Martyn Lewis Photography

Yorkshire based photographer - Weddings, Automotive, Landscape, Portrait & Studio Photography

It's been a while...

clock October 9, 2014 12:23 by author Martyn

...since my last blog update - Life just seems to be getting in the way a little at the moment!

Following the birth of Finley, my 2nd little boy, we've lead a pretty hectic life - balancing work and family time is always a challenge, and my photography has had to take a little bit of a back seat for a few months. (Well, 2 kids and an engine conversion to the "green machine"!)

In the mean time, while the 5D Mk2 has taken extended periods of rest, I've always had my iPhone with me - always accessible, quick to use, and quite honestly, produces great quality images - even the available editing apps that I've downloaded are fast and simple, and can produce some great results instantaneously.

Those of you who follow me on social media, might have seen a few of them over the past months.  Instagram has become a favourite for capturing the growing moments of my family, along with regular pictures on Facebook too.

Having had lots of time off from the 5D, I downloaded a bunch of images that had been shot over the last few months.  Onto the Macbook, and into iPhoto, they immediately become available, via my photostream, on my iPhone too!  So, when I have a spare five minutes and I'm a way from my Macbook, I choose to edit  the odd shot on the iPhone - here are a few of the boys from the last week or two:

 



Welcome to the world, Oscar Harry Lewis.

clock May 17, 2012 09:00 by author Martyn

Welcome to the World, Oscar Harry Lewis

I've been far too busy to do much in the way of photography recently, and I haven't realy had that much time to update the blog... Well, I say I've not done much photography - In reality, I must have about a thousand shots of the new subject in our life! I've just had no time to edit and post them yet - of the few I have done, friends and family will have seen them posted to my flickr and facebook accounts - but for those of you who only stay in touch here, may I introduce you to Oscar Harry Lewis. 5lb 4Oz's, born at 9:52am on the 29th March 2012. We're all doing great! :-)

Little Feet

New World

Smirk

I'm sure you'll be seeing more of him round here ;-)



Facebook...

clock March 30, 2011 07:27 by author Martyn

I've been reading some information around marketing and social networking recently. As well as finding me on twitter (@Martyn_Lewis), you can also now find me on Facebook - I'll be updating images on there to show some of my latest images. It's a great way to increase exposure, particularly when you can "tag" friends etc... that means that their friends are also informed too. Given that we're meant to be no more than 6 connections away from anybody on the planet... It could turn into a great marketing tool!

Anyway... On you go and take a look: Any "likes, greatly appreciated! :-D

http://www.facebook.com/MartynLewisPhotography

Martyn Lewis Photography on Facebook



Facebook Profile Photo Hack...

clock December 15, 2010 11:44 by author Martyn

Tweaked my facebook profile today, using the new style layout. I'd noticed that the new style page has a section of 5 photo's that the profile owner had recently been tagged in, under the brief bio info at the top of the page....  So, with a bit of photoshop and profile hackery, you can achieve a fantastic design that really sets you apart from the crowd:

facebook profile snapshot

Here's a quick How to:

Things you'll need: Your Facebook page, open full screen. A graphics package, such as Photoshop, or GIMP. A high res photo or image you want to use across your profile page.

  • Maximise your facebook page, whislt on your profile, and "print screen". (You'll need the new style layout for this design)
  • Open your graphics package and paste this screen print into a new image.

(Following instructions for photoshop:)

  • Select the "Slice Tool" (Available via the crop tool function - hold your mouse button down on the crop button and you'll get 3 tool options - choose the 2nd one down)
  • "Cut out" your main profile picture on the left, as well as each of the 5 "recently tagged" images underneath your name and bio info, to the left of this.

(Tip, you can make your main profile pic as long as you like... so you can get a better effect in your layout, not just the size of the existing pic... Keep the width the same)

  • Paste another image of your self, or your chosen subject as a new layer, and re-order the layers so that your facebook cut out is at the top.
  • Move/nudge/stretch your image underneath this one so that you get your desired effect in both the side image, and the 5 smaller images too. (I chose to put the left quarter of my face in my main profile pic, then my right eye, the bridge of my nose and left eye across the other 5 images... with some funcky vector graphics too!)
  • Once you're happy, Choose File> Save for Web & Devices.
  • Set the image presets on the right of this dialog to JPEG with a high quality (100)
  • Hit "Save".
  • Choose a save directory on your computer, give it a name and change the "Slices Option" to "All User Slices" (that will chop your output out into 6 images...)
  • Go back to Facebook, to your photos, and create a new album - upload the 6 images you've created in the step above. Set this album to be viawable by "Everyone", in the drop down box.
  • Save the album.
  • Go to the album and "tag" yourself in it, starting with the image you want to be displayed at the right hand side of the screen, first, working back across towards your main profile picture. DO NOT TAG YOURSELF IN THE MAIN PROFILE PIC! Instead, select this one an click use as profile pic (or navigate back to your profile and manually change the picture...)
  • Sit back and admire your work, as your friends visit with awe and wonder.

Tip: You'll have to keep an eye on who tags you - as newly tagged images will push your pretty tagged pics we've just created, to the right... Just hover over them and a little cross will appear - you can remove them from this "tag stream" on your profile. (Don't worry, you'll stay tagged and the images won't be deleted!)

Enjoy!

Martyn



Random Post: Facebook's social pervasiveness, visualised.

clock December 14, 2010 11:44 by author Martyn

Not really photography related, but a very cool picture never the less - particularly when a lot of your time, like mine, is spent in the digital world - Hey, I work in digital mapping - these things, I find very cool!

 

365 Shot 43



About the author

Martyn Lewis grew up in Weardale, Durham, spoilt by the wonderful surroundings of the North Pennines.  He graduated from Newcastle University, before completing an MSc at Durham University in 2001.

 

 

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