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Transform Your Dull Old Portraits with PortraitPro 17

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Everyone has photos that looked washed out and dull, so they are tidied away into a cupboard and kept on a computer never to see daylight.

Well the time has come to change this, PortraitPro allows you to transform your old dull photos.

Check out the tutorial below to see how to transform your dull washed out photos and make them pop within minutes.Untitled-1Open your image up in PortraitPro 17, check the mark up is correct, adjusting if necessary.Untitled-2Click over to the Presets Tab and click on Standard.Untitled-3Click back over to Controls Tab, and go down to Skin Smoothing Tab. Move the Master Slider all the way down to 0.Untitled-5 Click on the Skin Lighting and Coloring Tab and move the light source around to find the best angle. Untitled-4The last change to make to the picture is under the Picture Tab, move the Temperature slider up slightly and reduce the Smart Contrast tab.

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How to Change Your Background in PortraitPro 17 Tutorial

Untitled-10We have just launched our latest version on PortraitPro so to celebrate we thought we would give you a tutorial on one of the new features of PortraitPro 17.

Changing the Background is new to PP17 its simple and easy to do check out the tutorial below:

Untitled-4 After you have already edited your portrait, click to the Background tab and click Create Mask.Untitled-5 PortraitPro then masks the background for you.Untitled-6Next click Background Image button.Untitled-7 Select New Background Image.Untitled-8 Click on Select Image, you can pick one of the preloaded backgrounds or chose your own.Untitled-9This background is one that comes in the software.

Now your final image just needs saving, don’t forget to save the session as well if case you want to come back and edit more.

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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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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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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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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

Download the free trail of LandscapePro 2 now to perfect your Storm photographs!

 

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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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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If you have any questions or need assistance, our customer support team will be happy to help.

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.