Andrew Holian’s Miyazaki magazine spread

Andrew Holian's shots from the Miyazaki workshop

Our recent workshop in Miyazaki was, by all accounts, a resounding success. Everyone seemed to have a great time and get some great shots. There was a lot of learning, including – as usual – by me. It’s one of the reasons I love teaching: I always learn something new from the people I teach.

We had two basic projects we were doing whilst down in Kyushu: a series of shots from which I would make a magazine-style layout. And, a series of shots that would be made into the mock-up of a music CD.

I asked each student to send me in some shots which could cover both. I would then do the layouts. It’s kind of like sending pictures into the editor. Sometimes editors let me send in final, completed, processed-as-i-like shots. Sometimes they crop, process and do all sorts of things.

Giving up control to a third-party is a good thing to have experience of: how will Alfie lay the pictures out? Which ones will he use and not use? Will he process them again?

One builds up trust with editors. I hope Andrew likes what I have done with these shots.

Here’s the finished layout, which you can click for a full-size version:

Andrew Holian's completed magazine spread from the Miyazaki workshop

And here are the shots I used… with his original on the left and my, processed version on the right. This isn’t the processing I may exactly have done if the shots were stand-alone. But there are part of a set, a spread of continuous pages in a magazine so this processing felt, to me, to work for this use. I’ll post the out-takes as well shortly. I am running low on time today, to get this article up and get out to do some shopping… so the out-takes from Andrew’s original batch can go up later.

Click each to see a larger version…

Andrew's original, Alfie's post-pro: Before [left] After [right]

Andrew's original, Alfie's post-pro: Before [left] After [right]

Andrew's original, Alfie's post-pro: Before [left] After [right]

Andrew's original, Alfie's post-pro: Before [left] After [right]

Andrew's original, Alfie's post-pro: Before [left] After [right]

Andrew's original, Alfie's post-pro: Before [left] After [right]

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