Editor’s Note: Each week we’ll be featuring members of the Photofocus community.  Part of our New Year’s resolution is to focus on new and emerging talent.  As such, Melissa Niu will personally select images from our readers and feature them here on Photofocus.


I am an Artist/photographer based in the northeast of England from a town called Gateshead, married and dad of two beautiful kids who are my biggest inspiration!  I love compositing images. It just feels right, the whole process absolutely grabs me! I do get a hunger for it which does need fed constantly and this just drives me forward to craft a career in this style!

This is a portrait of a friend of mine Griff.  A couple of days prior to the shoot I photographed backgrounds around the city of Newcastle.  With Griff in mind, I wanted an edgy dramatic look to the portraits to try and capture a side of him not normally seen.  This guy is so easy going, nothing seems to phase him and he has an unbelievable amount of energy.

I use speed lights to light my subjects, I love the portability, I normally pick up my back drop which is normally a white roll with stand to give that seamless back drop.  It’s also easier to cut out in post later. I grab my light stands and modifiers which in this case consist of two 7 foot umbrellas (without diffusion panels for this shot)  set on both sides of the subject slightly behind to give the edgy rim.

The compositing is where it really comes to life. I tend to have an idea of what I want it to look like and watching it unfold on the screen gives me a huge buzz! I have been working on my compositing techniques over the last 3 years and have found a format which suits my style after hours of trying different ways to achieve a look. And that’s the great thing that I love about this process is that there are so many different ways to create a unique look and style.  The possibilities seem endless.

— Barry Mountford

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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. Wow, powerful photo, good angle, tatooed man works well with the background, well done.


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