In the first place, a photography brief helps compile information for the photographer. As a result, this information helps the photographer by giving them information regarding the photographs you require.


The boring stuff

Your company name and address, this is so they know who is commissioning the work. Together with the responsible person that the photographer will have contact with, this includes contact details.

In light of your requirements, what do you want to use the images for (print, web)? Moreover, what is the date/time the photo shoot is to take place? In addition, have you a list of the images required. Accordingly, if the shoot is outside is there a plan for bad weather? In this case, do you require the images in landscape or portrait, in high resolution or low-resolution imagery?

The essential details

In any event now for the meat of this blog. When did you think about the images you wanted what did you consider? As can be seen, the thoughts that you had are important and should be shared with the photographer.

Overall, are you looking for a particular style for your images? As an illustration, do you have you some examples of what you are looking for? At the same time, do you have links to these images?

Consequently, do you have a message that you want to convey in the image(s)? As a result, does the photographer need to leave space in the image for a logo or branding?

Likewise, what is the lighting like at the location., will the shots require lighting equipment?

The important stuff for the Photography Brief

Therefore, what is the deadline for the images and how do you want to receive them?

As a result, you have a lot to think about. Consequently, to make your life easier, I have produced a photography brief aide memoir and a blank sheet.

For more information Contact Martin he will be happy to discuss your requirements.

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Green Screen Photography

Green Screen Photography by Hampshire Photographer, Martin from MH Photography

What is Green Screen Photography?

Green Screen Photography is the use of a green or blue backdrop it allows the use of any background that you or the client wants behind them. The news use this process for the weather.

How does this work?

To begin with a green/blue background is placed behind the subject. The subject needs to be placed about six feet from the background (helps minimize color bleed). As a minimum of two studio light are used to light the subject (but no hair light), these are set roughly at 45° either side of the subject and about six feet in front of them. This is to evenly light the subject and produce minimum shadow.

Set the lights to your preferred light setting then you are ready to start photographing.

Picture of a lady on a green background Green Screen Photography

Subject against a green background.

Photo software (Photoshop).

Colour Range

In the first place to create your masterpiece, the image(s) need to be processed in photo software. Load your image(s) into the software and process to your preferred RAW settings (you are using RAW) and it’s in editing space of Photoshop then the magic begins.

In the first place use the select-colour range. When the box appears use sampled colours (top of box), quick mask (bottom of box) and tick the invert box. Next use the left eyedropper to sample the green in the image. At this stage the green will turn orange. Keep using the eyedropper to pick the green background until it is all orange. It is important not to use the eyedropper on the subject. If you have a space between an arm and body this will change to orange as you click the green background.
Once you have an orange background slide the fuzziness slider to the right to ensure that all the background orange is similar. Click the OK button, the orange disappears and this leaves you with marching ants around the subject.

Next click select-fine edge and the refine edge box appears. In view mode, select a white background. Next tick smart radius and set the slider to 30. Next adjust the smooth slider to 15, tick the Output decontaminate colors and move the slider to 70. Set the output to new layer with layer mask. Now use the refine radius tool (next to the edge detection and choose by right clicking), set the brush size to about 78 and go around the hair. Once you have completed this click OK, this leaves you with the subject visible and no background.

Lady on no background Green Screen Photography

Use of Photoshop refine edge

The Magic

Now you need to click on the layer mask, set the mode above the mask to overlay. Select the brush tool, set this to overlay and brush opacity to 20%. Go around the hair, you will notice a slight shrinkage (try at 100% if you want to see it happen). 20% just adjusts slightly however you may still have a green color on the hair and possibly clothes.

The next step is to click, create new layer button. When the new layer appears in the layer stack, right click to the right of the layer and click create clipping mask (a little left hand bent arrow appears). Go to the blend mode above and click hue, then select the brush tool. At the top of the editing space you select Normal in the mode box and 100% opacity.

Put the cursor over the hair in the area you want the green to disappear. Use the alt keyboard button to select that area of hair, now brush over the area next to this and watch the green disappear. Continue doing this on the rest of the hair. If you have a green tinge on white clothing then use the same method. Once complete all of the green tinge should now be gone in the image. You can now introduce your new background as a new layer, you may have to move the layer down the stack.

That’s how simple it is. Now it’s time to experiment.

Lady on a white background Green Screen Photography

Using Photoshop to remove the green tinge around the hair.

Lady against a cream background Green Screen Photography

New background for the image

Picture of a lady against a car Green Screen Photography

Adding a different background

That’s how to use Green Screen Photography

Want to find out more, contact Martin and see what can be achieved.

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By Hampshire Photographer, MH Photography’s, Martin Harris.

In April 2011 I started my photography business. Having spent 23 years in the Civil Service, starting a business and entering the real world was daunting.

Where does one start?

You do all the things that you think will bring in business, website, leaflets, advertise and speak to people and business starts slowly. What else can you do?

What is this thing called networking? I got involved by one phone call from a local BNI group. I went along and liked the idea of each member helping each other to find business and passing business to each other. That’s the theory over with.

Over the next two and a half years I questioned whether the BNI model was right for me. Eventually I decided it wasn’t and left.

What is right for me?

I have found that joining or going (depends on the fees) to different groups is a better way of meeting a lot of people. Granted some of these people are only looking for business for themselves, it’s not that they are short sighted; it’s about them not knowing how to network. The essence of the art of networking is to build relationships with people that you have a synergy with. It’s is about that person and the people they know. The average number of people they know is 250, (check your phone and add up the number of contacts). This works equally well with social media as well.

The important thing is to build relationships and find out what it is that people are looking for. Have 1-2-1 meetings, get to know them well and you will give and then receive business. Be realistic though this may take a few months to achieve.

I belong or attend several networking groups and business is coming from these groups.

Business Builders Fareham Solent (LinkedIn group) hosted by Malcolm Archibald
Bizpedia hosted by Josh Williams
LinkedIn networking group, hosted by Adam Petford
8 Business Networking hosted by Alan Neary
Basepoint networking groups, hosted by individual Basepoint Centres

I have attached some imaged from these groups.

On Friday the 1st of August I attended a new group for me at Lunch time in Port Solent. Met some lovely people and Malcolm Chewter who is a celebrant,

This was a prearranged meeting via a member of a BNI group. The reason for the meeting was to discuss my new service called “Celebration of Life” slideshows. It was purely to form a relationship, so that should Malcom during his business of meeting with a family (regarding the funeral of a loved), be asked if he knows of anyone who could prepare a slideshow for them, he could give them some information to point them in my direction. This may take time to nurture but if we had never met, Malcolm would not have the information.

Does networking work?

My answer has to be yes but it is a long term approach, things take time for people to like trust and know you.

Do expensive networking groups work?

They are not right for everyone but the principles are the same, build the relationships.

If you have a comment, please contact Martin and share your view.

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Network Group Hosts

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Network Group Birthday

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60 Seconds

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The attendees

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Meeting people

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Happy networker

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Networking prior to lunch

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Portrait Competition Winner


The portraitcompetitionwinner from the Hampshire Photographer, MH Photography’s Martin Harris

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Experience Or Equipment – Which Is The Most Important For A Photographer Part 2

Experience Or Equipment – Which Is The Most Important For A Photographer Part 2

A silhouette of a female photographer experience-or-equipment-which-is-the-most-important-for-a-photographer-part-2This blog post is the second in a two part series.  To read the first post, click here.

In last week’s blog post, we provided an introduction to the discussion about experience-or-equipment-which-is-the-most-important-for-a-photographer part-2,  is a continuation of this blog offering an insight into the experience aspect.

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