Fequently Asked Questions

Interesting Topics

I invite questions when I do talks and enjoy audience participation. These are some recuring questions. I've tried to answer them in these sections.

How Long Does it Take?

To create an image?

How long's a piece of string?

A simple basic texture image, can take ten minutes or less. The more complicated images up to two hours but this isn't often as I get lost in the image and overwork it. The speed you create the images depends on the skills you have in that area of photoshop. I've been creating images in Photoshop for over twenty years. I no longer, think about the process but think about simply creating the image.

I don't preplan or sketch any ideas. I open an image and play. Sometimes they work sometimes they don't. My need to create is foremost in my mind not the need to win.

Colour or Mono?

A Difficult Choice

I always process in colour. One of the last things I do before saving my psd file is creat a copy layer and create a mono of the same image. It saves time and often you know which is the better of the two. you can also revisit without reprocessing get image.

More on Colour or Mono

Someone Else's Art?

Isn't Everything?

This is a comment that judges use on a regular basis. Sometimes you just have to think about what they're saying. Look around you and ask yourself, is that someone else's art?

It might make you think differently next time a judge says that about your work. Read More...

The Never-ending Story

Is it Photography?

"it's not proper photography?".

Changing images has been around for a long time. People added and manipulating images in the darkroom and it was called a photographic skill.

Think about it, how much difference is there between darkroom skills and the white room skills?

This question isn't asked as much as it used to be. Read More...

Backing Prints

"why don't you back your prints?"

There's lots of reasons. The main one is simply the weight and the cost.

If I backed my prints, I'd need four boxes not two. The weight of each box would be more to move from place top place. The talks aren't connected to the PAGB rules therefore I can choose if I back prints or not.

My Federation the L&CPU require you to back prints for the Federation competitions, this is for safety of the prints during judging and competition handling.

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