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5 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Photography Workshop

photography May 09, 2018

Attending a photography workshop can benefit your skills greatly. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro with the camera, it’s always great to grow and learn. We’ve put together a list of five reasons why attending a photography workshop is important for your photography business.

 1. You should always be learning.  

You will learn new skills and techniques. You also can learn from others’ mistakes. Taking a workshop will help you pick up on skills you didn't know. We have taken several workshops that have drastically improved our skillset.

From changing the way we shoot natural light to helping us right the many wrongs we had when it came to using flash and other artificial light sources. If you can pick up at least one thing that makes your photography better, then the workshop is worth the price of admission.  Many of the photography workshops today also include business advice and who doesn't want to learn how to run their business...

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Lost in the Music: A Moody and Vintage Composite

Uncategorized May 02, 2018

Hey everyone!

 

For this composite, I wanted to create a vintage and moody image.

 

Before starting the tutorial, I had my stock images picked out for the composite. I picked out a kitchen for the background, a window sill, and raindrops. AdobeStock is great for stock images, it gives you tons of images to choose from. This is where I got my stock images from for this composite.

Since I wanted the image to look moody, I started the tutorial by playing around with the highlights and curves to alter the colors and darkness in the image. If you would like to see the full tutorial, you can watch the tutorial by becoming a premium member.

 

I did do some beauty edits on the model. I wanted this image to be a painterly image so I made some edits to give that effect. The process did seem a bit slow because of my PC. I’ve been meaning to get a new one but I’m not a big fan of change so I’ve been holding on to this one.

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Birds And Brushes: What Do They Have In Common?

hand edit Apr 25, 2018

Hey guys!

 

I’ve been seeing images similar to this several times before in different types of setups. I always wanted to do one myself. In the full tutorial, I created my own custom brushes to make this a really cool, whimsical image.

Some of the textures and overlays I used are from Florabella. They have really cool textures and overlays you can use that I really love. Before I started creating the brushes, I made sure to have the base of the hand edit done. If you haven’t seen any of the previous tutorials where I demonstrate how to make brushes, I do a quick overview on this one. Are you interested in watching the full tutorial? You can access this one and dozens more by signing up for the premium membership!

You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to do the custom brushes of the birds. The only challenging part was selecting and defining the birds with more details. When you watch the full tutorial, you’ll see how I overcame this little obstacle....

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Fly to Neverland with this Peter Pan Composite

composite tutorial Apr 18, 2018

Hey everyone!

This Peter Pan Tutorial was so fun to do, even though it was very meticulous but it’s definitely worth it!

 

When creating composites, it’s always best to start off with the work that will take the longest and is most detailed so the rest comes easier. I started off with stock placement. What took me the most time in creating this composite was to cut out the background of the room that you could see through the windows. I wanted to make it a nighttime scene and the other provided with the stock was clearly daytime and had a tree covering most of it.

In the tutorial, I show exactly what technique I used to edit out the background. Sign up for the premium membership to access the full tutorial!

 

Once the windows were edited, I started doing some stock placement in the image before adding my model. The little details in the composite are what make the image stand out. Just by placing a teddy bear and candle into the composite, it looked like a...

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A Weekend to Remember: April Compositing Workshop 2018

compositing workshop Apr 17, 2018

I can’t believe this past weekend I held my third compositing workshop. I love being able to meet everyone and get to know everyone individually throughout those three days.

 

The days leading up to the workshop are always filled with excitement and nerves. One of the biggest things this time was the weather! When I first planned out this workshop I was hoping for beautiful Spring weather but last minute we were hit with a very cold front.

 

We didn’t give up on our Spring theme though. Other than the weather, the weekend was filled with no bad surprises! I loved hanging out and teaching to everyone who attended. I’m thankful for my background as a teacher, which helped me prepare for the workshop.

 

The weekend started off great with a meet and greet and a nice dinner at Monza where we all had the opportunity to network and get to know each other a little better before the learning began. We had the chance to exchange ideas and learn a little bit...

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Healing Chapped Lips for Portraits

photoshop basics Apr 04, 2018

Have you ever had a client come in for their session with chapped lips?

 

Even putting on chapstick does not fix the defined lines that will be prominent in the photograph. When you’re putting a lot of work into your portraits, you don’t want something like chapped lips to throw everything off.

 

In this tutorial, I explained the technique I use to heal chapped lips using Photoshop. It is not just smoothing out the lips. There are different tools in Photoshop that you can use to heal chapped lips and make it look like they were never chapped. One of the tools I used was the healing tool.

 

If you would like to see the full tutorial and techniques used, you can sign up for the premium membership.

 

The method I use in the tutorial focuses on the highlights and shadows on the lips. When you’re editing a ton of portraits, you want to use whatever is the quickest method. Although the method I mentioned isn't the quickest, in my opinion, it’s...

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A Simple Easter Composite: Bunny Kiss

composite tutorial Mar 28, 2018

Hey everyone,


Easter is almost here!


I created this very simple composite for Easter. I used the existing background and added a little bit of stock on to it rather than cutting the subject out and adding him to a whole different background.


For some of the stock, I used PixelSquid. What I love about PixelSquid is that you can download the different file types that make it easier to edit in Photoshop. I usually always add it to the lightbox, this is basically a plug-in in Photoshop.


To speed things along a little, before the tutorial, I did some cloning to the background and blurred it out a little bit. I do this in many of my hand-edits and composites to make the subject the main focus. If you’re interested in watching this tutorial or dozens more, sign up for the premium membership.


When editing, I focused mainly on the rabbit. I did do some puppet warp because I wanted the rabbit to appear like he was giving the little boy a kiss. I added some shadow to the bunny to make it...

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Rosie the Riveter Hand Edit

hand edit Mar 21, 2018

Hey guys,


For this Rosie the Riveter tutorial, I will be doing a dramatic type of edit. I wanted it to look like the original poster with a caricature and dramatic feel by using some liquify and dodge and burn. To give it the cartoonish feel, there will be a lot of adjustments and changes to the image.


You can access the full tutorial by becoming a premium member.


I had done a similar edit before but I decided to re-do it now that the model is a little older.


This is one of the more tedious tutorials due to all the adjustments being made to the image and they are going to be done in little steps to build everything up.


When photographing the subject, I didn't realize that she was facing the opposite directions so I started the tutorial by flipping the image. I did some frequency separation in order to blur and smooth out the skin. I wanted to keep the texture but blend it all of the tones and highlights. I do show in the tutorial exactly how I did it. If you’re interested in...

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The Fairest Edit of Them All: A Snow White Hand Edit

hand edit Mar 14, 2018

Hey guys!


This image was taken at my last compositing workshop in November.


If you’re interested in my compositing workshops, registration for my April workshop is open!


For this image, I shot with a Nikon D750 and a 200mm F/2. I shot at an aperture at two, which contributed to the blurry background that I was aiming for. It was very close to sunset when I shot this, so the sun had gone down quite a bit. There is still a bit of backlight and I will be emphasizing it during the tutorial.


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This was not a simple, clean edit. I really wanted to go dramatic with the edit and have fun with it. I wanted the final image to have a painterly look but definitely very dynamic. I will be bringing in tons color, warmth and light.


It was a little tough shooting because there were ten photographers shooting at the same time so I did not get the exact angle I wanted. I made some edits to make the image look more symmetrical.

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How To: Submerge a Room in Water

photoshop basics Mar 07, 2018

Hey everyone,


I recently did a tutorial on how I flood a room or submerge it in water using photoshop. You can view the full tutorial my signing up for the premium membership.


This can be a really cool effect if you want to add people floating around, objects or if you’re just looking to add water to fishbowl or a vase. The same techniques would be applied to any of these.


I got my image from Adobe Stock, I thought it would be a cool image to submerge in water. Even though this image was amazing, there are a few things in the image that makes me not want to use it for a real composite only because there does appear to be a door with light coming in on the side and two open doors in the background. If we’re being realistic, I wouldn't choose a room that had open doorways or windows.


In my tutorial, I showed three different ways to submerge a room in water. Sign up for my premium membership to watch the full tutorial.


For the first technique, I flooded a portion of the...

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