May News Letter

Web Version  |  Update preferences  |  Unsubscribe Like Forward Wedding Season Wedding season in Townsville is now in full swing with weddings being held every weekend. We have a couple of Fridays booked as well as the traditional days. In fact we booked a Monday wedding yesterday, so they are not limited to the traditional Saturday. Your wedding photography is one of the most important aspects of the day. After it is all over and the guests have gone home, all that will remain is your memories and images captured during the day. Don’t risk it. Find an accredited photographer that you get on with. It is a long day if you do not get on with them. Occasionally you get the most amazing skies that can add drama to your wedding images. We were getting ready for Alyce and Jason to go into their reception being held at the Picnic Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. We were hoping to get a good sky, but could not dream it would be like this. Once the sky turned to these beautiful shades we had barely 10 minutes before it was gone.  To do this you need to be proficient in off-camera flash. Exposure is set for the background so that you get the beautiful colours, in fact you can under-expose a little to increase the drama. The couple are exposed using off-camera flash with a diffuser. The flash exposure is balanced to the sky’s exposure. There are a couple of ways to do this, one of the easiest is simply moving the flash closer and further away, depending on the desired result. Even diffused, the...

Beginner photography and Photoshop Courses

Hi all Leiden Studios is excited to announce the dates of the first basic photography and Photoshop courses to be conducted from our studios in Annandale. Basic SLR Operations & Image Capture Saturday 24th November and 2st December 9.00am- 12.00am 1. Understanding the controls on an SLR2. Basic Camera Settings3. Basic Exposure Participants must have an SLR camera. Cost of Course:  $185.00 Basic Photoshop Saturday 24th November and 2th December 1.00pm – 4.00pm 1. Setting up Photoshop2. Basic Work flow3. Working with adjustment layers4. Blend Modes. Participants will need a copy of Photoshop and a laptop. Leiden Studios will have a some spare computers but will be limited in their availability. Cost of Course:  $185.00 Enrol in Both:  $300.00 Seats are limited so book quickly. Malcolm is currently completing a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. He has been a photographer for over 20 years, firstly as chief medical photographer at Queensland Medical Laboratories in Brisbane. He and Kellie started Leiden Studios in 2005 and have built the business to what it is now. We are and award winning wedding, portrait and sports photography business. The idea of the course is to teach people how to see light, and then take an image capture that can be printed into a fine art work. Leiden Studios has a printer capable of printing onto fine art paper, so let us see what North Queensland is capable of. We hope to have a gallery of student work on display after the first course. Interested students should call the Leiden Studios office during office hours or email to register your interest. Places are filling...

Low Light Photograph

Welcome to Leiden Studios first educational post. This image was actually posted on Facebook late last year with some of the details that go with the image, but I thought it was a great way to start a discussion about how Leiden Studios goes about it’s image creation. Nicole was one of our beautiful brides from last year. The image was taken on the second floor of Cactus Saloon in Flinders Street Townsville and our thanks goes to Cactus Saloon for the use of their premises. A lot of what we do could not be done without the co-operation of the clubs and pubs around Townsville. The basic set up has a door to the left of Nicole that goes out onto a deck and provides a natural light source coming across her from left to right. She is place next to the door with her head turned towards the light source. Having her face the other way would put her face into shadow and would need to be corrected by either filling with flash or video light or similar, or a reflector. The last option would still be difficult to get enough light into her face. Most of our photography is done in “manual” mode with the highlight alert set to on. Weddings are all about the dress and nothing spoils a shoot more that over exposing the dress and losing detail, especially if a lot of money has been spent on the dress. We also shoot all our images in “raw” rather than jpgs as this retains all the details of the image and allows us to make...