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Portrait photography in Hong Kong: Tips to create a great image

There are many things that go into creating an image of your favourite memory, and we often wonder how to take the perfect photograph? Hong Kong-based photographer Gabrielle Churchouse tells us how to capture a great portrait with tips from her favourite photograph.

Give details of the image you have chosen.

It was part of a commissioned studio family sitting with a range of different shots.
Describe the work that went into perfecting the shot.

I’m not sure any shot is ever perfect. In this RAW image we started with basic editing first in Adobe Lightroom and then continued in Photoshop for texture smoothing and blemish removal, etc.

Of course shooting in RAW offers amazing possibilities. Before we went digital some years ago we had shot well over 500,000 rolls of negative film (all archived) with little or no opportunity to change anything.

As usual, we had a meeting before the sitting to skin tone test and plan the photographs. The skin tone test allows us to advise each person on what shades to wear to enable their face to ‘pop’ in the photographs.

Why is it your favourite?

It makes me smile and captures the family enjoying their time together. It is important to capture both fun and classic images in a sitting, preferably high key and low key.

Is this image typical of the photographic work that you do?

Yes, but we produce archival prints (on Hahnemuhle paper using archival inks) from the sitting and also have a service editing and printing client’s own photographs, providing sterling silver and lacquer standing frames and gift wrapping these. We also do interiors and travel photography.

You can find Gabrielle Churchouse Photography at Room 1102, 11/F, Car Po Commercial Building, 18- 21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central,  3691 8268. Email: