Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Just wanted to share the final images from my test shoot with Maddie. I posted a behind the scenes pics along with video here: Behind the scenes with Maddie. I had so much fun on this shoot and really love how these shots came out. I had a hard time figuring out which to edit, and which to post on my website. Take a look at the ones I picked.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I had a very fun test shoot with Kayla and T Rob the other day. It was one of those shoots where I saw a video and got inspiration. This blog post was supposed to be a simple behind the scenes look, but it reminded me that I intended to do a few blog posts on staging.This shoot is a simple example of staging. I'm a firm believer of working through your circumstances. Especially when you're first starting. Regardless of the size of your budget staging allows you to shoot beyond your space. Any one who has been to my house knows how small my living room is. It's never stopped me from shooting, and I refuse to let it limit what I can shoot. A good portion of my portfolio was shot in my living room or around my house. It's an unspoken rule that anything in and around my house can and will be used as props. :) I'm a beauty photographer, so I don't need a lot of real estate to shoot. My sets are generally not too elaborate and can be on a small scale. But with some creativity, some odds and ends from the craft store and determination you can transform any size space into what you need. For this particular shoot, I started with four poster boards and some crayons. See below, my lovely American flag I made. According to my husband even though I was doing it with crayon I couldn't half-ass it, so even though it's cut off in the picture there are fifty doggone stars and 13 stripes. :)
Here is what I did with a little, well...a lot of help from photoshop to bring out the color of my flag.
Here are some behind the scenes pictures from our shoot as well as more final images. I'm obsessed with these images.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Here is a behind the scenes look at my shoot from the other day. We had to reschedule from Friday due to the weather and I'm glad we did. It was nice and sunny out and the perfect lighting for the shots I had planned. It's been a while since I've done any behind the scenes video and I gotta say I'm a bit rusty. :) Vicki shot the footage for me and I edited. It took me forever to remember how to edit video, and I forgot how much fun it can be. I have to definitely get back to making videos from my shoots. It's a little rough, but all in all I still love it. :) Take a look at some of the behind the scene shots, as well as some portraits of Maddie I took before she went to hair. I added the video at the end.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I just wanted to share a cute portrait session I did on Sunday with you guys. Chasidy is an aspiring model so her session was loads of fun. I kept it simple for this shoot because of how back and forth the weather was, but still in love with the shots we got. I had a hard time choosing my favorites.
Friday, April 12, 2013
I want to first show you how to go about finding and adding them to your computer. Forgive me if any steps are left out. I'm so used to doing it now, that I may skip something. So, as I said, you can find actions around the world wide web by simple Googling photoshop actions. Here are some of the places I found. Deviant Art is a great website for all things art related. You can find a lot of Photoshop goodies, as well as some great artists. I mean some of the things these people can do with Photoshop remind me that I am still in the infantile stages of the program. Another great website for actions or rather the links to some great actions is PhotoTuts. They have wonderful Photoshop tutorials! I go to this website a lot. The link I gave you send you straight to an article they have on actions, including how to make them yourself. The best part about the above actions is that they are mostly free. MCP Actions also has free actions that they offer as well as some great ones that you can pay for. I also found some beautiful actions from photographer KMiller as well as tutorials on her blog. :)
Alright, so you've found some cool actions that you love and can't wait to start using them. Once you download them, here is how you add them to your photoshop. Move your downloaded actions to the actions folder. The file path is below.
Now, to load them in your actions tab.
You can find the actions tab by going to window and clicking on it. I keep mine in the same section as my layers. It's easier to reach for me there.
The window below should pop up. Choose the action/s you want to load. Rinse and repeat for every action you want to add to your tab. :)
Now on to using actions. Here is a picture I took of fellow photographer Brandi Anderson and her family a couple of years ago with no retouches done to the image.
See, easy peesy. Takes you longer to load the actions than it does to use them. Below are some other examples of how I used actions.
Feel free to email me or message me on my facebook with any questions or suggestions for blog posts you'd like to see in the future.