Errord Jarrett Landscape Photographer
Born in the West Midlands, in the UK, and of Caribbean heritage, I have always enjoyed the great outdoors. I have sketched and painted from an early age, copying the action heroes of DC and Marvel comics to help capture the human form. I studied art in secondary school, with a focus on still life and birds. But after a visit to the Ñational Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London UK, I was amazed at the scale on which art could be created and displayed. The beautiful English country side, captured in vast expanses of colour, it was simply captivating.
During my late teens and early 20s I owned a camera and I loved taking pictures with Ilford black and white film, which when put through a colour process would come out sepia. Somehow sepia just seemed to capture and freeze time. But, as the routine of life kicked in, and responsibilities of marriage, children, the mortgage and the career consumed life’s precious resource, I put my camera down and focused on other things.
I am quite fortunate today in my career, to have travelled to many parts of the world and I would return home with stories of my observations and encounters, but even though these tales were arresting and full of colour, a picture was still better than a thousand words. I missed capturing the day I was sitting on a beach in Liddo (Venice, Italy), walking through the beautiful city of Budapest at night seeing the reflection of the bridge lights on the Danube (Hungary). I missed capturing the architecture of Kuwait City, and the dusty back streets of Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) that felt like you were on the film set of ‘Black Hawk Down’. The stories and saga´s just did not match up to the landscapes, the light, the colours, only a great picture could give justice to the wonders that I had been privileged to see.
So in January 2013 my new years’ resolution was to buy my first DSLR camera a Nikon D3200, and off I went into the world clicking and documenting what I saw. But when I got home and down loaded those pictures the results were often very disappointing. So I signed up to a digital photography course with the Institute of Photography (IOP), which taught me about exposure, my camera’s functions, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition, lighting and a lot lot more. So again off into the world I went clicking as I travelled, this time producing pictures with better results due to the ´Rule Of Thirds´, ´Leading Lines´, ´Frame within a Frame´and many other compositional guidelines.
So what kind of photographer did I want to be? What was ‘Fine Art Photography’ anyway? In fact where was the art in it at all? And then I discovered the university of ‘YouTube’ and came across great photography teachers and inspirations such as Trey Radcliff, Anthony Morgantti, Jerry Ghionis, Serge Ramelli (A French Photographer living in the beautiful city of Paris), Robert Rodriguez Jr, Michael Freeman, Alain Broit and many others. After some consideration I settled on ‘Fine Art Landscape & Cityscape Photography’.
My aim is to capture great landscapes and cityscapes; because when I travel for work it was usually my evenings that I had to myself and I didn’t need to book an appointment with the subject, all I had to do was research it before I travelled and jump in a taxi after dinner. As I started to capture some better technical shots and compositions, my focus turned to post processing and I have to thank two YouTube inspirations for where I am today on Lightroom and Photoshop.
1. If you do not know anything about post-processing digital images start with ‘Anthony Morganti’ a fantastic and patient trainer who teaches you ever feature of Lightroom in a clear and simply series of videos. (http://www.anthonymorganti.com)
2. Once you have a good level of Lightroom then watch ‘Serge Ramelli’ inspiring. Serge’ takes you out on shoots, tells you why he is taking the picture, explains his thoughts and decisions, on the composition and then takes you back to the studio or hotel room and shows you how he post processes that image! (http://www.photoserge.com)
Following on from there, I just need to discover what is my art´´, I am still learning and I have a vision to emulate some of the great ´´Impressionist´s´´ with modern digital photography techniques; I am getting there every time I post edit a picture. The plan is to go back and re-edit all of the pictures on this site and give them a ´´Photo Impressionist¨ look.
As I become better and more accomplished photographer, I would love for you to take this journey with me. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
Errord Jarrett Photographer
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