Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
One of my favorite shots from yesterday's shoot. We shot over 500 images documenting and showing a huge collection of gear, souvenirs, history, and promotion from Supertramp's 1979 Breakfast in America album.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The top and middle images show a single jellyfish and the green/black swirls are reflections on the surface of the water. To optimize the images, I worked a little in Adobe Camera Raw 5.4 and then sent the images to Photoshop. Shooting into the water which was heavily laden with particulates necessitated a quick Dust and Scratches filter to clean up the water.
I added another layer and ran the Topaz Adjust plug-in (www.TopazLabs.com) to add a little depth, contrast, and a hint of saturation. Back in Photoshop proper I changed the Topaz layer blend mode to Soft Light and then ran a little High Radius Low Amount sharpening to add shape and form.
I finally decided to do a little more clean up with the Spot Healing Brush.
On the bottom image, I simply launched the Filter Gallery to see if anything looked fun. I ended up using the Plastic Wrap filter and then reducing the layer opacity. Playing in PS never hurt anyone (as long as it was non-destructive.)
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Thanks to everyone who made yesterday happen. A special mention for Los Osos Flower market (www.LosOsosFlowerMarket.com) for providing a spectacular bouquet.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The sunset here was the starting point. I decided to try some mirror imaging and the result is shown below.
To complete the experiment, I brushed in a little text. Before I could do that I created a custom brush using the word "Light." After modifying the new brush's Shape Dynamics, Scattering, and Color Dynamics I once again modified the blend mode ending up with Lighter Color. After a quick Layer Mask I decided to have some lunch.
I'll show the custom brush creation on a later blog post.
Cheers and have fun playing around it's good for you and your photography.
Here in class Day Two of Hanson Fong. We're having a good time this morning discussing flash. As Hanson stated a few moments ago "Raise the roof! Hanson in the house!"
After this morning's lesson we will shoot a family of five here in the studio. We have the ProFoto lights courtesy of MAC Group dialed in. With Hanson's direction there will be some incredible portraits.
Later today we will shoot a tri-generational family portrait up in the Paso Robles wine country.
Once again, good living here at LIGHT.
Monday, July 13, 2009
This is a tremendous upgrade. Any questions on the new features, shoot me an email at hal@LightWorkshops.com
Download the update at www.hdrsoft.com
If you have not already purchased the program use the discount code LeppInstitute07 for a 15% discount. OBTW, we recommend only the standalone version (no need for the plug in.)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Once you start shooting after sunset, you will absolutely love it. Too many photographers pack up and leave immediately after the sun sets. Some of the best shots occur up to an hour and a half after sunset!
I like to combine my low light shooting with longer shutter speeds. This allows me to not only keep the ISO as low as possible (which really helps with the noise) but also to play with blur.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The first time through Photomatix Pro I did a photo realistic effect and the second time I went with a little more grunge. From LR, I stacked the images in Photoshop and continued the process. I also brought Topaz Adjust into the game to help go even edgier. I desaturated everything but the sunglass reflections and finished with a little vignette (I normally use a Curves adjustment layer set to Multiply blend mode for my vignettes.)