with additional panels for both Glow and Grain. When the ‘Apply’ button is clicked the layer (or background) in Photoshop is updated with the effect.
Angie then adds a second effect from the OnOne Texturiser panel, called Rice Paper. This effect may be scaled to change the size of the texture. The drop-down allows the paper type and tone to be modified. The Hue, Saturation and Brightness may also be modified at this stage.
If you are confident of your settings you can vary the Opacity of the layer before applying or, if not, you could use a duplicate layer and vary the opacity there. This is the first time we have used onOne 10. It produced a system crash at the first attempt but after a reboot we did not experience any problems. The problem was manifested by a screen freeze in on instance and with a peculiar marker on the layer (in the layer palette) along with the layer thumbnail updating but the main screen image not doing so.
Overall this is one of the writer’s better experiences with using onOne – oftentimes the number of options presented is simply overwhelming. However, you can refine your own look the way that Angie did. Providing the subject is suited it will certainly harmonise the style and tone of a panel or image series – such is the wealth of options that any user adjusted setting is close to being unique.
I’d also like to bring to your attention the fact that I ‘m honoured to have been asked to present at Masterclass at The Societies Convention in London early next year too. To see my name listed, along with a number of people who I’ve admired, and some who have taught me my trade, is indeed humbling. I’ll post further information regarding the Masterclass nearer the time, but for now take a look at the page below and the huge amount of education on offer at The Convention in January. You don’t have to be a member to attend, so take a look at what’s on offer at here.