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21 Feb 2020

Sunset Portrait

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

Warm and Softened Sunset Portrait
AFTER

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.

CoolSunset Portrait
BEFORE
How I toned this image.

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26 Jan 2020
01 Apr 2018
Candid Posed Portrait

Capture the Moment

 

So what is a Candid, Posed Portrait?  I was taking lit portraits(off camera fill flash) of my daughter on top of a mountain. We used to go hiking every Columbus Day.  I must have done something and when I looked back at my daughter was deep in thought.  These are difficult moments to get.  It is really hard for people to fake.  Sometimes you just get lucky.

The key to the image was the clean background and the lighting was already set up.  I had one shot to get it right.  One aspect of my photograph you will notice are backgrounds.  I stress from day one in my beginning photography classes how important clean background are.   Photographers use composition lighting, balance movement to achieve dynamic images.  The biggest difference between a novice and good pro is backgrounds.  I see so many images ruined by horrible backgrounds.

2018 Early Bird Discount 15%

In 2018 my only portrait discount will be an Early Bird Discount.   Anyone who orders prints within two weeks of their gallery going live will get 15% off their total.   Check out my kid’s gallery, my senior portrait gallery, or portrait gallery.

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