Inspirational Typografik Cover Designs

Inspirational Typografik Cover Designs

by Andrew Smith June 11, 2017

I love these beautiful type based cover designs by Typografik books. It reminds how simple things can always be the strongest.

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Two vintage radios found on opposite sides of the world

Two vintage radios found on opposite sides of the world

by Andrew Smith June 11, 2017

A few years ago I found this very rare vintage radio in Auckland New Zealand. I took a few cool shots of it and it's been used on a number of commercial projects. A few days ago I had a nice email from someone 12,000km's away in Colombia who found another one of these vintage radios! My friend Hernando took a pic of it, here it is below - totally cool. I love how social media allows us to connect with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and geographic locations. It made my day!

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10 Beautiful Shots of Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

10 Beautiful Shots of Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

by Andrew Smith May 28, 2017

Bondi Beach is one of the most visited sites in Australia, it's located about 7 km east of the Sydney. It's definitely one of my favourite spots to visit and take photos. There are loads of things to do, including surf lessons. If you get bored of the beach there are loads of cafes and an eclectic array of shopping markets. If you are up for some exercise don't forget the coastal walks.

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Lightroom Editing: Basic Steps

Lightroom Editing: Basic Steps

by Andrew Smith May 27, 2017

  1. Define the square crop
  2. Increase vibrancy and saturation subtly
  3. Add cool blue tones to both shadows and highlights
    using the split tone palette
  4. Add light with a central radial gradient filter, also
    add a small amount of clarity to this filter.
  5. Darken the sky with a vertical gradient filter
  6. Add blue tones to the vertical gradient filter to help match the sky with the rest of the image.

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Beautiful Cook Island Beaches

Beautiful Cook Island Beaches

by Andrew Smith May 25, 2017

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Using Split Tone Colour with Lightroom

Using Split Tone Colour with Lightroom

by Andrew Smith May 23, 2017

In simple terms split toning is the process of adding different colours to the shadows and the highlights of an image. It can be used to create more emotive colour palette or used to replicate various effects. Split toning is perfect for vintage film processing, advanced black and white techniques, and also controlling colour when desaturating.

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Creating great black & white textures

Creating great black & white textures

by Andrew Smith May 21, 2017

Using camera raw files and Lightroom can really help extract a huge amount of extra detail. This shot shows off the detail and depth possible when editing Blank and White shots.

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Installing Lightroom Presets Video Tutorial

by Andrew Smith May 14, 2017

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Vintage beach processing.

Vintage beach processing.

by Andrew Smith April 30, 2017 1 Comment

I've added some slightly vintage processing to this shot of St Heliers Beach in Auckland New Zealand. This includes softening the sky colour and making sure the sand and timber colours were pushed towards a more burnt orange. It definitely reminds me of those long hot New Zealand summers at the beach.

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Inspired by GQ magazine layout

Inspired by GQ magazine layout

by Andrew Smith April 28, 2017

I've always loved both the image by Cedric Angeles and layout by GQ magazine. I thought it was worth mocking up something similar with one of my own images to see how a travel style shot would work in this environment. Admittedly I love the style of this, and would love to do more work in this genre.

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11 Amazing Photography Locations

11 Amazing Photography Locations

by Andrew Smith April 27, 2017

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some of the most incredible locations around the world. This post is dedicated to the ones that stopped me in my tracks.

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Great Ocean Road Australia

Great Ocean Road Australia

by Andrew Smith April 24, 2017

The Great Ocean Road around the coast of Australia has to be one of the worlds best road trips. It's located approximately 3hours drive from Melbourne and serves up some of the best beach scenery in Australia.

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