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05 Apr 2017
Before and after retouched head shot.

Freehead Shot

I am have been redesigning my web page.  I want to do a before and after retouched headshot.  I would prefer a female model since they are bulk of portrait or headshot retouching.  Not all headshot have to be retouched as much as the one above.  You will have your choice of how far I go.  You will have exclusive rights to use the headshot however you prefer.  If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact me here.

04 Apr 2017
Using Groups on adjustment layers can be very helpful in organizing complex Adobe Photoshop documents.

Grouping Adjustment Layers within Adobe Photoshop CC 2017

Using Groups on adjustment layers can be very helpful in organizing complex Adobe Photoshop documents.  You can also use a masks on a group to further control the different layers inside the group.   This is one of many tutorial videos I have available on my YouTube Channel.

30 Mar 2017
Custom designed front of a holiday card.

Custom Cards

Did you know I make custom holiday cards, graduation cards etc.  Check out my new page that shows some of the products I have available for purchase.

If you hire John Whitehead Images to shoot your portrait, I will design the card for free.  All you have to pay for are the cards!  If I don’t have a card you like, I will inquire and make or get something that fits your needs.

The page also has information on the most commonly ordered items.  Not sure what a print wrap is, then check out the new products page for more information.

 

29 Mar 2017
Exploring Life Happily Blog

E.xploring L.ife H.appily Blog

Blogs, SEO and social media are great ways to advertise or express yourself in this day and age.  I teach college photography and 99.9% of all my students lack basic computer knowledge, or any clue of blogs, SEO (search engine optimization) and the use of social media.

I love to make things and started a site called Metal Design.  I make custom furniture, jewelry and a variety of other stuff.  Because I understand blogs and SEO,  I get calls all the time from companies needing metal fabrication.  Some of the work is over my skill set, or I just don’t have the time.  Most work I accept is because it is something I will enjoy.  Metal Design is more of a hobby than a job.  It is something I want to enjoy.  The reason I get so many calls is because my site is the one getting found on searches.  Most metal fabricators in the area do not have a website or know anything about getting found on internet searches.  Just one example of the power of SEO

I photographed someone from India who was working in IT in this country.  I asked him when they start teaching computer programming in school.  He said in 5th grade!  My daughter is in 8th grade and knows nothing about the subject.  However, she can tell you about the war of 1812.  Not sure how that is going to help her in the future.

The real point of this blog is to promote my niece who started her own blog titled, “E.xploring L.ife H.appily”  Personally, I don’t enjoy writing and partly because I am not that great at it.  Take time, click the link and check out Ellie’s blog.

P.S. Backlinks and links within a post to your own blog are great for website analytics.

27 Mar 2017
24 Mar 2017
Candid or Posed Page

Choosing between Candid or Posed

Check out my new page on posed and candid portraits it is part of my portrait information page, that I have been working on.  I am gearing up for spring portraits, so don’t hesitate to book your date.  Spring will not last long!.

Hate those studio senior portraits.   Give me a call and we can work out a location and style that works best for you.

22 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017
Independent Coal Miners of Pennsylvania

Independent Coal Miners

 

I covered the Independent Coal Miners of Pennsylvania for many years, while I worked as a journalist.  The miners were honest and open and lead to great stories on their struggles with MSHA.  I added a very large gallery of some of the images I took during that time.   Take a look and see what it is like their world underground. It has been a while since I was up in coal country, but most of these mines are not in operation anymore.

Coal Mine Gallery

20 Mar 2017
Two images demonstrating how much you lose on a 1X3 crop. Notice crop of subject in photograph.

What a Photographer Needs to Know to Shoot a Website

Image Ratios

Getting hired to shoot images for a website is pretty common now.  A lot of small businesses decide to manage their own sites.  This is not a big issue, as long as you have your template or site available before the shoot.  A photographer really needs to know what size image needs to be in pixels before they shoot.  This helps the photographer shoot each image in the correct ratio and avoids important information getting cropped.  Not knowing image sizes or ratios can result in re-shoots and extra costs.   It also benefits the client because I can size all images for the client and make them ready to use.

A quick note for clients.  Color Management is very important for photography.  It ensures color to be true to a viewer.  Most photographers use the color space Adobe RGB or Adobe 1998.  Any image used on the internet should be in sRGB.  Make sure your photographer or webmaster converts files to the correct color space.

Below, I will post a new page I am devoting to Website Information.  I show examples of how image ratios can affect your photograph.

Info for Websites

 

17 Mar 2017

Learn Adobe Photoshop Free

Ever wanted to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop. I have a series of YouTube videos, that I use as a supplement for my college Adobe Photoshop class. Feel free to check it out. I go over learning how to edit destructively in Adobe Photoshop. The 200 level playlist goes over non-destructive toning. I also have Adobe Lightroom and some other photo related videos on the channel.