Photography isn’t all about just using a camera. Sometimes when working with clients the day just does not turn out that spectacular. Lighting can be a key element in location or environmental photography. Weather is always unpredictable, especially when you book day or months in advance.
Post processing or editing an image can be key in bringing a so-so image to life. Every client has an idea in their head of what they what. I love to examples before shoots because it give me an idea of their style.
I teach photography and Adobe Photoshop. I created a series of videos for my students to follow as a secondary method of learning. In the video below I walk you though the process of creating this image. Some will like the before and others will like the after. The goal is always to have the ability to create exactly what the client is looking for. I have a whole section in the INFO menu on tips to improve your portrait. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Soft Warm Sunset Portrait
In the image below I softened the skin. Sometimes when you shoot in this style the shadow areas need to be opened up a lot and can start to show grain. I increased the yellow, red and magenta colors, added a faded background blur, a red to yellow warm gradient and enhanced the lens flare.
Most people are just looking for traditional photography but every once in a while I have someone looking for something different. I am a Photoshop expert. I can blend, retouch, alter or composite just about anything. Photoshop has many tools that do just about the same thing. Some tools work better for what you are trying to achieve. Here, I reduced the flow on my brush to blend these too like images together.
These two images were shot with the intention of combining the images. You would be surprised but with photoshop it is not always so easy to blend images. It really depends on the photographer understanding how Photoshop works that makes blending easy. In this case the two images were perfectly aligned, so the backgrounds matched perfectly. This makes the blending easy and seamless. This is is comprised of 2 mail layers and two texture overlays. To finish the image I added a vignette and border. Feel free to watch this video on how combined these to photographs.
If you are an individual or business looking for blended or composite images give me a call and we can discuss your idea.
Making Amazing HTML Emails
I have some HTML that I wanted to add to emails but I didn’t want to use MailChimp or another service. It took some looking but I finally figured out how to add HTML to Gmail. Don’t feel bad if you tried and couldn’t get this to work. The process is actually easy, but it isn’t something the average Joe would figure out. I decided to make a YouTube video tutorial which is posted below the the process.
I use these dynamic looking emails to solicit potential new and existing clients. They look amazing and are easy to attach once you have the code. However if you have a large email list a mail service might be a better option. Hope you enjoy the video and learn something new.