Photography Competition Winner June 2022
Each month, the Judges Choice Winner of the FPA Photography Competition is featured on our blog! Meet Lynne Williams, June 2022 FOCUS Portrait Award Winner.
Hi Lynne! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat to me today, and congratulations again on winning the coveted Judges Choice award for June!
Hi, Thank you so much for the Judges Choice Award, I was so happy to see it!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please?
My name is Lynne Williams, I have been a photographer for about 7 years. I have always loved taking photos of my boys when they were little (they are now 20 and 19) but I didn’t have a great camera or any skills! Then when my youngest (son number 3) was 2 my husband bought me a 5dmkiii. I had no idea how to use it! So I set about many many hours on YouTube and after many many bloopers I think I eventually figured it out.
Your winning image is spectacular - tell us about this shoot please!
I have been longing to do a shoot with a little old rowing boat for a long time so even though it was cold and I had to stand up to my waist in water (thank goodness for wetsuits) I was determined to get the shot I wanted.
It’s so beautiful. What kind of emotions were you hoping to evoke with this image?
I wanted a moody yet serene look for this image rather than a playful one, I wanted to draw the viewer into the calm stillness of the water and ambience of the evening.
What does your general editing process look like?
My editing process is nearly always the same for most of my images, I try to get what I want in camera first and then enhance what I have.
Do you have a favourite photoshop action?
Dodge and burn are my best friends. I don’t use any actions or presets but I do love to use Nik collection, they have some great features for selective use.
How long have you been entering the FOCUS Photography Competition Awards for?
I think this is only my second time entering the FPA, but it definitely won’t be my last!
Do you have any advice for budding Fine Art Photographers?
Do I have any advice for budding fine art photographers? Yes! Get a workshop with Carolann! I did one a few years back and it really did change how I approach studio photography and lighting.