Matt Hickey Photography

Toowoomba Raw – Update 2

It’s winter here in Toowoomba and it hasn’t been good for photographing models. Some of the girls have still been keen but 2 degrees at sunrise is going to test even the best of models. It didn’t turn away Bronnie. She is a super star! We meet at our predetermined location with steam coming out of our mouths on every exhale. I packed my dressing gown and Ugg boots to try and alleviate the freezing conditions. It worked a treat and made the shoot possible.


The purpose of this project is to capture models in areas that are changing around the town. There has been a lot of change with the extension to Grand Central shopping centre and planned markets area in Annand Street, so these areas were hot on my list to capture.

Toowoomba Raw - Grand Central Shopping Centre

Toowoomba Raw – Grand Central Shopping Centre

Toowoomba Raw - Market and Shop Proposal Area

Toowoomba Raw – Market and Shop Proposal Area

Unfortunately it’s been to cold to process the majority of the film so many of the images I’ve posted here are from the digital camera which I’ve taken along to the shoots. It gives the models instant feedback of how the images look, much like the use of Polaroid in the days of purely film. It also gives me a chance to double check the light meter readings and dial in the settings on the medium format camera.

Toowoomba Raw - Chalk Drive Bridge

Toowoomba Raw – Chalk Drive Bridge

Toowoomba Raw - Mort St Mill

Toowoomba Raw – Mort St Mill

Toowoomba Raw - Quest Hotel

Toowoomba Raw – Quest Hotel

The project has been great to work on, and the models have been an absolute pleasure to work with. Only hope that it starts warming up and we get some more daylight hours soon to continue with the project.

Please head over to the contacts page if you are interested in working with me on this project. We would love to hear from you.

Until next time,

Matt Hickey

Retouching Tutorial

Ever wanted to see how we retouch and stylise our images? We’ve put together a video that runs through our techniques for creating a polished, magazine ready image. We cover tools and techniques in Photoshop such as Spot Healing brush, Clone Stamp tool, Skin Tone blending, Eye Colouring, Sharpening, Frequency Separation, removing unwanted background objects, creating specular highlights, dodge & burn and much more.

Retouching is a way to bring the most out of your image and really give it that bit of extra punch for the viewer. Like make-up and hairstyling, retouching is a digital way to conceal and remove any unwanted objects from your captured image. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make subtle changes to ensure you end up with a natural image worthy of any magazine cover.

Grab your favourite beverage and relax while you watch in real-time as we edit an image from the Custom Tattooz Magazine calendar photo shoot.

Tools used in this video:
Photoshop CS6
Wacom Tablet Intuos 3
Mac Workstation Pro

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