Author Archives: Clare Denman

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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How to Stay Productive Working From Home as a Photographer

shutterstock_424196902 smallStaying proactive whilst working from home can be difficult, also trying to separate working and relaxing time is hard to separate. Check out these tips below to help.

  • Get dressed in the morning and planning out your days, setting times to do set tasks is super helpful at keeping you proactive.
  • Having a home office is a great idea if you have the room, ideally a separate room is best, so you can go into a separate space just to focus on your work. Closing the door so you don’t get distracted and limiting your coffee breaks.
  • You can pick the times of day you want to work, so if you are a night worker, then work at night rather than during the day, though have your phone on during the day so your clients can contact you.
  • Declutter your work space, try to keep the top of your desk and empty as possible so there won’t be any distractions.
  • Set yourself a list of goals to work towards – make some really achievable and some that you will need to work towards.
  • Don’t work so hard that you are exhausted, have breaks throughout your day taking time to relax, try to only work during the hours you set yourself.
  • Read books on subjects that inspire you during your breaks and when you aren’t working to help keep you inspired and refreshed.
  • Table lamps are better to help you just concentrate on one thing, rather than the room light.
  • Don’t try to rush your work, take your time to make sure that you are always happy with the work, working on more than one project at once is a good idea, to keep your mind refreshed.
  • Most importantly remember to not stress out, take time for yourself and be passionate about the type of photography that you do.

Don’t forget to check out our software PortraitPro, to help you save time post processing your images. Click here to download a trial today!

 

Building Your Photography Portfolio

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Whether you are just starting out or have been a photographer for years, continuing to work on your portfolio is important. Keeping your portfolio up to date with only your best images, shows you in the best possible light.

The first step before deciding on your images is to decide who your target audience are. Who you are aiming your portfolio at? Consider what it is your audience what to see and tailor your portfolio to them.

Show only your best work, this might seem quite straight forward but if it seems like your portfolio is quite short, it is tempting to add in more images to pad it out. Don’t as less is more, also put your best work at the beginning and end, start and finish strong.

Make sure your portfolio flows and that there is a similar style all the way through.

Don’t use images that need explaining, you need the images to be self-explanatory.

Think about what format you want your portfolio to be in, online or in book form or both. Take your time to decide exactly what you want the look to be, especially if you decide to do print. Deciding on the size you want the images to be, and how you want the book to look.

If you are just getting started as a photographer offering to do free work in order to get an image you really want for your portfolio.

Go through your portfolio at least a couple of times a year to add new things and remove older ones that aren’t as good as the new ones you are adding.

Getting a second option, before making your portfolio final, get a second option ideally to someone who would be your target audience. Get them to give you their absolute honest option.

Lastly do not forget to make sure all your images are post processed to keep them looking at their best, download a free trial of PortraitPro, PortraitPro Body, LandscapePro and Smart Photo Editor to see how our software will work for you and cut down your editing time.

LandscapePro 2 Tutorial – Sky Reflections

This week we’ll be looking at one of our other products, LandscapePro 2.

LandscapePro is an intelligent, easy-to-use and powerful tool for outdoor photographers. Whether you’re looking for simple color corrections or total transformations, LandscapePro puts dozens of intelligent controls at your fingertips.
To join in with the tutorial, download the free trial and head on over to Unsplash and download the example image. This image is provided by landscape and wedding photographer Blake Verdoorn. We’re hoping to score an interview with him in the next few weeks so look out for that in an upcoming post!

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Want to Specialize in Wedding Photography?

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It is wedding season once again and if you are thinking about specializing in wedding photography now is the time to start. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

When putting together your portfolio, only include weddings, yes you might have some other amazing shots but they won’t interest your prospective clients, and it reinforces the point that you specialize in weddings.

As a specialist, your prices will/can increase, to decide on your price have a look around at what other specialist wedding photographers charge and also what you think you are worth.

Going the extra mile – As a specialist you should really go that extra mile and make them feel special. Gifting the couple a free extra (such as a photo book or big canvas/print) when handing over their photos, makes their experience with you that much better. This will mean they will keep you in mind for anniversary photos and recommend you to people. Obviously this will be reflected in your pricing if you feel you an charge enough in your local area.

Creative shots  – Think/do a few creative shots that will really work and show the couples personality, the more you do the more knowledge you will get and knowing what will and won’t work. A little different from the usual wedding photos.

Marketing – This is key to growing your business, try to set aside some time every week to work on marketing.

Plan out – Plan ahead what shots you want to take, keep an eye on the weather forecast, know where you are shooting, visit before the wedding or if you can’t look online at photos and see what is around, bear in might what the couple want, they might have some clear ideas of what they want, do theirs but also some of your own.

Candid photographs – Only show the couple the good ones. Naturally happy and smiley, don’t just shot the ceremony, shot the bride getting ready, waiting at the altar, literally everything you think will give the couple that little bit extra and make it that more special when they get their photos.

Turn over time – When telling them how long until the photos are ready for them, don’t underestimate, there is nothing more annoying, give yourself plenty of time so you will be done early and they will see it as a nice surprise and feel valued.

Back Up your photos – I’m sure this goes without saying but back up your photos on the wedding day and on your finished images.

Post processing – Do not show any photos until you have edited them, this might seem like an easy one but the couple will be eagerly awaiting the images they might ask to see the unedited so they know what there is. It is best to make them wait for the perfect images.

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PortraitPro and PortraitPro Body is a perfect companion for you, try out a free trial now to make the Bride and Groom look their very best.

1940s Glamorous Photo Shoot Post Processing

Doing decades photo shoots can be really fun and glamorous and with PortraitPro you can make your images look even better within minutes.

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Open your image in PortraitPro, the software will identity the face and have a pretty accurate mark up,  You can move the mark up dots to make it as accurate as possible to get the best results.

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Once you have adjusted the mark up, chose the Preset Glamorous on the top of the right hand side. This does most of the work for you, leaving you to just make your own personal preference tweaks to the images.

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I reduce the sharpness of the eyes a very small amount.

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I also change the color of lipstick, red was a very popular color for lipstick in the 1940s, but due to the softness of my image due to her outfit I have gone for a pink color instead.

Simply chose your preference shade for the selection, it is important to make sure your lips are marked up accurately, it is simply if they aren’t quite right. You can change the mark up on the left hand image at any time.

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Next I change the color of the hair, as auburn hair was a popular color back then.

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To do this, under the hair settings, click the View/edit Hair Area button. All the hair should appear pink, go over any bits that aren’t selected and click OK.

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Click through all the hair colors selecting the colors, that you like before deciding on your final color.

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The last change that I make to the image is under Picture Controls, I move the  Vibrance slider up to full on this setting, this make the colors move in line with what you would get in the 1940s.

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This took hardly anytime and you can really see the improvement in the image, and with Studio Max you can batch process them to save even more time.

To try this out for yourself, download a free trial of PortraitPro now.