This week we’ll be looking at one of our other products, LandscapePro 2.
Doing decades photo shoots can be really fun and glamorous and with PortraitPro you can make your images look even better within minutes.
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.
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.
I reduce the sharpness of the eyes a very small amount.
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.
Next I change the color of the hair, as auburn hair was a popular color back then.
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.
Click through all the hair colors selecting the colors, that you like before deciding on your final color.
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.
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.
You can completely transform your images with Smart Photo Editor, here are some ideas of the transformations you can make, with links to the tutorials.
Click here to download a free trial of Smart Photo Editor, to try this tutorials out for yourself.
When you look through your photos, do you sometimes feel like you didn’t quite capture the true colors?
Animals are often one of these photos. Well here is a short tutorial on how to improve these photos, using LandscapePro and takes only minutes to do.
Once you have opened LandscapePro and uploaded your photo, you get asked to label what is in your photo.
After labeling the area, LandscapePro does a pretty good job and selecting the area for you but just need to go use the Pull tool and others on the left hand side to get this how you want, though you can come back and correct this later.
The next step is choosing what to change first, for this I am going to be getting the animal (tiger) first, so click on the animal tab to get the sliders to show.
It’s really easy to adjust the appearance of the animal, its easy and quick, moving the sliders you seeing the change instantly. If you liked it best how it was originally just double click on the slider.
There is also Presets tab at the top where you opened the animal tab, click on this, there is a long list of different presetting you can apply to your picture rather than trying to get your desired outcome using the sliders.
Next I click on the water tab, to change the settings, just a little bit.
After this you can change the picture as a whole, but if you have already edited all the image separately you don’t need to use this.
The Tigers orange fur really stands out now in the finished photograph.
To see just how dramatic the difference is, above is the before and after, side by side. This only took a few minutes to do!
Making your wildlife photos really stand out, download your free trial of LandscapePro today.
Check out this tutorial on black and white wildlife photography.
Man Ray is one of the great first iconic photographers; his portrait style has something magical about it even to this day. He was one of the first artists that started to use photography as an art form.
He was revolutionary with his photographic techniques, including double exposure (which we will look at in a future blog) and early experiments with color, though black and white is what he is well known for.
Man Ray’s portraits were often around shoulder length, though there are some full length, you can see old photos of his that he would ‘crop’ by making what he wanted the photo to be.
This is a quick tutorial into how to turn your photos into his signature portrait style.
After marking up the photo in PortraitPro Body, I play around with the sliders a little bit, to see what looks best, the only setting I changed on mine was the Curves one, in this image you can’t see the difference too much.
Don’t worry too much about the color and look of the make up, we are concentrating more on striking features, as this image will be made black and white in a minute.
In the picture settings, I move the slider to fully black and white, then move the others back and forth to get the lighting that I want.
This is the photo I export from PortraitPro Body and import into Smart Photo Editor.
The first thing that I do in Smart Photo Editor is crop down the size of the photo (the crop tool is on the right hand side.
After cropping the image to your chosen look, the background needed work on, a out of focus light grey background is what we are aiming for, it my photo there was somethings in the background that I needed to get removed to have that nice out of focus background. I used the Object Removal Tool which is found on the right hand side of the screen. As you can see, I have edited quite a few pieces. Don’t worry if like mine it doesn’t look great, we just want to remove the defining features.
Next we are adding an effect to the background, you do this by selecting the Select Area button on the RHS, click on background, then color in what you want to add an effect to, on your left hand side of the screen, you can adjust the size of your selection tool.
Don’t worry if you go too far over, you can correct this easily by the erase from selection button on the right.
Click the Confirm Selection and Browse Effects button on the left when you have finished.
The effect I chose was called ‘Blur’, you can change the strength of the effects you choose but I kept mine as full.
This created a lovely blurry effect with a slightly shadow look from the darker part of my background.
Here is my end result of a Man Ray style portrait.
We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we were awarded the Customer Service Award at The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) convention in London earlier this month.
This award is particularly special to us as it was awarded based on nominations and votes from you, our customers. We’re committed to providing all of our users with great, online support and we’re always pleased to hear that we’re doing a good job.
If you’d like to get in touch with our support team, you can use our free online support system.
Alternatively, check out our FAQ page for simple solutions, or our forums to share your results with other users.
At the beginning of the New Year it’s easy to have lots of good intentions for the coming year, and it’s easy to allow them to slide pretty quickly.
As a professional photographer, running your own business, it’s important to take the time to refocus on where you’re going and what you want to achieve in the coming year.
Here are some top tips for staying focused in the year to come.
- Set goals.
Thinking about what you want to achieve in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, even 10 year’s time can help you figure out what you need to do now in order to get there.
- Add milestones.
Having achievable milestones can help you feel that you are working towards achieving your bigger goal. Set yourself small markers that will help you know that you’re on the way to achieving what you want. Perhaps it’s a number of clients, or having a number of weddings booked for the year ahead that will help you know that you’re on your way.
- Take Action
Take Massive Action – Make a Massive Action Plan. Like writing a business plan, writing a Massive Action Plan can help you stay focused on what you’re doing, on what you need to achieve, by when; and unlike a Business Plan, can give you that emotional connection and drive to achieve what it is that you want to achieve.
- Don’t give up
Get used to the fact that the process of carrying out the day to day tasks may be boring. You’re a photographer, maybe you don’t love doing your accounts, or advertising yourself, but in order to make your business work, you need to get used to, and learn to enjoy the tasks that keep everything else going.
- Start now
The sooner you start doing something, even the smallest start means that you’re a little bit closer to achieving your goal.
Download the trial for PortraitPro now, and see how much time you can save on your photo editing.
Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic , or staying closer to home, it’s easy to do your photo editing on the go.
PortraitPro 12 has time saving features so you can set a customized preset, and leave the software to do the hard work. Set your own preset to be the default. Everytime you open an image, the software will choose the settings that you’ve designed.
You can take your software anywhere, if you purchase from here, then you get an instant download, ready to go in minutes.
Try out Smart Photo Editor too!