Changing Hair Color Tutorial

Changing the hair color with PortraitPro is a breeze, check out the tutorial below to find out how quick and easy it is and the great results!Untitled-1Open you image up in PortraitPro.Untitled-2 Click to Reset to Original option under Presets.Untitled-7Click on the Hair tab and the on View/Edit Hair Area button.Untitled-3Some of the hair is already selected so you just need to select the rest of the hair. Untitled-4 Change the size of the brush using the Brush slider to select smaller strands of hair.Untitled-2 Click OK when finished.Untitled-4 Move the Hair Recolor Slider.Untitled-8Click on the hair color box and flick through the different colors.Untitled-5Once you have picked a hair shade you like click on it and the color will be applied.Untitled-12Adjust the sliders until you are happy with the result.

With this image Hair Tidying mode is not needed but if it is all you do is click the Go To Hair Tidying Mode button and adjust the sliders.

Save your image and your session encase you want to go back and edit later.

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Celebrating 100 Blog Posts!!!

To celebrate our 100th blog post, we thought we would look down memory lane at some of our favorite past blog posts on Portraits.

Manfred Baumann

John Malkovich and Jack Black photo by ManfredBaumann.com              Check out this amazing interview with Photographer Manfred Baumann, who photographs the stars and find out how he got his big break. Click here to read to full interview.

 

How to Steal Man Ray’s Style

end picutre man ray blog_peCheck out this easy tutorial to create your own Man Ray style portrait. Click here to check out the tutorial.

 

Dustin Meyer

Houston Wedding - Hotel ZazaThe incredible Wedding Photographer Dustin Meyer talks to us about his background and why he had photography his career. Click here to read the full interview.

 

Digital Make Up Tutorial 

before and after newThis tutorial show you how easy and effective applying digital make up with PortraitPro is.  Click here to check out the full tutorial.

 

1940s Style Post Processing Tutorial

before and afterA quick tutorial on how to create a stunning 1940’s style photo. Click here to check out the full tutorial.

 

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Create Stunning Black and White Landscapes with LandscapePro 2

before and after smallCreating beautiful black and white landscapes is super easy with LandscapePro, check out the tutorial below.Untitled-1Open the photo in LandscapePro.Untitled-2  Label the photo, you only need to label things once.

Click the Continue button when finished.Untitled-3The software does a great job of identifying marking up the image.4 All that needs to be done is to click the Smart Brush button on the left and go along to horizon line where the sand meets the sky. The Smart Brush correctly identifies the areas.

Click Continue when finished, then adjust the Horizon Line is needed and click Continue again.Untitled-4 Under the Tab Global Presets, click on Black and White 2.Untitled-5 Next under the Whole Picture Tab click Desaturate and Contrast, adjusting the slider as needed.Untitled-6Under the Sand Tab click Improver and leave the slider all the way up.Untitled-16Now going back and tweaking the image click on the Depth tab and click on the Subtle preset, lowering the slider down to about a third.

Now all that’s left to do is save your image.

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Safari Tips

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Trying to take amazing images when on a safari can be really tricky but here are a few tips to help you get the best out of your safari:

  • Look through all the different safari tours on offer to make sure that you get the right one for you.
  • Be patient, you will have to wait to get the photo you want.
  • Get as close as you can before zooming in on your lens. The closer you get the crisper the image will be.
  • Fast shutter speed is critical so you don’t miss anything, have a higher shutter speed in between shooting animals to make sure you capture any sudden movements.
  • If possible try to get the animals looking straight at you, it makes the photo much stronger.
  • Lighting, this is critical to a good picture, let your driver know the lighting you need as this can’t be changed in Post Processing.
  • High speed memory cards, spare batteries and cleaning stuff for your lens and camera (safari can be dusty!)

Post Processing with LandscapePro  couldn’t be easier, check out this tutorial to see how quick it is.

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Editing your Holiday Pictures with PortraitPro Body

 

Your holiday photos never look as good as you want them too, PortraitPro Body can help with this. See how easy it is to improve your holiday photos in the tutorial below.

Untitled-11 Open your image up in PortraitPro Body.Untitled-12 Click on your subject’s nose (if you have than one, just identify one person for now and do the other later).Untitled-13 Identify the sex of your subject.Untitled-14 Mark up the joints.Untitled-15 After you have marked up all the joints you will outline the curves of the limbs and body. Untitled-16 If any limbs overlaps the software asks you to identify which one is on top.Untitled-17 Click Finish Mark Up and Edit Body.Untitled-18 Adjust the Slim Slider just slightly, this will also change the Curve Slider. Untitled-19 Next click on the Face Tab and adjust the Shape Slider just slightly to get rid of lens distortion.

Also adjusted the Widen Eye, Smooth Skin and Around Eyes Sliders.Untitled-20 If you want to edit the other person in your image, save the image as a Jpeg and Open the new image into PortraitPro Body and Mark Up your second person.

Now the last thing to do is click on the Picture Tab.Untitled-21Under the Picture Tab adjust the Sliders to bring out the color in your image. For this image the Auto Levels, Contrast, Fill Light and Blacks Sliders were adjust.before and afterComparing the before and after, you can still the changes made are subtle but really improve the image.

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Applying Digital Make Up Tutorial

Trying out different make up looks for the same shot isn’t always possible due to time commitments but PortraitPro’s digital make up can create realistic looking make up within a matter of seconds.

before and after newCheck out this tutorial below to see what PortraitPro can do for your images.

Untitled-3 Open your image up in PortraitPro, the software will identify the face, but you may need to zoom in and adjust the lips as we will be applying lipstick.Untitled-4 Now that you have marked up your photo, click the Reset to Original Image under Presets on the right hand side.Untitled-5Click on the Make Up Controls tab on the right hand side.

Turn up the Lipstick slider to 100.Untitled-7 Click on the block color to get the full choice of lipstick colors to chose from.

Click OK once you have picked your color and move the Shine and Coverage sliders to where the lipstick looks best.Untitled-8Work your way down the rest of the make up settings using the sliders and choosing your preferred shade.Untitled-9You can pick the level of application that you want and how it is applied. Above we have  applied Smokey eye shaped eye-shadow in a shimmer effect.Untitled-10Once you are done with all the make up, go down to the Hair Controls tab.Untitled-13Click on the View and Edit Hair button and adjust the hair selection if needed. All the hair wants to be covered.

Click OK once you have finished.Untitled-12You can adjust the shade or color of the hair and adjust the sliders until you have happy with the result.

Then click on the Go To Hair Tidying Mode.Untitled-14Adjust the sliders, they don’t have to be up very far to see the results.before and after newYou have now created a completely new look, download your free trial now!


 

Common Mistakes to make with Portraits

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A good Portrait can say a thousand words, but your portrait can easily be ruined by overlooking one of the following:

  • Don’t shot with a wide angle lens.
  • Make sure you are focusing on the whole face, including the eyes.
  • Pay attention to what your background is, you don’t want it to be distracting from the Subject.
  • Shot at the Subject’s eye level.
  • Lighting – try not to shot in direct harsh sunlight.
  • Depth of Field – don’t go too shallow or deep.
  • Don’t zoom in – Step closer to the Subject.
  • Posing – Make sure to direct the Subject as most people find posing unnatural.
  • Taking too many photos, quality over quantity.
  • Don’t overtweak the photo in editing after you have decided it’s done trust yourself.
  • Use PortraitPro for your editing to get the most flattering image of your subject within minutes.

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Getting that Perfect Sky

The sky is a massive part to any great landscape, a grey sky will lower the effect of the whole landscape.

A few tips to remember when shooting landscapes:

  • White Balance – correct for the type of weather
  • Shot in RAW if possible
  • Timing – right time of day and good weather
  • Equipment – Camera gear, Tripod and spare batteries

Sadly we don’t always time for the right weather to get that great sky. Well LandscapePro can help with that. Our sky replacement couldn’t be easier, check out the tutorial below.

Untitled-1Open your image up in LandscapePro.Untitled-2 Label your photo with the Labels on the left and click Continue.Untitled-3The software with mask the area, though you might need to change this a little with the Pull and Smart Brush tool on the left.

Once you are happy with the masking click Continue.Untitled-4Click on the Sky tab, scroll through the sky’s and click on ones you like.Untitled-5The sky is completely replaced with the new sky, this sky is called Noon 4.Untitled-6Now click on the Whole Picture tab, chose the Sharp preset and lower down the slider on it to about 1/3 on.Untitled-7The last step now is to improve the water slightly, play around with all the presets adjusting their sliders to find out what is best for your photo, this is Improver about half way.before and afterClick on image above to see the massive improvement a good sky can have on a photo.

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Perfecting Your Storm Photography

Weather photography can look breath taking and astonishing, this is through post processing is where you really bring the picture to life.

Here are a few things to bare in mind when shooting a storm:

  • Pack light
  • Stay safe
  • Shoot in RAW
  • Use a tripod
  • Use a filter, to protect the lens UV is a good one to use for this

Check out the tutorial below to see the amazing results that LandscapePro can have on your weather photographs.

before and afterClick to see the dramatic difference.Untitled-1Open your image up in LandscapePro and mark up your image then click on Continue, the software will identifying everything but you will need to just refine the areas using the pull and soften tools to get the best results.Untitled-2Under the Global Presets Tab chose the the Focus Preset lowering the slider down quite low.Untitled-3Now under the Whole Picture Tab click the Contrast Preset, once again lowering down the slider to low.Untitled-4  For the Sky Tab, click over to the Sliders Tab as we don’t want to replace the sky.

Turn off the separate clouds from the atmosphere (look closely at your clouds to see if it looks better on or off).

Turn up the Dehaze slider just slightly and for the Contrast turn it up about half way (though keep an eye on your clouds).Untitled-5Under the Grass Tab select the Lush Preset and turn it down to about 1/3 on.Untitled-6For Lighting, play around and see what works best for your picture you can move the Black Sun around the screen.

Low Preset works best for this image.

Now all that is left to do is save your image.shutterstock_657822304lpsmall

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Capturing Animals in Motion

Animals in motion always look amazing in magazines with the colors popping out of the page but if your photos don’t live up to this, don’t worry just follow these tips and tutorial to get your images looking magazine ready.

  • Keep your shutter speed really higher, to make sure your images don’t come out blurry.
  • Know your camera, this may sound simple but makes all the difference.
  • Don’t try to have the perfect framed photo, this can be done in post processing, it is more important to get the image. Don’t zoom in too close, you might cut out part of your image, but you need to zoom in so your animal appears sharp enough.
  • Use a Tripod or rest your camera on a flat surface to prevent any camera shake.
  • Use continuous focus mode on your camera, so your image stays in focus.
  • Shoot in Shutter propriety mode.
  • Shoot in continuous mode.

Check out the tutorial below to  get the colors to really stand out in you photographs.

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Open your image up in LandscapePro.Untitled-2

Label your image then click Continue.

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The software does a reasonably good job of identifying what is what. But you will just need to correct and refine it using the Pull tool, in order to get the best results.

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Once you have finished, click on the Soften button on the left and go over the edges of the fur, this softens the edges where the animal meets the background that helps when applying presets to the image.Untitled-6

Click Continue, next comes up marking where the horizon is, if like mine you don’t have one, just click Continue again.Untitled-7

Click on Global Presets tab, select the preset called Improver, lower the slider until you think it looks it’s best. Untitled-9

Next click on the Animal Tab and scroll down to the Preset called Improver, lower the slider down to near the bottom.Untitled-10

Click the Ground Tab and chose the Preset Warm and adjust the slider accordingly.Untitled-12

The last step is to go to Depth and select the Preset Subtle and lower the slider quite far down.before and afterClick on the image to see bigger.

This was super easy to really big out the colors in your image and give it that great look.

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