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Baby in pumpkin hat

Photo editing for New-Born baby portraits for Halloween

A new born baby swaddled in any wrap or blanket makes a good portrait, but Halloween themed portraits are particularly cute for any October baby.

In your collection of baby props, it’s a good idea to have some Halloween outfits for baby, perhaps a knitted pumpkin for baby to sleep in. A pumpkin themed wrap works for any autumn baby portrait, and a wicker basket could be wrapped in different colors for any occasion or season.

Neutral fabrics, and soft bean bags and blankets to curl the sleeping baby on will work for any season, and contrast with any color or outfit.  They’re a great investment for your business.

A sleeping baby in a peapod blanket

You can make or very easily purchase soft, knitted or crocheted blankets and wraps in a range of colors and textures. The simplest and softest fabrics and textures will give the most classic and timeless images.

  • It’s important to keep the baby safe, and warm and comfortable at all times. When working with children of any age, it’s always a little unpredictable, but there are some ways to make sure that your baby portrait sessions run as smoothly as possible.
  • It’s a good idea to ask that the baby has been fed and winded before the session, and then they’re at their most comfortable and most likely to fall asleep next.
  • Don’t attempt to put the baby into any potentially dangerous or uncomfortable positions.
  • Keep the parents around and on hand to help soothe the baby if they wake, or if you need an extra pair of hands to help position them.
  • It’s normal to take several shots of the baby, and combine them in post processing. If you’re not comfortable with combining several different shots, then keep your poses simple and safe.

Very little time and effort is needed to achieve beautiful baby portraits.

With Smart Photo Editor you can quickly and easily add vignettes and borders to your image, turn your image Black + White, or Sepia, and insert your watermark for web-ready images.

Try out Smart Photo Editor today.

photographer retouching portraits

7 tips to improve your portrait editing with PortraitPro

The beauty of PortraitPro is that you can make fine edits and can achieve a professional standard of portrait retouching with very little effort.

Although PortraitPro contains a number of presets that can offer a very quick portrait touch up, it is also possible to entirely customize the portrait retouching through the huge range of sliders and controls. You can even create your own; but first, spend some time getting to know the incredible range of portrait retouching controls available to you:

  • The re-lighting feature allows a great deal of adjustment on the lighting that was in the original image. Perhaps you have an image that was shot with only the available light and you want make it a little more flattering to your subject. With PortraitPro you have a huge range of lighting options available to you.
  • The facial outlines can be adjusted to ensure that the software has the outlines exactly where you want them by clicking the Back button in the top right of the editing screen
  • You can achieve incredible accuracy by zooming into the image to see a very fine level of detail.
  • When editing the area specified as skin, the intensity of the mask can be adjusted using the number keys on your keyboard. 1 = very subtle, and 9 = very strong.
  • The makeup can be edited as much or as little as you want; you can restore the original makeup, or you can edit over the top of the existing makeup, or if your model has no makeup, you can create a look entirely from scratch.
  • You can adjust the controls on the whole picture too, by using the Picture Controls, keeping the rest of the image in balance with the face.
  • Don’t forget the Reset to Original Image button that means you can turn everything off and start from no editing at all, and tweak each slider exactly as you want.

PortraitPro allows your portrait editing to be as subtle or as magazine-perfect as you wish.  You can give your clients the level of portrait retouching that they want and that you’re comfortable with doing. You don’t have to compromise your creativity in any way; PortraitPro allows you full freedom to express your vision as you wish.

Download the free trial today, and see how finely detailed, fully customizable your portrait editing can be.

How to survive making a living with Travel Photography.

Travel photography is not always going to make you a lot of money, but the freedom of the lifestyle can be particularly attractive.  Living life on your own terms and being your own boss can be a great motivator.  You have the flexibility to take on any project you want, and reject the ones you don’t.

working on the beach

You don’t have to take the plunge immediately; you can start by doing things in your vacation time, and spending weekends photographing in your own town.  Wherever you live, it’s exotic to someone else.

Here’s what else to do before you go:

  • Get all the education you possibly can while you can. Acquiring skills in writing, in technical photography knowledge, in geography, human interest and art is all going to be useful when you have only your skills and ideas to live by.
  • Build up a portfolio and put in the images that you want to be paid to shoot. Don’t use things that you don’t enjoy doing or you’ll end up doing more of them, because people will think you like them.
  • Set up a photography website to host and license your images. Choose one that links through to purchasing prints. This can save you time and makes it easier for the client to purchase your products.  It can be automated throughout the site, and the customer will have very little interaction with you. It’s very time effective for you.
  • If you have no obligations, mortgage contracts, loans, or people to take care of, then you can reduce your expenditure considerably. If you give up paying rent, you also don’t need to pay the gas and electricity bills either.  You can choose where to live, in hostels, hotels, camping, in any country you like.  ( Within visa restrictions etc.)
  • It may be helpful if you’re located somewhere that the exchange rate is favorable to your salary currency. This effectively makes your hotel bill cheaper, and you can afford a higher standard than you would elsewhere.
  • Be prepared to take any assignments. Be flexible and open minded on what jobs you take.
  • Set up accounts with micro stock sites. It may not make you a lot of money, but it should become a steady income. Think about the unusual images you could take for these sites, because the usual angle has already been done so many times.
  • Set up your laptop with all of your photo editing software. Have everything you could need ready, PortraitPro and LandscapePro will save you time on editing in Photoshop, and they can both be used as plugins to Photoshop.
  • Be prepared for anything you might find. Have an app for model releases; you don’t want to not be able to use the image because you missed getting the stranger to sign a release.
  • Look for apps that will save carrying extra things.  In fact, anything you can carry in an app effectively weighs nothing.  Maps, editing tools, ebooks, you can carry all kinds in an app and you’d have your smartphone with you anyway.
  • Keep your kit lightweight. Remember not to take everything you could possibly need. It weighs a lot and you’ll regret carrying that spare lens when you are so tired you can’t make it up the next staircase or mountain peak or down the next road to get the shot. The best camera is the one that you have with you, and having to make do with the reasonable camera you have with you can make you more creative to get the shot you want.

Girl with laptop and camera

When you do leave on your travels, there are some things you need to remember while you’re away to help you stay organized and productive:

  • Keep regular hours when you can. Do what you should to avoid jet lag; don’t work through the night because you’ve just left somewhere where you’d normally be awake at that time. Sometimes that means staying up a little longer, sometimes it means going to bed before you’re ready.
  • Stay focused every day. You need to stay focused on the 2 or 3 things that you need to achieve each day to continue making a living. Set achievable goals, and make sure you do them. Don’t get overloaded by trying to do too much in one day, just take each day at a time and make each day productive.
  • Make room for down-time. Every day that you take a break, is a day that you don’t make any income. This is tough when you’re your own boss. You still need to have the discipline to put in a day’s work, and also to give yourself a day’s break.  There’s no one to throw you out of the office if you’re still working at midnight.
  • Don’t underestimate the people you meet. You never know who you might meet when you’re traveling.  Travel is a great opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise have bumped into.  Step out of your comfort zone and go somewhere you wouldn’t usually think about going. You might be surprised, and you might find your next project.
  • Do your photo editing as you go. If you’re taking lots of images every day, then will need to back up your photos and should do your editing regularly. Discard the images that won’t make the cut often too, so you’re not storing images that you’ll really delete when you get home.
  • Doing your basic photo editing in PortraitPro or LandscapePro. Doing it while the original is still fresh in your mind, and while you still remember what you wanted to portray in your image is useful.

 

LandscapePro software

Anthropics Technology announces LandscapePro

 

We’re delighted to announce this week the launch of our brand new landscape editing software, LandscapePro.  

Just like PortraitPro, LandscapePro  is available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software radically simplifies and speeds up outdoor and nature photo retouching. It includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other powerful features. With one-click presets and targeted editing available, users can create beautiful landscapes in seconds.

Woodland before and after

LandscapePro is a new way to enhance pictures that rises to the challenges and nuances of landscape photography. It assumes no prior knowledge or technical skills, and photographers can create unique, dramatic effects quickly.

“Inspired by the success of Anthropics’s PortraitPro software, we are delighted to introduce a new product to help photographers expand their creativity and take landscape retouching to the next level,” said Andrew Berend, CEO, Anthropics. “LandscapePro offers an innovative and easy way to create stunning landscape photography, and can be used by novices or experienced photographers alike. As its intelligent controls uniquely adapt to the features of each photo, it enables photographers to do incredible things with their outdoor photos simply by using sliders.”

Easily enhance landscape photos. LandscapePro contains a host of unique tools to enable anyone to create beautiful scenic photographs.

  • Intelligent selection tools.
  • Unique editing controls that adapt to the photo.
  • Easy-to-use slider interface.
  • No technical skills required.
  • LandscapePro Studio handles RAW files and can be run as a Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in.

Wedding image LandscapePro

 

 

Check out the LandscapePro video here. 

Download your trial of LandscapePro today.

 

 

Woman in red dress

People who buy often buy more

When booking a studio session with you, your standard deal will include the client receiving some images, but it’s a good idea to start with just a basic package, and allow for additional purchases.

It’s easier to get people to make more purchases, once they’ve decided to make one. People have a need to justify their original decision. Making more purchases makes it better, makes it more valuable, and it validates the original decision. If it is wise to buy more, then it is wise to buy in the first place.

So if they book a studio portrait, you may want to offer them one standard image from the session, and then a series of upgrades they can add on after:

  • The services of a makeup artist and stylist during the shoot, so they look their very best.
  • The portrait retouching with PortraitPro you do with their images after the shoot. You can now adjust the makeup in PortraitPro too, meaning they can get even more looks with just one session.
  • The digital copies of their edited images. – You don’t want to put out anything less than your best work, so only give them the edited images.
  • A range of different prints offers, a variety of sizes for different purposes, but it helps to define (for yourself) what purpose they would serve for the customer. (A wedding package, a senior’s package, graduation package, large families, small families, etc.)

You can start the process of turning people in to repeat customers by thanking them with a small gift, or extra.

A small handwritten thank you note after the customer has made their purchase will help to keep their purchase valuable, reminding them of what a great person you were to work with, and that their time with you was well spent.

You can offer special extra items to your service for repeat customers, or those you’d like to become repeat customers.

model  photo shoot

For instance, the portrait retouching could be the thing that you decide to “throw in for free”, because although it’s valuable to them to have retouched portraits, and you’d never want to give your clients a completely unretouched image,  your portrait editing can now be so easy and fast, that you can afford to offer it as a “free” extra.

PortraitPro will pay for itself in just a few sessions. Try it out today, and see how easy your portrait editing can be. 

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

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.

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.

Seniors Class Photo, Graduating class of 2016.

When posing full class photos remember that it’s something that they will want to keep forever. Your design should be classic and timeless. It should be something that they will look at in the years to come, and think of it as a great photo with all their friends.

If you’re fortunate enough to have the contract for the official, whole class photo, it’s an ideal opportunity to tell the seniors that they can use you for their individual senior class photo too.

High school senior lying on grass

Photographing  teenagers can be challenging.

  • It’s a good idea to have a meeting with a senior where you sit down and explain how it’s all going to work. Giving them some idea how it will work in advance means that they’ll be much more comfortable when they come to you for the shoot.
  • It may be the first time they’ve ever had their portrait taken; they’ll be nervous and not sure what to do.  This is where you can set them at their ease; give them some tips on what they can do to get the best out of their session.
  • In the session, explain that they should bring appropriately coordinated outfits.  Talk about what their style usually is, and advise them on the benefits of coordinating colors. Get them to bring several outfits and maybe some props to the session.  3 or 4 changes of clothes should give you enough to get some good shots.   Props they might bring with them could include their musical instrument, sports kit / equipment, or anything associated with any other hobbies they may have. Allowing their personality to shine through your images is a key part of your job.
  • Discuss what locations you might want to use for their shoot too. Places in your town that they might like to go, to spend time with their friends, and places that look good. Fall’s a great time to be taking senior photos, but the changeable weather can be a problem, so make sure you have a rain plan.
  • In your session, you should also discuss what level of portrait retouching is acceptable. Teenagers will want to know that you can make them look good in your images. With PortraitPro, you can remove any unwanted acne, blemishes or marks, but still retain anything that might be a permanent part of the person’s features.  This can add to the teenager’s confidence level in having their photo taken for the first time, knowing that whatever issues they might have at the time, won’t be a lasting memory.  You can also remove stray hairs, remove red eye, and add catch lights. PortraitPro helps you get just the right amount of retouching. You can use the restore brush to bring back anything you wish to keep. You can keep everything as natural as possible, whilst eliminating what the person wants to remove.
  • You should discuss what they can expect to receive from you at the end of the session. This can create a sense of anticipation for the products they receive. Let them know that you’ll also share a few sneak peak images on Facebook.

Download your free trial of PortraitPro today, and see how it can help you create great senior portraits

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Blog Image Presets

PortraitPro Tips: Working with Presets

PortraitPro 12’s slider interface allows for in-depth creative control over the editing process; perfect for those who like to spend time developing a personal retouching style.

For those who prefer a more hands-off approach, the presets menu gives you a wide range of editing options that can be applied with a single click.

Some presets, such as the ‘Standard’, ‘Glamorous’ and ‘Natural’ presets, affect the whole image. Others, such as ‘Add – Eyes – Brighten’, affect only certain sliders and can be layered on top of existing presets.

There are even presets tailored toward different age groups, to ensure that the edit is most flattering to the subject.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also create your own presets and add them to the library or even set them as the default for every image. Learn more.

You can create as many  presets of your own as you like, so that when you edit a wedding for one client, you can create presets for that event, and then create a new one for the next client if you wish.

With so many presets available, there might be some you haven’t discovered yet! Why not try them out today?

 

Preset-Examples