post-processing a photo – that summery feeling

post-processing an image - that summery feeling

A hot rod show & hot girls dressed in 50's retro outfits .. it all just has to look good! Well, not necessarily. Sometimes the way you feel something should look, just isn't quite there in the actual setting. At a hot rod show today in Brooklyn, though there were the usual awesome cars (and girls), but the show was  Read more inside...

Photoshop action – selective sharpening (download)

Photoshop action - selective sharpening (download)

Jim McGuinness, a regular follower of the Tangents blog, has made available a tutorial on how to do selective sharpening in Photoshop. Even better, he has made it available as a downloadable action as well. You can download the action and the instructions on how to use it, from here. Right-click & save-as, 2  Read more inside...

directional light with off-camera bounce flash

directional light with off-camera bounce flash (model - Ulorin Vex)

During the same afternoon that I had the opportunity to photograph Ulorin Vex, I took several other sequences of images of her in other costume. Here we worked in the foyer area of the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. (If only all other hotels had such a diversity of immediately photogenic areas!)  With  Read more inside...

recent personal work – Manhattan cityscapes

personal work - Manhattan cityscapes

It's been a long cold winter without much chance to roam around and explore with a camera. The past weekend it seemed like the weather was finally relenting and becoming warmer. Taking to the streets to shoot for myself a bit with no purpose in mind, I ended up with three images that I liked - all deserted New York city scenes. Or  Read more inside...

a kid’s studio portrait

children's studio portrait - lighting setup and post-processing

The lighting setup was very simple. Mostly because there wasn't much space in the area where I set up my home-studio in my dining room area.  But also, because a complicated lighting setup wasn't necessary. Just two lights. One light on my subject - this adorable little girl; the other light on my  Read more inside...

Photoshop contest – another great version

NVN-sky-fog

Two fantastic entries to the recent Photoshop contest came from Marcia Gold, who runs a post-processing and retouching service. She said she entered just for fun, and didn't want to be eligible for the prize. I am taking the liberty of showing her two images here anyway, since they are outstanding takes of the original image ...  Read more inside...

Photoshop contest winner

foto-neil-finish

I'm happy to announce the winner of the Photoshop contest from last week.  The winning entry was submitted by Hanssel Galeano, and he will receive the $50 B&H voucher for this effort. Before I let Hanssel explain his process in editing the image, here is the original again for comparison ...  Read more inside...

Photoshop contest

updated Sept 09, 2010: The contest is now closed. Here is the winning entry, as well as another notable entry. Thank you to everyone who entered! One of the images I took during the recent photo session with the Modern Gypsies, was this photo above. With all his antics, I had asked him to jump against the wall as if he was going to scale it. It looks pretty cool ... but  Read more inside...

Photoshop tips – retouching for portraits

Photoshop Tips - retouching for portraits

When retouching portrait photographs, I have a certain look that I (currently) like - a slightly 'polished' look, but still natural. Definitely not 'plastic'.  With a few steps in Photoshop, and a few steps that I may or may not add, I can easily get to the styling in post-processing that I want.  Some of the steps are  Read more inside...

reducing the blue color cast in white clothing

reducing the blue color cast in white clothing

Often when working in the shade, or anywhere we need Cloudy or Shade white balance, we'll often see a blue tint in the white clothing.  I suspect this might be due to detergents being used which give a blue-ish tint to white clothing to make them appear cleaner.  Or perhaps this is from UV light when we're working in  Read more inside...