Fashion Film

My First attempt at a fashion short film. Have a long ways to go in improving my video abilities.

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The 5 Most Common Photo Processing Techniques and How to do Them in Photoshop

 

Here are some of the most common photography processing techniques and how to do them in Photoshop.

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How To Clean a Studio Floor in Photoshop

Came across a cool little tutorial by Don Fadel of Kidona photography on how to use Photoshop to clean up your studio floor. I captured some notes from Don’s video tutorial that you can see here:

Cleaning up a studio floor in Photoshop
• Copy Background Layer (Cmd J)
• Make duplicate layer blend mode to overlay
• Open up filters
• Open Noise and select dust and scratchers
• Set radius to around 10-14
• Add a black layer mask
• Select brush foreground to white
• Paint in effect to your desire
• Still need to address layer dirt/etc with additional methods like content aware, healing brush or clone tool etc..

 

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Sunset Balloons

 

You cant see them very well off in the distance but they are there. This was my forst time-lapse ever so not very good.

 

 

Arizona Sunset Timelapse

How to Take Long Exposures With a Neutral Density Filter

Great tutorial on taking long exposures with a ND filter.

Long Exposure Tutorial with Scott Kelby

 

Dont forget to:

Tape over the view finder
f/11 or higher
Shutter:Bulb
ISO:100

Use remote release shutter. Movement will kill you.

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My Afternoon With Blair Bunting

I had the opportunity to spend the day with nationally renowned and local photographer Blair Bunting . Blair is a young guy for being so successful but due to his technical proficiencies with lighting he has had many a door open for him in his young life.  As with most successful people they love what they do, work hard at their craft, and are innovative.

We had a very small workshop today where we discussed the challenges of commercial and advertising photography and light set ups and ratios. Blair does use a light meter, but he is keen to point out that he uses a light meter to establish his ratios, and does not use it to determine his exposure. Exposure is usually set based on the subjects skin tone.

Blair is known for using a lot of lights, and his basic portraiture is no different with the use of 5 basic lights. What makes it work is the ratios of how all these lights work together. Don’t think Blair has to have a lot of lights. He actually prefers the use of a single light, and has no issue working with speed lights as he did for his Greatest Catch work.

Blair also prides himself for doing as much in photography as possible without resorting to Photoshop. Due to that philosophy his technical proficiency is truly great and I’m sure clients appreciate the ability of using someone like Blair knowing that is the time isn’t there that he will get the imagery they need.

If your into smart phone photography Blair started a community at  http://didyoubringthecamera.com/forum/ .  All in all a great day and I learned allot from the effort and will be looking forward to heading back out and trying out what I have learned.

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Light Boxing

 

During the Joel Grimes workshop Joel mentioned some techniques he used with one light to get some great soft light wraps and reflectivity. I have always liked this image of Joel’s and wanted to try some experimentation on my own

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So I thought I would set out to build a poor mans light box made out of white poster foam core board. I built a simple L sharp with a short square piece of foam core and a longer rectangualr version. I joined the corners of these two pieces with gaffers tape.

I then used a rectangular piece of foam core as the “floor” of the box around which i fit my L structure. I didn’t join the two as the l structure stood upright without any issues. Here’s a image of my light box in use:

 

Using model Tiffany Jackson, who was kind enough to put up with my rookie level of experimentation, I produced these two images from the light boxing part of the session:

 

 

 

Contrast

 

 

Key Learning’s: I need to make the light box higher. Cropping and saving time in photoshop is key and you need more vertical height to make this work more efficiently. Experiment with different ISO and aperture settings to find one you like. This is more of a creative exercise in my view than anything else. Its easy to build and you will have fun trying to see what your like.

 

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Temple of Light

Background: Used under creative commons courtesy of Edmondson Photography <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/al001/”>www.flickr.com/photos/al001/</a> Worked on another composite. For some reason I had temples flying around in my head. I work on some tone matching techniques as thats a real struggle for me in my compositing.

I matched tones via the channels layer and using curves across red, blur, and green. I then used selective colors “neutrals” but I think I removed to much black in hindsight. Stobist: 2 ab 1600 behind model and camera right and left with small photoflex softboxes 1 ab 400 overhead on axis with small photoflex octobox. Camera shutter 160 f/11 ISO 100 focal: 58mm


Creating a Painterly Effect in Lightroom 3

 

I came across this article in Photoshop User Magazine by Bryan Oneil Hughes about creating a painterly effect in Adobe Camera Raw. We all know the develop module in LR3 is essentially the same thing as Adobe Camera Raw so why not try it. Bryan suggests maxing out the noise reduction in camera raw, which is the detail section under the Develop Module in LR3.

That makes sense, as we all know more noise control reduces detail. He also says to pull down the Luminance detail  slider to get the effect and look your looking for. Additional steps suggested by Bryan are to over pop the warming in white balance and saturation. So I tried that on this image and, the first pass out of the oven, I didn’t like. Even thought I had maxed the noise control there still seemed to be too much detail.

I recall seeing another tutorial somewhere where the idea was to reduce clarity, and use that as a skin-smoothing alternative with a selective brush. So I thought why not try that here, and I liked the effect I was getting. I then used the selective brush with exposure brightness and sat control to detail the image to my liking.

So if the first pass doesn’t work then try using the clarity control and reduce it to remove detail.  You can then apply an ungodly amount of presets to take it to the next level but I was pleased with this result as it looked like a chalk drawing even though it was actually a painting on a textured wall.

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