PortraitPro Tutorials – Learn to use your software with Dustin Meyer

In our previous post, we interviewed internationally acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer, Dustin Meyer

As well as creating stunning images, Dustin also makes tutorials about shooting and editing photographs. Here are some of his top tutorials for getting great results with PortraitPro 15. 

PortraitPro Studio Max with Lightroom Review & Tutorial


Facial Retouching with PortraitPro Studio Max

Facial Retouching for Guys

PortraitPro Facial Retouching for Headshots Tutorial 

To get more tutorials and inspiration from Dustin Meyer, be sure to check out his blog and follow him on Facebook and Twitter

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Interview with a Pro – Dustin Meyer

This week, PortraitPro was lucky enough to get an interview with internationally acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer, Dustin Meyer. Dustin is sponsored by Nikon and has been featured in a range of publications including USA Today and Rangefinder Magazine.  We asked him to share his story with us.

PortraitPro: Can you tell us a bit about your background?

Dustin Meyer: I actually started out in the music industry. I was a singer since age 8 and it was supposed to be my life endeavor. I was an opera singer at SMU for several years and was about to relocate to NYC to go into the music industry. However, I had a sort of creative awakening when I bought my first manual SLR. A Minolta SRT-202. A piece of crap honestly, but a workhorse of a camera. I had to teach myself every aspect of shooting because of that beast. After I entered in a few images to a photo contest at Southern Methodist University, I won 1st and 2nd place in two categories, so I figured it was something I was good at. That’s when I realized that singing was always a part of me, but was I doing it because I loved it, or because it was expected of me? There was no doubt in my mind that it was actually photography that I loved. Making a career from it was only secondary.

PortraitPro: How did you come to photography and how did you come to make it your career?

Dustin Meyer: I’ve always had an interest in photography, but it really didn’t come to light until I got my degree in photography in college. The program covered every area imaginable, from studio to lighting, business, history of photography, fine art, darkroom and printing, to digital and film. Ultimately, my passion is working with people to understand their background and personality. I’m mainly a people person I guess, and my photography just sort of evolved around that. My career took off right after I graduated. Mainly because we just started our family and I needed to bring in some income. Fortunately, I landed a job as a wedding photography assistant with a former professor of mine, catering to politicians and celebrity weddings. Needless to say, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Over time, I started offering senior portraits, headshots, and other commercial work to my clientele. It took a while to get here, but eventually it became my full-time job and passion.

PortraitPro: Who are your inspirations?

Dustin Meyer: I get a lot of inspiration from other photographers. I’m always looking for new ideas and techniques when it comes to shooting. I think that’s true for a lot of professionals out there. One of my favorite wedding photographers is Jose Villa. I just love the look he gets from shooting film, the soft colors, the simple composition, everything about it. It’s not the exact kind of style I try to replicate, but it’s always refreshing to look at work that’s different from my own. Some of my favorite iconic commercial photographers are Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger, David LaChapelle, and my all-time favorite is Dan Winters.

PortraitPro: You take only a few clients a year and specialize in creating entirely personal experiences for your wedding couples; working closely with them to come up with ideas. Why is this so important to you?

Dustin Meyer: I think collaborating with clients is key when it comes to creating unique images. I can’t be the only one to come up with all the ideas. Couples have a particular look in mind when they come to me, so I do my best to make that come to life. It allows me to look into their personalities and create something different from every other shoot I’ve done. I love new experiences and testing my knowledge every time I pick up my camera.

PortraitPro: Which of your photographs is your favorite and why?

Dustin Meyer: Oh boy, this is a tough one! I guess perhaps my favorite wedding photo of all time would be this one:

Houston Wedding - Hotel Zaza

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Over the years, I realized that a lot of my music background had come to influence my photography. Lighting, posing, staging, environment… all of it. This image was taken at a wedding in Houston, TX next door to the Hotel Zaza. The couple was truly amazing, with so many ideas but open to suggestions. Their wedding day portraits were the most important part of their wedding day, carving out an entire hour and a half dedicated to just pictures of the two of them. They really gave me a lot of latitude for their photos, so I pushed my limits accordingly. I was really happy with the results, but not as much as they were.

PortraitPro: What is your most treasured memory from shooting weddings?

Dustin Meyer: My favorite part of the wedding day is the portrait session. Especially if they opt to do a First Look before the ceremony. Getting to witness their first glimpse of one another is truly unforgettable. It’s charged with so much emotion, that I can’t help but get caught up in the moment. It’s a good thing my face is hidden behind my camera, otherwise they would probably see me crying right along with them!

PortraitPro: What is the most challenging part of being a wedding photographer?

Dustin Meyer: Timing. So much is going on during the wedding day, and they’re depending on me to get the best images possible. All while meeting multiple deadlines in the same day. Sticking to a timeline is tough, but essential for shooting weddings. My advice is to go in with a solid outline of the day, and literally make every second count. Visualizing ahead of time the kind of images to take is extremely important. Scouting the location and knowing your camera settings before the big day is a huge help to staying in the zone while shooting. I always tell photographers to get their head out of their gear and into the moment happening right in front of them. Otherwise, you’ll miss some of the best shots.

PortraitPro: If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring wedding photographers, what would it be?

Dustin Meyer: Another tough one! My best piece of advice to aspiring wedding photographers would be to always remember what you’re passionate about when it comes to shooting weddings. Whatever it may be, whether it’s working with people, shooting beautiful details, creating dramatic shots, or playing around with gorgeous lighting. Keep your passion going. Protect it. Don’t let your business make you forget why you love taking pictures. Your business should support your passion, not the other way around.

PortraitPro: As well as being a busy professional photographer, you also create photography and photo-editing tutorials. How do you find the time and why do you think tutorials are important?

Dustin Meyer: I wish I had an easy answer for that one. I’ve always had a passion for teaching. Everything I’ve learned along with way was either taught to me, or I had to figure it out on my own. Either way, it takes a lot of time to learn and keep up to date with the photography industry. I guess my goal is to teach others from the mistakes I’ve made over the years as well as pass on what others have share with me. When it comes to the videos, my ideas come from issues or problems I face in my own career. Having time for my personal life is my ultimate goal, so I think solutions that help me save time are my biggest lessons to pass along. As far as finding the time to record and edit the videos, part of it comes from my filming training in college. It’s a fun alternative to just doing the same thing day in and day out. It’s a chance for me to show what I’ve learned, as well as get some feedback from others about their experiences and solutions. Honestly, I have no idea where I find the time to actually record and put together my instructional videos. But when I’m done publishing a new one, it’s just as gratifying as shooting pictures, but in a very different way.

PortraitPro: What’s in your camera bag right now?

Dustin Meyer: My must-have gear is a consists of my Nikon D810, three Nikon SB-910 flashes, and radio transmitter/receivers. My lenses consist of a Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8, a 14-24mm f/2.8, a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. Plus a ton of memory cards.

Professional wedding photographer Dustin Meyer is based in Austin, TX. To get more tips for improving your own photography, be sure to subscribe to his Youtube channel.  

Self confidence is key to your success

Self-confident people don’t just make resolutions; they have goals, because they know that they will achieve them.

We’ve talked previously about goal setting for success, but you have to have self-belief to have self-confidence, and it’s also hugely important to your success. You have to believe that you can achieve something, because if not, then why are you doing it?

You need to set goals, to know where you’re going, because, if you don’t, then how will you know when you’ve reached your destination?

It sounds incredibly simple, but thousands of people don’t have the self-belief they need to achieve their ambitions in life. It’s been said, many times, in many ways that whatever you believe, you can achieve.

Think you can, Henry Ford Quote

If you want to be a top quality, world leading professional wedding photographer, shooting high end weddings, you need to believe that you can put everything into your ambition, because you believe that you can achieve it.  When you believe that you can achieve something, then you will use all the resources available to you to make it happen.

Open your planner, and start writing down what you want to achieve, and then break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks, and then, schedule when you’re actually going to carry out each step.

One of the first ways you can achieve great, high quality portrait images is to use the best quality portrait retouching software so all your images are the best that they can be.

You’ve seen how some of the leading photographers use PortraitPro in their photo editing work, you can also learn to incorporate it in to your workflow and see how much time it can save you, whilst giving you high quality portrait touch up.

Try out PortraitPro today, and start the beginning of your new path.

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year!

One week in to the new year and it’s a great time to be thinking about how you’re going to improve your business in the coming year.

Perhaps you want to take your focus in a whole new direction. Have you planned exactly what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it and how you’re going to get there?

Maybe you’ve been shooting studio portraits, and you’re aiming to book more weddings this year?  Or perhaps you already shoot lots of weddings, but you want to travel more and do more destination weddings?  How are you going to find these clients?  How can you save more time in your current work flow, so you have more time to spend on your new marketing direction?

PortraitPro Studio and Studio Max editions have a batch processing function to enable you to speed up your work flow even more than just making your portrait retouching super easy, PortraitPro Studio Max can even do it all automatically.

It’s important to know who you are as a photographer, and to know your own style.  PortraitPro allows you to make your own customized presets, and apply them every time.  Using a preset can save you hours of time, leaving you free to get on with other things.

The sooner you do your photo editing, the better for everyone. It’s better to get your images to your clients as soon as possible, while they’re still excited about the photoshoot, their wedding or event.  It means you can share your images sooner, update your blog, and generate even more interest in your photography, helping you to book your next photo shoot, or wedding.   Don’t put off your photo editing, it needn’t be the huge task you think it is.

 

Try out PortraitPro today, and see how you can save time this year with your portrait editing.

Nominate PortraitPro in the SWPP Trade awards

 

Awards Tropy

There’s less than a month left to vote in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) trade awards.

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We would really appreciate it if you voted for us in the Best Professional Software and Best Professional Customer Service categories of the SWPP trade awards.

Voting only takes a minute and you can vote in as many or as few categories as you like. You can register your vote here: https://swpp.co.uk/secure/trade-awards.htm

Votes must be entered by 31 December 2015

Don’t forget, the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) joined forces last year with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) so if you’re a member of either, you’re able to attend the SWPP convention in London in January.

We’d love to hear your feedback, so if you’d like to leave us a message of how you enjoy using your portrait editing software, you can tell us on our Facebook page, or Twitter.

Our latest version, (15) includes the makeup feature that was the most requested by customers, so tell us what you’d like to see in PortraitPro.

If you want to contact our Customer Support Team, please open a support ticket.  We aim to reply to all support tickets within 48 hours.

Happy Thanksgiving from Anthropics Technology

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Anthropics Technology.

It’s time for Turkey dinners, family fun, and celebrations. It’s a busy time of year, and it’s important to take time to stop and remember what you’re thankful for.

We’re thankful for all of our users, and their feedback on what they like about PortraitPro.  We introduced in version 15, the feature most requested by photographers, the new makeup tools. Without our customer’s feedback we wouldn’t know what they wanted, and we really do listen!

We’re thankful for all our staff, working tirelessly to develop new tools to make sure that they’re the best that they can be, or to answer all of your customer support questions and help you to get your work done faster and easier than ever before, leaving you plenty of time to spend with your loved ones this Holiday.

We’re thankful for our ever- growing social media community, over 340,000 fans on Facebook, and our Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ pages.

We’re thankful for all the journalists and reviewers who have so much enthusiasm for PortraitPro and continue to review our new features and tell you what they think of our software.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving from PortraitPro

PortraitPro 15 Out now

Upgrading to the latest PortraitPro!

Long term users of PortraitPro will be really excited to see our recent new version 15 is out now.

If you’ve used Portrait Pro for years and you’re ready to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of your portrait editing software, then you may have misplaced your original license token.  We get it! We understand that it’s hard to keep track of everything these days, and that’s why we make it super easy for you to find your license token.

It’s called the License Manager, and it knows everything!  If you don’t have your license token, you can retrieve it by entering the email address you used when making your purchase. If you need to update your email address with us, the way to do this is by contacting our support team.

Upgrade PortraitPro

Alternatively, you can go to Help and Check for Updates within your current version.  It will also take you to the page with appropriate upgrades for your current version.

When you purchase an upgrade, you’ll receive an upgrade token, beginning with a U.  You need to use this token, to change your existing license from what you already had, to the new version you want.

Here are the instructions to complete your upgrade:

  1. Go the license manager page for your upgrade http://www.portraitprofessional.com/licenses/view/?t=UPX-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX
  2. Enter the activation token of the license you would like to upgrade from PLX-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX
  3. On the next page you will see your new license details and the download links for your next software. Let us know if you need any further assistance.

The new PLS or PLM code that is generated on this page is the new license code you need to use to activate your new software.

We often recommend when upgrading, that it’s best to do a full fresh reinstall of the software.  Removing any older files and reinstalling all your new files for your new software can make sure that your new software continues to run smoothly.

If you have any problems, the best way to get in touch is to contact our Customer Support Team, by opening a Support Ticket here.

Haven’t got PortraitPro yet?  Get it here.   Or upgrade your existing license by going to the License Manager.

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12 New Presets – Exclusive to v15 Customers

You may have read our recent post about creating custom presets. This week we’re excited to offer our v15 customers 12 brand new Everyday Presets.

These subtle presets, including Skin Smoothing Only and Enhance Eyes, are designed to fit into your everyday photo-editing for great, natural results. These presets are also perfect for use with our automatic batch processing.

These presets are only compatible with PortraitPro 15. Still using an older version of PortraitPro? Why not take this opportunity to upgrade?

Installation Instructions

Click the dowload link below. This will download a zip folder called “CustomPresets1.zip”. Copy the presets from this folder into the PortraitPro UserSavedSliders folder. The UserSavedSliders folder will normally be found:

Windows Windows users can go to the correct folder using the “Run” dialog by pressing Windows+R and then pasting in “%appdata%\Anthropics\PortraitPro\UserSavedSliders”

Mac Open the Finder view, then click on Go. Hold down the Option key (ALT on non-Mac keyboards) and click on Library, then navigate to “ApplicationSupport/Anthropics/PortraitPro/UserSavedSliders”

The next time you run the software, the presets will appear in the presets menu.
Get your free preset pack.

 

Makeup

Creating Custom Presets in PortraitPro 15

PortraitPro 15 comes pre-loaded with dozens of presets to help you create a wide variety of looks quickly and easily.  These are perfect for quick touch-ups or beginner users, but what do you do if the default presets don’t suit your editing style or you’re ready to move into more advanced retouching?

What is a custom preset?

A custom preset is built using your own editing preferences and saved to the presets menu for easy access.

How do I create my own preset?

1. Open an image and edit it using the sliders of your choice.
2. Click ‘Save Preset’ at the top of the presets menu.
3. Choose a name for your preset and decide if you want to set it as the default for male, female or child subjects.
4. Click ‘Ok’ to store the preset.

How do I use custom presets?

Once saved, you can apply a custom preset by clicking on it in the presets menu, by selecting it as your default or by choosing it as the preset for your batch processing.

Do I have to use all of the sliders?

No, custom presets can be created using as many or as few sliders as you’d like. For example, you may want to create different makeup looks or lighting states that can then be applied to any image on top of the existing edits. Click ‘Select Sliders to Save’ to choose which sliders should be affected.Select Sliders copy
I’m moving PortraitPro over to a new computer, can I keep my custom presets?

Yes you can. For help transferring your presets visit our FAQ

 

Halloween makeup

Portrait editing for Halloween greetings cards

It’s nearly Halloween, but there’s still plenty of time to find those photos you took last year, polish them up and make them spookily better.

Wanting to wish your neighbors Happy Halloween? Use your last year’s images for your Halloween cards, and you can use your photo editing software to make them even spookier.

Use the hair recoloring tools to make hair darker, or redder, or ghostly gray! Use the eye controls to enhance or change eye color.  You wouldn’t normally use a really strong or intense color, but this time you can use your full creative imagination to make something just a little beyond reality.

There are some great effects in Smart Photo Editor, which can help you create really eerie images.

Our wonderful community of Smart Photo Editor users have created their own spooky effects, and you get to use them too. There are several different effects available under the categories of Gothic or Horror film, or Mystery, that could make your Halloween images authentically creepy!

Don’t forget to check out our blog post from last year, on how Smart Photo Editor can add ghosts to your family portraits too!

Why not share your best Halloween images on our Facebook pages?

Not tried Smart Photo Editor yet?  Get the free trial here.

Try out the free trial of PortraitPro too.