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09 Jun 2017

Equine Blackout Portrait

Ok so my daughter is obsessed with horses.  I recently took one of my photography students to shoot at TNC Equine Center.  She did a few of these blackout portraits and my daughter wanted me to do some.  The main reason I suggested this barn is because I knew the afternoon light would make the whole process very easy.  Actually, getting the horse in a nice pose is much more difficult than the photographic process.  The only difficult editing which really is not difficult at all is removing the girls hands.  I am not a fan of horse images with bridles or halters so luckily this horse take off.

If you are interested in one of these portraits for your horse give me a call.

18 May 2017
Turn your image into jewelry.

Photo Jewelry

Did you know I can make photo jewelry?  I can turn your portraits into wearable jewelry.  If you want to see the pages on my parent site Metal Design here is the link.    All jewelry is made to order.  I will need to see what I have in stock and what is available before you purchase.   Please inquire within if you are interested.  Photo jewelry is usually made with antiqued pewter, silver plated pewter or solid silver.  There are also copper and other items available.  I can make you any style chain and to any length.  The photo is put in the charm and cover with a doming resin.

15 May 2017

Free 8X10 Print with Summer Portraits

The classes I teach ended last week, so summer starts today for John Whitehead Images.  I am offering a free 8X10 print with all summer portraits.

Why should you hire John Whitehead Images.  I have a BFA from the #1 Art School in the Country.  I have been a full-time photographer since 1994.  I specialize in location/environmental portraiture.  I teach photography and Adobe Photoshop.  I am an expert in toning images.  Free retouching and no time limits.  Check out my portrait galleries.  PORTRAITS / SENIOR PORTRAITS  / KIDS PORTRAITS

Any questions feel free to call.

05 May 2017

Macro Photography-Baby Praying Mantis

I saw my neighbor had taken to some photographs of baby praying mantis.  I contacted her to see if they were still around.  She had tons of them on some hosta plants but they were very small and were constantly moving.  I was unable to use a tripod and couldn’t hold my camera still enough to take a photo.  Of all the image I got one in focus.  The next morning I received a call the pod or whatever you call it was hatching.  I drove over again.  It was amazing!  I had never seen anything like this before.  Hundreds of baby praying mantis crawling out of this cocoon like ball.   The light was overcast and I didn’t have enough depth of field to photograph such a small object.  Luckily, I had a shoot the day before and left my strobes in my car.  Here are a few of the image I shot.

26 Apr 2017

Using JPEGmini to Resize Image for a Website

If you have a blog or a website and really want to speed up your load times JPEGmini is a great option.  It will not reduce your image quality and you will have much smaller file sizes.  And NO, I am not affiliated with the company at all.  You can use it as a stand-alone application and take advantage of bulk processing or use it as an Adobe Photoshop plugin.  In this video, I show you how to use JPEGmini as an Adobe Photoshop plugin.  Personally, I think the program is a bit overpriced but it is on sale right now.  Hope the video is helpful.  If you want to watch how to use action you can try this video.

21 Apr 2017
How to make a chicken fried steak sandwich.

Foods with Flavor

I love to make things, especially new items.  I have made bed frames, furniture, motorcycles, jewelry and a variety of other stuff.  In early the early 2000’s I expanded from photography because I needed a new outlet.  I started to learn to weld and create simple metal furniture.  Since then, I have completely filled up my house with tools and items I have created.

As I child I loved to watch cooking shows on PBS.  Yes, the Food Channel didn’t exist at that time.  I really started cooking and experimenting with food when I was in college.  I remember telling people if I could do it again I would have gone to cooking school.  One of my roommates in college went to cooking school and is one of the top chefs in Chicago.  In high school, you took these stupid tests to find out a career path.  Mine always was a business man.  I hate offices, suits, and business in general.  The problem with the test and high school, in general, is that it has not changed and has a very narrow focus.

Enough babble.  Last year, I started Foods with Flavor.  (A YouTube/Blog)  I have always loved to create and cook and I already knew how to shoot and edit video.  I moved to Central Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s.  At that time the food scene was pretty non-existant and what was here was very bland.  This is one reason, I really started cooking so much instead of dining out.  I have created a series of YouTube videos to accompany my website recipes.  I focus on food with heat and flavor but occasionally an item that is simple but tastes great.  Take a look share with a friend.  Foods with Flavor!

It is So Good You Might Cry Episode 32

18 Apr 2017

Spring Flowers

Spring flowers will not last long so book your portrait sessions soon.  I have already had a great start to spring, if you have any questions please feel free to contact myself.  Get your senior portraits done now before a long hot summer.

I saw the variety of colors of phlox blooming in a neighbor’s front yard.  I like the simple a-symmetrical balance between the different colors.  Hope you enjoy and spread the word about John Whitehead Images.

11 Apr 2017
Natural light Location, Environmental kids portrait.

What to Wear for Location Portraits

Usually, one of the first questions I get asked when I get hire for a location portrait is “What to Wear”  I just added a basic overview to my website to help with this question.    There is not a perfect answer because it really involves a combination of factors.   Location, hair color, purpose and a variety of other factors.  Most important is probably location.  Color or patterns in clothing can make or break a photo.  A general rule is patterns are very difficult in rural locations unless the background is very neutral.  Patterns and bold color work best in urban or neutral location.

The best scenario is to consult with the photographer.   They can give you suggestions on what to wear.  A variety of clothing is best.

Click on any of the above links to go directly to my page with examples of how clothing can affect a portrait.

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.