Sally Fitzgibbons Studio Shoot

I know I have been pretty poor at keeping the world up to date with comings, goings and new stuff on my blog recently and so hope to remedy that in the coming weeks.

However just to give you a sneak glimpse at just one photo that is a standout from recent jobs, I have included a recent portrait of world No#2 surfer Sally Fitzgibbons here.

Sally is a always a breeze to photograph with an athletic body, brilliant eyes, a relaxed smile and laid back personality to go with it. I only had a short window to work with Sally to gather a photograph to promote Sally’s ‘Design Sally’s Board’ promotion.

The initial challenge was going to be working on the beach in some unseasonably nasty Sydney weather but when the location was relocated to a studio… my job was made easy.

With lights in place and the usual happy-go-lucky Sally just having a laugh, it was easy to shoot the full body images for my client but I wanted to sneak in a bit of a bonus shot because I knew Sally had a great connection with the camera and her eyes sometimes just have that sparkle many photographers talk about but don’t always find. I wanted to shoot a simple portrait and then hone my retouching and airbrushing skills to create a very fashion oriented image, something a little different from my more usual documentary genre.

The retouching on this image offered yet more knowledge into the fine tuning of skin texture and retouching, edge sharpening and noise reduction etc and so I was stoked to have taken a few moments away from my everyday work to delve a little deeper into the world of post production.

and here is the resulting image, take it or leave it (I reckon it’s pretty damned nice):


About inciteimages

A magazine recently profiled my life and pretty much hit the nail on the head: Australian adventure photographer (and occasional journalist) Mark Watson is a liar. He suggests his job is “not so glamorous,” but drop him an email and his ‘out of office auto response’ will inform he’s heli-skiing New Zealand or trekking Patagonia. In downtime he surfs and mountain bikes Sydney’s Northern Beaches or can be spied drinking café latte’s on the beachfront when he should be editing photos. He’s a Nikon Ambassador and Red Bull Australia’s No.1 photographer, and after a few Corona’s, admits, “I photograph cool people, in cool places, doing cool things!” Quickly followed by the disclaimer “It’s not always exciting…” But always said with a mischievous grin. View all posts by inciteimages

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