Lighting, sun shade, bokeh, histogram, pixel and anti-aliasing. Photography today is much more demanding and complex than ever before. Photographers keep thinking of more creative ways to bring out absolutely flawless images, to satisfy an ever-growing clientele.
Nude and portrait photography maestro Jonathan “Loner” Addey joined Jay Foley on The Prime Morning show, to discuss the intricacies of photography in the new age.
According to Loner, “retouching” pictures is one of the most difficult parts of the job, as it takes painstaking time to finetune every single blemish on a flat photo.
Retouching involves working on pictures one after the other, assembling and shading color tones, highlighting, removing shadows and following natural light patterns to arrive at the perfect picture while maintaining the naturalness in each shot.
Loner demonstrated by taking pictures of the hosts of Prime Morning; Daniel Dadzie, Jay Foley and Emefa Adeti, and retouched them live on set. Those pictures can be seen throughout this story.
As there is a growing number of photographers on the internet, it is easy for the average youth to think becoming a photographer is an easy route to success. Loner told Jay Foley that “aside having a variety of professional cameras and an up-to-date laptop, one requires a passion for fine things and an eye to spot and make beauty” to make it as a successful photographer.
He also cautioned clients to exercise patience when waiting for pictures from photographers, if they want full value for their money. He explained that it would take more than 15 minutes for even the most experienced photographer to edit each picture; “Retouching is time consuming and daunting” he said.