I do prefer to photograph outside but I can do indoor studio portraits. This image was toned with the matte look and gradient map to give it that color graded effect. The lights used in this image were simple, just a hair light and beauty dish. It was taken with a shallow depth of field so it would quickly fall out of focus. Feel free to take a look at my other portraits on contact me for more information. Hey don’t forget about photos when it is snowing. It is a great time for portraits. If you are not available when it is snowing I can ad falling snow to any image.
Stop using those phone apps to retouch your selfies. I can use high-frequency retouching in Adobe Photoshop to retouch your portraits. High-frequency retouching separates the color layer from the detail layer in Photoshop. This allow me to to fix blemishes, skin color and shadows without removing detail. This will give you a more natural look than just blurring your face. I can contour you face, shape your eyes, nose, mouth, head and body. Need thicker eyelashes, no problem I can add them too. Retouching is totally free and painless for all portraits I take.
If you would like to see the process, I have a YouTube tutorial I made for this image. The description has time stamps so you can skip to any part of the video you would like to watch.
This is a more extreme version of retouching and face shaping. I added digital makeup to to this subject. You can see how I changed her face shape with makeup and shadows. I can do anything from mild to extreme retouching.
Feel free to contact John Whitehead Images to schedule a spring portrait. Retouching is totally free for all portraits I take.
Do you need to update your website? I have managed my own websites over the last 25 years. WordPress is the largest opensource CMS platform and used all over the world. I can help you take advantage of WordPress 5 and the thousands of themes and plugins available. I can install WordPress,set up your site and show you how to make blog posts or any other change to your your site. I can add Google Analytics to your page as well as set it up for SEO(Search Engine Optimization). If you can work Microsoft you can work WordPress.
Secondly, as a photographer, I can photograph anything you need for your site. Get accurate color, small file sizes for maximum speed. Need video, no problem I can make business video intros speciifically for your site.
What to use stock photography, I have access to anything you want. To find out more feel free to check out my sites below or contact John Whitehead Images for more information.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot in manual with your dslr or mirrorless camera? Professionals use manual because of the control and honestly, camera meters are not very accurate. You achieve better images and exposures by learning how to work your camera. Even if you don’t want to shoot in manual, understanding how a camera works can allow you to put it in a better working range. I am starting a series of Photography 101 videos for students in my classes. Feel free to give them a try.
I also have a series of tutorial videos on Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
Link to YouTube page and all my videos: YouTube John Whitehead Images
New Content-Aware Fill-Adobe Photoshop 2019
I test out how well the new content-aware tool works in the new Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. Overall it is much faster however, the quality is about the same or just a bit better in my opinion. It still leaves an out of focus area where the fill occurred in the image. This is most only visible if you have a detail or textured area that is in focus. You are still going to have to do some clean-up on most images. I will need to use the tool more before I can really see the difference. You can still use the old content-aware fill, so I will be testing it more in the furture.
Photography is only one part of the finished product. I photographer with good toning skills can turn an average image into something amazing. I also offer free profressional high frequency retouching on all of my portraits. This technique separates the detail and color layers. Retouching can be simple or involved. It is all up too you. I offer blemish removal, skin color correction, sculpting, eye brightening and modeling, lip retouching, face and body shaping, hair retouching, and fake eyelashes. If there is something I missed let me know and I can most likely do it.
How to create a vignette action in Adobe Photoshop that works with horizontal or verticle images as well as any ratio. If you would like to download my free Action Set I will create a link below. To install the action just double click the .atn file and it should install.
If you would like to see more Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography Videos check out my YouTube Channel.
Free Action Set Download: John Whitehead Images Action Set.atn
Simba is a 2-3 day old Alpaca at Bent Pine Alpaca Farm. I had the chance to take a few photos when my neighbor took my daughter to meet him yesterday. He was silky smooth and very docile. I think they said he was 15lbs. He was walking around and very curious. I love animals and am always willing to take portraits of them. Check out some of my animal portraits here!
You could see the smiles and chuckles from the crowd and even the judges as this overweight mini made his way onto the mini jumping course. He had short legs and his ground clearance was hindered by the belly hanging between his legs. The judge sad go and he trotted off towards the jump. He sprung upwards like NBA dunk champion. He was a cute little horse and completed the course twice earning himself and this young lady a trip to the 4H State Championships. Good Luck!
We are not Created Equal
“The SD Card”
There are a few type of digital cards that cameras use today but we are only going to talk about the most popular. The SD card is made by many manufactures and comes in a variety of Read/Write Speeds. Box stores and small camera places will sell you the card that makes them the most money. Sandisk is one of the more popular brands that is reliable. However, they sell the same size cards in multiple speeds.
The main Sandisk card you do not want to buy is the blue one. It is not fast enough to shoot video. Cards come in Read/Write speeds. Read/Write refers to how fast they will write to the card and how fast it can be read by another source. You need to look at the Fine Detail. Most cards only show one speed but that does not mean the read/write speeds are the same. The speed on the card refers to the read speed, the write speed is usually much slower. You don’t want to be taking photos and have to wait for your camera to write to the card for 10 seconds and miss important images. Buy the fastest you can afford.
Cards come with different classes stamped on them. Like Class 1, Class 10, U3. You will need Class 10 to shoot and save HD video and U3 to shoot and save 4K video. Note, the blue card is Class 4 and it does not support shooting video.
Where things can become confusing is when you see ‘SDHC’ and ‘SDXC’. The first stands for ‘Secure Digital High Capacity’. This was initially introduced to cover SD cards with a capacity above 2GB and below 32GB. The latter stands for ‘Secure Digital eXtra Capacity’, which go far beyond 32GB in size. Lastly, the Extreme Pro cards come with free downloadable recovery software. If you ever accidentally delete your files the software will most likely recover them.
Lexar was another brand of SD card I really liked and is still for sale, but he company stopped making the cards. They former employees formed a new company called, ProGrade which makes professional cards. Sony has come out with some SD Cards but they have not been out long enough to get a sense of their failure rate.