Thursday, October 6, 2011

Welcome and Greetings

Welcome to the first post of creating professional images.  This blog is intended to teach and at the same time to learn to "create images" not photographs. We'll be working with various photo filters programs like Color Efex Pro from Nik Software, Inc. and Exposure from Alien Skin. The main editing tool will be Adobe Photoshop.

I'll be explaining all the way from camera capture, settings, post and final output.  Later on we'll learn all the different mounting and printing options that are available from Bay Photo.  

One key note...this is the way and the workflow that I personally use.  Many have different way of doing things..but, this is how it works for me. Programs and tools that I use are because they work for me.  I am not sponsored by these companies. 

Another school year has started and many high school seniors want their Senior Portraits not to look boring.
This last weekend we did a photo production of a son of a good friend of mine.  This is the out of the camera raw.  Settings were: f10 @160iso 200shutter, Manual mode @25mm and white balance was set for flash.

I shot it using a 20x20 softbox on a stand with a Canon 580ex II with a wireless triggers on it at 1/2 power. Softbox was camera right slightly toward subject left.  The sun was at 11oclock from camera.  And I was kneeling down so, I could get those nice clouds in the back ground.  We did about 12 shots to get this one right, because I was shooting manual mode we had to measure where I was actually going to take the shot.

As you could see the images is a ok capture, but, is missing that "wow" look.

To start off...I usually do a semi-post on Camera Raw.  The first thing I did was a crop to get the right composition that I like.  This was a tighter and better composition that I was comfortable with.  I dodged his left side of the face and neck slightly using the adjustment brush and adjusted the clarity to 23.  From there I saved it as a Tiff.   Photoshop was opened and I used the bleach bypass filter from Exposure, did a slight vignette and a  sharpening and walla!!!! 

The rest of the images can be seen here.   In our next post I will explain a photojournalism shot.

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