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.
I have added a new section on portrait retouching for those interested in retouching. I use high frequency retouching which is a professional retouching technique. This technique lets me retouch but retain the detail in the subject. This helps get rid of the that fake air-brushed look. This page includes a YouTube video in which I walk you through the process. It should give you a better understanding of what can be done and how easy it is to make alterations. Retouching is free and included with every portrait.
This example is a little more extreme. I was after the fashion magazine look in this example. It was part of a YouTube retouching video I made.
This is the first video in a new series called Photoshop for Photographers. I will be making a series of 10-15 minute videos to teach you the process of using Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is used for photography, graphic design, video, web development, painting, and other mediums. I will cover the non-destructive use of Adobe Photoshop for a Photographer. Videos will contain free links to download images and work along.
Photoshop for Photographers Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmpKZFKAjAEQQ_DDqnXMBOB1vTrBrzoIl
I purchased a pack of unopened Sunflowers this weekend. This is my third photo of this series. Today I have three different versions of the same image. Let me know which one you like in the comments below. This image is one straight image not stacked like the last one. I
Depth of Field can be an issue when photographing in macro photography. Focal length, aperture, and distance to subject all play a part in the depth of field of an object. Even though I was shooting at F 22, a very high aperture the distance to the subject reduced my depth of field.
My goal with this image was to have all the little hairs stand out. The only way this could be achieved was a process called focus stacking. I took six sequential frames, moving the focus on each frame. (Note, you will need a tripod to do this. ) Using Adobe Photoshop, I then stacked the images together and told Photoshop to blend the in-focus areas of each frame. The result is an extended depth of field.
Post-processing is always overlooked in photography. Even with presets or actions you still have to understand when, where and how to apply them. A good photographer can really enhance an image in post-processing. The photography aspect is much less time consuming than processing image.
These blackout portraits are very popular in the horse world. They are actually pretty easy to do. The hardest part is to get the horse in the correct place and looking decent. Otherwise, nothing fancy was done. This little series was done in 30 seconds. What makes them dramatic is how they are shot and post-processing clean-up. Here are the before and after of this image.
Random images I took during this years 4H fair at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. If your child or group is participating in an event I photograph in a story telling documentary style. Fair can be difficult because parents are usually getting their children ready and don’t have time to take images behind the scenes. Lighting can also be difficult in these situations and having a professional can make a world of difference. Please contact me or take a look at my portfolio. Calls and inquiries are FREE!