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Christmas lights in Carnaby Street, London – December 2018

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , on 18 January 2019 by misselisabethuk

I’ve been looking back at my shoots from last year picking out images that got overlooked at the time because they were not to the brief.

This one I absolutely love – I had a ‘that’s great’ moment when I took this image as I fell it was a good one. This does not have any editing done to it.

The other reason I like this image is because I felt it had a Sato Shintaro Night Lights feel to it. I love neon images and where better than London at Christmastime (or Japan) for this kind of image.

Hope you are all having a great Friday and have a super weekend. Peace x


Before and after shots…

Posted in Daily Jollop with tags , , , , , , on 18 January 2019 by misselisabethuk

I wanted to share with you some of my off-the-cuff photographic experimentation and post-processing work.

This shot was taken at a creative desktop photography session last night where we were experimenting with different techniques and swapping ideas of different ways to shoot images.

This image was taken using a standard flash gun on top of my camera, the ambient light was low and my flash was on manual.

My workflow is to bring all images in to Lightroom, adjust the basics (lens correction, highlights, shadows, clarity etc.) and then ‘Edit in’ Photoshop for more advanced adjustments.

There was some background distractions which I wanted to remove. I used a portfolio box as the back drop as that’s all there was to hand. So I removed these elements in Lightroom and then tidied the areas up with the spot healing tool in Photoshop.

The crop was a little off because the label on the box behind would have interfered with the flowers and made it more difficult to remove if had I centralised the flowers on the background, so there is more room at the right-hand-side than the left-hand-side in the original image. I straightened and cropped the image in Lightroom.

I wanted a more romantic feel so in Photoshop I added a pink layer, used a hard light blending mode at 48%.

Saving the image back to Lightroom I added a light vignette and got rid of the flash reflections on the vase.

So here is the final image…..

Halloween in Hyde Park

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18 November 2018 by misselisabethuk

I am a little late in posting these images to my blog because I have been posting in general to my Instagram account instead; most of my output being images not words of late.

In case you want to take a look at my Instagram account it is: @misselisabethuk

That said, there are some words which need to be said on this particular topic so I’m back over here to my blog for the chatty bit.

Last year I completely missed the Halloween celebrations, work was full on (an update on this is still to be done) and I really didn’t feel like doing anything special, so this year I was determined to get involved from at least a photography perspective if nothing else.

Since joining Instagram and the Meet-up App, and after attending a few photography social groups I got to hear of a Halloween group shoot in London which sounded perfect being run by Rod Trusadi of Vizualography / Streetraitz.

These group shoots are great events because you get to meet a load of models and photographers in what I would call a photographic ‘orgy’ or if that analogy is too much for you – photography ‘speed dating’.

In a matter of hours you have photographed and networked with so many people, and got so many shots of the models that at the end you are completely knackered.  What it does do though is it gets you to think on your feet, as you don’t have much time with each model or there are many photographers trying to shoot the same model at the same time so you have to get creative with your angle of view and speed of execution.

This was the second of these group shoots I’ve attended and I have to say both times I have come away with some really great images.

So enough of the chat the first set of images I am going to share are of Sophie and a model that goes by the name of B3autiful_D3struction:

I also took some images of Sophie on her own:

I also had the pleasure of photographing Claudia:

I photographed a number of other models and will post their images in a subsequent post once I have gathered their images together.

Hope you like the above and I would thoroughly recommend a group shoot if you want a range of images from a range of models to either get practice or for your own portfolio.  Noting that one of the conditions of you attending these events as a photographer is that the models get images for their portfolios, after all that’s what collaboration is all about… right?!

So that’s me signing off for now.  Have a great week!!

The Portrait Mission…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 28 August 2018 by misselisabethuk

On 11 August 2018 I was lucky enough to join The Portrait Mission on an Insta-meet portrait group shoot #tpmsummershoot.  Run by Josh and Sevi, this shoot consisted of about 40 photographers and initially 3 models which grew to 5 during the session, around the Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Barbican area of London.

I had never shot in most of the areas we visited before and found a couple of recognisable locations used in images I had seen on Instagram.  There are truly some amazing architectural landscapes to be found in these areas.

I would like to thank all the models involved for giving up their time, links to their Instagram pages are listed at the bottom of the page for your reference. And to Josh and Sevi for arranging.  I would love to organise my own shoot in this area of London in the future.

Below are a selection of my favourite shots from the shoot:



























New folder-2


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Alex – In green #1



Alex –  In green #2


Alex –  In green #3

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Olga – Despair














































Links to the model’s Instagrams:

Adricoste  – This lady was in the area and we cheekily asked if she would model for us, to which she agreed.

Jessica Louise Dress-up Day – 25/08/2018

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 26 August 2018 by misselisabethuk

It was threatening to rain and the Jessica Louise dress-up day had finally arrived.

I have to congratulate Richard Dalton, owner of Jessica Louise, for his continual and consistent enthusiasm for the fashion industry and the direction he has set out to follow with his brand.

My passion for people and pretty things resulted in our paths crossing some months ago  at a dress-up day such as this one.  I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, regardless Richard was very welcoming and so too was everyone else who was there; be it models, photographers or their friends and family.  It felt like a supportive community.

I wanted to share with you some of the images from yesterday’s dress-up day.  I hope you like them.

Shay James / Shay James and Faye Andrews


Hope you are having a lovely weekend and look forward to sharing more images with you soon…

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Flat Lay Photography…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24 February 2018 by misselisabethuk

I recently watched a tutorial by Makelight’s Emily Quinton on flat lay photography (autumn theme) and it really inspired me to pick up my iPhone camera and give it a go.

What I think caught my imagination most was that up until now photography for me was getting out my Canon DSLR, checking batteries and memory cards, then going out for a couple of hours taking photos and then coming back and post processing 100s of images.

This is where I am going wrong… Post processing for me is probably one of the worst parts of the digital photography process.  I don’t have a lot of time or space to be setting up my ‘proper’ camera up in a studio type environment to take images all the time.

Emily showed me that even using an iPhone camera you can still do photography for online images and only having a small amount of time here and there should not stop you from doing your photography.

So I put some of her teachings to the test and produced the following images which I am really proud of:

I even made a montage of the images for my Instagram account (@misselisabethuk):


I don’t think I did too badly….  If you have any questions about how I created these images then please drop me a line.

If you want to see more of my work please head on over to my website at :

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend and that this post inspires you to have a go at  flat lay iPhone photography.

To 35mm or not to 35mm, that is the question…

Posted in Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , on 10 February 2018 by misselisabethuk

So a while back now, blimey 1 October 2016, I went to see the William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition at the NPG and thought I would take my new (old) 35mm film camera out for a spin.

I have just got round to scanning in the images I took that day and thought I would share them with you.  Before I do though here are the technical bits:

Camera: Fujica Compact Classic Vintage 1960s 35mm automatic retro film camera
Film: Kodak Colourplus ISO 200 Ext 24

And now to the results:

The camera handling and results were not too bad considering.  I was using manual mode so used a Sekonic lightmeter to meter the light and that was relatively easy to do, although the image taking process took longer and meant that there was less chance of capturing a spontaneous moment quickly.

The original prints were processed by Boots.  I’ll be honest I wasn’t 100% impressed with the quality of them so there is still a bit of experimenting with who provides the best processing services.  A lot of them nowadays you have to send off in the post.  Maybe I’ll develop my own at some point in the future.

I hadn’t got a 35mm film developed for a long time and there are now print, digital and both options.  I could only afford one option so I opted for prints which maybe in hindsight was the wrong decision considering the sharing of images is now digitally online.

As a result I had to scan them in myself to share with you and to be honest I haven’t got the greatest scanner for these purposes so feel the results posted here could have been better.

My favourite shot from the day was this one:


I think the composition of getting the underground staff outside the underground sign and having a cigarette was lucky.  One of them spotted me snapping away which was funny.  I also liked the smoke frozen in motion and the shadows to the right hand side giving some contrast to an otherwise quite bright area.

For Christmas 2018 I got a pinhole camera and have just finished building that, so today I started taking photos with it.  I’ll post the results on a blog post once they are available.

Until next time, I hope you are having a great weekend!

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