Announcement: my book 'Faces of Shoreditch' is now available!

02 February 2017

I have some exciting news to share - my first book, Faces of Shoreditch, is now available to order from Amberley Books.
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Shoreditch, the inner-city district of central London, is one of our capital’s most well-known areas. Located within the London Borough of Hackney and part of the historic East End, it is steeped in heritage. Present-day Shoreditch is known for its multi-cultural community and its vibrant and creative culture. London-based photographer, Barbara Asboth, captures the essence of one of her favourite districts in the city by turning her camera on its inhabitants, the people who make the area what it is today.

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Step by step editing of a natural light street portrait

10 August 2016

Over the course of my second round in the 100 Strangers project, I’ve been meaning to be bolder and try new things. This post shows an example of me trying a slightly different style from my usual bright, light, vibrant portraits for this project. It was a slightly overcast day with amazing light in Soho. […]

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Pre-wedding photo shoot in Camden Town London

A Camden Town, London engagement shoot | Marcela & Sam

22 May 2016

I met Marcela and Sam on a cloudy but warm spring day in Camden Town, to have a walk around the area and capture some laid-back, natural looking shots of them together before their upcoming wedding. It was a great chance to get to know them as a couple, see how they interact and get an idea of how I will work with them on the wedding day. They are a super relaxed and friendly pair so it wasn’t difficult to get some fun shots of them in various situations!

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7 questions to ask your potential wedding photographer

12 May 2016

You’ve set the date, chosen the venue, maybe picked the dress too – and now it’s time to choose a wedding photographer, but how do you know whether the owner of that beautiful gallery of perfect moments is the one for you? How do you know what to ask them to help judge their suitability for your particular needs?

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A slightly improvised baby photography session

13 March 2016

Meet Panka, my super cute niece!

I got to see and hold her for the first time recently, as she and her parents live overseas, and she was born a little early too, meaning she had to spend some time in hospital. You wouldn’t know though – she’s hitting milestones as normal, and is now a nice healthy weight, including squishy cheeks and chubby legs. Due to scheduling constraints I just snapped some photos as things happened, nothing like a ‘proper’ session but we got some good photos, because, well, Panka is just adorable isn’t she!

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Black and white female portrait

Post-processing tutorial #2: Converting to black and white in Lightroom

06 February 2016

Black and white photography can be extremely powerful. By taking colour away from an image, we remove a variable and thus shift more focus onto shapes, composition and lighting which can lead to dramatic changes in a shot’s overall mood. There’s a reason a lot of street photography is in black and white: the photographers want us to focus on fewer elements, to easily see what they saw, without the distraction of perhaps undesirable colour information in a scene they have no control over.

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Post-processing tutorial #1: Working with Curves adjustments

01 November 2015

My last post, ‘Street Portraiture – the 100 Strangers Project, Part II‘, received a lot of positive feedback regarding the post processing tips about fixing in-camera mistakes, so I thought it may be helpful to write more about this particular topic for those who would like to delve deeper into the subject!

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Street Portraiture – the 100 Strangers Project, Part II

27 September 2015

This post is for photographers interested in reading about the process of taking street portraits, and how to get the best possible results in-camera and using Photoshop. I’m going to review some of my own images and point out things that went wrong and how they could be fixed. You’ll be able to apply those learnings to your own photos as well.

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Street Portraiture – the 100 Strangers Project, Part I

30 August 2015

On 21 March 2013 something happened that sent me down an important path in my life. It set me off on a journey to become what you could call a ‘proper’ photographer.

That day, I shot my first street portrait with the subject’s permission. It was part of the 100 Strangers project. On 15 July 2015, more than two years later, I took my 100th portrait, and I can honestly say this project has changed my life.

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Headshot for actress Marian Chaplin by Barbara Asboth

3 steps to better acting headshots & portraits

09 August 2015

Marian requested some studio headshots with a simple background first, followed by some casual environmental portraits outdoors.

The aim with acting profile photos is to showcase versatility and range of expressions, but it’s important to also stay as natural as possible – it’s a balance we need to get right so that casting directors can judge the actor’s versatility and their potential as a ‘blank canvas’, too.

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