Sunday, 1 April 2012

Nights At The Movies...

If you are like me, you love the thrill of going to the cinema. I look forward to losing myself in a film; its a great way of stepping out of everything for a few hours and cheap therapy too!

I have always wanted to tell stories with my photography; one shot is never enough for me I have to take enough to get over the meaning. So I decided to try something a little different; Movie Posters.

This is the first one, is based on the movie I haven't seen the film, but I was bowled over by the poster, I just had to have a go at recreating it for a fictional film called 'A Different Kind Of Tension'.

A different Kind Of Tension,
the finished poster

There are four shots in this poster, of the models, Annie and Elan.


I originally shot this photograph of Annie with a burlesque theme in mind. I had previously played around with the shot using a technique that Corey Barker set out in his book Photoshop Down and Dirty tricks for Designers. This is a great book, do not hesitate to buy it!

Annie and Elan

The next shot was again a burlesque type shot in a sort of Jack Vettriano style. (Vettriano is a fantastic artist, his paintings are full of drama and often a bit risque!) This formed the main shot.

Elan and Annie

We then have the two head shots at the side. All the shots were done in studio against a white background that has come out grey because of the way the lighting was arranged. This made it easier to remove the background later. This was part of the #curryclub shoot in December last year, and while I didn't shoot it with this poster idea particularly in mind, I knew I was going to use the shots together somehow or other.

None of this would have been possible had I not been badgered, cajoled and all but threatened with grievous bodily harm by my good friends Dave Clayton, and Glyn Dewis who finally coerced into joining NAPP, the national Association of Photoshop Professionals. For $99, about £65 you get a years membership, an amazing magazine (I think its 10 a year) and access to amazing learning in the members section of the NAPP website. Click on the link below for more information. There are also lots of deals on, I chose the bonus of all the back issues of the magazine for 2010. Bargain. I haven't regretted it for a minute.

Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals


  1. Nice post & great movie poster. For someone like me who's a huge fan of movies I haven't seen one on the big screen since moving back to the UK. Really miss it, not really sure why I haven't been. I find movies such a great source of ideas.
    Can't agree more with NAPP, an amazing organisation without which I now couldn't do without. So if anyone reads this comment, give Dave Clayton a shout at NAPP Member UK & he'll give you all you need to know.
    Hope to catch up soon Noel, maybe at Scott Kelby's Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It?

    Cheers JT

  2. Hi Jonathan, thAnks for the kind words. Yes, NAPP has been great for me! So I have no hesitation in recommending it!

    I will be at Scott's seminar so we can catch up there!


  3. Great to see more of your PS stuff mate; nice one!

  4. Cheers Glyn, thanks for support! :)

  5. Niiiice! I LOVE the image in the middle! Had no idea people were in the silhouette until I looked closer, I think that was fabulous! Well done!