A Gliding Documentary | The Glider Pilot | My RØDE Reel 2017

A Gliding Documentary Vote for my short film in this year’s My RØDE Reel between now and the end of July 2017. The context for making this film It’s that time of year again, the time for My RØDE Reel, a film competition which challenges filmmakers of all levels and abilities to put together a three minute short film on a theme of their choosing. Last year I entered the competition with a short about my husband Ed’s running. We filmed it together in an afternoon up at the Lickey Hills in Worcestershire. We both enjoyed the process so much […]

Colour Matching Footage from Different Cameras in Davinci Resolve

How to colour match footage from different cameras in Davinci Resolve 12.5 In this tutorial I’m going to show you a really quick and simple way to colour match footage from different cameras in Davinci Resolve 12.5. You don’t need to have any experience with Davinci Resolve to follow this tutorial, so if you’re just starting out in your colour grading journey, don’t worry. I’ll guide you through the steps one by one including all of the dialogue panels. You don’t need a powerful computer to do basic colour correction work in Davinci Resolve, so if you’ve never tried it […]

My RØDE Reel 2016

My RØDE Reel 2016 The deadline for entries to RØDE’s ‘My RØDE Reel 2016′ competition has just passed, so I thought it a good time to reflect on my experience of entering a film competition. True to form, I didn’t get around to filming and editing my short film until the 11th hour. Perfectionism was my main hurdle, as always, but there were a few other issues at play which meant I had to change my plans last minute. I think it’s been a good learning curve though, and so I wanted to write about and share my thoughts on […]

How to make your photos look like film

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how I make my digital images look like they were shot on modern 35mm film. I don’t believe in short tutorials and like to give as much context as possible. As such, be warned that there’s quite a lot of text in this one!

Professional Skin Retouching in GIMP

In this tutorial I will show you how to use the ‘Frequency Separation’ method for professional skin retouching in GIMP. GIMP is free to download and use on Windows, Mac & Linux systems, and is a good alternative to Photoshop. Download it here. ~ Let me preface this tutorial by saying that this is not a technique I use in my everyday editing. Fine lines, pores, freckles, skin pigmentation – they are natural, and I do not consider them to be unsightly ‘blemishes’, but rather signs of being human. That said, I am providing this tutorial as there are times […]

Faded Matte Effect in GIMP

Today’s tutorial shows you how to achieve the faded ‘matte effect’ when editing photos using the open-source image editor GIMP. GIMP is free to download and use on Windows, Mac & Linux systems, and is a good alternative to Photoshop. Download it here. ~ The faded, matte look is very popular, and is often used to achieve a vintage, retro or nostalgic feel in photography. Once you understand what’s going on, it’s very easy to add this effect to your own editing process and to play around with it until you have a look that you’re happy with. This faded, […]

Simple Silhouette Double Exposures in GIMP

A very simple tutorial for creating a simple silhouette or portrait double exposure using the open-source image editor GIMP. GIMP is free to download and use on Windows, Mac & Linux systems, and is a good alternative to Photoshop. Download it here. ~ All you need for the following tutorial is a computer with GIMP installed and two photographs. For the best results, take your silhouette or portrait picture in front of a well-lit white wall. Good backgrounds to play around with might include trees, cityscapes, or textured photos of water or brickwork. For this example I have used a […]